Carlow County Council

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Carlow County Council

Comhairle Chontae Cheatharlach
Coat of arms or logo
Brian O'Donoghue, FG
Carlow County Council composition.svg
Political groups
  •   Fianna Fáil (6)
  •   Fine Gael (6)
  •   Labour Party (2)
  •   Sinn Féin (1)
  •   PBP–Solidarity (1)
  •   Independent (2)
Last election
24 May 2019
Meeting place
Carlow County Council, 2021-07-03.jpg
County Buildings, Athy Road, Carlow
Official website Edit this at Wikidata
The area governed by the council

Carlow County Council (Irish: Comhairle Chontae Cheatharlach) is the authority responsible for local government in County Carlow, Ireland. As a county council, it is governed by the Local Government Act 2001. The council is responsible for housing and community, roads and transportation, urban planning and development, amenity and culture, and environment.[1] The council has 18 elected members. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the title of Cathaoirleach (chairperson). The county administration is headed by a Chief Executive, Kathleen Holohan. The county town is Carlow.


Originally Carlow Courthouse was the meeting place of Carlow County Council.[2] The county council established their County Secretary's Office at 1 Athy Road in the former offices and printing works of the Carlow Sentinel which ceased publication after the First World War.[3][4] The county council subsequently moved further north along Athy Road into modern premises which are now known as the County Buildings.[5]

Regional Assembly[edit]

Carlow County Council has two representatives on the Southern Regional Assembly who are part of the South-East Strategic Planning Area Committee.[6]

Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts[edit]

Carlow County Council is divided into the following municipal districts, each of which comprises a single local electoral area, defined by electoral divisions.[7]

Area Definition Seats
Carlow Ballinacarrig, Burton Hall, Carlow Rural, Carlow Urban, Graigue Urban and Johnstown. 7
Muine Bheag Agha, Ballyellin, Ballymoon, Ballymurphy, Borris, Clogrenan, Coonogue, Corries, Fennagh, Garryhill, Glynn, Killedmond, Kyle, Leighlinbridge, Marley, Muinebeag Rural, Muinebeag Urban, Nurney, Oldleighlin, Rathanna, Rathornan, Ridge, Sliguff and Tinnahinch. 5
Tullow Ballintemple, Ballon, Clonegall, Clonmore, Cranemore, Grangeford, Hacketstown, Haroldstown, Kellistown, Kilbride, Killerrig, Kineagh, Myshall, Rahill, Rathrush, Rathvilly, Shangarry, Tankardstown, Templepeter, Tiknock, Tullow Rural, Tullow Urban, Tullowbeg and Williamstown. 6

Current Councillors[edit]

The following were elected at the 2019 Carlow County Council election.

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 6
Fine Gael 6
Labour 2
Sinn Féin 1
PBP–Solidarity 1
Independent 2

Councillors by electoral area[edit]

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 24 May 2019.

Council members from 2019 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Carlow Fintan Phelan Fianna Fáil
Andrea Dalton Fianna Fáil
Fergal Browne Fine Gael
Ken Murnane Fianna Fáil
Tom O'Neill Fine Gael
John Cassin Independent
Adrienne Wallace[a] PBP–Solidarity
Muine Bheag Tommy Kinsella Fine Gael
Willie Quinn Labour
Andy Gladney Sinn Féin
Michael Doran Fine Gael
Arthur McDonald Fianna Fáil
Tullow John Pender Fianna Fáil
Charlie Murphy Independent
Brian O'Donoghue Fine Gael
William Paton Labour
John Murphy Fine Gael
John McDonald Fianna Fáil


  1. ^ Solidarity–People Before Profit was renamed as People Before Profit–Solidarity in June 2021.


  1. ^ "All Services". Carlow County Council. Archived from the original on 19 November 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  2. ^ "History of the Carlow Regional Technical College and the Institute of Technology, Carlow" (PDF). Carloviana. 2010. p. 61. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Dublin Street 1985". Ireland Genealogical Projects. Archived from the original on 12 November 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  4. ^ Tracy, Alice (1 December 1953). "The Story of Athy Road" (PDF). Carloviana. p. 30. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 December 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Local Authorities". Oireachtas. 26 May 1982. Archived from the original on 26 October 2019. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  6. ^ Local Government Act 1991 (Regional Assemblies) (Establishment) Order 2014, Article 5 and Schedule 3 (S.I. No. 573 of 2014). Signed on 16 December 2014. Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book on 20 April 2023.
  7. ^ County of Carlow Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts Order 2018 (S.I. No. 610 of 2018). Signed on 19 December 2018. Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Archived from the original on 6 May 2021. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book on 19 January 2019.

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