Clare County Council

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Clare County Council

Comhairle Contae an Chláir
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Mary Howard, FG
Structure
Seats28
Clare County Council Composition.svg
Political groups
  •   Fianna Fáil (13)
  •   Fine Gael (8)
  •   Sinn Féin (1)
  •   Green Party (1)
  •   Independent (5)
Elections
Last election
24 May 2019
Motto
Dílis d'ar nOidreacht  (Irish)
"True to our Heritage"
Meeting place
Áras Contae an Chláir, Ennis
Website
clarecoco.ie
The area governed by the council

Clare County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae an Chláir) is the authority responsible for local government in County Clare, 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. The council has 28 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, Pat Dowling. The county town is Ennis.

History[edit]

Originally meetings of Clare County Council were held at Ennis Courthouse.[1] A new County Building was completed in May 2008.[2]

Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts[edit]

Clare County Council is divided into the following municipal districts and local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions.[3]

Municipal District LEA Definition Seats
Ennis Clareabbey, Doora, Ennis No. 1 Urban, Ennis No. 2 Urban, Ennis No. 3 Urban, Ennis No. 4 Urban, Ennis Rural, Kilnamona, Kilraghtis, Spancelhill and Templemaley 7
Killaloe Ayle, Ballyblood, Ballynahinch, Boherglass, Caher, Caherhurly, Cahermurphy (in the former Rural District of Scarriff), Cappaghabaun, Carrowbaun, Castlecrine, Cloghera, Clooney (in the former Rural District of Tulla), Cloontra, Cloonusker, Coolreagh, Corlea, Crusheen, Dangan, Derrynagittagh, Drummaan, Fahymore, Feakle, Glendree, Inishcaltra North, Inishcaltra South, Kilkishen, Killaloe, Killanena, Killokennedy, Killuran, Kilseily, Kiltannon, Kyle, Lackareagh, Loughea, Mountshannon, Newgrove, OBriensbridge, Ogonnelloe, Quin, Rathclooney, Rossroe, Scarriff, Toberbreeda, Tomfinlough and Tulla 5
Shannon Ballycannan, Ballyglass, Cappavilla, Clenagh, Cratloe, Drumline, Killeely, Kiltenanlea, Mountievers, Newmarket, Sixmilebridge and Urlan 7
West Clare Ennistymon Abbey, Ballagh, Ballyea, Ballyeighter, Ballysteen, Ballyvaskin, Boston, Carran, Castletown, Cloghaun, Cloonanaha, Clooney (in the former Rural District of Ennistimon), Corrofin, Derreen, Drumcreehy, Dysert, Ennistimon, Gleninagh, Glenroe, Kilfenora, Killaspuglonane, Killilagh, Killinaboy, Kilshanny, Kiltoraght, Liscannor, Lisdoonvarna, Lurraga, Magherareagh, Milltown Malbay, Mount Elva, Moy, Muckanagh, Noughaval, Oughtmama, Rath, Rathborney, Ruan and Smithstown 4
Kilrush Annagh, Ballynacally, Cahermurphy (in the former Rural District of Kilrush), Clondagad, Cloonadrum, Clooncoorha, Coolmeen, Cooraclare, Creegh, Doonbeg, Drumellihy, Einagh, Formoyle, Furroor, Glenmore, Kilballyowen, Kilchreest, Kilcloher, Kilfearagh, Kilfiddane, Kilkee, Killadysert, Killanniv, Killard, Killimer, Killofin, Killone, Kilmihil, Kilmurry (in the former Rural District of Killadysert), Kilmurry (in the former Rural District of Kilrush), Kilrush Rural, Kilrush Urban, Kinturk, Knock, Knocknaboley, Knocknagore, Liscasey, Lisheen, Moveen, Moyarta, Mullagh, Querrin, Rahona, Rinealon, St. Martins, Tullig and Tullycreen 5

Current councillors[edit]

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

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 13
Fine Gael 8
Sinn Féin 1
Green 1
Independent 5

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
Ennis Mary Howard Fine Gael
Johnny Flynn Fine Gael
Mark Nestor Fianna Fáil
Clare Colleran Molloy Fianna Fáil
Paul Murphy Fine Gael
Pat Daly Fianna Fáil
Ann Norton Independent
Ennistymon Shane Talty Fianna Fáil
Joe Garrihy Fine Gael
Róisín Garvey[a] Green
Joe Killeen Fianna Fáil
Killaloe Joe Cooney Fine Gael
Pat Hayes Fianna Fáil
Tony O'Brien Fianna Fáil
Alan O'Callaghan Fianna Fáil
Pat Burke Fine Gael
Kilrush P. J. Kelly Fianna Fáil
Gabriel Keating Fine Gael
Bill Chambers Fianna Fáil
Cillian Murphy Fianna Fáil
Ian Lynch Independent
Shannon Cathal Crowe[a] Fianna Fáil
John Crowe Fine Gael
Michael Begley Independent
P. J. Ryan Independent
Mike McKee[a] Sinn Féin
Gerry Flynn Independent
Pat McMahon Fianna Fáil
Notes
  1. ^ a b c Replaced during term, see table below for details.

Co-options[edit]

Party Outgoing Electoral area Reason Date Co-optee
Sinn Féin Mike McKee Shannon Death of councillor December 2019 Donna McGettigan[4]
Fianna Fáil Cathal Crowe Shannon Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2020 general election February 2020 Pat O'Gorman[5]
Green Róisín Garvey Ennistymon Nominated by the Taoiseach to Seanad Éireann. June 2020 Susan Crawford[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local Authorities". Oireachtas. 26 May 1982. Retrieved 26 October 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Winning Design". World Architecture News. Retrieved 31 October 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "County of Clare Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts Order 2018". 19 December 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  4. ^ "McGettigan Co-Opted Onto Clare County Council". clare.fm. 17 January 2020. Retrieved 12 August 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Clare’s newest Councillor will take up his seat this afternoon.
  6. ^ Clare’s Newest Councillor To Formally Take Up Her Seat Today

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