Cork County Council

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Cork County Council

Comhairle Contae Chorcaí
Coat of arms or logo
Danny Collins, Ind
Cork County Council Composition.svg
Political groups
  •   Fine Gael (20)
  •   Fianna Fáil (18)
  •   Green Party (2)
  •   Labour Party (2)
  •   Sinn Féin (1)
  •   Social Democrats (1)
  •   Independent (11)
Last election
24 May 2019
Meeting place
County Hall, Cork
The area governed by the council

Cork County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Chorcaí) is the authority responsible for local government in County Cork, 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 55 elected members. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the title of Mayor. The county administration is headed by a Chief Executive, Tim Lucey.[1] The county seat is Cork.


Originally meetings of Cork County Council were held in the back portion of the top floor of Cork Courthouse.[2] By the 1950s these premises were becoming inadequate and County Hall opened in April 1968.[3]

Boundary change[edit]

The area of Cork County Council was reduced on 31 May 2019, ceding territory to Cork City Council.[4] This implemented changes under the Local Government Act 2019.[5]

The 2015 Cork Local Government Review recommended merging Cork City Council and Cork County Council into a single "super council"; however, a minority report opposed the merger, with a subsequent report published by an expert advisory group in 2017 recommending a city boundary extension.[6][7][8]

Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts[edit]

Cork County Council is divided into the following municipal districts and local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions.[9]

Municipal District LEA Definition Seats
BandonKinsale Abbeymahon, Ballinadee, Ballinspittle, Ballyfeard, Ballymackean, Ballymartle, Ballymodan, Ballymurphy, Bandon, Baurleigh, Boulteen, Brinny, Butlerstown, Cashel, Coolmain, Courtmacsherry, Cullen (in the former Rural District of Kinsale), Inishannon, Kilbrittain, Kilbrogan, Kilmaloda East, Kilmaloda West, Kilmonoge, Kinsale Rural, Kinsale Urban, Kinure, Knockavilly, Knockroe, Laherne, Leighmoney, Murragh, Nohaval, Rathclarin, Templemartin, Templemichael, Templeomalus and Timoleague. 6
Carrigaline Ballyfoyle, Carrigaline (in the former rural district of Kinsale), Dunderrow, Farranbrien, Kilpatrick, Liscleary, Monkstown Urban, Templebreedy;


those parts of the electoral divisions of Ballygarvan, Carrigaline (in the former rural district of Cork), Douglas, Inishkenny, and Monkstown Rural that are not contained within the City of Cork.

Cobh Ballynaglogh, Carrignavar, Carrigtohill, Cobh Rural, Cobh Urban, Killeagh (in the former Rural District of Cork), Knockraha, Watergrasshill;


those parts of the electoral divisions of Caherlag, Rathcooney (part), Riverstown and Whitechurch that are not contained within the City of Cork.

East Cork Midleton Ardagh, Ballintemple, Ballycottin, Ballyspillane, Castlemartyr, Clonmult, Clonpriest, Cloyne, Corkbeg, Dangan, Dungourney, Garryvoe, Ightermurragh, Inch, Kilcronat, Killeagh (in the former Rural District of Youghal No.1), Kilmacdonogh, Lisgoold, Midleton Rural, Midleton Urban, Mogeely, Rostellan, Templebodan, Templenacarriga, Youghal Rural (part) and Youghal Urban. 7
Fermoy Aghern, Ballyarthur, Ballyhooly, Ballynoe, Carrig (in the former Rural District of Fermoy), Castle Hyde, Castlecooke, Castlelyons, Castletownroche, Clenor, Coole, Curraglass, Derryvillane, Doneraile, Farahy, Fermoy Rural, Fermoy Urban, Glanworth East, Glanworth West, Glenville, Gortnaskehy, Gortroe, Kilcor, Kilcummer, Kildinan, Kildorrery, Kilgullane, Killathy, Kilphelan, Kilworth, Knockmourne, Leitrim, Marshalstown, Mitchelstown, Monanimy, Rathcormack, Shanballymore, Skahanagh, Streamhill, Templemolaga and Wallstown. 6
Kanturk–Mallow Kanturk Allow, Ardskeagh, Ballyhoolahan, Banteer, Barleyhill, Barnacurra, Bawncross, Boherboy, Castlemagner, Clonfert East, Clonfert West, Clonmeen, Coolclogh, Crinnaloo, Cullen (in the former Rural District of Millstreet), Derragh, Doonasleen, Dromina, Glenlara, Greenane, Kanturk, Keale, Kilbrin, Kilcorney, Kilmeen, Knockatooan, Knocknagree, Knocktemple, Meens, Milford, Milltown, Newmarket, Newtown, Rathcool, Rathluirc, Rosnalee, Rowls, Skagh, Springfort, Tullylease and Williamstown. 4
Mallow Ballyclogh, Ballynamona, Blackpool, Buttevant, Caherduggan, Carrig (in the former rural District of Mallow), Castlecor, Churchtown, Dromore, Gortmore, Imphrick, Kilmaclenine, Kilshannig, Knockantota, Liscarroll, Mallow North Urban, Mallow Rural, Mallow South Urban, Nad, Rahan, Roskeen, Templemary and Tincoora. 5
Macroom Aghinagh, Aglish, An Sliabh Riabhach, Ballygroman, Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh (Maigh Chromta) (in the former Rural District of Macroom), Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh (Dún Mánmhaí) (in the former Rural District of Dunmanway), Bealock, Caherbarnagh, Cannaway, Carrigboy, Ceann Droma, Cill na Martra, Claonráth, Clondrohid, Clonmoyle, Coomlogane, Doire Fhínín, Dripsey, Drishane, Firmount, Gort na Tiobratan, Gowlane, Greenfort, Greenville, Inchigeelagh, Kilberrihert, Kilbonane, Kilcullen, Macloneigh, Macroom Urban, Magourney, Mashanaglass, Mountrivers, Moviddy, Na hUláin, Rahalisk, Teerelton, Warrenscourt;

and those parts of the electoral divisions of Ballincollig, Blarney, Carrigrohanebeg, Matehy and Ovens that are not contained within the City of Cork.

West Cork Bantry–West Cork Adrigole, Aghadown North, Aghadown South, Ahil, Ballybane, Ballydehob, Bantry Rural, Bantry Urban, Bear, Bredagh, Caheragh, Cloghdonnell, Coolagh, Coulagh, Crookhaven, Curryglass, Douce, Dromdaleague North, Dromdaleague South, Dunbeacon, Dunmanus, Durrus East, Durrus West, Garranes, Garrown, Glanlough, Glengarriff, Goleen, Gortnascreeny, Kealkill, Kilcaskan, Kilcatherine, Kilcoe, Killaconenagh, Killeenleagh, Kilnamanagh, Lowertown, Mealagh, Milane, Scart, Seefin, Sheepshead, Skull, Toormore and Whiddy. 4
Skibbereen–West Cork Ardfield, Argideen, Aultagh, Ballingurteen, Ballymoney, Bengour, Cahermore, Carrigbaun, Castlehaven North, Castlehaven South, Castletown, Castleventry, Cléire, Clonakilty Rural, Clonakilty Urban, Cloonkeen, Coolcraheen, Coolmountain, Derry, Drinagh (in the former Rural District of Dunmanway), Drinagh (in the former Rural District of Skibbereen), Dunmanway North, Dunmanway South, Kilfaughnabeg, Kilkerranmore, Kilmoylerane, Kilnagross, Kinneigh, Knocks, Knockskagh, Manch, Myross, Rathbarry, Rosscarbery, Rossmore, Shreelane, Skibbereen Rural, Skibbereen Urban, Teadies, Tullagh and Woodfort 5


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

2019 seats summary[edit]

Party Seats
Fine Gael 20
Fianna Fáil 18
Green 2
Labour 2
Sinn Féin 2
Social Democrats 1
Independent 10

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
BandonKinsale Gillian Coughlan Fianna Fáil
Alan Coleman Independent
Kevin Murphy Fine Gael
John O'Sullivan Fine Gael
Marie O'Sullivan Fine Gael
Seán O'Donovan Fianna Fáil
BantryWest Cork Danny Collins Independent
Patrick Gerard Murphy Fianna Fáil
Katie Murphy Fine Gael
Holly Cairns[a] Social Democrats
Carrigaline Séamus McGrath Fianna Fáil
Marcia D'Alton Independent
Aidan Lombard Fine Gael
Ben Dalton O'Sullivan Independent
Liam O’Connor Fine Gael
Audrey Buckley Fianna Fáil
Cobh Pádraig O'Sullivan[a] Fianna Fáil
Anthony Barry Fine Gael
Sinéad Sheppard Fine Gael
Cathal Rasmussen Labour
Seán O'Connor Independent
Alan O'Connor Green
Fermoy Noel McCarthy Fine Gael
Frank O'Flynn Fianna Fáil
Deirdre O'Brien Fianna Fáil
William O'Leary Fianna Fáil
Kay Dawson Fine Gael
Frank Roche Independent
Kanturk Bernard Moynihan Fianna Fáil
Ian Doyle Fianna Fáil
John Paul O'Shea Fine Gael
Gerard Murphy Fine Gael
Macroom Michael Creed Fine Gael
Gobnait Moynihan Fianna Fáil
Michael Looney Fianna Fáil
Martin Coughlan Independent
Eileen Lynch Fine Gael
Ted Lucey Fine Gael
Mallow Pat Hayes Fianna Fáil
Gearóid Murphy Fianna Fáil
James Kennedy Labour
Tony O’Shea Fine Gael
Liam Madden Fine Gael
Midleton Mary Linehan Foley Independent
Noel Collins Independent
Michael Hegarty Fine Gael
James O'Connor[a] Fianna Fáil
Danielle Twomey Sinn Féin
Susan McCarthy Fine Gael
Liam Quaide Green
SkibbereenWest Cork Christopher O'Sullivan[a] Fianna Fáil
Joe Carroll Fianna Fáil
Declan Hurley Independent
Karen Coakley Fine Gael
Paul Hayes[b] Sinn Féin
  1. ^ a b c d Replaced during term, see table below for details.
  2. ^ Changed party, see table below for details.


Party Outgoing Electoral area Reason Date Co-optee
Fianna Fáil James O'Connor Midleton Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2020 general election February 2020 Ann Marie Ahern
Fianna Fáil Pádraig O'Sullivan Cobh Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2019 Cork North-Central by-election February 2020 Sheila O'Callaghan
Social Democrats Holly Cairns Bantry–West Cork Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2020 general election February 2020 Ross O'Connell
Fianna Fáil Christopher O'Sullivan Skibbereen–West Cork Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2020 general election February 2020 Deirdre Kelly

Changes in affiliation[edit]

Name Electoral area Elected as New affiliation Date
Paul Hayes Skibbereen–West Cork Sinn Féin Independent May 2020


  1. ^ "Council defends use of debt collectors". The Irish Examiner. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Cork County Hall: 50 years" (PDF). Cork County Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 May 2019. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Cork County Hall, Cork - Building #1351". Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Local Government Act 2019 (Transfer Day) Order 2019". Irish Statute Book. 30 January 2019. Archived from the original on 8 February 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Local Government Act 2019". Irish Statute Book. 25 January 2019. Archived from the original on 8 July 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  6. ^ Cork Local Government Committee (September 2015). "Local Government Arrangements in Cork" (PDF). Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Archived (PDF) from the original on 1 August 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Merger of Cork councils to be in place for 2019 elections". Evening Echo. 7 September 2015. Archived from the original on 10 October 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Cork city to double in size taking in Ballincollig, Blarney and Carrigtwohill". Evening Echo. 9 June 2017. Archived from the original on 30 July 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  9. ^ "County Of Cork Local Electoral Areas And Municipal Districts Order 2019". 31 January 2018. Archived from the original on 8 December 2019. Retrieved 18 March 2019.

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