Fingal County Council

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Fingal County Council

Comhairle Contae Fhine Gall
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Eoghan O'Brien, FF
Structure
Seats40
Political groups
Elections
Last election
24 May 2019
Meeting place
Fingal County Hall.jpg
County Hall, Swords
Website
fingalcoco.ie
The area governed by the council

Fingal County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Fhine Gall) is the authority responsible for local government in the county of Fingal, Ireland. It is one of three local authorities that comprised the former Dublin County Council before its abolition and one of four councils in the Dublin Region. As a county council, it is governed by the Local Government Act 2001. The council is responsible for housing and community, roads and transport, urban planning and development, amenity and culture, and environment. The council has 40 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, Paul Reid. The county town is Swords.

Administrative area[edit]

Fingal covers an area of 452.7 km2 and has 88km of coastline stretching from Sutton in the south to Balbriggan in the north.[1] It is drained by the River Delvin along its northern boundary, the Ward and Broadmeadow rivers in the centre, the Tolka and Santry rivers to the south. The River Liffey forms its southern border with South Dublin. There are three large protected estuaries and salt marsh habitats, with thirteen major beaches. Howth Head and the Liffey Valley are covered by Special Area Amenity Orders.

Local Electoral Areas[edit]

Fingal County Council has 40 seats, divided into the following seven local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions.[2]

LEA Definition Seats
Balbriggan Balbriggan Rural, Balbriggan Urban, Holmpatrick and Skerries 5
BlanchardstownMulhuddart Blanchardstown-Abbotstown, Blanchardstown-Corduff, Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart, Blanchardstown-Tyrrelstown, Dubber, The Ward;and those parts of the electoral divisions of Blanchardstown-Blakestown and Blanchardstown-Coolmine north of a line drawn along the N3 dual carriageway. 5
Castleknock Blanchardstown-Delwood, Blanchardstown-Roselawn, Castleknock-Knockmaroon, Castleknock-Park, Lucan North; the part of Blanchardstown-Blakestown electoral division situated within the following line: Commencing at the intersection of the boundary between the electoral divisions of Blanchardstown-Blakestown and Lucan North with the R121 Road at the Clonsilla railway station bridge; (referred to hereafter as the first-mentioned point); then proceeding in a north easterly direction along the R121 road to its intersection with the Clonsilla link road; then proceeding in a northerly direction along the Clonsilla link road to its intersection with the Ongar distributor road; then proceeding in a south-easterly direction along the Ongar distributor road to its intersection with Shelerin Road; then proceeding in a southerly direction along Shelerin Road to its intersection with Clonsilla Road; then proceeding in an easterly direction along Clonsilla Road to its intersection with Porterstown Road; then proceeding in a southerly direction along Porterstown Road to the railway line; then proceeding in a westerly direction along the railway line to the first-mentioned point;and that part of the electoral division of Blanchardstown-Coolmine not contained in the local electoral area of Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart. 6
HowthMalahide Baldoyle, Howth, Malahide East, Malahide West, Portmarnock North, Portmarnock South, Sutton;and those parts of the electoral divisions of Balgriffin, Kinsaley and Swords-Seatown not contained in the local electoral area of Swords. 7
Ongar That part of the electoral division of Blanchardstown-Blakestown not contained in the local electoral area of Castleknock and not contained in the local electoral area of Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart. 5
RushLusk Ballyboghil, Balscadden, Clonmethan, Donabate, Garristown, Hollywood, Lusk and Rush. 5
Swords Airport, Kilsallaghan, Swords-Forrest, Swords-Glasmore, Swords-Lissenhall, Swords Village, Turnapin; and those parts of the electoral divisions of Balgriffin, Kinsaley and Swords-Seatown west of a line drawn along the M1 motorway. 7

Councillors[edit]

The following were elected at the 2019 Fingal County Council election, under the boundaries which existed at the time.

2019 seats summary[edit]

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 8
Fine Gael 7
Labour Party 6
Green Party 5
Sinn Féin 4
Social Democrats 2
Independents 4 Change 1
Solidarity–People Before Profit 1
Independent 6

Councillors by electoral area[edit]

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 24 May 2019.[3]

Council members from 2019 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Balbriggan Tony Murphy Independent
Joe O'Brien Green Party
Seána Ó Rodaigh Labour Party
Tom O'Leary Fine Gael
Gráinne Maguire Independent
BlanchardstownMulhuddart Mary McCamley Labour Party
Breda Hanaphy Sinn Féin
Punam Rane Fine Gael
John Burtchaell Solidarity–PBP
Freddie Cooper Fianna Fáil
Castleknock Roderic O'Gorman Green Party
Emer Currie Fine Gael
Ted Leddy Fine Gael
John Walsh Labour Party
Howard Mahony Fianna Fáil
Natalie Tracey Sinn Féin
HowthMalahide Eoghan O'Brien Fianna Fáil
David Healy Green Party
Cian O'Callaghan Social Democrats
Brian McDonagh Labour Party
Jimmy Guerin Independent
Aoibhinn Tormey Fine Gael
Anthony Lavin Fine Gael
Ongar Paul Donnelly Sinn Féin
Tania Doyle Independent
Tom Kitt Fianna Fáil
Kieran Dennison Fine Gael
Daniel Whooley Green Party
RushLusk Robert O'Donoghue Labour Party
Adrian Henchy Fianna Fáil
Brian Dennehy Fianna Fáil
Cathal Boland Independent
Paul Mulville Social Democrats
Swords Darragh Butler Fianna Fáil
Dean Mulligan Inds. 4 Change
Ian Carey Green Party
Duncan Smith Labour Party
Joe Newman Independent
Brigid Manton Fianna Fáil
Ann Graves Sinn Féin

Governance[edit]

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are chosen from among the Councillors.[4] The Chief Executive – Paul Reid – is appointed by central government[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Corporate Plan 2004–2009", pg 9 Archived October 18, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "S.I. No. 616/2018 - County of Fingal Local Electoral Areas Order 2018". 19 December 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Local Elections 2019: Fingal County Council". RTE News. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  4. ^ Per Schedule 8 of the Local Government Act, 2001, the Council resolved to give to the office of its chairperson and vice-chairperson the title of "Mayor" or "Deputy Mayor", respectively.
  5. ^ http://www.fingal.ie/your-council/management-team/

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