Letterkenny Town Council

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Letterkenny Town Council

Comhairle Bhaile Leitir Ceanainn
Coat of arms or logo
Last election
5 June 2009
Meeting place
Public Services Centre, Neil T. Blaney Road, Letterkenny

Letterkenny Town Council (Irish: Comhairle Bhaile Leitir Ceanainn) was the local authority for the town of Letterkenny in County Donegal, Ireland. It was the first of four local councils to be established in County Donegal.[1] It oversaw functions of the town, such as planning and financial issues, and was in turn overseen by Donegal County Council.


The Town Council was previously known as Letterkenny Urban District Council. It was the only urban district in existence when Donegal County Council was established in 1899. Local elections are held every five years in the month of June. The last election took place on 11 June 2004. The last election was held due in June 2009.

In November 2012, Letterkenny Town Council passed a unanimous vote of no confidence in Environment Minister Phil Hogan.[2] In November 2013, they planned to protest Hogan's visit to the town to officially open a new wastewater treatment works at Magherenan but then decided against out of respect for those involved in the project - Mayor Paschal Blake and Deputy Mayor Tom Crossan attended to pass comment against Hogan in their speech.[3] The last Town Clerk was Paddy Doherty.[when?][citation needed]

Letterkenny Town Council was abolished in 2014 as part of local government reforms.[4][5][6]

Electoral areas[edit]

For the purpose of elections the town was divided into 5 local electoral areas: North (1.5), South (1.5), West (2), East (3) and Other (1).


  1. ^ "Urban Expansion". Published in the 1990 edition of The Letterkenny and District Christmas Annual, p. 46.
  2. ^ "Letterkenny Councillors have no confidence in Hogan". Highland Radio. 20 November 2012. Archived from the original on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
  3. ^ Brophy, Daragh (6 November 2013). ""Arrogant" Phil Hogan's visit to be greeted with protest by Letterkenny councillors". TheJournal.ie. Archived from the original on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  4. ^ Dougherty, Danny (26 May 2014). "The last stand! An historic photo of all the Letterkenny Town Council outdoor staff". Donegal Democrat. Archived from the original on 30 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Call for Letterkenny forum as Town Council meets for the final time". Highland Radio. 12 May 2014. Archived from the original on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  6. ^ ""A dark day" looms for Letterkenny as town council ends". Donegal Democrat. 11 May 2014. Archived from the original on 9 March 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2014.