Municipal district (Ireland)

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A municipal district is a second-level local government area in Ireland which came into being on 1 June 2014, ten days after the local elections.[1][2] A district associated with a city or borough is termed a metropolitan district or borough district respectively. A local electoral area (often abbreviated as LEA) is an electoral area for local government purposes. In general each municipal district corresponds to a single LEA; however some districts are split into multiple LEAs. In addition, the three cities and three counties which have no district-level subunits are nevertheless split into multiple LEAs. The names and extents of municipal districts and LEAs are defined by statutory instrument in terms of lower-level units called electoral divisions (EDs).

Under the Local Government Reform Act 2014, most first-level areas (counties and cities) are subdivided into municipal districts. All elections use the single transferable vote. Each LEA returns six to ten councillors (except Cork City's, which return four to seven, and where a separate review took place in 2015). Those elected in each LEA serve on the county or city council, and simultaneously on the district council if applicable.

Boundaries[edit]

Boundaries are determined by statutory instrument of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.[3] The minister must first establish an independent boundary committee, but need not accept its advice. A boundary committee has been required since 1991 for administrative areas,[4] and since 1994 for electoral areas.[5][3] The 2012–13 Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee considered both administrative areas (municipal districts, though not counties/cities) and electoral areas.[3] In 2015, separate committees were set up to consider adjustments to county and municipal boundaries passing through each of four urban areas: Athlone, Carlow, Drogheda, and Waterford.[6] The programme of the Fine Gael–led government formed after the 2016 election promises to consider reducing the size (i.e. number of seats) of LEAs.[7]

Areas[edit]

Council Area District
[t 1]
LEA
[t 2]
Councillors
[t 3]
Population (2011)
Carlow County Council (18) Carlow Y Y 10 32,731
Muine Bheag Y Y 8 21,881
Cavan County Council (18) CavanBelturbet Y Y 6 24,455
BailieboroughCootehill Y Y 6 24,131
Ballyjamesduff Y Y 6 24,597
Clare County Council (28) West Clare Y Y 8 34,449
Ennis Y Y 8 33,010
Killaloe Y Y 6 22,940
Shannon Y Y 6 22,940
Cork City Council (31)[t 4] Cork City North-Central Y 5 20,316
Cork City North-East Y 4 14,317
Cork City North-West Y 4 15,274
Cork City South-Central Y 5 20,684
Cork City South-East Y 7 26,750
Cork City South-West Y 6 21,889
Cork County Council (55) Fermoy Y Y 6 42,226
KanturkMallow Y Y 6 47,305
BallincolligCarrigaline Y Y 10 71,946
Cobh Y Y 7 53,544
East Cork Y Y 6 42,399
BandonKinsale Y Y 6 42,454
BlarneyMacroom Y Y 6 43,398
West Cork Y Y 8 56,530
Donegal County Council (37) Donegal Y Y 6 26,863
Glenties Y Y 6 25,317
Inishowen Y Y 9 41,127
Letterkenny Y Y 10 41,697
Stranorlar Y Y 6 26,133
Dublin City Council (63) Ballymun Y 7 57,791
CabraFinglas Y 7 55,729
Clontarf Y 6 52,358
BeaumontDonaghmede Y 9 73,239
North Inner City Y 8 67,309
BallyfermotDrimnagh Y 6 52,896
CrumlinKimmage Y 6 51,894
RathgarRathmines Y 6 47,836
PembrokeSouth Dock Y 8 68,560
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council (40) KillineyShankill Y 6 33,187
Blackrock Y 6 30,990
Dundrum Y 7 35,768
Dún Laoghaire Y 8 40,582
GlencullenSandyford Y 7 36,465
Stillorgan Y 6 28,999
Fingal County Council (40) Balbriggan Y 8 57,427
Castleknock Y 7 46,968
HowthMalahide Y 8 55,948
Mulhuddart Y 8 54,064
Swords Y 9 59,584
Galway City Council (18) Galway City West Y 6 26,189
Galway City Central Y 6 23,642
Galway City East Y 6 25,698
Galway County Council (39) Ballinasloe Y Y 6 24,561
Conamara Y Y 9 39,238
Loughrea Y Y 8 37,416
AthenryOranmore Y Y 7 33,415
Tuam Y Y 9 40,494
Kerry County Council (33) Killarney Y Y 8 38,040
Listowel Y Y 7 28,538
South and West Kerry Y Y 9 38,873
Tralee Y Y 9 40,051
Kildare County Council (40) Athy Y Y 6 30,684
KildareNewbridge Y Y 9 49,944
Naas Y Y 9 47,017
CelbridgeLeixlip Y Y 7 36,630
Maynooth Y Y 9 46,037
Kilkenny County Council (24) Castlecomer Y Y 6 22,676
Piltown Y Y 6 23,644
Kilkenny City Y[t 5] 12 49,099
Kilkenny City East Y 6 24,720
Kilkenny City West Y 6 24,379
Laois County Council (19) GraiguecullenPortarlington Y Y 6 26,763
Borris-in-OssoryMountmellick Y Y 6 23,906
Portlaoise Y Y 7 29,890
Leitrim County Council (18) Carrick-on-Shannon Y Y 6 11,018
Manorhamilton Y Y 6 10,916
Ballinamore Y Y 6 9,864
Limerick City and County Council (40) Limerick City Y[t 6] 21 102,161
Limerick City East Y 8 40,268
Limerick City North Y 6 28,604
Limerick City West Y 7 33,289
AdareRathkeale Y Y 6 27,775
CappamoreKilmallock Y Y 7 34,536
Newcastle West Y Y 6 27,357
Longford County Council (18) Ballymahon Y Y 6 13,284
Granard Y Y 6 12,539
Longford Y Y 6 13,177
Louth County Council (29) Ardee Y Y 6 27,890
Drogheda Y[t 7] Y 10 41,925
Dundalk Y 13 53,082
Dundalk-Carlingford Y 6 24,589
Dundalk South Y 7 28,493
Mayo County Council (30) Ballina Y Y 8 32,979
Castlebar Y Y 8 34,000
Claremorris Y Y 7 32,469
West Mayo Y Y 7 31,190
Meath County Council (40) Ashbourne Y Y 6 27,164
Ratoath Y Y 7 31,894
Kells Y Y 7 31,534
Navan Y Y 7 32,934
LaytownBettystown Y Y 7 31,557
Trim Y Y 6 29,052
Monaghan County Council (18) CarrickmacrossCastleblayney Y Y 6 21,413
BallybayClones Y Y 6 18,570
Monaghan Y Y 6 20,500
Offaly County Council (19) Birr Y Y 6 25,359
Tullamore Y Y 7 28,720
Edenderry Y Y 6 22,608
Roscommon County Council (18) Athlone[t 8] Y Y 6 19,486
Boyle Y Y 6 21,712
Roscommon Y Y 6 22,867
Sligo County Council (18) Sligo Y[t 7] Y 10 38,579
BallymoteTobercurry Y Y 8 26,814
South Dublin County Council (40) Lucan Y 8 54,101
Tallaght South Y 6 40,084
Tallaght Central Y 6 36,943
TempleogueTerenure Y 6 42,991
Clondalkin Y 8 53,278
Rathfarnham Y 6 37,808
Tipperary County Council (40) Carrick-on-Suir Y Y 6 21,827
Clonmel Y[t 7] Y 9 36,569
Nenagh Y Y 9 37,442
TemplemoreThurles Y Y 9 35,367
CashelTipperary Y Y 7 27,549
Waterford City and County Council (32) Waterford City Y[t 6] 18 65,928
Waterford City East Y 6 22,340
Waterford City South Y 6 20,681
Tramore–Waterford City West Y 6 22,907
Comeragh Y Y 6 19,377
DungarvanLismore Y Y 8 28,490
Westmeath County Council (20) Athlone[t 8] Y Y 7 30,256
Mullingar Y 13 55,908
Mullingar–Coole Y 7 29,896
Mullingar–Kilbeggan Y 6 26,012
Wexford County Council (34) Gorey Y Y 8 34,202
Enniscorthy Y Y 8 34,403
New Ross Y Y 8 32,122
Wexford Y[t 7] Y 10 44,593
Wicklow County Council (32) Arklow Y Y 6 25,450
Baltinglass Y Y 6 25,267
Bray Y Y 8 34,335
Greystones Y Y 6 24,846
Wicklow Y Y 6 26,742
Notes
  1. ^ Y indicates the area is a municipal district. (Those designated as "metropolitan district" or "borough district" are footnoted.)
  2. ^ Y indicates the area is a local electoral area.
  3. ^ The number of councillors returned by the LEA and/or the number on the district council. All district councillors are ex officio members of the county/city council.
  4. ^ "S.I. No. 428/2008 – City of Cork Local Electoral Areas Order 2008". Irish Statute Book. Attorney-General of Ireland. 7 November 2008. 
  5. ^ The "Municipal District of Kilkenny City" is not specified to be a Borough District; however, it includes the designation "City" in its name.
  6. ^ a b Metropolitan district
  7. ^ a b c d Borough district.
  8. ^ a b There are separate municipal districts named "Athlone" in counties Roscommon and Westmeath, each named after the town on the border of the two counties.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local Government Reform". Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Retrieved 22 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "S.I. No. 215/2014 - Local Government Reform Act 2014 (2014 Establishment Day) Order 2014.". Irish Statute Book. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee (30 May 2013). "2.2. Statutory role of the Committee" (PDF). Report 2013 (PDF). Dublin: Stationery Office. pp. 13–14. ISBN 978-1-4064-2767-7. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Local Government Act, 1991". Irish Statute Book. Part V: Local Authority Boundary Alteration. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Local Government Act, 1994, Section 24". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "Minister Alan Kelly Appoints Groups to Review Local Government Boundaries in Drogheda/Athlone/Waterford/Carlow". News. Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "A Programme for a Partnership Government" (PDF). MerrionStreet.ie. May 2016. p. 154. Retrieved 4 October 2016. We will also consider: [...] Reducing the size of local electoral areas 

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