Local electoral area

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A local electoral area (LEA) is an electoral area for elections to local authorities in Ireland. All elections use the single transferable vote. The boundaries of LEAs are defined by statutory instrument in terms of lower-level units called electoral divisions (EDs).

Municipal districts[edit]

A municipal district is a division of a local authority which can exercise certain powers of the local authority. They came into being on 1 June 2014, ten days after the local elections, under the provisions of the Local Government Reform Act 2014.[1][2] Of the 31 local authorities, 25 are subdivided into municipal districts, which comprise one or more LEA. The exceptions are the three city councils (Cork City, Dublin City and Galway City) and the three county councils in Dublin (Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin). A district associated with a city or borough is termed a metropolitan district or borough district respectively.

In 2019, John Paul Phelan, Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform commented in the Dáil:[3]

Municipal districts have an extensive list of functions currently, but the situation is haphazard ... some local authorities are better at performing some functions than others. I have found that some local authorities have a strong municipal district structure, with the districts being where most of the nitty-gritty work of local authorities is done, be it roads, footpaths or lights. Some do not have that structure, though, with decisions rehashed or debated again at the councils' plenary sessions.

Boundaries[edit]

Boundaries for local electoral areas and municipal district are determined by statutory instrument of the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government.[4] The minister must first establish an independent boundary committee, but need not accept its advice. A boundary committee has been required since 1994 for electoral areas.[5][6] The 2012–13 Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee considered both administrative areas (municipal districts, though not counties/cities) and electoral areas.[6] 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.[7] A Boundary Committee established in 2017 and which reported in June 2018 recommended alterations to municipal districts and local electoral areas which were implemented in December 2018.

Areas[edit]

Below are the districts and local electoral areas as defined by the most recent SI in each case and which were used at the 2019 local elections. Unless otherwise specified, districts are titled "Municipal District of Carlow", etc.

Council Seats District Local Electoral Area (LEA) Seats
Carlow County Council[8] 18 Carlow 7
Muinebeag 5
Tullow 6
Cavan County Council[9] 18 BailieboroughCootehill 6
Ballyjamesduff 6
CavanBelturbet 6
Clare County Council[10] 28 Ennis 7
Killaloe 5
Shannon 7
West Clare Ennistymon 4
Kilrush 5
Cork City Council[11] 31 Cork City North-East 6
Cork City North-West 6
Cork City South-Central 6
Cork City South-East 6
Cork City South-West 7
Cork County Council[12] 55 BandonKinsale 6
Carrigaline 6
Cobh 6
East Cork Midleton 7
Fermoy 6
Kanturk—Mallow Kanturk 4
Mallow 5
Macroom 6
West Cork Bantry—West Cork 4
Skibbereen—West Cork 5
Donegal County Council[13] 37 Donegal 6
Glenties 6
Inishowen Buncrana 5
Carndonagh 4
LetterkennyMilford Letterkenny 7
Milford 3
LiffordStranorlar 6
Dublin City Council[14] 63 ArtaneWhitehall 6
BallyfermotDrimnagh 5
BallymunFinglas 6
CabraGlasnevin 7
Clontarf 6
Donaghmede 5
KimmageRathmines 6
North Inner City 7
Pembroke 5
South East Inner City 5
South West Inner City 5
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council[15] 40 Blackrock 6
Dundrum 7
Dún Laoghaire 7
GlencullenSandyford 7
KillineyShankill 6
Stillorgan 6
Fingal County Council[16] 40 Balbriggan 5
BlanchardstownMulhuddart 5
Castleknock 6
HowthMalahide 7
Ongar 5
RushLusk 5
Swords 7
Galway City Council[17] 18 Galway City West 6
Galway City Central 6
Galway City East 6
Galway County Council[18] 39 Athenry AthenryOranmore 7
Ballinasloe 6
Conamara Conamara North 4
Conamara South 5
Loughrea GortKinvara 5
Loughrea 5
Tuam 7
Kerry County Council[19] 33 An DaingeanCastleisland An Daingean 3
Castleisland 4
Kenmare 6
Killarney 7
Listowel 6
Tralee 7
Kildare County Council[20] 40 Athy 5
CelbridgeLeixlip Celbridge 4
Leixlip 3
ClaneMaynooth Clane 5
Maynooth 5
KildareNewbridge Kildare 5
Newbridge 6
Naas 7
Kilkenny County Council[21] 24 CallanThomastown 6
Castlecomer 6
Kilkenny City Kilkenny 7
Piltown 5
Laois County Council[22] 19 Borris-in-OssoryMountmellick 6
GraiguecullenPortarlington 6
Portlaoise 7
Leitrim County Council[23] 18 Ballinamore 6
Carrick-on-Shannon 6
Manorhamilton 6
Limerick City and County Council[24] 40 Metropolitan District of Limerick City Limerick City East 7
Limerick City North 7
Limerick City West 7
AdareRathkeale 6
CappamoreKilmallock 7
Newcastle West 6
Longford County Council[25] 18 Ballymahon 6
Granard 5
Longford 7
Louth County Council[26] 29 Ardee 6
Borough District of Drogheda Drogheda Rural 4
Drogheda Urban 6
Dundalk Dundalk—Carlingford 6
Dundalk South 7
Mayo County Council[27] 30 Ballina 6
Castlebar 7
Claremorris Claremorris 6
Swinford 4
WestportBelmullet Westport 4
Belmullet 3
Meath County Council[28] 40 Ashbourne 6
Kells 7
LaytownBettystown 7
Navan 7
Ratoath 7
Trim 6
Monaghan County Council[29] 18 BallybayClones 5
CarrickmacrossCastleblayney 6
Monaghan 7
Offaly County Council[30] 19 Birr 6
Edenderry 6
Tullamore 7
Roscommon County Council[31] 18 Athlone 6
Boyle 6
Roscommon 6
Sligo County Council[32] 18 Borough District of Sligo SligoStrandhill 6
BallymoteTobercurry 7
SligoDrumcliff 7
South Dublin County Council[33] 40 Clondalkin 7
FirhouseBohernabreena 5
Lucan 5
Palmerstown—Fonthill 5
RathfarnhamTempleogue 7
Tallaght Central 6
Tallaght South 5
Tipperary County Council[34] 40 Borough District of Clonmel Clonmel 6
CahirCashel Cahir 4
CashelTipperary 7
Carrick-on-Suir 5
Nenagh Nenagh 5
Newport 4
Thurles Thurles 5
RoscreaTemplemore 4
Waterford City and County Council[35] 32 Metropolitan District of Waterford City Tramore—Waterford City West 6
Waterford City East 6
Waterford City South 6
Comeragh PortlawKilmacthomas 5
DungarvanLismore Dungarvan 6
Lismore 3
Westmeath County Council[36] 20 AthloneMoate Athlone 5
Moate 4
MullingarKinnegad Mullingar 6
Kinnegad 5
Wexford County Council[37] 34 Enniscorthy 6
GoreyKilmuckridge Gorey 6
Kilmuckridge 4
New Ross 6
Rosslare 5
Borough District of Wexford Wexford 7
Wicklow County Council[38] 32 Arklow 6
Baltinglass 6
Bray Bray East 4
Bray West 4
Greystones 6
Wicklow 6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local Government Reform". Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Retrieved 28 January 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. ^ Phelan, John Paul (23 January 2019). "Local Government Bill 2018: From the Seanad". Dáil Éireann (32nd Dáil) debates. Oireachtas. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
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  5. ^ "Local Government Act, 1994, Section 24". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
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