Louth County Council
Louth County Council
Comhairle Contae Lú
Conor Keelan, FF
|24 May 2019|
|Irish: Lugh sáimh-ioldánach|
"Lugh equally skilled in many arts"
|County Hall, Dundalk|
Louth County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Lú) is the authority responsible for local government in County Louth, 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 29 elected members. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the title of Cathaoirleach (chairperson). The county administration is headed by a Chief Executive, Joan Martin. The county town is Dundalk.
Originally meetings of Louth County Council took place in Dundalk Courthouse. A home for the county officials was subsequently established at County Buildings in Crowe Street and both the county council and its officials moved to County Hall in 2000.
Louth County Council has three representatives on the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly who are part of the Eastern Strategic Planning Area Committee.
Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts
Louth County Council is divided into the following borough and municipal districts and local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions. The municipal district which contains the administrative area of the former Drogheda Borough Council is referred to as a Borough District.
Councillors have regular monthly meetings both as a whole council and within their municipal district. Each municipal district elects its own chair, titled a Cathaoirleach.
|Ardee||Ardee Rural, Ardee Urban, Castlebellingham, Clonkeen, Collon, Darver, Dromin, Drumcar, Dunleer, Dysart, Killanny, Louth, Mansfieldstown, Mullary, Stabannan and Tallanstown||6|
|Borough District of Drogheda||Drogheda Rural||Clogher, Monasterboice, St. Peter's and Termonfeckin||4|
|Drogheda Urban||Fair Gate, St Lawrence Gate, St. Mary's (part) and West Gate||6|
|Dundalk||Dundalk—Carlingford||Ballymascanlan, Carlingford, Drummullagh, Dundalk No. 1 Urban, Dundalk No. 2 Urban, Faughart, Greenore, Jenkinstown, Rathcor, Ravensdale;those parts of the electoral divisions of Castletown, Dundalk Rural, Dundalk No. 3 Urban and Dundalk No. 4 Urban not contained in the local electoral area of Dundalk South||6|
|Dundalk South||Barronstown, Castlering, Creggan Upper, Dromiskin, Haggardstown;those parts of the electoral divisions of Castletown and Dundalk Rural south of the R178 (Carrickmacross Road); and those parts of the electoral divisions of Dundalk No. 3 Urban and Dundalk No. 4 Urban south of a line drawn as follows: Commencing at the boundary between the electoral divisions of Dundalk No. 1 Urban and Dundalk No. 3 Urban at the Carrickmacross Road Bridge and St. Dominick's Place and then proceeding in an easterly direction to the junction of St. Dominick's Place with the roundabout at the Crescent; then proceeding in a clockwise direction around and excluding the said roundabout to its junction with Anne Street; then proceeding in a north-easterly direction along Anne Street to its junction with Park Street; then proceeding in a north easterly direction along Park Street to its junction with Francis Street; then proceeding in a north-easterly direction along Francis Street and Roden Place following the boundary between the electoral divisions of Dundalk No. 1 Urban and Dundalk No. 4 Urban; then proceeding in an easterly direction along Jocelyn Street, Seatown Place and along the road connecting Seatown Place to Barrack Street to reach the junction of said road with the Dundalk Inner Relief Road; then proceeding in a north-westerly projection along the Dundalk Inner Relief Road to its junction with the road at St. Helena; then proceeding along the north-easterly projection of the said road at St. Helena to Dundalk Harbour||7|
2019 seats summary
Councillors by electoral area
This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 24 May 2019.
|Council members from 2019 election|
|Local electoral area||Name||Party|
|Ardee||Dolores Minogue||Fine Gael|
|Colm Markey[a]||Fine Gael|
|Pearse McGeough||Sinn Féin|
|John Sheridan||Fianna Fáil|
|Drogheda Rural||Oliver Tully[a]||Fine Gael|
|Tom Cunningham||Sinn Féin|
|Drogheda Urban||Paul Bell[a]||Labour|
|Joanna Byrne||Sinn Féin|
|James Byrne||Fianna Fáil|
|Dundalk–Carlingford||Antóin Watters||Sinn Féin|
|John McGahon[a]||Fine Gael|
|Edel Corrigan||Sinn Féin|
|Erin McGreehan[a]||Fianna Fáil|
|Seán Kelly||Fianna Fáil|
|Conor Keelan||Fianna Fáil|
|Dundalk South||Maeve Yore||Independent|
|Ruairí Ó Murchú[a]||Sinn Féin|
|Maria Doyle||Fine Gael|
|Tomás Sharkey||Sinn Féin|
|Liam Reilly||Fianna Fáil|
|Emma Coffey||Fianna Fáil|
|Independent||Kevin Callan||Drogheda Rural||Elected for two areas; Drogheda Urban and Drogheda Rural, resigned from Drogheda Rural.||June 2019||Declan Power|
|Fine Gael||Oliver Tully||Drogheda Rural||Death||July 2019||Eileen Tully|
|Sinn Féin||Ruairí Ó Murchú||Dundalk South||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2020 general election||February 2020||Kevin Meenan|
|Fine Gael||John McGahon||Dundalk–Carlingford||Elected to Seanad Éireann at the 2020 Seanad election||March 2020||John Reilly|
|Fianna Fáil||Erin McGreehan||Dundalk–Carlingford||Nominated by the Taoiseach to Seanad Éireann||June 2020||Andrea McKevitt|
|Labour||Paul Bell||Drogheda Urban||Appointed to the Labour Court||June 2020||Fiachra Mac Raghnaill|
|Fine Gael||Colm Markey||Ardee||Nominated to the European Parliament||October 2020||Paula Butterly|
|Independent||Hugh Conlon||Ardee||Death||July 2021||Bernie Conlon|
Chief executive (county manager)
Each council has a chief executive, previous to 2014 known as city or county manager, who is the manager of the local authority.
|2014–present||Chief executive||Joan Martin|
|2013–2014||County Manager||Philomena Poole||County manager for Dun Laoighaire-Rathdown County Council|
|2012–2013||Acting County Manager||Joan Martin|
|2007–2012||County Manager||Conn Murray||City and County Manager for Limerick Council|
Cathaoirleach of Council (Chairperson)
Every year, each local authority elects a chair called the Cathaoirleach for a term of one year and a deputy chair called the Leas-Cathaoirleach from among its members. The members elected for each municipal district elect a Cathaoirleach and a Leas-Chathaoirleach for their grouping. The Cathaoirleach chairs the meetings of the local authority or municipal district. Mayor and Deputy Mayor are titles used in municipal districts which were formerly borough councils.
|2020–2021||Dolores Minogue||Fine Gael|
|2018–2020||Liam Reilly||Fianna Fáil|
|2017–2018||Colm Markey||Fine Gael|
|2015–2016||Peter Savage (7th)||Fianna Fáil|
|2014–2015||Oliver Tully (2nd)||Fine Gael|
|2013–2014||Declan Breathnach (2nd)||Fianna Fáil|
|2012–2013||Finnan McCoy||Fine Gael|
|2011–2012||Oliver Tully (1st)||Fine Gael|
|2010–2011||Peter Savage (6th)||Fianna Fáil|
|2009–2010||Jim D'Arcy||Fine Gael|
|2008–2009||Declan Breathnach (1st)||Fianna Fáil|
|2007–2008||Jimmy Mulroy||Fianna Fáil|
|2006–2007||Jim Lennon||Fine Gael|
|2005–2006||Peter Savage (5th)||Fianna Fáil|
|2004–2005||Terry Brennan||Fine Gael|
|2003–2004||Nicholas McCabe (8th)||Fianna Fáil|
|2002–2003||Jacqui McConville||Fianna Fáil|
|2001–2002||Tommy Reilly||Fianna Fáil|
|2000–2001||Nicholas McCabe (7th)||Fianna Fáil|
|1999–2000||Peter Savage (4th)||Fianna Fáil|
|1998–1999||Miċéal O'Donnell (2nd)||Fianna Fáil|
|1996–1997||Thomas Reilly||Fianna Fáil|
|1995–1996||W. Frank Godfrey||Independent|
|1994–1995||Nicholas McCabe (6th)||Fianna Fáil|
|1993–1994||Jim Cousins||Progressive Democrats|
|1992–1993||Peter Savage (3rd)||Fianna Fáil|
|1991–1992||John McConville (2nd)||Fianna Fáil|
|1990–1991||Miċéal O'Donnell (1st)||Fianna Fáil|
|1989–1990||Nicholas McCabe (5th)||Fianna Fáil|
|1988–1989||Peter Savage (2nd)||Fianna Fáil|
|1986–1988||John McConville (1st)||Fianna Fáil|
|1985–1986||Peter Savage (1st)||Fianna Fáil|
|1983–1985||Nicholas McCabe (4th)||Fianna Fáil|
|1982–1983||Patrick Buckley||Fine Gael|
|1981–1982||Nicholas McCabe (3rd)||Fianna Fáil|
|1980–1981||Tommy Elmore||Fine Gael|
|1979–1980||Nicholas McCabe (2nd)||Fianna Fáil|
|1976–1979||Peter J. Moore||Labour|
|1975–1976||Patrick J. O'Hare (2nd)||Fine Gael|
|1974–1975||Nicholas McCabe (1st)||Fianna Fáil|
|1973–1974||Patrick J. O'Hare (1st)||Fine Gael|
|1967–1973||Paddy Donegan||Fine Gael|
|1960–1967||Bernard Rafferty||Fianna Fáil|
|1958–1960||William Woods (2nd)||Independent|
|1957–1958||Laurence Walsh||Fianna Fáil|
|1955–1957||William Woods (1st)||Independent|
|1925–1955||James McGee||Sinn Féin|
|1920–1925||James Murphy||Sinn Féin|
|1918–1920||Patrick McGee||Farmers' Party|
|1913–1918||William Doran||Nationalist Party|
Population by Local Electoral Area
The table below sets out the population of the county broken down by Local Electoral Area, total 2016 population of 128,884.
|LEA||Population (2011)||Population (2016)||Seats||Population per seat|
Population by Municipal District
The table below sets out the population of the county broken down by Municipal District, total 2016 population of 128,884.
|District||Population (2011)||Population (2016)||Seats||Population per seat|
Population by electoral division
The table below sets out the population of the county broken down by electoral division.
|Electoral Division||Population (2006)||Population (2011)||Population (2016)|
|Dundalk (Town + Rural)||51,758||56,761||59,557|
|004 Dundalk Urban No. 1||2,190||2,148||2,169|
|005 Dundalk Urban No. 2||1,211||1,169||1,140|
|006 Dundalk Urban No. 3||1,400||1,449||1,710|
|007 Dundalk Urban No. 4||6,183||6,039||5,970|
|023 Castletown (Part Urban)||2,518||2,637||2,685|
|027 Dundalk Rural (Part Urban)||15,440||17,620||18,514|
|030 Haggardstown (Part Urban)||95||87||100|
|Dundalk rural area||22,721||25,612||27,269|
|023 Castletown (Part Rural)||1,421||1,573||1,622|
|024 Creggan Upper||684||787||852|
|027 Dundalk Rural (Part Rural)||535||540||686|
|030 Haggardstown (Part Rural)||5,769||6,303||6,819|
|001 Fair Gate||9,783||9,806||10,317|
|002 St. Laurence Gate||3,801||4,004||4,075|
|003 West Gate||5,899||6,042||6,284|
|041 St. Peter's (Part Urban)||3,460||2,161||2,099|
|047 St. Mary's (Part Urban)||6,030||6,563||6,696|
|Ardee No. 1 rural area||17,976||20,262||20,924|
|008 Ardee Rural||2,626||2,875||2,952|
|009 Ardee Urban||4,301||4,554||4,917|
|Louth rural area||12,560||17,298||18,423|
|041 St. Peter's (Part Rural)||4,022||6,990||7,605|
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