Meath County Council

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Meath County Council

Comhairle Chontae na Mí
Coat of arms or logo
David Gilroy, Ind
Meath County Council composition.svg
Political groups
  •   Fianna Fáil (12)
  •   Fine Gael (12)
  •   Sinn Féin (3)
  •   Aontú (1)
  •   Labour Party (1)
  •   Social Democrats (1)
  •   Independent (10)
Last election
24 May 2019
Tré Neart le Chéile  (Irish)
"Stronger Together"
Meeting place
County Hall, Navan
The area governed by the council

Meath County Council (Irish: Comhairle Chontae na Mí) is the authority responsible for local government in County Meath, 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.[1] 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 Cathaoirleach (Chairperson). The county administration is headed by a Chief Executive, Jackie Maguire. The county town is Navan.


Meath County Council commissioned a purpose-built headquarters at Railway Street in Navan in the early 20th century.[2] It then moved to more modern facilities at the new County Hall on the Dublin Road in Navan in 2017.[3]

Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts[edit]

Meath County Council is divided into the following municipal districts and local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions.[4][5]

Municipal District and LEA Definition Seats
Ashbourne Ardmulchan, Donaghmore, Kentstown, Kilbrew, Rathfeigh, Skreen, Stamullin, Tara;those parts of the electoral division of Ardcath not contained in the local electoral area of Laytown — Bettystown; and those parts of the electoral division of Ratoath to the east of a line drawn along the M2 motorway 6
Kells An Ráth Mhór, Ardagh, Baile Átha Buí, Ballinlough, Balrathboyne, Boherboy, Burry, Carrickleck, Castlekeeran, Castletown, Ceanannas Mór Rural (part), Ceanannas Mór Urban,Crossakeel, Crosskeys, Cruicetown, Domhnach Phádraig, Drumcondra, Girley, Grennanstown, Killallon, Killeagh, Kilmainham, Kilskeer, Knocklough, Loughan, Maperath, Martry, Moybolgue, Moylagh, Moynalty, Newcastle, Newtown, Nobber, Oldcastle,Posseckstown, Rathkenny, Staholmog, Stonefield, Tailtin and Trohanny 7
LaytownBettystown Duleek, Grangegeeth, Julianstown, Killary, Mellifont, Painestown, Slane, St. Marys (part), Stackallan;and those parts of the electoral division of Ardcath north of a line drawn as follows: Commencing at the intersection of the boundary between the townlands of Bellewstown and Prioryland with the R152 road and then proceeding in a north-easterly direction along the R152 road to its intersection with the R150 road; then proceeding in an easterly direction along the R150 road to its intersection with the boundary between the electoral divisions of Ardcath and Duleek 7
Navan Ardbraccan, Bective, Navan Rural and Navan Urban 7
Ratoath Culmullin, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin, Killeen, Kilmessan, Kilmore, Rodanstown;and those parts of the electoral division of Ratoath not contained in the local electoral area of Ashbourne 7
Trim Ardnamullan, Ballyboggan, Ballyconnell, Castlejordan, Castlerickard, Cill Bhríde,Cloghbrack, Clonmacduff, Gallow, Galtrim, Hill of Down, Innfield, Kilcooly, Kildalkey, Killaconnigan, Killyon, Laracor, Rahinstown, Rathmolyon, Summerhill, Trim Rural and Trim Urban 6


2019 seats summary[edit]

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 12
Fine Gael 12
Sinn Féin 3
Aontú 1
Labour Party 1
Social Democrats 1
Independent 10

Councillors by electoral area[edit]

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 24 May 2019.[6]

Council members from 2019 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Ashbourne Joe Bonner Independent
Alan Tobin Fine Gael
Suzanna Jamal Fine Gael
Sharon Keogan[a] Independent
Conor Tormey Fianna Fáil
Darren O'Rourke[a] Sinn Féin
Kells Sean Drew Fianna Fáil
Sarah Reilly Fine Gael
Johnny Guirke[a] Sinn Féin
Eugene Cassidy Fine Gael
David Gilroy Independent
Paul McCabe Fianna Fáil
Mike Bray Fianna Fáil
LaytownBettystown Sharon Keogan[a] Independent
Sharon Tolan Fine Gael
Paddy Meade Fine Gael
Annie Hoey[a] Labour Party
Wayne Harding Fianna Fáil
Stephen McKee Fianna Fáil
Tom Behan Fianna Fáil
Navan Tommy Reilly Fianna Fáil
Emer Tóibín Aontú
Francis Deane Independent
Eddie Fennessy Sinn Féin
Pádraig Fitzsimons Fianna Fáil
Alan Lawes Independent
Yemi Adenuga Fine Gael
Ratoath Damien O'Reilly Fianna Fáil
Gillian Toole Independent
Brian Fitzgerald Independent
Nick Killian Independent
Maria Murphy Fine Gael
Gerry O'Connor Fine Gael
Deirdre Geraghty-Smith Fianna Fáil
Trim Noel French Fine Gael
Joe Fox Fine Gael
Aisling Dempsey Fianna Fáil
Niamh Souihan Fine Gael
Ronan Moore Social Democrats
Trevor Golden Independent
  1. ^ a b c d e Replaced during term, see table below for details.


Party Outgoing Electoral area Reason Date Co-optee
Independent Sharon Keogan Ashbourne Elected for two areas; Ashbourne and Laytown-Bettystown, resigned from Ashbourne. June 2019 Amanda Smith
Sinn Féin Darren O'Rourke Ashbourne Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2020 general election February 2020 Aisling Ó Néill
Sinn Féin Johnny Guirke Kells Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2020 general election February 2020 Michael Gallagher
Independent Sharon Keogan Laytown-Bettystown Elected to Seanad Éireann at the 2020 Seanad election June 2020 Geraldine Keogan
Labour Party Annie Hoey Laytown-Bettystown Elected to Seanad Éireann at the 2020 Seanad election June 2020 Elaine McGinty


  1. ^ "Community Information". Meath County Council. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Meath County Council Offices, Dillonsland, County Meath". Buildings of Ireland. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  3. ^ "7m revamp of new council hq to begin". Meath Chronicle. 6 October 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  4. ^ "County of Meath Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts Order 2018". 19 December 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  5. ^ "County Of Meath Local Electoral Areas And Municipal Districts (Amendment) Order 2019". 17 January 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Local Elections 2019: Results, Transfer of Votes and Statistics" (PDF). Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. pp. 165–173. Retrieved 8 September 2020.

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