Sligo County Council

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Sligo County Council

Comhairle Chontae Shligigh
Coat of arms or logo
Michael Clarke, Ind
Sligo County Council composition.svg
Political groups
  •   Fine Gael (6)
  •   Fianna Fáil (5)
  •   Sinn Féin (2)
  •   PBP–Solidarity (1)
  •   I4C (1)
  •   Independent (3)
Last election
24 May 2019
Land of Heart's Desire
Meeting place
County Hall, Sligo
The area governed by the council

Sligo County Council (Irish: Comhairle Chontae Shligigh) is the authority responsible for local government in County Sligo, 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 18 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, Martin Lydon. The county town is Sligo.


Originally meetings of Sligo County Council were held at Sligo Courthouse.[1] The county council moved to modern facilities, known as County Hall (Irish: Áras an Chontae), in June 1979.[2]

Following the 2015 RTÉ programme Standards in Public Office, in March 2019, Joe Queenan was found by the Standards in Public Office Commission to have contravened the Local Government Act in three different instances, including failure to maintain proper standards of integrity, conduct and concern for the public interest.[3]

Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts[edit]

Sligo County Council is divided into the following borough and municipal districts and local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions.[4] The municipal district which contains the administrative area of the former Sligo Borough Council is referred to as a Borough District.[5]

Municipal District LEA Definition Seats
Borough District of Sligo SligoStrandhill Knockaree, Sligo East, Sligo North and Sligo West 6
BallymoteTobercurry Achonry East, Achonry West, Aclare, Aghanagh, Annagh, Aughris, Ballymote, Ballynakill, Ballynashee, Banada, Branchfield, Breencorragh, Bricklieve, Buncrowey, Carrickbanagher, Carrownaskeagh, Cartron, Castleconor East, Castleconor West, Cloonacool, Cloonoghill, Coolaney, Coolavin, Cuilmore, Dromard East, Dromard West, Dromore, Drumcolumb, Drumfin, Drumrat, Easky East, Easky West, Glendarragh, Kilfree, Kilglass, Killadoon, Killaraght, Kilmacteige, Kilmactranny, Kilshalvy, Kilturra, Lakeview, Leitrim, Lisconny, Loughil, Mullagheruse, Owenmore, Rathmacurkey, Riverstown, Shancough, Skreen, Streamstown, Temple, Templeboy North, Templeboy South, Templevanny, Tobercurry, Toberpatrick East, Toberpatrick West and Toomour 7
SligoDrumcliff Ballintogher East, Ballintogher West, Ballysadare East, Ballysadare West, Calry, Carney, Cliffony North, Cliffony South, Collooney, Drumcliff East, Drumcliff West, Glencar, Kilmacowen, Lissadill East, Lissadill North, Lissadill West, Rossinver East and Rossinver West 7


2019 seats summary[edit]

Party Seats
Fine Gael 6
Fianna Fáil 5
Sinn Féin 2
PBP–Solidarity 1
Inds. 4 Change 1
Independent 3

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
BallymoteTubbercurry Paul Taylor Fianna Fáil
Joe Queenan Independent
Michael Clarke Independent
Dara Mulvey Fine Gael
Gerard Mullaney Fine Gael
Martin Baker Fianna Fáil
Martin Connolly Fine Gael
SligoDrumcliff Thomas Healy Sinn Féin
Dónal Gilroy Fianna Fáil
Thomas Walsh Fine Gael
Marie Casserly Independent
Tom Fox Fine Gael
Sligo–Strandhill Declan Bree Inds. 4 Change
Tom MacSharry Fianna Fáil
Rosaleen O’Grady Fianna Fáil
Chris MacManus[a] Sinn Féin
Sinéad Maguire Fine Gael
Gino O'Boyle[b] PBP–Solidarity
  1. ^ Replaced during term, see table below for details.
  2. ^ Solidarity–People Before Profit was renamed as People Before Profit–Solidarity in June 2021.


Party Outgoing Electoral area Reason Date Co-optee
Sinn Féin Chris MacManus Sligo–Strandhill Replaced Matt Carthy in the European Parliament March 2020 Arthur Gibbons


  1. ^ "Local Authorities". Oireachtas. 26 May 1982. Archived from the original on 26 October 2019. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Model Publication Scheme" (PDF). Sligo County Council. p. 5. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 May 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  3. ^ Kelly, Fiach (26 March 2019). "Sipo finds against two councillors over RTÉ undercover report". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 6 May 2019. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  4. ^ "County of Sligo Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts Order 2018". 19 December 2018. Archived from the original on 2 February 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  5. ^ "Local Government Reform Act 2014, § 19: Municipal districts". Irish Statute Book. 27 January 2014. Archived from the original on 15 February 2020. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Local Elections 2019: Results, Transfer of Votes and Statistics" (PDF). Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. pp. 184–186. Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 June 2020. Retrieved 11 September 2020.

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