Wicklow County Council

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wicklow County Council

Comhairle Chontae Chill Mhantáin
Coat of arms or logo
Tommy Annesley, FF
Wicklow County Council composition.svg
Political groups
  •   Fine Gael (9)
  •   Fianna Fáil (7)
  •   Labour Party (2)
  •   Green Party (2)
  •   Sinn Féin (2)
  •   Social Democrats (1)
  •   Independent (9)
Last election
24 May 2019
Meanma Saor (Irish)
"Free Spirits"
Meeting place
Áras an Chontae, Wicklow
The area governed by the council

Wicklow County Council (Irish: Comhairle Chontae Chill Mhantáin) is the authority responsible for local government in County Wicklow, 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 32 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 Chief Executive, Brian Gleeson. The county town is Wicklow.


Originally Wicklow County Council held its meetings in Wicklow Courthouse.[1] The county council moved to a new facility, known as County Buildings (Irish: Áras an Chontae), in 1977.[2]

Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts[edit]

Wicklow County Council is divided into local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions, and into municipal districts which exercise powers of the council locally.[3][4]

Municipal District LEA Definition Seats
Arklow Arklow No. 1 Urban, Arklow No. 2 Urban, Arklow Rural, Aughrim, Avoca, Ballinaclash, Ballinacor, Ballinderry, Ballyarthur, Cronebane, Dunganstown South, Dunganstown West, Ennereilly, Kilballyowen, Kilbride (in the former Rural District of Rathdrum), Kilpipe, Knockrath, and Rathdrum 6
Baltinglass Aghowle, Ballingate, Ballinglen, Ballinguile, Ballybeg, Baltinglass, Blessington, Burgage, Carnew, Coolattin, Coolballintaggart, Coolboy, Cronelea, Donaghmore, Donard, Dunlavin, Eadestown, Hartstown, Hollywood, Humewood, Imael North, Imael South, Kilbride (in the former Rural District of Baltinglass No.1), Killinure, Lackan, Lugglass, Money, Rath, Rathdangan, Rathsallagh, Shillelagh, Stratford, Talbotstown, The Grange, Tinahely, Tober, Togher (in the former Rural District of Baltinglass No.1) and Tuckmill 6
Bray Bray East Bray No. 1 Urban, Bray No. 2 Urban, Bray No. 3 Urban and Rathmichael (Bray) 4
Bray West Enniskerry, Kilmacanoge and Powerscourt 4
Greystones Delgany, Greystones, Kilcoole and Newcastle Lower 6
Wicklow Altidore, Ballycullen, Brockagh, Calary, Dunganstown East, Glendalough, Glenealy, Killiskey, Moneystown, Newcastle Upper, Oldtown, Togher (in the former Rural District of Rathdrum), Trooperstown, Wicklow Rural and Wicklow Urban 6


The following were elected at the 2019 Wicklow County Council election.

2019 seats summary[edit]

Party Seats
Fine Gael 9
Fianna Fáil 7
Labour 2
Green 2
Sinn Féin 2
Social Democrats 1
Independent 9

Councillors by electoral area[edit]

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 24 May 2019.[5]

Council members from 2019 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Arklow Pat Kennedy Fianna Fáil
Pat Fitzgerald Fianna Fáil
Miriam Murphy Independent
Peir Leonard Independent
Sylvester Bourke Fine Gael
Tommy Annesley Fianna Fáil
Baltinglass Edward Timmins Fine Gael
Gerry O'Neill Independent
Patsy Glennon Fianna Fáil
Vincent Blake Fine Gael
Avril Cronin Fine Gael
John Mullen Fianna Fáil
Bray Joe Behan Independent
Steven Matthews[a] Green
Melanie Corrigan Fine Gael
Grace McManus Sinn Féin
Dermot "Daisy" O'Brien Sinn Féin
Rory O'Connor Independent
Aoife Flynn-Kennedy Fine Gael
Anne Ferris Labour
Greystones Jennifer Whitmore[a] Social Democrats
Tom Fortune Independent
Lourda Scott Green
Gerry Walsh Fianna Fáil
Mags Crean Independent
Derek Mitchell Fine Gael
Wicklow Shay Cullen Fine Gael
John Snell Independent
Gail Dunne Fianna Fáil
Irene Winters Fine Gael
Paul O'Brien Labour
Mary Kavanagh Independent
  1. ^ a b Replaced during term, see table below for details.


Party Outgoing Electoral area Reason Date Co-optee
Green Steven Matthews Bray East Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2020 general election February 2020 Erika Doyle
Social Democrats Jennifer Whitmore Greystones Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2020 general election February 2020 Jodie Neary
Independent Mags Crean Greystones Resignation June 2022 Stephen Stokes
Social Democrats Jodie Neary Greystones Resignation December 2022 Mark Barry


  1. ^ "Local Authorities". Oireachtas. 26 May 1982. Archived from the original on 26 October 2019. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Ordinary meeting of Wicklow County Council held at Wicklow County Buildings, Wicklow Town on Monday 3 December 2018 at 2.00pm" (PDF). Wicklow County Council. p. 65. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  3. ^ "S.I. No. 638/2018 - County of Wicklow Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts Order 2018". 19 December 2018. Archived from the original on 31 May 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  4. ^ "County of Wicklow Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts (Amendment) Order 2019". 17 January 2019. Archived from the original on 16 April 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Local Elections 2019: Results, Transfer of Votes and Statistics" (PDF). Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG). pp. 219–224. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.

External links[edit]