|Local Councillors 2009|
New Communities Partnership (NCP) - Results of Local Elections - 2009
15,681 immigrants registered in the 10 Local Authorities – 44% increase on the numbers registered prior to June 2009
The When and the How of Local Government Elections
When:Local Government Elections must be held every 5 years
How:For the purposes of Local Government Elections, the county is divided into a number of electoral areas and councillors are elected for each area. People who live in towns may vote in two separate elections, one for the county council and one for the town authority. There are 114 directly elected local authorities in the country containing 1,627 seats divided into 268 electoral areas.
There are 4 categories:
Organisation:A designated official of the local authority is responsible for conducting (local) elections in his/her capacity as returning officer. The running costs are met by the Local Authority.
Nomination of Candidates:Candidates must be nominated one month before polling day. A person may be nominated to stand in more than one area.
Who can be elected?Any person over 18 years is eligible for election to Local Government except persons who are Government Ministers, Ministers of State, Members of the Gardai and the Defence Forces and certain groups of public employees. The grounds for disqualification include failure to pay money due to a local authority and certain court convictions and prison sentences.
Who can vote at a Local Election?Every person over 18 years whose name is included in the electoral register is entitled to vote in the local area in which s/he lives. It is not necessary to be an Irish citizen to vote in a Local Election.
The Powers and Functions of Local AuthoritiesCity Councils, County Councils and Borough Councils have the maximum number of responsibilities of all Irish local authorities. Since 1976 these functions have been classified into eight programme groups. In contrast, Town Commissioners have responsibility only for the maintenance of houses, allotments, meals for school children, parks, licensing cinemas and markets, etc.
1. Housing and Building
2. Road Transport / Safety
3. Water Schemes/ Sewerage
4. Development Incentives and Controls
5. Environmental Protection
6. Recreation and Amenities
7. Agriculture, Education, Health and Welfare
8. Miscellaneous Services