|How We Are Governed- Local|
National Government has responsibility for the entire country.
It is engaged with areas of national importance, such as security,
the budget, national roads, the education and health systems, etc.
Local Government is government at local level.
It is necessary for the service of local communities, providing such facilities as local water supply, sewerage systems, refuse collections, etc. Local Government is made up of both elected members (councillors) and employed members (the Manager and staff of the Local Authority).
The Impact of Local Government
The Role of The Local Councillor
The When, Who and the How of Local Government Elections
Local Government Elections must be held every 5 years
Who can vote?
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.
Who can be elected?
Persons over 18 years of age who are registered voters are 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.
Nomination of Candidates:
Candidates must be nominated one month before polling day. A person may be nominated to stand in more than one area.
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.
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