Fingal County Council

Fingal County Council
Comhairle Contae Fhine Gall
Darragh Butler, Fianna Fáil
Seats 40
Political groups
     Fianna Fáil (6)
     Sinn Féin (6)
     Fine Gael (5)
     Anti-Austerity Alliance (4)
     Labour Party (4)
     Green Party (2)
     People Before Profit (1)
     Social Democrats (1)
     Renua Ireland (1)
     Independent (10)
Last election
23 May 2014
Meeting place
County Hall, Swords
The area governed by the council

Fingal County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Fhine Gall) is the authority responsible for local government in the county of Fingal, Ireland. It is one of three local authorities that comprised the former Dublin County Council before its abolition and one of four councils in the Dublin Region. 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 40 elected members. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the title of Mayor. The county administration is headed by a Chief Executive, Paul Reid. The county town is Swords.

Administrative area

Fingal covers an area of 452.7 km2 and has 88km of coastline stretching from Sutton in the south to Balbriggan in the north.[1] It is drained by the River Delvin along its northern boundary, the Ward and Broadmeadow rivers in the centre, the Tolka and Santry rivers to the south. The River Liffey forms its southern border with South Dublin. There are three large protected estuaries and salt marsh habitats, with thirteen major beaches. Howth Head and the Liffey Valley are covered by Special Area Amenity Orders.


For the purpose of elections the county is divided into five local electoral areas (LEA), each of which elects between 7 and 9 councillors. They are: Balbriggan (8), Castleknock (7), HowthMalahide (8), Mulhuddart (8) and Swords (9).[2]

2014 seats summary

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 7
Fine Gael 6
Sinn Féin 6
Anti-Austerity Alliance 4
Labour Party 4
Green Party 2
People Before Profit Alliance 1
Independent 10

Councillors by electoral area

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 23 May 2014.[3]

Council members from 2014 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Balbriggan Ken Farrell Labour Party
Tony Murphy Independent
David O'Connor Independent
Malachy Quinn Sinn Féin
Gráinne Maguire Independent
Brian Dennehy Fianna Fáil
Barry Martin People Before Profit
J. P. Browne Fine Gael
Castleknock Jack Chambers Fianna Fáil
Natalie Tracey Sinn Féin
Roderic O'Gorman Green Party
Eithne Loftus Fine Gael
Ted Leddy Fine Gael
Mags Murray Fianna Fáil
Sandra Kavanagh Anti-Austerity Alliance
HowthMalahide Cian O'Callaghan Independent
Eoghan O'Brien Fianna Fáil
Daire Ní Laoi Sinn Féin
Jimmy Guerin Independent
Anthony Lavin Fine Gael
Brian McDonagh Labour Party
David Healy Green Party
Keith Redmond Fine Gael
Mulhuddart Paul Donnelly Sinn Féin
Ruth Coppinger Anti-Austerity Alliance
David McGuinness Fianna Fáil
Edmond Lukusa Sinn Féin
Annette Hughes Anti-Austerity Alliance
Kieran Dennison Fine Gael
Lorna Nolan Independent
Mary McCamley Labour Party
Swords Philip Lynam Sinn Féin
Darragh Butler Fianna Fáil
Adrian Henchy Fianna Fáil
Joe Newman Independent
Eugene Coppinger Anti-Austerity Alliance
Anne Devitt Independent
Paul Mulville Independent
Justin Sinnott Independent
Duncan Smith Labour Party

Replaced during term, see table below for details.


Outgoing Party Electoral area Reason Date Co-optee Party
Ruth Coppinger Anti-Austerity Alliance Mulhuddart Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2014 Dublin West by-election May 2014 Matthew Waine Anti-Austerity Alliance

Changes in affiliation

Name Electoral area Elected as New affiliation Date
David McGuinness Mulhuddart Fianna Fáil Independent April 2015
Cian O'Callaghan Howth-Malahide Independent Social Democrats September 2015
Keith Redmond Howth-Malahide Fine Gael Renua Ireland October 2015


The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are chosen from among the Councillors.[4] The Chief Executive – Paul Reid – is appointed by central government[5]

See also


  1. "Corporate Plan 2004–2009", pg 9
  2. "2014 local elections – Fingal County Council". Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  3. "2014 Local elections: Fingal County Council". Local Government. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  4. Per Schedule 8 of the Local Government Act, 2001, the Council resolved to give to the office of its chairperson and vice-chairperson the title of "Mayor" or "Deputy Mayor", respectively.

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