South Dublin County Council

South Dublin County Council
Comhairle Contae
Baile Átha Cliath Theas
Coat of arms or logo
Sarah Holland, SF
Seats 40
Political groups
     Sinn Féin (10)
     Fine Gael (7)
     Fianna Fáil (5)
     Labour Party (4)
    Anti-Austerity Alliance (3)
     People Before Profit (3)
     Green Party (1)
     Renua Ireland (1)
     Independent (6)
Last election
23 May 2014
Meeting place
County Hall, Tallaght
The area governed by the council

South Dublin County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Baile Átha Cliath Theas[1]) is the authority responsible for local government in the county of South Dublin, 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 26 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, Daniel McLoughlin. The county town is Tallaght, with a civic centre at Monastery Road, Clondalkin.[2] It serves a population of approximately 192,000.

The council is the third largest local authority in Ireland with a population of 265,205 (Census 2011), 90,000 households, and 6,000 businesses, covering an area of 222.74 square kilometres.[3][4] There are 183,336 local government electors and 174,349 Dáil electors registered to vote in the County Council administrative area.[5]

The Local Government Act 2001 established a two-tier structure of local government. The top tier consists of 29 county councils and five city councils. The bottom tier consists of town councils. The city of Kilkenny and four towns which had borough corporation status before 2001 (Sligo, Drogheda, Clonmel, and Wexford), are allowed to use the title of "Borough Council" instead of "Town Council", but they have no additional responsibilities. There are 75 other town councils in addition to these five borough councils. Outside the towns, the county councils are solely responsible for local services. There are no town councils within the county of Dublin South.

The Local Government Act 1994 defines how an authority may act.[6] The local authority may provide,

It may also act as a library authority.



The Corporate Policy Group (CPG) consists of the Mayor together with the Chairs of each of the Strategic Policy Committees (SPC). The CPG is supported by the County Manager.[7] Its function is to co-ordinate the work of the Committees so that policy decisions can be discussed and agreed for recommendation to the full council. "The CPG acts as a sort of Cabinet for the council and is supported by the County Manager."[8]

Mayor and Deputy Mayor

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are chosen from among the councillors.[9]


For the purpose of elections the county is divided into six local electoral areas, each of which elects between six and eight councillors.

Area Seats
Clondalkin 8
Lucan 8
Rathfarnham 6
Tallaght Central 6
Tallaght South 6
Templeogue-Terenure 6

2014 seats summary

Party Seats
Sinn Féin 9
Fine Gael 7
Fianna Fáil 5
Labour Party 4
Anti-Austerity Alliance 3
People Before Profit 3
Green Party 1
Independents 8

Councillors by electoral area

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 23 May 2014.[10]

Council members from 2014 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Clondalkin Eoin Ó Broin Sinn Féin
Jonathan Graham Sinn Féin
Trevor Gilligan Fianna Fáil
Gino Kenny People Before Profit
Francis Timmons Independent
Breda Bonner Labour Party
Kenny Egan Fine Gael
Emer Higgins Fine Gael
Lucan Danny O'Brien Sinn Féin
William Lavelle Fine Gael
Guss O'Connell Independent
Paul Gogarty Independent
Ruth Nolan People Before Profit
Vicki Casserly Fine Gael
Ed O'Brien Fianna Fáil
Liona O'Toole Independent
Rathfarnham John Lahart Fianna Fáil
Anne-Marie Dermody Fine Gael
Deirdre O'Donovan Independent
Sarah Holland Sinn Féin
Paula Donovan Fine Gael
Francis Noel Duffy Green Party
Tallaght Central Máire Devine Sinn Féin
Charlie O'Connor Fianna Fáil
Brendan Ferron Sinn Féin
Mick Murphy Anti-Austerity Alliance
Kieran Mahon Anti-Austerity Alliance
Mick Duff Labour Party
Tallaght South Cathal King Sinn Féin
Louise Dunne Sinn Féin
Martina Genockey Labour Party
Brian Leech Anti-Austerity Alliance
Nicky Coules People Before Profit
Dermot Richardson Independent
Templeogue-Terenure Dermot Looney Independent
Ronan McMahon Independent
Fintan Warfield Sinn Féin
Pamela Kearns Labour Party
Colm Brophy Fine Gael
Paul Foley Fianna Fáil

Changes in affiliation

Name Electoral area Elected as New affiliation Date
Ronan McMahon Templeogue-Terenure Independent Renua Ireland March 2015
Dermot Richardson Tallaght South Independent Sinn Féin April 2016

Polling scheme

For administrative and electoral purposes, the county council organizes Dublin South into a hierarchy of electoral units. These are: Local electoral areas, Polling Districts, District electoral divisions, Townlands, and Polling Places for voting. This hierarchical structure is called a polling scheme. The most recent polling scheme was adopted by the county council on 13 September 2010 and went into operation on 15 February 2011.[11]

There are four Dáil Constituencies in the county:

and six Local electoral areas:

The constituencies and electoral areas are organised as follows:

Some overlaps occur: Clondalkin local electoral area occupies parts of two constituencies: Dublin Mid-West and Dublin South-Central. Tallaght Central local electoral area also occupies parts of two constituencies: Dublin South-Central and Dublin South-West.

The following tables illustrate the detailed administrative-electoral county structure, or polling scheme:[12]


  1. "Local Government Reform Act 2014". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  2. "Opening Hours & Useful Addresses". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  3. "Corporate Plan 2010–2014". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  4. "Census 2006 – Population of each province, county and city". Central Statistics Office. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  5. "Register of Electors". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  6. "Local Government Act 1994, Section 31". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  7. "Corporate Plan 2010–2014, page 32". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  8. "Council website – Corporate Policy Group". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  9. "Local Government Act, 2001: Cathaoirleach and Leas-Chathaoirleach". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 17 February 2011. Per Schedule 8 of the Local Government Act, 2001, the elected Members of the Council, in exercising their reserved functions, resolved at a Council Meeting held on 11 March 2002 to give to the office of the Cathaoirleach and Leas Chathaoirleach the titles of Méara (Mayor) and Leas Mhéara, (Deputy Mayor).
  10. "2014 Local elections: South Dublin County Council". Local Government. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  11. "Polling Scheme 2010". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  12. "Adopted Polling Scheme 2010". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
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