Clare County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae an Chláir) is the local authority of County Clare, 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 28 elected members who are elected for a five-year term. The head of the council has the title of Cathaoirleach (chairperson). The county administration is headed by a chief executive, Pat Dowling. The county town is Ennis.

Clare County Council

Comhairle Contae an Chláir
Coat of arms or logo
Joe Cooney, FG
Political groups
  •   Fianna Fáil (14)
  •   Fine Gael (9)
  •   Sinn Féin (2)
  •   Independent (3)
Last election
7 June 2024
Dílis d'ar nOidreacht (Irish)
"True to our Heritage"
Meeting place
Áras Contae an Chláir, Ennis
Official website Edit this at Wikidata
The area governed by the council



Clare County Council was established on 1 April 1899 under the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898 for the administrative county of County Clare, succeeding in area of the former judicial county of Clare, with the addition of the district electoral divisions of Drummaan, Inishcaltra North, and Mountshannon, formerly within the judicial county of County Galway.[1][2][3]

Originally meetings of Clare County Council were held at Ennis Courthouse.[4] Áras Contae an Chláir, a new county council headquarters, was completed in May 2008.[5]

Regional Assembly


Clare County Council has two representatives on the Southern Regional Assembly who are part of the Mid-West Strategic Planning Area Committee.[6][7]



Members of Clare County Council are elected for a five-year term of office on the electoral system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote (PR-STV) from multi-member local electoral areas.

Year FF FG SF GP Lab PDs Ind Total
2024 14 9 2 0 0 3 28
2019 13 8 1 1 0 5 28
2014 12 8 1 0 0 7 28
2009 11 12 0 1 1 7 32
2004 15 10 0 1 1 0 5 32
1999 18 9 0 0 0 1 4 32
1991 17 8 0 0 1 1 5 32
1985 17 8 0 0 2 5 32
1979 17 9 1 2 2 31

Local electoral areas and municipal districts


County Clare is divided into the following local electoral areas and municipal districts, defined by electoral divisions.[8]

Municipal District LEA Definition Seats
Ennis Clareabbey, Doora, Ennis No. 1 Urban, Ennis No. 2 Urban, Ennis No. 3 Urban, Ennis No. 4 Urban, Ennis Rural, Kilnamona, Kilraghtis, Spancelhill and Templemaley 7
Killaloe Ayle, Ballyblood, Ballynahinch, Boherglass, Caher, Caherhurly, Cahermurphy (in the former Rural District of Scarriff), Cappaghabaun, Carrowbaun, Castlecrine, Cloghera, Clooney (in the former Rural District of Tulla), Cloontra, Cloonusker, Coolreagh, Corlea, Crusheen, Dangan, Derrynagittagh, Drummaan, Fahymore, Feakle, Glendree, Inishcaltra North, Inishcaltra South, Kilkishen, Killaloe, Killanena, Killokennedy, Killuran, Kilseily, Kiltannon, Kyle, Lackareagh, Loughea, Mountshannon, Newgrove, OBriensbridge, Ogonnelloe, Quin, Rathclooney, Rossroe, Scarriff, Toberbreeda, Tomfinlough and Tulla 5
Shannon Ballycannan, Ballyglass, Cappavilla, Clenagh, Cratloe, Drumline, Killeely, Kiltenanlea, Mountievers, Newmarket, Sixmilebridge and Urlan 7
West Clare Ennistymon Abbey, Ballagh, Ballyea, Ballyeighter, Ballysteen, Ballyvaskin, Boston, Carran, Castletown, Cloghaun, Cloonanaha, Clooney (in the former Rural District of Ennistimon), Corrofin, Derreen, Drumcreehy, Dysert, Ennistimon, Gleninagh, Glenroe, Kilfenora, Killaspuglonane, Killilagh, Killinaboy, Kilshanny, Kiltoraght, Liscannor, Lisdoonvarna, Lurraga, Magherareagh, Milltown Malbay, Mount Elva, Moy, Muckanagh, Noughaval, Oughtmama, Rath, Rathborney, Ruan and Smithstown 4
Kilrush Annagh, Ballynacally, Cahermurphy (in the former Rural District of Kilrush), Clondagad, Cloonadrum, Clooncoorha, Coolmeen, Cooraclare, Creegh, Doonbeg, Drumellihy, Einagh, Formoyle, Furroor, Glenmore, Kilballyowen, Kilchreest, Kilcloher, Kilfearagh, Kilfiddane, Kilkee, Killadysert, Killanniv, Killard, Killimer, Killofin, Killone, Kilmihil, Kilmurry (in the former Rural District of Killadysert), Kilmurry (in the former Rural District of Kilrush), Kilrush Rural, Kilrush Urban, Kinturk, Knock, Knocknaboley, Knocknagore, Liscasey, Lisheen, Moveen, Moyarta, Mullagh, Querrin, Rahona, Rinealon, St. Martins, Tullig and Tullycreen 5

Current councillors


The following were elected at the 2024 Clare County Council election.

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 14
Fine Gael 9
Sinn Féin 2
Independent 3

Councillors by electoral area


This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 7 June 2024.[9]

Council members from 2024 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Ennis Pat Daly Fianna Fáil
Mary Howard Fine Gael
Paul Murphy Fine Gael
Clare Colleran Molloy Fianna Fáil
Tommy Guilfoyle Sinn Féin
Antoinette Baker Bashua Fianna Fáil
Tom O'Callaghan Fianna Fáil
Ennistymon Bill Slattery Fine Gael
Joe Garrihy Fine Gael
Shane Talty Fianna Fáil
Joe Killeen Fianna Fáil
Killaloe Joe Cooney Fine Gael
Pat Hayes Fianna Fáil
Alan O'Callaghan Fianna Fáil
Tony O'Brien Fianna Fáil
Pat Burke Fine Gael
Kilrush Dinny Gould Independent
Rita McInerney Fianna Fáil
Ian Lynch Independent
Michael Shannon Fianna Fáil
Gabriel Keating Fine Gael
Shannon David Griffin Fianna Fáil
Donna McGettigan Sinn Féin
John Crowe Fine Gael
Rachel Hartigan Fianna Fáil
Pat O'Gorman Fianna Fáil
Tony Mulcahy Fine Gael
Michael Begley Independent


  1. ^ Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898, s. 1: Establishment of county councils (61 & 62 Vict., c. 37 of 1898, s. 1). Enacted on 12 August 1898. Act of the UK Parliament. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book.
  2. ^ Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898, s. 124: Commencement of Act (61 & 62 Vict., c. 37 of 1898, s. 124). Enacted on 12 August 1898. Act of the UK Parliament. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book.
  3. ^ "Orders declaring the boundaries of administrative counties and defining county electoral divisions: County of Clare". 27th Report of the Local Government Board for Ireland (Cmd. 9480). Dublin: Local Government Board for Ireland. 1900. p. 246.
  4. ^ "Local Authorities – Dáil Éireann (23rd Dáil)". Oireachtas. 26 May 1982. Archived from the original on 26 October 2019. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Winning Design". World Architecture News. Archived from the original on 31 October 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  6. ^ Local Government Act 1991 (Regional Assemblies) (Establishment) Order 2014, Article 5 and Schedule 3 (S.I. No. 573 of 2014). Signed on 16 December 2014. Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book on 20 April 2023.
  7. ^ "The Assembly: Mid-West". Southern Regional Assembly. Archived from the original on 30 November 2023. Retrieved 18 March 2024.
  8. ^ County of Clare Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts Order 2018 (S.I. No. 612 of 2018). Signed on 19 December 2018. Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Archived from the original on 21 January 2020. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book on 19 January 2019.
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