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Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council

Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Dhún Laoghaire–Ráth an Dúin) is the authority responsible for local government in the county of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, 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 Cathaoirleach (Chairperson). The county administration is headed by a Chief Executive, Philomena Poole. The county town is Dún Laoghaire. It serves a population of approximately 206,260.

Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
County Council

Comhairle Contae
Dhún Laoghaire–Ráth an Dúin
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Ossian Smyth, GP
Structure
Seats40
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council Composition.png
Political groups
Elections
Last election
24 May 2019
Meeting place
Dun Laoghaire Town Hall (2011).jpg
County Hall, Dún Laoghaire
Website
dlrcoco.ie
Location of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown in Ireland

HistoryEdit

Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council traces its history back to local government structures that have existed in the area since 1834. The Council was established under the Local Government (Dublin) Act 1993 by the merger of the Corporation of Dún Laoghaire and that part of Dublin County Council that chiefly corresponded to the former Rathdown No 1 Rural District. The two sides of the County have distinct histories in terms of local government structures.

On the Dún Laoghaire side of the County, the Corporation of Dún Laoghaire had been established by the Local Government (Dublin) Act 1930 as a successor body to Kingstown Town commissioners. Those Commissioners were established in 1834 and were subsequently renamed Kingstown Urban District Council and then Dún Laoghaire Urban District Council.

On the Rathdown side of the County, Dublin County Council and Rathdown No. 1 Rural District Council were established under the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898. Rathdown No. 1 Rural District Council was abolished by the Local Government (Dublin) Act 1930.

Local Electoral AreasEdit

Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council has 40 seats, which is divided into the following seven local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions.[1]

LEA Definition Seats
Blackrock Blackrock-Booterstown, Blackrock-Carysfort, Blackrock-Central, Blackrock-Glenomena, Blackrock-Newpark, Blackrock-Seapoint, Blackrock-Templehill, Blackrock-Williamstown, Foxrock-Beechpark, Foxrock-Deansgrange, Stillorgan-Priory; and those parts of the electoral divisions of Blackrock-Monkstown and Blackrock-Stradbrook situated west of a line drawn along Stradbrook Road. 6
Dundrum Ballinteer-Broadford, Ballinteer-Ludford, Ballinteer-Meadowbroads, Ballinteer-Meadowmount, Churchtown-Castle, Churchtown-Landscape, Churchtown-Nutgrove, Churchtown-Orwell, Churchtown-Woodlawn, Clonskeagh-Farranboley, Clonskeagh-Windy Arbour, Dundrum-Kilmacud, Dundrum-Sweetmount, Dundrum-Taney; that part of the electoral division of Ballinteer-Marley situated north of a line drawn along Grange Road;that part of the electoral division of Dundrum-Balally situated north of a line drawn along Blackthorn Drive;and that part of the electoral division of Dundrum-Sandyford situated north of a line drawn as follows:Commencing at the intersection, at the south-eastern corner of the electoral division of Ballinteer-Ludford, of the southern boundary of the electoral division of Ballinteer-Ludford and the western boundary of the electoral division of Dundrum-Sandyford; thence proceeding in an easterly direction along the southern boundary of the grounds of Gort Mhuire to the point where it meets Ballawley Park; thence commencing in an easterly direction and proceeding along the northern boundary of the said park to its intersection with the eastern boundary of the electoral division of Dundrum-Sandyford. 7
Dún Laoghaire Cabinteely-Pottery, Dalkey-Bullock, Dalkey-Coliemore, Dalkey Hill, Dalkey Upper, Dun Laoghaire-East Central, Dun Laoghaire-Glasthule, Dun Laoghaire-Glenageary, Dun Laoghaire-Monkstown Farm, Dun Laoghaire-Mount Town, Dun Laoghaire-Sallynoggin East, Dun Laoghaire-Sallynoggin South, Dun Laoghaire-Sallynoggin West, Dun Laoghaire-Salthill, Dun Laoghaire-Sandycove, Dun Laoghaire-West Central; and those parts of the electoral divisions of Blackrock-Monkstown and Blackrock-Stradbrook not contained in the local electoral area of Blackrock. 7
GlencullenSandyford Ballinteer-Woodpark, Glencullen, Tibradden; and those parts of the electoral divisions of Ballinteer-Marley, Dundrum-Balally and Dundrum-Sandyford not contained in the local electoral area of Dundrum. 7
KillineyShankill Ballybrack, Cabinteely-Granitefield, Cabinteely-Kilbogget, Cabinteely-Loughlinstown, Dalkey-Avondale, Killiney North, Killiney South, Shankill-Rathmichael, Shankill-Rathsallagh and Shankill-Shanganagh. 7
Stillorgan Clonskeagh-Belfield, Clonskeagh-Milltown, Clonskeagh-Roebuck, Foxrock-Carrickmines, Foxrock-Torquay, Stillorgan-Deerpark, Stillorgan-Kilmacud, Stillorgan-Leopardstown, Stillorgan-Merville and Stillorgan-Mount Merrion. 6

Current CouncillorsEdit

The following were elected at the 2019 Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council election, under the boundaries which existed at the time.

2019 seats summaryEdit

Party Seats
Fine Gael 13
Fianna Fáil 7
Labour Party 6
Green Party 6
People Before Profit 2
Social Democrats 1
Independent 5

Councillors by electoral areaEdit

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 24 May 2019.[2]

Council members from 2019 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Blackrock Séafra Ó Faoláin Green Party
Marie Baker Fine Gael
Mary Hanafin Fianna Fáil
Barry Ward Fine Gael
Kate Feeney Fianna Fáil
Deirdre Kingston Labour Party
Dundrum Daniel Dunne Green Party
Seán McLoughlin Independent
Shay Brennan Fianna Fáil
Anna Grainger Fine Gael
Peter O'Brien Labour Party
Jim O’Leary Fine Gael
Anne Colgan Independent
Dún Laoghaire Ossian Smyth Green Party
Cormac Devlin Fianna Fáil
Juliet O'Connell Labour Party
John Bailey Fine Gael
Melissa Halpin People Before Profit
Lorraine Hall Fine Gael
Dave Quinn Social Democrats
Glencullen-Sandyford Lettie McCarthy Labour Party
Deirdre Ní Fhloinn Green Party
Michael Fleming Independent
Emma Louise Blain Fine Gael
Tom Murphy Fianna Fáil
Lynsey McGovern Independent
Kazi Ahmed Fine Gael
Killiney-Shankill Una Power Green Party
Carrie Smyth Labour Party
Jennifer Carroll MacNeill Fine Gael
Hugh Lewis People Before Profit
Jim Gildea Fine Gael
Denis O'Callaghan Labour Party
Michael Clark Fianna Fáil
Stillorgan Barry Saul Fine Gael
Eva Elizabeth Dowling Green Party
Maeve O'Connell Fine Gael
Dónal Smith Fianna Fáil
Deirdre Donnelly Independent
John Kennedy Fine Gael

Replaced during term, see table below for details.

Co-optionsEdit

Outgoing Party Electoral area Reason Date Co-optee Party
John Bailey Fine Gael Dún Laoghaire Death of Councillor July 2019 TBD Fine Gael

ControversiesEdit

M50 and compensation to Jackson Way PropertiesEdit

An agreement was reached for Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council to compensate Jackson Way Properties by €12,860,700 for the compulsory purchase in October 1998 of its freehold interest in the lands, adjoining the M50 motorway.[3] The Council agreed to pay costs and expenses properly incurred by Jackson Way Properties in relation to preparation and submission of its claim.

The 2003 award total is broken down as follows:

  • Land taken – €9,691,000
  • Injurious affection – €2,296,700 and
  • Disturbance – €873,000.

It had been the view of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) that €4.2 million of this award represents the present value of corrupt enrichment by the property owners although this view is based on hearsay evidence given by Frank Dunlop. A company called Paisley Park Investments Ltd were registered as full owners in 1992 and the land was transferred to Jackson Way Properties in 1993, the beneficial owners of which are believed by CAB to be arcade owner James Kennedy and solicitor John Coldwell. However, in January 2014 the freezing order was lifted owing to the collapse of the associated political corruption trial involving Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Cathaoirleach Tony Fox;[4] damages were subsequently sought against CAB by Jackson Way.[5]

In early 2016,[6] the Office of the Information Commissioner found against the council for refusing to comply with a Freedom of Information request relating to the case, stating as follows, "I find it very difficult to accept that the Council holds no records coming within the scope of the request that cannot be released to the applicant under the FOI Act. It seems to me that the Council adopted a blanket approach to the request by claiming that the exemptions applied to all records coming within the scope of the request and did not conduct a record by record examination."

Criminal Assets Bureau investigationEdit

The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) successfully obtained a High Court order on 26 July 2006 freezing land assets of 107 acres (0.43 km2) at Carrickmines, County Dublin, owned by Jackson Way Properties Ltd and preventing their sale.[7] CAB contended that these lands had been rezoned on 16 December 1997 by Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council from agricultural to industrial use after Frank Dunlop bribed and made corrupt payments to councillors to secure their support in the rezoning vote. That vote increased the value of just 17 acres (69,000 m2) of the property from €8 million to €61 million. CAB has interviewed and taken statements from Dunlop and will use him as a witness against a number of property developers; Dunlop served a jail sentence for corruption in Arbour Hill from May 2009 to July 2010.[8]

The lands in question have been the subject of investigation by the Mahon Tribunal in 2003 and 2004.

Criminal Assets Bureau v. Jackson Way Properties was due for hearing in the High Court Dublin in October 2010, which was vigorously defended with Jackson Way denying any wrongdoing and Mr Kennedy a tax exile currently living in Gibraltar returning to give evidence in the case. Jackson Way gave the court notice that they intend to subpoena councillors to give evidence. No Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown representative to date[when?] has been charged with any form of wrongdoing in relation to rezoning, likely because in January 2014 the freezing order was lifted owing to the collapse of a political corruption trial involving Frank Dunlop and Jacksonway's subsequent legal proceedings against CAB.

Revenue generationEdit

There have been complaints about the Council's policies regarding commercial rates and parking charges and also complaints from business owners in the town about the way in which the Council enforces the collection of parking charges and fines.[9][10][11] Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown local authority area has the second highest level of revenue generation of local authorities in the state after Dublin City.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "S.I. No. 615/2018 - County of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Local Electoral Areas Order 2018". 19 December 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Local Elections 2014: Results" (PDF). Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. pp. 114–127. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  3. ^ Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Co Statement on Jackson Way compensation, November 18 2003[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Dunlop collapses trial for corruption, Irish Independent, July 25, 2013
  5. ^ Jim Kennedy firm claims damages from CAB over Carrickmines, Irish Times, July 12, 2016
  6. ^ XYZ Limited and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (FOI Act 2014)Case Number: 160082
  7. ^ CAB blocks sale of €60m parcel at Carrickmines, Irish Independent, July 27 2006
  8. ^ Dunlop released from Arbour Hill Prison after serving almost 14 months, Irish Times, July 12, 2010
  9. ^ A Tale of Two Towns, Irish Times, 8 February 2014
  10. ^ Why Dún Laoghaire Retailers may have to get Out of Dodge, Irish Times, 7 November 2016
  11. ^ Our Towns are Dying while Councils Bleed Motorists Dry for Revenue, Irish Times, 31 January 2014
  12. ^ Local Property Tax Statistics (2016), Revenue Commissioners, Revised Edition, April 2017

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