Dublin City Council (Irish: Comhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath) is the local authority of the city of Dublin in Ireland. As a city council, it is governed by the Local Government Act 2001. Until 2001, the authority was known as Dublin Corporation. The council is responsible for public housing and community, roads and transportation, urban planning and development, amenity and culture and environment. The council has 63 elected members and is the largest local council in Ireland. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the honorific title of Lord Mayor. The city administration is headed by a chief executive, Richard Shakespeare. The council meets at City Hall, Dublin.

Dublin City Council

Comhairle Cathrach
Bhaile Átha Cliath
Coat of arms or logo
Chief Executive
Richard Shakespeare[1][2]
Current party standings
Political groups
  Fine Gael (11)
  Social Democrats (10)
  Sinn Féin (9)
  Fianna Fáil (8)
  Green (8)
  Labour (4)
  PBP–Solidarity (2)
  Independent Ireland (1)
  Right to Change (1)
  Independent (9)[a]
Single transferable vote
Last election
7 June 2024
Latin: Obedientia Civium Urbis Felicitas
"The Obedience of the citizens produces a happy city"
Meeting place
City Hall, Dublin

Local government in Dublin is regulated by the Local Government Act 2001. This provided for the renaming of the old Dublin Corporation to its present title of Dublin City Council. Dublin City Council sends seven representatives to the Eastern and Midland Regional Assembly, one of three such Assemblies in the state.[4]

Dublin City is bordered by the counties of Fingal, South Dublin and Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown. These four local government areas comprise the traditional County Dublin. In 2013, all of Dublin's councils, except Fingal, supported the introduction of an executive mayor the Dublin Metropolitan Area, and a Citizen's Assembly has been planned in order to establish what a combined Dublin Mayorship would look like.[citation needed]

Statutory functions


The functions of the City Council include: public housing, city library services, refuse services, drainage, driver and vehicle licensing, planning and roads. The Dublin City Council's Draft Budget for 2023 estimates a total revenue of €1.24 bn, which is an increase of €0.11bn from the previous year. The Housing and Building Division is the service with the largest spend, with an estimated operational expenditure of €550.5 m, almost €53 m more than in 2022. The estimated income for Housing and Building in 2023 is €457.5 m, up from €420.6m in 2022. The draft budget aims to maintain existing service levels at 2022 levels, with some modest increases in a small number of areas.



2023 (draft)


The estimated expenditure for 2023 is €1.24 bn, which is an increase of €0.11 bn over the 2022 Budget of €1.130 bn.[5] The expenditure is divided into several service divisions, including Housing & Building, Road Transport & Safety, Water Services, Development Management, Environmental Services, Culture, Recreation & Amenity, and Agriculture, Education, Health & Welfare. The Housing and Building Division remains the service with the largest spend, with an estimated operational expenditure of €550.5m in 2023, almost €53m more than in 2022 (€497.4m). This increase relates to services that are largely government-funded, such as homeless services and RAS.

The estimated expenditure for each service division is:

  • Housing and Building: €550,484,483
  • Water Services: €68,093,780
  • Development Management: €63,715,641
  • Environmental Services: €247,419,867
  • Culture, Recreation and Amenity: €122,254,773
  • Agriculture, Education, Health and Welfare: €2,746,874

Compared to the 2022 budget, the estimated expenditure for 2023 increased by €0.11 bn. This increase is largely due to the increased spending on Housing and Building services, which are largely Government funded. The estimated net expenditure for each service division in the Dublin City Council's Draft Budget for 2023 is listed above

The 2022 budget allocated €15.4 mn for energy-related expenses for Dublin City Council (DCC). DCC faces an additional €22.5 mn in costs over 2022 and 2023 due to energy and non-energy inflation. The government provides €5 mn for rising energy costs, and DCC bears the impact of broader inflation. Additionally, a public sector pay deal includes €9.9 mn and €25.9 mn in 2022 and 2023, respectively, to support the City Council as an employer.


The area governed by the council

Prior to 1841, the administrative and governmental system of Dublin, known as Dublin Corporation, was bicameral having an assembly of called the "House of Aldermen" and another called the "House of Sheriffs and Commons". Under the Municipal Corporations (Ireland) Act 1840, they were replaced by a unicameral assembly. The name Dublin City Council was adopted for the unicameral assembly. The Lord Mayor of Dublin presided over the assembly. This office had existed since 1665. The first City Council was elected in October 1841 when Daniel O'Connell became the first Lord Mayor. Since 1 January 2002, the functions of local government have been transferred to Dublin City Council.[6] To coincide with its name change, the city council adopted a new logo and brand identity, based on a simplified version of the ancient "three castles" symbol.

Dublin City Council's simplified "three castles" logo beside the Royal Canal in Phibsborough.



Executive power is shared between the council and an appointed executive official known as the chief executive. The chief executive is responsible for a staff of 6,200. The offices of the chief executive and other administrative staff are based in the Civic Offices on Wood Quay. The Lord Mayor of Dublin acts as chair of the council is the ceremonial head of the city government.

Representative power is vested in the city assembly which has 63 members. The City Council meets in plenary session on the first Monday of every month in Dublin City Hall. One of the council's most important roles is that of passing an annual budget. Should any Irish council fail to pass a budget within the allotted time, the Minister for the Environment is empowered to abolish it and grant its powers to a commissioner until the next scheduled council elections.



Members of Dublin City Council are elected for a five-year term of office on the electoral system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote from multi-member local electoral areas.

2024 8 11 8 9 4 10 2 1 1 0 0 9 63
2019 11 9 10 8 8 5 2 1 0 0 9 63
2014 9 8 3 16 8 5 1 1 0 12 63
2009 6 12 0 7 19 2 0 0 6 52
2004 12 9 1 10 16 0 1 0 3 52
1999 20 9 2 4 14 0 0 3 52
1991 20 6 4 1 10 1 5 5 52
1985 26 13 0 1 2 6 4 52

Local electoral areas


Dublin City is divided into LEAs, defined by electoral divisions.[7] The electoral divisions were formerly known as wards and were defined in 1986, subject to revision in 1994 and in 1997.[8]

LEA Definition Seats
ArtaneWhitehall Beaumont A, Beaumont B, Beaumont C, Harmonstown A, Kilmore A, Kilmore B, Kilmore C, Kilmore D, Priorswood A, Priorswood B, Priorswood C, Priorswood D, Priorswood E, Whitehall A, Whitehall B, Whitehall C and Whitehall D. 6
BallyfermotDrimnagh Carna, Chapelizod, Cherry Orchard A, Cherry Orchard C, Crumlin A, Crumlin E, Crumlin F, Decies, Drumfinn, Inchicore A, Inchicore B, Kilmainham A, Kylemore, Walkinstown A, Walkinstown B and Walkinstown C. 5
BallymunFinglas Ballygall A, Ballygall B, Ballygall C, Ballygall D, Ballymun A, Ballymun B, Ballymun C, Ballymun D, Ballymun E, Ballymun F, Finglas North A, Finglas North B, Finglas North C, Finglas South A, Finglas South B, Finglas South C and Finglas South D. 6
CabraGlasnevin Arran Quay A, Ashtown A, Ashtown B, Botanic A, Botanic B, Botanic C, Cabra East A, Cabra East B, Cabra East C, Cabra West A, Cabra West B, Cabra West C, Cabra West D, Drumcondra South C, Inns Quay A and Inns Quay B; and that part of the electoral division of Phoenix Park not contained in the local electoral area of South West Inner City. 7
Clontarf Beaumont D, Beaumont E, Beaumont F, Clontarf East A, Clontarf East B, Clontarf East C, Clontarf East D, Clontarf East E, Clontarf West A, Clontarf West B, Clontarf West C, Clontarf West D, Clontarf West E, Drumcondra South A, Grace Park and Harmonstown B. 6
Donaghmede Ayrfield, Edenmore, Grange A, Grange B, Grange C, Grange D, Grange E, Raheny-Foxfield, Raheny-Greendale and Raheny-St. Assam. 5
KimmageRathmines Crumlin B, Crumlin C, Crumlin D, Kimmage A, Kimmage B, Kimmage C, Kimmage D, Kimmage E, Rathfarnham, Rathmines West A, Rathmines West C, Rathmines West D, Rathmines West E, Rathmines West F, Terenure A, Terenure B, Terenure C and Terenure D. 6
North Inner City Arran Quay B, Arran Quay C, Arran Quay D, Arran Quay E, Ballybough A, Ballybough B, Drumcondra South B, Inns Quay C, Mountjoy A, Mountjoy B, North City, North Dock A, North Dock B, North Dock C, Rotunda A and Rotunda B. 7
Pembroke Pembroke East B, Pembroke East C, Pembroke East D, Pembroke East E, Pembroke West B, Pembroke West C, Rathmines East A, Rathmines East B, Rathmines East C, Rathmines East D and Rathmines West B. 5
South East Inner City Mansion House A, Mansion House B, Pembroke East A, Pembroke West A, Royal Exchange A, Royal Exchange B, St. Kevin's, South Dock, Wood Quay A and Wood Quay B. 5
South West Inner City Kilmainham B, Kilmainham C, Merchants Quay A, Merchants Quay B, Merchants Quay C, Merchants Quay D, Merchants Quay E, Merchants Quay F, Ushers A, Ushers B, Ushers C, Ushers D, Ushers E and Ushers F; and that part of the electoral division of Phoenix Park situated south of a line drawn along Chapelizod Road, Conyngham Road and Parkgate Street. 5

Current councillors

Mansion House.
Official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

2024 seats summary

Party Seats
Fine Gael 11
Social Democrats 10
Sinn Féin 9
Fianna Fáil 8
Green 8
Labour 4
PBP–Solidarity 2
Independent Ireland 1
Right to Change 1
Independent 9[a]

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
Artane–Whitehall Racheal Batten Fianna Fáil
Edel Moran Sinn Féin
John Lyons[a] Independent Left
Declan Flanagan Fine Gael
Jesslyn Henry Social Democrats
Aisling Silke Social Democrats
Ballyfermot–Drimnagh Daithí Doolan Sinn Féin
Vincent Jackson Independent
Hazel de Nortúin PBP–Solidarity
Ray Cunningham Green
Philip Sutcliffe Sr. Independent Ireland
Ballymun–Finglas Keith Connolly Fianna Fáil
Gavin Pepper Independent
Anthony Connaghan Sinn Féin
Conor Reddy PBP–Solidarity
Mary Callaghan Social Democrats
Leslie Kane Sinn Féin
Cabra–Glasnevin Cieran Perry Independent
Feljin Jose Green
Colm O'Rourke Fine Gael
Gayle Ralph Fine Gael
Cat O'Driscoll Social Democrats
John Stephens Fianna Fáil
Séamas McGrattan Sinn Féin
Clontarf Naoise Ó Muirí Fine Gael
Deirdre Heney Fianna Fáil
Barry Heneghan Independent
Catherine Stocker Social Democrats
Donna Cooney Green
Alison Field Labour
Donaghmede Tom Brabazon Fianna Fáil
Daryl Barron Fianna Fáil
Paddy Monahan Social Democrats
Supriya Singh Fine Gael
Mícheál Mac Donncha Sinn Féin
Kimmage–Rathmines Pat Dunne Right to Change
Carolyn Moore Green
Punam Rane Fine Gael
Fiona Connelly Labour
Eoin Hayes Social Democrats
Patrick Kinsella Fine Gael
North Inner City Ray McAdam Fine Gael
Janet Horner Green
Christy Burke Independent
Malachy Steenson Independent
Nial Ring Independent
Janice Boylan Sinn Féin
Daniel Ennis Social Democrats
Pembroke James Geoghegan Fine Gael
Hazel Chu Green
Dermot Lacey Labour
Emma Blain Fine Gael
Rory Hogan Fianna Fáil
South East Inner City Claire Byrne Green
Kourtney Kenny Sinn Féin
Danny Byrne Fine Gael
Cian Farrell Social Democrats
Mannix Flynn Independent
South West Inner City Michael Pidgeon Green
Darragh Moriarty Labour
Jen Cummins Social Democrats
Ammar Ali Fianna Fáil
Máire Devine Sinn Féin
  1. ^ a b c John Lyons is a member of the unregistered Independent Left party and therefore sits as an independent on the council, and appeared as so on the 2024 ballot paper.

Council buildings

The Civic Offices, Wood Quay
Executive and administrative offices.

The Lord Mayor's official residence is the Mansion House, which first became the residence of the Lord Mayor in 1715.

Council meetings take place in the headquarters at Dublin City Hall. Formerly Royal Exchange, the City Hall is one of Dublin's finest buildings and located on Dame Street. It was built in 1769–79 to the winning design of Thomas Cooley. In an architectural competition, James Gandon was the runner-up with a scheme that many people favoured. The building was taken over for city government use in the 1850s.


  1. ^ "Chief Executive". Dublin City Council. Retrieved 3 January 2023.
  2. ^ Blaney, Amy (24 May 2023). "Dublin City Council confirms date for Owen Keegan to retire as CEO". Irish Independent.
  3. ^ "Fine Gael Councillor James Geoghegan elected as new Lord Mayor of Dublin". Fine Gael. 21 June 2024. Retrieved 21 June 2024.
  4. ^ Local Government Act 1991 (Regional Assemblies) (Establishment) Order 2014 (S.I. No. 573 of 2014). Signed on 16 December 2014. Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book on 8 February 2022.
  5. ^ Owen P. Keegan Chief Executive. "Comhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath Dréachtbhuiséad 2023 Dublin City Council Draft Budget 2023" (PDF).
  6. ^ Local Government Act 2001, s. 10: Local government areas (No. 37 of 2001, s. 10), "S. 10(2): The State continues to stand divided into local government areas to be known as counties and cities which are the areas set out in Parts 1 and 2, respectively, of Schedule 5.". Enacted on 21 July 2001. Act of the Oireachtas. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book on 23 June 2021.
  7. ^ City of Dublin Local Electoral Areas Order 2018 (S.I. No. 614 of 2018). Signed on 19 December 2018. Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book on 1 February 2019.
  8. ^ County Borough of Dublin (Wards) Regulations 1986 (S.I. No. 12 of 1986). Signed on 20 January 1986 by Liam Kavanagh, Minister for the Environment. Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book.; County Borough of Dublin (Wards) (Amendment) Regulations 1994 (S.I. No. 109 of 1994). Signed on 20 January 1986 by Michael Smith, Minister for the Environment. Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book.; County Borough of Dublin (Wards) (Amendment) Regulations 1997 (S.I. No. 43 of 1997). Signed on 21 January 1997 by Brendan Howlin, Minister for the Environment. Statutory Instrument of the Government of Ireland. Retrieved from Irish Statute Book.
  9. ^ "Dublin City Council – Elected Candidates". RTÉ News. Retrieved 16 June 2024.