Dublin County Council

Dublin County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Bhaile Átha Cliath) was a local authority for the administrative county of County Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.

Dublin County Council

Comhairle Contae
Bhaile Átha Cliath
County council of County Dublin
Coat of arms or logo
Coat of arms of Dublin County Council
Preceded byGrand Jury
Succeeded byFingal County Council,
South Dublin County Council,
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council
Last election
Beart do réir ár mbriathar  (Irish)
"Action to match our speech"
Meeting place
O'Connell Street, Dublin


The county council was established by the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898. Its headquarters were established at 10-11 Parnell Square in 1900[1] but, due to the cramped conditions, it transferred to 46-49 O'Connell Street, Dublin City in 1975.[2][3]

Following the implementation of the Local Government (Dublin) Act 1993, an Act of the Oireachtas, the County Council and the Corporation of Dún Laoghaire were abolished in 1994, and replaced with three administrative counties; Fingal to the north, Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown to the southeast and South Dublin to the southwest.[4]

Dublin City Council, styled "Dublin Corporation" until 2002, is separate from the other administrative counties and continues to administer the city of Dublin.


The Dublin Regional Authority is the statutory authority that currently has functions in the city and greater metropolitan area, these relate mainly to cooperation and coordination of agencies, the authorities membership is from the councils in the areas concerned. Both the Parnell Square property and the O'Connell Street property were transferred to the Fingal County Council on abolition of DCC. These offices were a key location in the events described in the Mahon Tribunal – a tribunal which inquired into re-zoning and planning irregularities in the 1980s in County Dublin.[5]


The motto on its coat of arms was Beart do réir ár mbriathar in Irish which means Action to match our speech.


  1. ^ "Dublin City". Buildings of Ireland. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Precast concrete, 46-49 O'Connell Street, Dublin 1". Built Dublin. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Local Authorities". Oireachtas. 26 May 1982. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1993, Section 9.—(1)". Irish Statute Book – Office of the Attorney General. Retrieved 28 May 2011. On the establishment day — (a) the county shall cease to exist, (b) the borough shall cease to exist, (c) the electoral counties shall cease to exist, and (d) the united district of the burial board shall cease to exist.
  5. ^ "Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments Bill 2004". Oireachtas Éireann. 2004. Retrieved 2 April 2012.

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