South Dublin County Council
South Dublin County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Baile Átha Cliath Theas) 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. It serves a population of approximately 192,000.
South Dublin County Council
Baile Átha Cliath Theas
Vicki Casserly, FG
|Council Control (20)
Council Opposition (20)
|24 May 2019|
|County Hall, Tallaght|
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. There are 183,336 local government electors and 174,349 Dáil electors registered to vote in the County Council administrative area.
The Local Government Act 2001 established a two-tier structure of local government. The top tier consisted of 29 county councils and five city councils. The bottom tier consisted of town councils. The Local Government Reform Act 2014 abolished this two-tier structure in favour of city councils, county councils and two hybrid councils, dubbed City and County Councils (Limerick and Waterford). South Dublin County Council gained an additional 14 seats due to this re-structuring.
The Local Government Act 1994 defines how an authority may act. The local authority may provide,
- amenities, facilities and services related to:
- artistic and cultural activities,
- sports, games and similar activities,
- general recreational and leisure activities,
- civic improvements,
- environmental and heritage protection and improvement, and
- the public use of amenities.
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. 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."
Mayor and Deputy MayorEdit
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are chosen from among the councillors.
2019 seats summaryEdit
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Councillors by electoral areaEdit
This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 24 May 2019.
For administrative and electoral purposes, the county council organises 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.
There are four Dáil constituencies in the county:
and seven Local electoral areas:
- Tallaght Central
- Tallaght South
The constituencies and electoral areas are organised as follows:
- Dublin Mid-West constituency contains local electoral areas Clondalkin, Lucan and Palmerstown-Fonthill
- Dublin South contains Rathfarnham-Templeogue and Firhouse-Bohernabreena
- Dublin South-Central contains Rathfarnham-Templeogue
- Dublin South-West contains Tallaght Central, Tallaght South, Firhouse Bohernabreena and Rathfarnham-Templeogue
Some overlaps occur: Rathfarnham-Templeogue local electoral area occupies parts of three constituencies: Dublin South, Dublin South-Central and Dublin South-West. Firhouse-Bohernabreena local electoral area 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:
2019 Wetlands DestructionEdit
In 2019, South Dublin County Council sanctioned the mass dumping of silt in a wetlands park which it had previously vowed to protect. A large part of the park's ecosystem was destroyed, buried under several feet of silt which was then leveled with heavy machinery. The destruction enraged environmental groups, who estimated that thousands of animals were buried and killed, including several protected and endangered species. In response, the council confirmed that they would review their silt disposal process, while admitting no wrongdoing.
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- "Opening Hours & Useful Addresses". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
- "Corporate Plan 2010–2014". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
- "Census 2006 – Population of each province, county and city". Central Statistics Office. Archived from the original on 17 April 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
- "Register of Electors". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
- "Local Government Act 1994, Section 31". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
- "Corporate Plan 2010–2014, page 32". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
- "Council website – Corporate Policy Group". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
- "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).
- "Local Elections 2019". Local Government. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
- "Polling Scheme 2010". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
- "Adopted Polling Scheme 2010". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.