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South Dublin County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Baile Átha Cliath Theas[1]) 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.[2] It serves a population of approximately 192,000.

South Dublin County Council

Comhairle Contae
Baile Átha Cliath Theas
Coat of arms or logo
Vicki Casserly, FG
SDCC 2019.svg
Political groups
Council Control (20)

Council Opposition (20)

Last election
24 May 2019
Meeting place
County Hall, Tallaght
Location of South Dublin in Ireland

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.[3][4] There are 183,336 local government electors and 174,349 Dáil electors registered to vote in the County Council administrative area.[5]

Legal statusEdit

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.[6] 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.[7] 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."[8]

Mayor and Deputy MayorEdit

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are chosen from among the councillors.[9]


For the purpose of elections the county is divided into seven local electoral areas, each of which elects between five and seven councillors.

Area Seats
Clondalkin 7
Firhouse–Bohernabreena 5
Lucan 5
PalmerstownFonthill 5
RathfarnhamTempleogue 7
Tallaght Central 6
Tallaght South 5

2019 seats summaryEdit

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 8
Fine Gael 7
Sinn Féin 6
Green Party 4
Solidarity 2
Labour Party 2
People Before Profit 1
Social Democrats 1
Independent 9

Councillors by electoral areaEdit

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 24 May 2019.[10]

Council members from 2019 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Clondalkin Emer Higgins Fine Gael
Francis Timmons Independent
Eoin Ó Broin Independent
Trevor Gilligan Fianna Fáil
William Joseph Carey Sinn Féin
Peter Kavanagh Green Party
Kenny Egan Fine Gael
Firhouse–Bohernabreena Deirdre O'Donovan Fianna Fáil
Francis Noel Duffy Green Party
Brian Lawlor Fine Gael
Emma Murphy Fianna Fáil
Alan Edge Independent
Lucan Paul Gogarty Independent
Liona O'Toole Independent
Vicki Casserly Fine Gael
Joanna Tuffy Labour Party
Ed O'Brien Fianna Fáil
PalmerstownFonthill Mark Ward Sinn Féin
Alan Hayes Independent
Guss O'Connell Independent
Madeleine Johansson Solidarity–PBP
Shane Moynihan Fianna Fáil
RathfarnhamTempleogue William Priestley Green Party
Ronan McMahon Independent
Pamela Kearns Labour Party
Yvonne Collins Fianna Fáil
Mary Serry-Kearney Fine Gael
Carly Bailey Social Democrats
David McManus Fine Gael
Tallaght Central Charlie O'Connor Fianna Fáil
Mick Duff Independent
Cathal King Sinn Féin
Liam Sinclair Green Party
Teresa Costello Fianna Fáil
Kiernan Mahon Solidarity–PBP
Tallaght South Sandra Fay Solidarity–PBP
Paddy Holohan Sinn Féin
Baby Pereppadan Fine Gael
Dermot Richardson Sinn Féin
Louise Dunne Sinn Féin

Polling schemeEdit

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.[11]

There are four Dáil constituencies in the county:

and seven Local electoral areas:

  • Clondalkin
  • Firhouse-Bohernabreena
  • Lucan
  • Palmerstown-Fonthill
  • Rathfarnham-Templeogue
  • 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:[12]


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.[13][14] A large part of the park's ecosystem was destroyed, buried under several feet of silt which was then leveled with heavy machinery.[15] The destruction enraged environmental groups, who estimated that thousands of animals were buried and killed, including several protected and endangered species.[13][15] In response, the council confirmed that they would review their silt disposal process,[13] while admitting no wrongdoing.[14]


  1. ^ "Local Government Reform Act 2014". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Opening Hours & Useful Addresses". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Corporate Plan 2010–2014". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Census 2006 – Population of each province, county and city". Central Statistics Office. Archived from the original on 17 April 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Register of Electors". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  6. ^ "Local Government Act 1994, Section 31". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Corporate Plan 2010–2014, page 32". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Council website – Corporate Policy Group". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  9. ^ "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).
  10. ^ "Local Elections 2019". Local Government. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Polling Scheme 2010". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
  12. ^ "Adopted Polling Scheme 2010". South Dublin County Council. Retrieved 15 February 2011.
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