Carlow County Council

Carlow County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Cheatharlach) is the authority responsible for local government in County Carlow, Ireland. 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.[1] The council has 18 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, Kathleen Holohan. The county town is Carlow town.

Carlow County Council

Comhairle Contae Cheatharlach
John Pender, FF
Political groups
Last election
24 May 2019
Meeting place
County Buildings, Athy Road, Carlow
(The image shows Athy Road looking northwards with the County Buildings just visible on the left)


Originally Carlow Courthouse was the meeting place of Carlow County Council.[2] The county council established their County Secretary's Office at 1 Athy Road in the former offices and printing works of the Carlow Sentinel which ceased publication after the First World War.[3][4] The county council subsequently moved further north along Athy Road into modern premises which are now known as the County Buildings.[5]

Municipal Districts and Local Electoral Areas

Carlow County Council is divided into the following municipal districts, each of which comprises a single local electoral area, defined by electoral divisions.[6]

Area Definition Seats
Carlow Ballinacarrig, Burton Hall, Carlow Rural, Carlow Urban, Graigue Urban and Johnstown. 7
Muine Bheag Agha, Ballyellin, Ballymoon, Ballymurphy, Borris, Clogrenan, Coonogue, Corries, Fennagh, Garryhill, Glynn, Killedmond, Kyle, Leighlinbridge, Marley, Muinebeag Rural, Muinebeag Urban, Nurney, Oldleighlin, Rathanna, Rathornan, Ridge, Sliguff and Tinnahinch. 5
Tullow Ballintemple, Ballon, Clonegall, Clonmore, Cranemore, Grangeford, Hacketstown, Haroldstown, Kellistown, Kilbride, Killerrig, Kineagh, Myshall, Rahill, Rathrush, Rathvilly, Shangarry, Tankardstown, Templepeter, Tiknock, Tullow Rural, Tullow Urban, Tullowbeg and Williamstown. 6

Current Councillors

The following were elected at the 2019 Carlow County Council election, under the boundaries which existed at the time.

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 6
Fine Gael 6
Labour Party 2
Sinn Féin 1
Solidarity–People Before Profit 1
Independent 2

Councillors by electoral area

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

Council members from 2019 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Carlow Fintan Phelan Fianna Fáil
Andrea Dalton Fianna Fáil
Fergal Browne Fine Gael
Ken Murnane Fianna Fáil
Tom O'Neill Fine Gael
John Cassin Independent
Adrienne Wallace Solidarity–PBP
Muine Bheag Tommy Kinsella Fine Gael
Willie Quinn Labour Party
Andy Gladney Sinn Féin
Michael Doran Fine Gael
Arthur McDonald Fianna Fáil
Tullow John Pender Fianna Fáil
Charlie Murphy Independent
Brian O'Donoghue Fine Gael
William Paton Labour Party
John Murphy Fine Gael
John McDonald Fianna Fáil


  1. "All Services". Carlow County Council. Archived from the original on 19 November 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
  2. "History of the Carlow Regional Technical College and the Institute of Technology, Carlow" (PDF). Carloviana. 2010. p. 61. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  3. "Dublin Street 1985". Ireland Genealogical Projects. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  4. Tracy, Alice (1 December 1953). "The Story of Athy Road" (PDF). Carloviana. p. 30. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  5. "Local Authorities". Oireachtas. 26 May 1982. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  6. "S.I. No. 610/2018 - County of Carlow Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts Order 2018". 19 December 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
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