Clare County Council

Clare County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae an Chláir) is the authority responsible for local government in County Clare, 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. The council has 28 elected members. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the title of Cathaoirleach. The county administration is headed by a Chief Executive, Pat Dowling. The county town is Ennis.

Clare County Council

Comhairle Contae an Chláir
Cathal Crowe, FF
Political groups
Last election
24 May 2019
Meeting place
Áras Contae an Chláir, Ennis


Originally meetings of Clare County Council were held at Ennis Courthouse[1] but a new County Building was completed in May 2008.[2]

Municipal Districts and Local Electoral Areas

Clare County Council is divided into the following municipal districts and local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions.[3]

Municipal District LEA Definition Seats
Ennis Clareabbey, Doora, Ennis No. 1 Urban, Ennis No. 2 Urban, Ennis No. 3 Urban, Ennis No. 4 Urban, Ennis Rural, Kilnamona, Kilraghtis, Spancelhill and Templemaley 7
Killaloe Ayle, Ballyblood, Ballynahinch, Boherglass, Caher, Caherhurly, Cahermurphy (in the former Rural District of Scarriff), Cappaghabaun, Carrowbaun, Castlecrine, Cloghera, Clooney (in the former Rural District of Tulla), Cloontra, Cloonusker, Coolreagh, Corlea, Crusheen, Dangan, Derrynagittagh, Drummaan, Fahymore, Feakle, Glendree, Inishcaltra North, Inishcaltra South, Kilkishen, Killaloe, Killanena, Killokennedy, Killuran, Kilseily, Kiltannon, Kyle, Lackareagh, Loughea, Mountshannon, Newgrove, OBriensbridge, Ogonnelloe, Quin, Rathclooney, Rossroe, Scarriff, Toberbreeda, Tomfinlough and Tulla 5
Shannon Ballycannan, Ballyglass, Cappavilla, Clenagh, Cratloe, Drumline, Killeely, Kiltenanlea, Mountievers, Newmarket, Sixmilebridge and Urlan 7
West Clare Ennistymon Abbey, Ballagh, Ballyea, Ballyeighter, Ballysteen, Ballyvaskin, Boston, Carran, Castletown, Cloghaun, Cloonanaha, Clooney (in the former Rural District of Ennistimon), Corrofin, Derreen, Drumcreehy, Dysert, Ennistimon, Gleninagh, Glenroe, Kilfenora, Killaspuglonane, Killilagh, Killinaboy, Kilshanny, Kiltoraght, Liscannor, Lisdoonvarna, Lurraga, Magherareagh, Milltown Malbay, Mount Elva, Moy, Muckanagh, Noughaval, Oughtmama, Rath, Rathborney, Ruan and Smithstown 4
Kilrush Annagh, Ballynacally, Cahermurphy (in the former Rural District of Kilrush), Clondagad, Cloonadrum, Clooncoorha, Coolmeen, Cooraclare, Creegh, Doonbeg, Drumellihy, Einagh, Formoyle, Furroor, Glenmore, Kilballyowen, Kilchreest, Kilcloher, Kilfearagh, Kilfiddane, Kilkee, Killadysert, Killanniv, Killard, Killimer, Killofin, Killone, Kilmihil, Kilmurry (in the former Rural District of Killadysert), Kilmurry (in the former Rural District of Kilrush), Kilrush Rural, Kilrush Urban, Kinturk, Knock, Knocknaboley, Knocknagore, Liscasey, Lisheen, Moveen, Moyarta, Mullagh, Querrin, Rahona, Rinealon, St. Martins, Tullig and Tullycreen 5

Current councillors

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

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 13
Fine Gael 8
Sinn Féin 1
Green Party 1
Independent 5

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
Ennis Mary Howard Fine Gael
Johnny Flynn Fine Gael
Mark Nestor Fianna Fáil
Clare Colleran Molloy Fianna Fáil
Paul Murphy Fine Gael
Pat Daly Fianna Fáil
Ann Norton Independent
Ennistymon Shane Talty Fianna Fáil
Joe Garrihy Fine Gael
Róisín Garvey Green Party
Joe Killeen Fianna Fáil
Killaloe Joe Cooney Fine Gael
Pat Hayes Fianna Fáil
Tony O'Brien Fianna Fáil
Alan O'Callaghan Fianna Fáil
Pat Burke Fine Gael
Kilrush P. J. Kelly Fianna Fáil
Gabriel Keating Fine Gael
Bill Chambers Fianna Fáil
Cillian Murphy Fianna Fáil
Ian Lynch Independent
Shannon Cathal Crowe Fianna Fáil
John Crowe Fine Gael
Michael Begley Independent
P. J. Ryan Independent
Mike McKee Sinn Féin
Gerry Flynn Independent
Pat McMahon Fianna Fáil


  1. "Local Authorities". Oireachtas. 26 May 1982. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  2. "Winning Design". World Architecture News. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  3. "S.I. No. 610/2018 - County of Clare Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts Order 2018". 19 December 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
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