Cork County Council

Cork County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Chorcaí) is the authority responsible for local government in County Cork, 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 55 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, Tim Lucey.[1] The county seat is Cork.

Cork County Council

Comhairle Contae Chorcaí
Christopher O'Sullivan, FF
Political groups
Last election
24 May 2019
Meeting place
County Hall, Cork


Originally meetings of Cork County Council were held in the back portion of the top floor of Cork Courthouse.[2] By the 1950s these premises were becoming inadequate and County Hall opened in April 1968.[3]

Boundary change

The area of Cork County Council was reduced on 31 May 2019, ceding territory to Cork City Council.[4] This implemented changes under the Local Government Act 2019.[5]

The 2015 Cork Local Government Review recommended merging Cork City Council and Cork County Council into a single "super council"; however, a minority report opposed the merger, with a subsequent report published by an expert advisory group in 2017 recommending a city boundary extension.[6][7][8]

Municipal Districts and Local Electoral Areas

Cork County Council is divided into the following municipal districts and local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions.[9]

Municipal District LEA Definition Seats
BandonKinsaleAbbeymahon, Ballinadee, Ballinspittle, Ballyfeard, Ballymackean, Ballymartle, Ballymodan, Ballymurphy, Bandon, Baurleigh, Boulteen, Brinny, Butlerstown, Cashel, Coolmain, Courtmacsherry, Cullen (in the former Rural District of Kinsale), Inishannon, Kilbrittain, Kilbrogan, Kilmaloda East, Kilmaloda West, Kilmonoge, Kinsale Rural, Kinsale Urban, Kinure, Knockavilly, Knockroe, Laherne, Leighmoney, Murragh, Nohaval, Rathclarin, Templemartin, Templemichael, Templeomalus and Timoleague.6
Carrigaline Ballyfoyle, Carrigaline (in the former rural district of Kinsale), Dunderrow, Farranbrien, Kilpatrick, Liscleary, Monkstown Urban, Templebreedy;


those parts of the electoral divisions of Ballygarvan, Carrigaline (in the former rural district of Cork), Douglas, Inishkenny, and Monkstown Rural that are not contained within the City of Cork.

Cobh Ballynaglogh, Carrignavar, Carrigtohill, Cobh Rural, Cobh Urban, Killeagh (in the former Rural District of Cork), Knockraha, Watergrasshill;


those parts of the electoral divisions of Caherlag, Rathcooney (part), Riverstown and Whitechurch that are not contained within the City of Cork.

East CorkMidletonArdagh, Ballintemple, Ballycottin, Ballyspillane, Castlemartyr, Clonmult, Clonpriest, Cloyne, Corkbeg, Dangan, Dungourney, Garryvoe, Ightermurragh, Inch, Kilcronat, Killeagh (in the former Rural District of Youghal No.1), Kilmacdonogh, Lisgoold, Midleton Rural, Midleton Urban, Mogeely, Rostellan, Templebodan, Templenacarriga, Youghal Rural (part) and Youghal Urban.7
FermoyAghern, Ballyarthur, Ballyhooly, Ballynoe, Carrig (in the former Rural District of Fermoy), Castle Hyde, Castlecooke, Castlelyons, Castletownroche, Clenor, Coole, Curraglass, Derryvillane, Doneraile, Farahy, Fermoy Rural, Fermoy Urban, Glanworth East, Glanworth West, Glenville, Gortnaskehy, Gortroe, Kilcor, Kilcummer, Kildinan, Kildorrery, Kilgullane, Killathy, Kilphelan, Kilworth, Knockmourne, Leitrim, Marshalstown, Mitchelstown, Monanimy, Rathcormack, Shanballymore, Skahanagh, Streamhill, Templemolaga and Wallstown.6
Kanturk–MallowKanturkAllow, Ardskeagh, Ballyhoolahan, Banteer, Barleyhill, Barnacurra, Bawncross, Boherboy, Castlemagner, Clonfert East, Clonfert West, Clonmeen, Coolclogh, Crinnaloo, Cullen (in the former Rural District of Millstreet), Derragh, Doonasleen, Dromina, Glenlara, Greenane, Kanturk, Keale, Kilbrin, Kilcorney, Kilmeen, Knockatooan, Knocknagree, Knocktemple, Meens, Milford, Milltown, Newmarket, Newtown, Rathcool, Rathluirc, Rosnalee, Rowls, Skagh, Springfort, Tullylease and Williamstown.4
MallowBallyclogh, Ballynamona, Blackpool, Buttevant, Caherduggan, Carrig (in the former rural District of Mallow), Castlecor, Churchtown, Dromore, Gortmore, Imphrick, Kilmaclenine, Kilshannig, Knockantota, Liscarroll, Mallow North Urban, Mallow Rural, Mallow South Urban, Nad, Rahan, Roskeen, Templemary and Tincoora.5
MacroomAghinagh, Aglish, An Sliabh Riabhach, Ballygroman, Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh (Maigh Chromta) (in the former Rural District of Macroom), Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh (Dún Mánmhaí) (in the former Rural District of Dunmanway), Bealock, Caherbarnagh, Cannaway, Carrigboy, Ceann Droma, Cill na Martra, Claonráth, Clondrohid, Clonmoyle, Coomlogane, Doire Fhínín, Dripsey, Drishane, Firmount, Gort na Tiobratan, Gowlane, Greenfort, Greenville, Inchigeelagh, Kilberrihert, Kilbonane, Kilcullen, Macloneigh, Macroom Urban, Magourney, Mashanaglass, Mountrivers, Moviddy, Na hUláin, Rahalisk, Teerelton, Warrenscourt;

and those parts of the electoral divisions of Ballincollig, Blarney, Carrigrohanebeg, Matehy and Ovens that are not contained within the City of Cork.

West CorkBantry–West CorkAdrigole, Aghadown North, Aghadown South, Ahil, Ballybane, Ballydehob, Bantry Rural, Bantry Urban, Bear, Bredagh, Caheragh, Cloghdonnell, Coolagh, Coulagh, Crookhaven, Curryglass, Douce, Dromdaleague North, Dromdaleague South, Dunbeacon, Dunmanus, Durrus East, Durrus West, Garranes, Garrown, Glanlough, Glengarriff, Goleen, Gortnascreeny, Kealkill, Kilcaskan, Kilcatherine, Kilcoe, Killaconenagh, Killeenleagh, Kilnamanagh, Lowertown, Mealagh, Milane, Scart, Seefin, Sheepshead, Skull, Toormore and Whiddy.4
Skibbereen–West CorkArdfield, Argideen, Aultagh, Ballingurteen, Ballymoney, Bengour, Cahermore, Carrigbaun, Castlehaven North, Castlehaven South, Castletown, Castleventry, Cléire, Clonakilty Rural, Clonakilty Urban, Cloonkeen, Coolcraheen, Coolmountain, Derry, Drinagh (in the former Rural District of Dunmanway), Drinagh (in the former Rural District of Skibbereen), Dunmanway North, Dunmanway South, Kilfaughnabeg, Kilkerranmore, Kilmoylerane, Kilnagross, Kinneigh, Knocks, Knockskagh, Manch, Myross, Rathbarry, Rosscarbery, Rossmore, Shreelane, Skibbereen Rural, Skibbereen Urban, Teadies, Tullagh and Woodfort5


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

2019 seats summary

Party Seats
Fine Gael 20
Fianna Fáil 18
Green Party 2
Labour Party 2
Sinn Féin 2
Social Democrats 1
Independent 10

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
BandonKinsale Gillian Coughlan Fianna Fáil
Alan Coleman Independent
Kevin Murphy Fine Gael
John O'Sullivan Fine Gael
Marie O'Sullivan Fine Gael
Seán O'Donovan Fianna Fáil
BantryWest Cork Danny Collins Independent
Patrick Gerard Murphy Fianna Fáil
Katie Murphy Fine Gael
Holly McKeever Cairns Social Democrats
Carrigaline Séamus McGrath Fianna Fáil
Marcia D'Alton Independent
Aidan Lompard Fine Gael
Ben Dalton O'Sullivan Independent
Liam O’Connor Fine Gael
Audrey Buckley Fianna Fáil
Cobh Pádraig O'Sullivan Fianna Fáil
Anthony Barry Fine Gael
Sinéad Sheppard Fine Gael
Cathal Rasmussen Labour Party
Seán O'Connor Independent
Alan O'Connor Green Party
Fermoy Noel McCarthy Fine Gael
Frank O'Flynn Fianna Fáil
Deirdre O'Brien Fianna Fáil
William O'Leary Fianna Fáil
Kay Dawson Fine Gael
Frank Roche Independent
Kanturk Bernard Moynihan Fianna Fáil
Ian Doyle Fianna Fáil
John Paul O'Shea Fine Gael
Gerard Murphy Fine Gael
Macroom Michael Creed Fine Gael
Gobnait Moynihan Fianna Fáil
Michael Looney Fianna Fáil
Martin Coughlan Independent
Eileen Lynch Fine Gael
Ted Lucey Fine Gael
Mallow Pat Hayes Fianna Fáil
Gearóid Murphy Fianna Fáil
James Kennedy Labour Party
Tony O’Shea Fine Gael
Liam Madden Fine Gael
Midleton Mary Linehan Foley Independent
Noel Collins Independent
Michael Hegarty Fine Gael
James O'Connor Fianna Fáil
Danielle Twomey Sinn Féin
Susan McCarthy Fine Gael
Liam Quaide Green Party
SkibbereenWest Cork Christopher O'Sullivan Fianna Fáil
Joe Carroll Fianna Fáil
Declan Hurley Independent
Karen Coakley Fine Gael
Paul Hayes Sinn Féin


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  4. "S.I. No. 25/2019 - Local Government Act 2019 (Transfer Day) Order 2019". Irish Statute Book. 30 January 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  5. "Local Government Act 2019". Irish Statute Book. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  6. Cork Local Government Committee (September 2015). "Local Government Arrangements in Cork" (PDF). Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
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