Local electoral area

A local electoral area (LEA) is an electoral area for elections to local authorities in Ireland. All elections use the single transferable vote. The boundaries of LEAs are defined by statutory instrument in terms of lower-level units called electoral divisions (EDs).

Municipal districts

A municipal district is a division of a local authority which can exercise certain powers of the local authority. They came into being on 1 June 2014, ten days after the local elections, under the provisions of the Local Government Reform Act 2014.[1][2] Of the 31 local authorities, 25 are subdivided into municipal districts, which comprise one or more LEA. The exceptions are the three city councils (Cork City, Dublin City and Galway City) and the three county councils in Dublin (Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin). A district associated with a city or borough is termed a metropolitan district or borough district respectively.

In 2019, John Paul Phelan, Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform commented in the Dáil:[3]

Municipal districts have an extensive list of functions currently, but the situation is haphazard ... some local authorities are better at performing some functions than others. I have found that some local authorities have a strong municipal district structure, with the districts being where most of the nitty-gritty work of local authorities is done, be it roads, footpaths or lights. Some do not have that structure, though, with decisions rehashed or debated again at the councils' plenary sessions.

Boundaries

Boundaries for local electoral areas and municipal district are determined by statutory instrument of the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government.[4] The minister must first establish an independent boundary committee, but need not accept its advice. A boundary committee has been required since 1994 for electoral areas.[5][6] The 2012–13 Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee considered both administrative areas (municipal districts, though not counties/cities) and electoral areas.[6] In 2015, separate committees were set up to consider adjustments to county and municipal boundaries passing through each of four urban areas: Athlone, Carlow, Drogheda, and Waterford.[7] A Boundary Committee established in 2017 and which reported in June 2018 recommended alterations to municipal districts and local electoral areas which were implemented in December 2018.

Areas

Below are the districts and local electoral areas as defined by the most recent SI in each case and which were used at the 2019 local elections. Unless otherwise specified, districts are titled "Municipal District of Carlow", etc.

Council Seats District Local Electoral Area (LEA) Seats
Carlow County Council[8] 18 Carlow 7
Muinebeag 5
Tullow 6
Cavan County Council[9] 18 BailieboroughCootehill 6
Ballyjamesduff 6
CavanBelturbet 6
Clare County Council[10] 28 Ennis 7
Killaloe 5
Shannon 7
West Clare Ennistymon 4
Kilrush 5
Cork City Council[11] 31 Cork City North-East6
Cork City North-West6
Cork City South-Central6
Cork City South-East6
Cork City South-West7
Cork County Council[12] 55 BandonKinsale6
Carrigaline6
Cobh6
East CorkMidleton7
Fermoy6
Kanturk—MallowKanturk4
Mallow5
Macroom6
West CorkBantry—West Cork4
Skibbereen—West Cork5
Donegal County Council[13] 37 Donegal 6
Glenties 6
Inishowen Buncrana 5
Carndonagh 4
LetterkennyMilford Letterkenny 7
Milford 3
LiffordStranorlar 6
Dublin City Council[14] 63 ArtaneWhitehall 6
BallyfermotDrimnagh 5
BallymunFinglas 6
CabraGlasnevin 7
Clontarf 6
Donaghmede 5
KimmageRathmines 6
North Inner City 7
Pembroke 5
South East Inner City 5
South West Inner City 5
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council[15] 40 Blackrock6
Dundrum7
Dún Laoghaire7
GlencullenSandyford7
KillineyShankill6
Stillorgan6
Fingal County Council[16] 40 Balbriggan5
BlanchardstownMulhuddart5
Castleknock6
HowthMalahide7
Ongar5
RushLusk5
Swords7
Galway City Council[17] 18 Galway City West6
Galway City Central6
Galway City East6
Galway County Council[18] 39 Athenry AthenryOranmore 7
Ballinasloe 6
Conamara Conamara North 4
Conamara South 5
Loughrea GortKinvara 5
Loughrea 5
Tuam 7
Kerry County Council[19] 33 An DaingeanCastleisland An Daingean 3
Castleisland 4
Kenmare 6
Killarney 7
Listowel 6
Tralee 7
Kildare County Council[20] 40 Athy 5
CelbridgeLeixlip Celbridge 4
Leixlip 3
ClaneMaynooth Clane 5
Maynooth 5
KildareNewbridge Kildare 5
Newbridge 6
Naas 7
Kilkenny County Council[21] 24 CallanThomastown 6
Castlecomer 6
Kilkenny City Kilkenny 7
Piltown 5
Laois County Council[22] 19 Borris-in-OssoryMountmellick6
GraiguecullenPortarlington6
Portlaoise7
Leitrim County Council[23] 18 Ballinamore 6
Carrick-on-Shannon6
Manorhamilton6
Limerick City and County Council[24] 40 Metropolitan District of Limerick CityLimerick City East7
Limerick City North7
Limerick City West7
AdareRathkeale 6
CappamoreKilmallock 7
Newcastle West 6
Longford County Council[25] 18 Ballymahon 6
Granard 5
Longford 7
Louth County Council[26] 29 Ardee6
Borough District of Drogheda Drogheda Rural4
Drogheda Urban6
Dundalk Dundalk—Carlingford6
Dundalk South7
Mayo County Council[27] 30 Ballina 6
Castlebar 7
Claremorris Claremorris 6
Swinford 4
WestportBelmullet Westport 4
Belmullet 3
Meath County Council[28] 40 Ashbourne 6
Kells7
LaytownBettystown7
Navan7
Ratoath7
Trim6
Monaghan County Council[29] 18 BallybayClones5
CarrickmacrossCastleblayney6
Monaghan7
Offaly County Council[30] 19 Birr6
Edenderry6
Tullamore7
Roscommon County Council[31] 18 Athlone6
Boyle6
Roscommon6
Sligo County Council[32] 18 Borough District of SligoSligoStrandhill6
BallymoteTobercurry7
SligoDrumcliff7
South Dublin County Council[33] 40 Clondalkin7
FirhouseBohernabreena5
Lucan5
Palmerstown—Fonthill5
RathfarnhamTempleogue7
Tallaght Central6
Tallaght South5
Tipperary County Council[34] 40 Borough District of ClonmelClonmel6
CahirCashelCahir4
CashelTipperary7
Carrick-on-Suir5
NenaghNenagh5
Newport4
ThurlesThurles5
RoscreaTemplemore4
Waterford City and County Council[35] 32 Metropolitan District of Waterford City Tramore—Waterford City West6
Waterford City East6
Waterford City South6
ComeraghPortlawKilmacthomas5
DungarvanLismore Dungarvan6
Lismore3
Westmeath County Council[36] 20 AthloneMoate Athlone5
Moate4
MullingarKinnegad Mullingar6
Kinnegad5
Wexford County Council[37] 34 Enniscorthy6
GoreyKilmuckridgeGorey6
Kilmuckridge4
New Ross6
Rosslare5
Borough District of WexfordWexford7
Wicklow County Council[38] 32 Arklow6
Baltinglass6
BrayBray East4
Bray West4
Greystones6
Wicklow6

See also

References

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  2. "S.I. No. 215/2014 - Local Government Reform Act 2014 (2014 Establishment Day) Order 2014". Irish Statute Book. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  3. Phelan, John Paul (23 January 2019). "Local Government Bill 2018: From the Seanad". Dáil Éireann (32nd Dáil) debates. Oireachtas. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
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