Sligo County Council

Sligo County Council (Irish: Comhairle Chontae Shligigh) is the authority responsible for local government in County Sligo, 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 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, Ciarán Hayes. The county town is that of Sligo.

Sligo County Council

Comhairle Chontae Shligigh
Tom MacSharry, FF
Political groups
Last election
24 May 2019
Meeting place
County Hall, Sligo


Originally meetings of Sligo County Council were held at Sligo Courthouse.[1] The county council moved to modern facilities, known as County Hall (Irish: Áras an Chontae), in June 1979.[2]


For the purpose of elections the county is divided into three local electoral areas: Ballymote-Tubbercurry (7), Sligo-Drumcliffe (5) and Sligo-Strandhill (6).

Following the 2015 RTÉ programme Standards in Public Office, in March 2019, Joe Queenan was found by the Standards in Public Office Commission to have contravened the Local Government Act in three different instances, including failure to maintain proper standards of integrity, conduct and concern for the public interest.[3]

2019 seats summary

Party Seats
Fine Gael 6
Fianna Fáil 5
Sinn Féin 2
People Before Profit 1
Independents 4 Change 1
Independent 3

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
Ballymote-Tubbercurry Paul Taylor Fianna Fáil
Joe Queenan Independent
Michael Clarke Independent
Dara Mulvey Fine Gael
Gerard Mullaney Fine Gael
Martin Baker Fianna Fáil
Martin Connolly Fine Gael
Sligo-Drumcliff Thomas Healy Sinn Féin
Dónal Gilroy Fianna Fáil
Thomas Walsh Fine Gael
Marie Casserly Independent
Tom Fox Fine Gael
Sligo-Strandhill Declan Bree Inds. 4 Change
Tom MacSharry Fianna Fáil
Rosaleen O’Grady Fianna Fáil
Chris MacManus Sinn Féin
Sinéad Maguire Fine Gael
Gino O'Boyle People Before Profit

See also


  1. "Local Authorities". Oireachtas. 26 May 1982. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  2. "Model Publication Scheme" (PDF). Sligo County Council. p. 5. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  3. Kelly, Fiach (26 March 2019). "Sipo finds against two councillors over RTÉ undercover report". The Irish Times. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
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