Westmeath County Council

Westmeath County Council (Irish: Comhairle Chontae na hIarmhí) is the authority responsible for local government in County Westmeath, 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 20 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, Pat Gallagher. The county town is Mullingar.

Westmeath County Council

Comhairle Chontae na hIarmhí
Type
Type
Leadership
Paddy Hill, FF
Structure
Seats20
Political groups
Elections
Last election
24 May 2019
Motto
Triath ós Triathaibh  (Irish)
"Noble above nobility"
Meeting place
County Buildings, Mullingar
Website
westmeathcoco.ie

History

Originally Westmeath County Council held its meetings in Mullingar Courthouse.[1] The county Council commissioned a purpose-built facility, known as County Hall, in Mount Street in Mullingar in the early 20th century.[2] In the early part of the 21st century it occupied an historic building on the same site associated with the old county gaol.[3] It then moved to more modern facilities at the new County Buildings to the south of the previous facilities in 2009.[4]

Councillors

For the purpose of elections the county is divided into four local electoral areas: Athlone (5), Kinnegad (5), Moate (4) and Mullingar (6).

2019 seats summary

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 9
Fine Gael 5
Green Party 2
Labour Party 2
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
Athlone Frankie Keena Fianna Fáil
Aengus O’Rourke Fianna Fáil
John Dolan Fine Gael
Jamie Moran Independent
Louise Heavin Green Party
Kinnegad Frank McDermott Fine Gael
John Shaw Fianna Fáil
Paddy Hill Fianna Fáil
Denis Leonard Labour Party
Emily Wallace Fine Gael
Moate Thomas Farrell Fine Gael
Liam McDaniel Fianna Fáil
Vinny McCormack Fianna Fáil
Johnnie Penrose Labour Party
Mullingar Mick Dollard Independent
Ken Glynn Fianna Fáil
Aoife Davitt Fianna Fáil
William Collentine Fianna Fáil
Andrew Duncan Fine Gael
Hazel Smyth Green Party

See also

References

  1. Illingworth, Ruth (14 December 2017). "History of Mount Street". Mullingar.ie. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  2. "County Buildings, Mullingar, County Westmeath". Buildings of Ireland. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  3. "County Buildings, Mullingar, County Westmeath". Buildings of Ireland. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  4. "New County Buildings in Mullingar win Opus 2009 architecture and construction award". The Advertiser. 13 November 2009.
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