How do Borough and Town Councillors bases match up with new local election constituencies?

Adrian Kavanagh, 24 June 2013

The previous series of posts have looked at how the homes bases of sitting County and City match up against the new local election constituency boundaries, with this analysis finding that there are some local electoral areas in which the current number of incumbents resident in these  outnumber the number of seats being allocated to these areas at the 2014 local elections, and often to quite notable degrees. But these analyses did not look at the other group of existing local representatives, namely the Borough and Town Councillor grouping which will be abolished at the next local elections. Town Councillor numbers are especially high in some counties and in relation to some specific local electoral areas and this could make for some highly intense competition for party nominations and seats in these areas should outgoing Town Councillors seek to remain in politics.

One assumption might be that the overall number of current local representatives is somewhat lower than the sum of all City/Councillors (883) and Borough/Town Councillors (744), given that some politicians may be serving both as County Councillors and as Town Councillors. These “dual mandate councillors” do indeed account for a certain proportion of the Town Councillor grouping, but not to the level that might be expected. Indeed, there are some regions in the state where the number of such dual-mandate councillors are relatively low and only account for a small proportion of the total number of Town Councillors in these areas. The knock-on effect here is that the total number of local representatives (County Councillors and Town Councillors) is increased, by default, and the overall number of local representatives in these areas can prove to be especially high, especially if two or more Town Council authorities fall within the area of new local election constituencies.  This could make for a highly potent political climate in these areas as more and more outgoing local representatives are left fighting for fewer and fewer positions in the next local authority, especially in light of the County Council seat number reductions involving most of the more rural counties.

My analysis suggests that only 160 of these 744 Borough/Town Councillors are “dual-mandate councillors”, meaning that  584 of the total number of Town Councillors, or 78% of these, are non-dual mandate councillors. If we add this number to the total number of City and County Councillors, this means that there are an estimated 1,467 local representatives currently in the state, either as City/County Councillors or Borough/Town Councillors or both, with this number to be reduced to 949 City and County Councillors after next May’s local elections. In other words, over 35% of the current number of local representatives in the state are certain not to be holding local authority seats following next May’s local elections, with this percentage to increase in line with the level of seats that will be won in these elections by non-incumbent challengers.

Females account for a slightly higher percentage of the Borough/Town Councillor ranks than they do in the case of representation at the Dail or City/County Council levels. In all, I estimate that there are 176 female Town/Borough Councillors and 568 males, meaning that females account for 23.7% of the total number of Town/Borough Councillors at present.

In the rest of this post I will try to identify the current list of Town/Borough Councillors across the different political parties and political groupings and identify how their numbers match up with the new local election boundaries being used for next year’s City and County Council elections.  Note that not all of the new local election constituency areas contain an existing Town/County Council area, as would be the case with the City Council areas and with most of the County Council areas in the Dublin region (with the sole exception of Balbriggan) but there would also be no Town Councils located in some of the more rural electoral areas (such as Glenties in Donegal and Conamara in Galway) in other parts of the state. For historical reasons, there are also no Town Councils located in some of the more urbanised electoral areas in the County Council areas, including Athenry-Oranmore in Galway County, Maynooth in Kildare, Ashbourne, Ratoath and Laytown-Bettystown in Meath and Portarlington-Graiguecullen in Laois.

Now to look at Town Councillor numbers across the different parties and political groupings. Note that * denotes a non-dual mandate Borough/Town Councillors – i.e. Borough/Town Councillors who do not also hold seats at the County Council level.

Fine Gael

Town Councillors Fine Gael
Carlow 10 Michael Abbey, Thomas O’Neill, Eileen Brophy*
Muinebeag 8 Denis Foley, Joe Manning*, Tommy Bambrick*
Bailieborough-Cootehill 6 Aidan Boyle, Paddy Halton*, Vincent McCaul*
Cavan-Belturbert 6 Barry Wilson*, John McDonald*, Peggy Gray*
Andrew Boylan, Teddy Argue*, Jacqui Lewis*, Paddy O’Reilly*
Ennis 8 Johnny Flynn, Mary Howard*, Mary Coote-Ryan*
Shannon 6 Sean McLoughlin, Vincent Coleman*, Michael Fleming*
West Clare 8 Liam Williams*, Ian Lynch*, Marian McMahon Jones*
Elaine Haugh-Hayes*, Paddy Collins*, Karen Reilly*, Brian Keane*
Cork County
Ballincollig-Carrigaline 10 Jerry Cronin*, John Daly*
Bandon-Kinsale 6 Rose Holland*, Cindy McCarthy*, Andrew Coleman*
Dermot Collins*, Fred Treacy*
Blarney-Macrooom 6 Evelyn McSweeny-Mungovan*, Tom Counihan*, Breda Culliane-McCarthy*, Ted Lucey*
Cobh 7 Sinead Shepard*, Paddy Whitty*
East Cork 6 Mary Woods*,
Michael Beacher*, Barbara Murray
Fermoy 6 Patrick O’Driscoll, Noel Barnes*
Kanturk-Mallow 6 Noel O’Connor, Fergal Cronin*
West Cork 8 Mary Hegarty, Tommy Barry*, John Connolly*, Eugene Cronin*
Brendan McCarthy*, Karen Coakley*, Adrian Healy, Catherine O’Keeffe*
Humphrey Deegan*, Kevin O’Regan*
Donegal 6 Phonsie Travers*, Val Murray*, Brendan Travers*, Eugene Dolan*, John Meehan*
Eamonn Barrett*, Denise Connolly*
Letterkenny 9 Jimmy Kavanagh*
Inishowen 10 Michelle Bradley*, Peter McLaughlin*
Fingal County
Balbriggan 8 Larry Dunne*
Galway County
Ballinasloe 6 Jerry Broderick*, Cathal Concannon*, Aidan McGrath*
Loughrea 8 Geraldine Bane*, Jimmy Curley*, Michael Maher*
Tuam 9 Sally Anne Flanagan*, Larry Bane*, Peter Warren*
Killarney 8 Cathal P. Walshe*
Listowel 7 Jacqueline Barrett-Madigan*, Mike Kennelly*, Tim O’Leary*, Dennis Stack*
Tralee 9 Grace O’Donnell*, Mairead Fernane*, Pat Hussey*
Athy 6 Richard Daley, Mary O’Sullivan*
Celbridge-Leixlip 7 Teresa Byrne*, Joe Neville*, Michael O’Brien*
Kildare-Newbridge 9 Michael “Spike” Nolan, Emma Kiernan*
Naas 9 Darren Scully, Emer McDaid*, Alan O’Kelly*
Kilkenny City-East 6 Jim Leahy*
Kilkenny City-West 6 Martin Brett, Paul Cuddihy, David Fitzgerald
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick 6 Ollie Payne*, Bobby Delaney*, Rosemary Whelan*
Portlaoise 7 William Aird, Kathleen O’Brien, Matthew Keegan*
Granard 6 Maura Kilbride-Harkin*, John Maguire*
Longford 6 Peggy Nolan, Denis Hughes*
Ardee 6 Finnian McCoy, Dolores Minogue*
Drogheda 10 Michael O’Dowd, Anthony Donohoe, Richie Culhane*, Kevin Callan*
Dundalk-Carlingford 6 Eamonn O’Boyle*
Dundalk-South 7 Maria Doyle*
Ballina 8 Josie Egan*, Barry McLoughlin*, Mark Winters*
Castlebar 8 Eugene McCormack, Noreen Heston*, Ger Deere*, Brendan Heneaghan*
Claremorris 7
West Mayo 7 Christy Hyland*, Ollie Gannon*, Michael McLaughlin*, Myles Staunton*, Brendan Mulroy*, Tereasa McGuire*
Kells 7 Sarah Reilly*, Oliver Sweeney*
Navan 7 Suzanne Jamal, Jim Holloway
Trim 6 William Bligh*, Noel French*, Gerry Reilly*
Ballybay-Clones 6 Liz Duffy*, Paul Carragher*, Michael Gilmour*, Mary McGinnity*
Yvonne Newell*, Peter Mulligan*
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney 6 Teresa Carolan*, Mark Clarke*, Mary Kerr-Conlon*
Gary Carville, Aidan Campbell*
Monaghan 6 David Maxwell, Mary Carroll*
Birr 6 Brian Whelehan*, Michael Campbell*
Edenderry 6 Patricia Brady*, Liam Hogan*
Tullamore 7 Molly Buckley, Tommy McKeigue
Boyle 6 Christy Brady*, Jan Flanagan*, Keith Suffin*, Marie Egan Paul*
Sligo 10 Daniel McGarrigle, Matt Lyons, David Cawley
Carrick-on-Suir 6 Margaret Croke*
Cashel-Tipperary 7 Eoghan Lawrence*, PJ Quinlan*
Anna Tuohy-Halligan*, Ruaidhri Devitt*
Clonmel 9 Denis Dunne*, Joe Leahy*
Nenagh 9 Tom Moylan*, Conor Delaney*
Templemore-Thurles 9 Michael Ryan*, Lily O’Brien*, Maura Byrne*
Michael Cleary*
Tramore-Waterford City West 6 Lola O’Sullivan, Ann Marie Power, Tom Raine*, Maxine Keoghan*
Dungarvan-Lismore 8 Damien Geoghegan, Micheal Cosgrove*
John Heneghan*, Orla Russell*, David Whelan*
Athlone (Westmeath) 7 Gabrielle McFadden, Alan Shaw*, Mark Cooney*
Mullingar-Coole 7 Peter Burke
Gorey 8 Angie Dooley*, Michael D’Arcy*, Colin Webb*, Darren Keegan*
Enniscorthy 8 Paddy Kavanagh, Tim Moorehouse*
New Ross 8 Annette Larkin*, Victor Furness*
Wexford 10 Anna Fenlon, Jim Allen*, Philomena Roche*
Arklow 6 Donal O’Sullivan*
Bray 8 Mick Glynn, John Ryan, Sarah Wray*
Greystones 6 George Jones, Derek Mitchell, Grainne McLoughlin, James O’Sullivan
Wicklow 6 Irene Winters, Pat Byrne*, Malcolm Earls*

As is the case at the national and City/County Council levels, Fine Gael is currently the largest party at the Borough/Town Council level with 214 party representatives (29% of the total number of these) at this level, 66 of which (31%) are female. There are party representatives at a Borough/Town Council level at present in all of the proposed local electoral areas that contain these. There are especially high numbers of Fine Gael Borough/Town Councillors in some local electoral areas, but most notably the West Cork (twelve Fine Gael Town Councillors and only two of these are dual-mandate councillors)  and West Clare (seven Fine Gael Town Councillors and none of these are dual-mandate councillors) electoral areas.

Update: Longford Town Councillor, James Keogh, announced he was leaving Fine Gael in November 2012 and joined the independent ranks (see below).

Update: Naas town councillor, Alan O’Kelly, has stood down.

Update: After losing out on the Fine Gael nomination for the County Council elections for the Monaghan electoral area, Tommy Hagan has subsequently left the party in protest against the October 2013 Budget.

Update: Naas town councillor and current Naas Mayor, Emer McDaid, will not be contesting next year’s local elections.

Westport Town Councillor, Myles Staunton, has confirmed that he will not be looking to contest next year’s local elections.

Fianna Fail

Town Councillors Fianna Fail
Carlow 10 Jennifer Murnane O’Connor, Anne Ahern, Rody Kelly*
Muinebeag 8 Arthur McDonald, Thoas Dermody*, Paddy Kiely*
Bailieborough-Cootehill 6 Don Smith*, Michael McCarey*, Sean Igoe*
Cavan-Belturbert 6 Liz McDermott*
Patricia Walsh, Michael Sexton*, Paddy Conaty*
Ennis 8 Peter Considine*, Brian Meaney
West Clare 8 Tom Prendeville*, Liam O’Looney*, Christy O’Malley*
Claire Haugh*, Mary Owens*, PJ Lardner*, Michael McGrath*
Cork County
Ballincollig-Carrigaline 10 Seamus McGrath, Michael P Murphy*
Bandon-Kinsale 6 Gillian Coughlan*, Sean O’Donovan*, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony*, Deirdre Lane*
Darren Cotter*, Michael T Frawley*
Blarney-Macrooom 6 Owen McCarthy*, Pat O’Connell*, Pat Melia*
Cobh 7 Jim Halligan*
East Cork 6 Niall O’Neill*
Sammy Revins*, Mary Linehan Foley*, Aaron O’Sullivan*
Fermoy 6 Olive Corcoran, Collette Dolan Moore
Kanturk-Mallow 6 Dan Joe Fitzgerald
West Cork 8 Pat Bonna Kelly*, Aidan McCarthy*, Rory O’Callaghan*, Kathleen Tessyman*
Linda Carroll*, Donal McCarthy*
Anne Cullinane*, John Loughran*
Donegal 6 Brendan Mannix Gallagher*, Pat O’Malley*, Billy Grimes*
Sean McEniff, Philip McGlynn*, Elizabeth McIntyre*
Glenties 6
Letterkenny 9 Ciaran Brogan, Dessie Larkin, Victor Fisher*, Lisa Culbert*
Inishowen 10 Joseph Doherty*, James Gill*
Stranorlar 6
Fingal County
Balbriggan 8 Dermot Murray*
Galway County
Ballinasloe 6 Pat O’Sullivan*, Lucy Llyod-Keighery*
Loughrea 8 Gabriel Burke*, Mary Nix*
Tuam 9 Tom Reilly*, Eamon Kitt*
Killarney 8 Tom Doherty*, John O’Donoghue*
Listowel 7 Maria Gorman*, Tom Walsh*, Jimmy Maloney*
Tralee 9 Norma Foley, Ted Fitzgerald*, Johnie Wall*
Athy 6 Mark Dalton*, John Lawler*
Celbridge-Leixlip 7 Bernard Caldwell*
Kildare-Newbridge 9 Fiona O’Loughlin, Pat Black*
Naas 9 Willie Callaghan
Kilkenny City-East 6 Andrew McGuinness
Kilkenny City-West 6 John Coonan, Joe Reidy*, Joe Malone*
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick 6 Paddy Bracken, Marc Connolly*, Denis O’Mara*
Portlaoise 7 Jeremiah Lodge, Catherine Fitzgerald
Granard 6 PJ Reilly, Anne Farrelly*, Fintan Flood*
Longford 6 Michael Connellan*, Tony Flaherty*
Ardee 6 Fintan Malone*, Padraig Kenny*
Drogheda 10 Frank Maher
Dundalk-Carlingford 6 Sean Bellew*, Conor Keelan*
Ballina 8 Willie Nolan*, Johnie O’Malley*, Frances McAndrew*
Castlebar 8 Blackie K Gavin
West Mayo 7 Margaret Adams
Kells 7 Bryan Reilly, Sean Drew*, Frankie Lynch*
Navan 7 Shane Cassells, Padraig Fitzsimons*
Trim 6 Vincent McHugh*, Ronan McKenna*
Ballybay-Clones 6 Thereasa Hamilton*, Cathal O’Friel*, Michael Smyth*, Gerard Traynor*
Anna Rooney*, Deirdre Kelly*
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney 6 PJ O’Hanlon, Padraig McNally
Sean McCooey*, Brendan Hughes*, David Funcheon*
Monaghan 6 Robbie Gallagher
Birr 6 Bernadette Fanning*, Michael Loughnane*, Noel Russell*, Dennis Tierney*
Edenderry 6 Finian O’Neill*, Mary Breen*, Noel Cribbin*
Tullamore 7 Sinead Dooley, Paddy Rowland, Tony McCormack*, Declan Harvey*
Boyle 6 Mary Clifford*, Peter Flannery*
Sligo 10 Rosaleen O’Grady, Jude Devins
Carrick-on-Suir 6 Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan, Kieran Bourke*
Cashel-Tipperary 7 Sean McCarthy, Joe Maloney*
Brian Rafferty*, John P. Hartnett*, John Wallace*
Clonmel 9 Siobhan Ambrose
Nenagh 9 Tom Mulqueen*, Tommy Morgan*, Jimmy Moran*
Templemore-Thurles 9 Mick Connell*, Jim O’Shea*, Marcus Wilson*
Gerard Fogarty*
Tramore-Waterford City West 6 Joe O’Shea*
Dungarvan-Lismore 8 Anne Marie Rossiter*, Gerry O’Mahony*
Joseph Tobin*, Bernard Leddy*, Jimmy O’Gorman*
Athlone (Westmeath) 7 Kieran Molloy, Aengus O’Rourke
Mullingar-Coole 7 Aidan Davitt
Mullingar-Kilbeggan 6 Ken Glynn
Gorey 8 Malcolm Byrne, Lorcan Allen*, Patricia Quinn*, Bernard Crosbie*
Enniscorthy 8 Keith Doyle, James Browne*
New Ross 8 Anthony Connick*, Jas O’Callaghan*, Michael Sheehan*
Wexford 10 Paddy Nolan*, Fergie Kehoe*
Arklow 6 Pat Fitzgerald, Tommy Annesley*, John Byrne*
Bray 8 Pat Vance, David Grant*
Greystones 6 Kathleen Kelleher*, Billy Norman*
Wicklow 6 Gail Dunne*

Fianna Fail has the second largest number of Borough/Town Councillors in the state, with 184 Borough/Town Councillors (25% of the total number of these) amounting to roughly twice the number currently held by the third largest political party at this level, the Labour Party. 39 of the Fianna Fail Borough/Town Councillors are female, amounting to 21% of the total number of Fianna Fail representatives at this level. As with Fine Gael, there are especially high numbers of Fianna Fail Borough/Town Councillors in the West Cork (eight Fianna Fail Town Councillors and none of these are dual-mandate councillors)  and West Clare (seven Fianna Fail Town Councillors and none of these are dual-mandate councillors) electoral areas. But there are also relatively high numbers of Fianna Fail Town Councillors associated with some of the other electoral areas, including Bandon-Kinsale in Cork County, Birr and Tullamore in Offaly and Gorey in Wexford.

Bandon Town Councillor, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony, has officially announced her intention to seek a party nomination to contest next year’s local elections.

Fianna Fail’s Lisa Culbert was co-opted onto Letterkenny Town Council in June 2013 to replace her later father, Tadhg. She has not ruled out the possibility of contesting the County Council elections according to the June 7th edition of the Donegal News.

Sligo Town Councillors, Patsy Barry and Jude Devins, have confirmed that they will not be seeking a nomination to contest the County Council elections in the Sligo electoral area.

Ballyshannon Town Councillor, Billy Grimes, has confirmed that he will not be seeking a nomination to contest the 2014 Local Elections.


Town Councillors Labour
Carlow 10 Des Hurley
Muinebeag 8 Ken Hickey*, Liam O’Brien*
Cavan-Belturbert 6 Des Cullen*
Shannon 6 Tony McMahon*, Greg Duff*
Cork County
Ballincollig-Carrigaline 10 Angela Murphy*, David O’Byrne*
Bandon-Kinsale 6 Gearoid Buckley*
Tomas O’Brien*, Tony Cierans*
Blarney-Macrooom 6 Connie Foley*, Martin Coughlan
Cobh 7 John Mulvihill Jr*, Jim Quinlan*, Finbarr O’Driscoll*
East Cork 6 Tara O’Connell*
Fermoy 6 Noel McCarthy, Tadhg O’Sullivan*
Kanturk-Mallow 6 Ronan Sheehan, Roisin Lucey*, Jerry Mullally*, James Kennedy*
West Cork 8 Brendan Leahy, Frank Fahy*
Aidan Pendlebury*
Fingal County
Balbriggan 8 Peadar O’Kelly, Monica Harford
Galway County
Tuam 9 Pat O’Hora*
Killarney 8 Sean Counihan
Tralee 9 Terry O’Brien, Gillian Wharton-Slattery, Dan Galvin
Athy 6 Mark Wall, James Mahon*, Aoife Breslin*
Celbridge-Leixlip 7 Colm Purcell, Sean Purcell*
Kildare-Newbridge 9 Willie Hamilton*, Damien Molyneaux*
Naas 9 Anne Breen*, Ger Dunne*
Kilkenny City-East 6 Marie Fitzpatrick, Sean Ó hArgain*
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick 6 Lisa Delaney
Granard 6 Sean Howard*
Ardee 6 Leonard Hatrick*
Drogheda 10 Paul Bell, Linda Bell Woods*
Castlebar 8 Harry Barrett*
West Mayo 7 Keith Martin*
Kells 7 Brian Collins*, Tommy Grimes*
Navan 7 Anton McCabe*
Trim 6 James O’Shea*, Michael Kenny*
Edenderry 6 Declan Leddin*
Tullamore 7 Laurence Byrne*
Sligo 10 Jim McGarry, Marcella McGarry*
Carrick-on-Suir 6 Sarah Dunne*
Clonmel 9 Gabrielle Egan*
Nenagh 9 Virginia O’Dowd, Lalor McGee
Templemore-Thurles 9 John Kennedy, John Kenehan*
Tramore-Waterford City West 6 Paddy O’Callaghan
Dungarvan-Lismore 8 Billy Kyne, Nicky Sheehan*, Teresa Wright*
Jan Rotte*
Athlone (Westmeath) 7 Jim Henson*
Mullingar-Coole 7 Michael Dollard
Mullingar-Kilbeggan 6 Detty Cornally
Gorey 8 Robert Ireton
Enniscorthy 8
New Ross 8 Paul Crowdie*
Wexford 10 Ted Howlin, George Lawlor, Joe Ryan*
Arklow 6 Una Kelly*
Bray 8 John Byrne, Tracy O’Brien*, Ronan McManus*
Greystones 6 Stephen Stokes*
Wicklow 6 Conal Kavanagh

The Labour Party is the third largest political party/grouping at the Borough/Town Council level, with it being estimated that there are currently 89 Labour Party Borough/Town Councillors, accounting for 12% of the current number of these.  This is a relatively lower proportion relative to the party’s share of representation at the City and County levels but it can be explained by the relatively high level of Labour representation on the different City Councils.  18 of the Labour Borough/Town Councillors are female (20% of these).  More so than Fianna Fail or Fine Gael, there are notable geographical variations in terms of the level of Labour Party representation across the different Borough/Town Councils. There are some electoral areas that contain relatively high levels of Labour Party representatives on Borough/Town Councils, including Kanturk-Mallow in Cork County, Athy in Kildare and Dungarvan-Lismore in Waterford. But there are a number of electoral areas, and indeed counties, in which the Labour Party has little or no representation at the Borough/Town Council level; indeed there are a number of Borough/Town Councils associated with some very large towns on which the Labour Party currently has no representatives, including Dundalk in Louth, Ballina in Mayo, Ballinasloe in Galway and Portlaoise in Laois. 

Sadly, Enniscorthy Town Councillor, Pat Cody, passed away on 18th June 2013 – Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

Update: Wexford Town councillor, Davy Hynes, resigned from the Labour Party earlier in 2013 and Cllr. Ted Howlin is retiring

Update – Athy Town Councillor, Thomas Redmond, has defected from the Labour Party to Sinn Fein.

Update – Lar Byrne (Tullamore) has confirmed that he will not be contesting next year’s local elections.

Update: Sean O’Grady (Killarney) has announced that he is leaving the Labour Party and joining the independent ranks, but it is not yet clear whether he will contest the 2014 Local Elections.

Sinn Fein

Town Councillors Sinn Fein
Carlow 10 John Cassin*
Bailieborough-Cootehill 6 Harry McCabe*, John Martin*
Cavan-Belturbert 6 Brian McKeown*
Cork County
Ballincollig-Carrigaline 10 Michael Frick Murphy*
Bandon-Kinsale 6 Rachel McCarthy*
Noel Harrington*
Blarney-Macrooom 6
Cobh 7 Kieran McCarthy*
East Cork 6 Michelle Hennessy, Pat Buckley*, Eoin Flanagan*
Fermoy 6 Seamus Coleman*
Kanturk-Mallow 6 John Griffin*, Melissa Mullane*
West Cork 8 Donnchadh O’Seaghdha*
Cionnaith O’Suilleabhain*
Donegal 6 Michael McMahon*, Sean Carty*, Diarmaid Doherty*
Letterkenny 9 Gerry McMonagle*
Inishowen 10 Mary Kelly*, Ciaran MacLochlainn*
Galway County
Ballinasloe 6 Michael S Breathnach
Listowel 7 Tom Barry*, Dianne Nolan*
Tralee 9 Cathal Foley*, Patrick Daly*
Athy 6 Michael Dunne*, Thomas Redmond*
Kilkenny City-East 6 Kathleen Funchion*
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick 6 Stephen Lynch
Portlaoise 7 Caroline Dwane-Stanley, Clare Spollen*
Ardee 6 Pearse McGeough
Drogheda 10 Imelda Munster, Matthew Coogan*, Dom Wilton*
Dundalk-Carlingford 6 Jennifer Green*, Harry Todd*
Dundalk-South 7 Kevin Meenan*
Castlebar 8 Therese Ruane*
Kells 7 Conor Ferguson*
Navan 7 Joe Reilly, Sinead Burke*
Ballybay-Clones 6 Gene Duffy*
Pat Treanor, Marcella Leonard*, Aidan Sheerin*
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney 6 Matt McCarthy, Noel Keelan
Jackie Crowe, James Cunningham*, Peter Grimes*
Monaghan 6 Sean Conlon, Paul McGeown*, Donal Sherry*, Pádraigín Uí Mhurchadha*
Tullamore 7 Brendan Killeavy*
Boyle 6 Jane Suffin*
Sligo 10 Sean McManus, Chris McManus*, Arthur Gibbons*
Carrick-on-Suir 6 Liam Walsh*
Cashel-Tipperary 7 Martin Browne*
Nenagh 9 Seamus Morris
Templemore-Thurles 9 David Doran
Dungarvan-Lismore 8 Brendan Mansfield
Athlone (Westmeath) 7 Paul Hogan*
Enniscorthy 8 Johnny Mythen*
Wexford 10 Anthony Kelly
Bray 8 John Brady, Rossa Murphy*
Wicklow 6 Garrett O’Reilly

Sinn Fein currently has 72 representatives across the different Borough/Town Councils across the state, with the party accounting for 10% of the these. 13 of the Sinn Fein representatives, or 18% of these, are female.  In a similar vein to the Labour Party – but perhaps to an even greater degree – there are notable geographical variations in terms of Sinn Fein representation at this level. There are a number of electoral areas, and indeed counties, where the party has no Borough/Town Councillors based in these. By contrast, there are some areas where Sinn Fein representation at this level is very strong, but most notably in a number of Border counties including Monaghan (where the party currently has ten Town Councillors), Donegal and Louth.

Sligo Town Councillor, Chris McManus, has confirmed that he will not be seeking a nomination to contest the County Council elections in the Sligo electoral area.

Fermoy Town Councillor, Seamus Coleman, will not be seeking a nomination to contest the County Council elections in order to allow him focus on his role as county organiser for Sinn Fein at these elections.

James Cunningham, a Town Councillor for Castleblaney, has announced that he will be standing down at next year’s local elections and will not be seeking to contest these.

Willie O’Regan stood down from Mallow Town Council in October 2013 and Melissa Mullane is being co-opted to replace him.

Caoimhe Ní Shluáin, who had been co-opted to replace Peadar Toibin on Navan Town Council after the 2011 General Election, resigned from that council in September 2013 and the October 26th edition of The Meath Chronicle reports that Sinead Burke has been co-opted to replace her.

Alan Hand resigned from Portlaoise Town Council in Autumn 2013 and Clare Spollen was co-opted to replace him in late November 2013.

The Green Party

Town Councillors Green Party
Cork County
Bandon-Kinsale 6 Alan Clayton*
East Cork 6 Liam Burke*
Celbridge-Leixlip 7 Shane Fitzgerald*
Kilkenny City-West 6 Malcolm Noonan
Ardee 6 Mary Kavanagh*
Dundalk-South 7 Marianne Butler, Mark Dearey*
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney 6 Kristina Jankaitiene, Darcy Lonergan
New Ross 8 Niamh Fitzgibbon
Wexford 10 Danny Forde
Bray 8 Ciaran O’Brien

The Green Party currently has 12 representatives at the Borough/Town Council level and indeed the party’s swathe of Town Councillors account for the vast bulk of its current number of elected representatives following on the poor results in the 2009 City and County Council elections and the 2011 General Election. Green Party representation at this level is spatially clustered across a small number of counties and electoral areas, with the party lacking representation on the majority of Borough/Town Councils across the state. It is interesting to note that most of the counties where the party does have Town Councillors tend to be areas in which the party would not have traditionally done well in at previous elections, including areas such as Wexford and Monaghan.

Workers and Unemployed Action Group and other Small Parties

Town Councillors Other Parties
Fingal County
Balbriggan 8 Terry Kelleher SP
Killarney 8 Michael Gleeson South Kerry Indendent Alliance
Drogheda 10 Frank Gallagher SP
Carrick-on-Suir 6 Martin Henzey WUAG
Clonmel 9 Pat English WUAG, Billy Shoer WUAG, Brian O’Donnell WUAG, Teresa Ryan WUAG, Helena McGee WUAG
New Ross 8 John Dwyer Eirigi

In addition to the Green Party, there are a number of other smaller parties that currently enjoy representation on different Borough and Town Councils. As the table above shows, the party that especially stands out in this regard is the Workers and Unemployed Action Group, which currently has six local representatives on Town Council in the area now to be covered by the new Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir electoral areas in Tipperary. This leaves the Workers and Unemployed Action Group as the sixth largest political party in the state in terms of level of representation across different Borough and Town Councils in the state, with the seventh largest being the Socialist Party (with representatives in Louth and Fingal).


Town Councillors Non Party
Carlow 10 Walter Lacey
Muinebeag 8 David O’Brien*
Bailieborough-Cootehill 6 Damien Kivlehan*
Cavan-Belturbert 6 Tony Gorby*, Seamus Fitzpatrick*, Raymond Johnston*, Paddy Brady*, Mickey Lee*
Ennis 8 Tommy Brennan, Paul O’Shea*, Frankie Neylon*, Michael Guilfoyle*
Shannon 6 Patricia McCarthy, Gerry Flynn, Mary Brennan*, Cathy McCafferty*
West Clare 8 Paul Moroney*, Tom Clyne*, Mairead O’Brien*
Lily Marrinan Sullivan*
Cork County
Ballincollig-Carrigaline 10 Marcia D’Alton, Dominick Ryan
Bandon-Kinsale 6 Billy Lynch*
Cobh 7 Sean O’Connor, Paddy Histon*
East Cork 6 Tom Cashman*, Noel Collins, Ted Murphy*, Betty Wall*, Sean Buckley*, Margaret Trundle*
Fermoy 6 John Murphy*, Michael Hanley*
West Cork 8 Diarmaid Murphy*
Anthony McDermott*, Phil O’Regan*, Michael O’Regan*
Donegal 6 Rosaleen Branley*
Florence Doherty*
Letterkenny 9 Pascal Blake, Tom Crossan, Jim Lynch
Inishowen 10 Nicholas Crossan, Michael Grant, Lee Tedstone
Fingal County
Balbriggan 8 Grainne Maguire*, Grainne Kilmurry*, Sean Browne*, Frank Snow*
Galway County
Ballinasloe 6 Carmel Greally*, Johnny Walsh*, Mike Kelly*
Loughrea 8 Pat Hynes, Sylvia Burke*, Norman Morgan*, James Regan*
Tuam 9 Imelda Kelly*, Owen Ward*, Mary Loftus*
Killarney 8 Paddy Courtney*, Donal Grady*, Niall “Botty” O’Callaghan*, Sean O’Grady*
Tralee 9 Sam Locke*
Celbridge-Leixlip 7 Anthony Larkin, Denis McCarthy*
Kildare-Newbridge 9 Paddy Kennedy, Murty Aspell*, Mick Deely*
Naas 9 Rioghnagh Bracken*, Pat Clear*, Seamie Moore
Borris in Ossory-Mountmellick 6 Michael Gormley*
Portlaoise 7 Rotimi Adebari, Tom Jacob*
Granard 6 Edward Kelly*, Terry McGovern*, Tommy Stokes*
Longford 6 Mae Sexton, Paul Connell*, Gerry Warnock*, Brendan Gilmore*, James Keogh*
Ardee 6 Michael Farrelly*, Jim Tenanty*
Drogheda 10 Ken O’Heiligh
Dundalk-Carlingford 6 Jim Ryan
Dundalk-South 7 Martin Bellew, Oliver Morgan*
Ballina 8 Gerry Ginty, Peter Clarke*, Mary Kelly*
Castlebar 8 Michael Kilcoyne, Frank Durcan
West Mayo 7 Martin Keane*
Kells 7 Brian Curran
Navan 7 Francis Deane, Phil Brennan*
Trim 6 Trevor Golden*, Philip Cantwell*
Ballybay-Clones 6 Ross Mealiff*, Peter McAleer*
Carrickmacross-Castleblaney 7 Joe Brennan*
Monaghan 6 Seamus Treanor, Thomas Hagan*
Birr 6 Tony McLaughlin, Denis Sheils*, John Carroll*
Edenderry 6 John Foley, Fergus McDonnell*, Jim Murrin*
Tullamore 7 Sean O’Brien*
Boyle 6 Frank Geelan*, Raymond Maughan*
Sligo 10 Veronica Cawley, Declan Bree Independent Socialist
Carrick-on-Suir 6 Patsy Fitzgerald*, Richie O’Neill*, Pierce O’Loughlin*
Cashel-Tipperary 7 Eddie Bennett*, Martin Browne*, Dan Dillon*, Maribel Wood*
Denis Leahy, Billy Bourke*, Mary Swords*, Jacqui Finnan*
Clonmel 9 Richie Molloy, Darren Ryan, Niall J Dennehy*
Nenagh 9 Hughie McGrath
Templemore-Thurles 9 Joe Bourke*, Martin Fogarty*, Valerie Young*
Jim Ryan, Evelyn Nevin*, Michael Grogan*, Noel O’Dwyer*
Tramore-Waterford City West 6 Joe Conway, Blaise Hannigan*, Pat Finnerty*
Dungarvan-Lismore 8 Tom Higgins
Ken Madden*, Julie Landers*
Athlone (Westmeath) 7 Kevin “Boxer” Moran, Sheila Buckley Byrne*
Mullingar-Coole 7 Gerry Sheridan*, Ruth Illingworth*
Mullingar-Kilbeggan 6 Bill Collentine*, Pat Collins*
Enniscorthy 8 Jackser Owens*, John O’Rourke*, Sean Doyle*
New Ross 8 Bobby Dunphy
Wexford 10 Paudge Reck, David Hynes*
Arklow 6 Nicky Kelly, Peter Dempsey*, Miriam Murphy*, Vincent McElheron*
Bray 8 Eugene Finnegan*
Greystones 6 Tom Fortune, Chris Maloney*
Wicklow 6 Pat Kavanagh*, Mervyn Morrison*, Sean Smullen*
Christopher Fox

The  non-party grouping accounts for a significant number of Borough and Town Councillors in the state, with there being 163 non-party Borough and Town Councillors in the state (22% of the total number of these), making this comfortably the third largest political grouping in the state (behind Fianna Fail but ahead of Labour) at the Borough/Town Council level. 33 non-party councillors are female (20% of the total number). The non-party ranks are likely to increase over the coming months, as and when more defections from the political parties take place (and there may well be an increase in the number of these during the candidate selection season if Borough/Town Councillors decide to run as independents after failing to win a party nomination to contest the May 2014 local elections). There is non-party representation on most Borough/Town Councils in the states, although there are occasional exceptions here. But there are a number of other cases in which non-party members account for a significantly large proportion of the total number of Borough/Town Councillors. Good examples here include the Cavan-Belturbert, Ennis, Shannon, East Cork (Midleton TC), Cashel-Tipperary, Templemore-Thurles, Arklow and Wicklow electoral areas.

Update: Rioghnagh Bracken has announced her intention to step down from Naas Town Council ahead of the May 2014 elections.

Please note that this analysis is based on the best level of information that I have at present and these details will be regularly updated and corrected as and when further information comes my way. Thanks to Cllr. Aaron O’Sullivan and Ken Curtin for helping to fill in the gaps in relation to/update some of the details I had for Town Councils (Youghal/Midleton) in the East Cork area.


About Adrian Kavanagh

Lecturer at the Maynooth University Department of Geography. Email:
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