Cork County Council

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Cork County Council
Comhairle Contae Chorcaí
Coat of arms or logo
John Paul O'Shea, Ind
Seats 55
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Political groups
     Fine Gael (17)
     Fianna Fáil (16)
     Sinn Féin (7)
     Labour Party (1)
     Independent (14)
Last election
23 May 2014
Meeting place
Cork County Hall
The area governed by the 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, Martin Riordan.[1] The county seat is Cork County Hall in Cork. The 2015 Cork Local Government Review has recommended merging Cork City Council and Cork County Council into a single "super council"; however, a minority report opposes the merger.[2][3]


For the purpose of elections the county is divided into 8 local electoral areas: Ballincollig-Carrigaline (10), Bandon-Kinsale (6), Blarney-Macroom (6), Cobh (7), East Cork (6), Fermoy (6), Kanturk-Mallow (6) and West Cork (8).

2014 seats summary

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 17
Fine Gael 16
Sinn Féin 10
Labour Party 2
Independent 10

Councillors by electoral area

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 23 May 2014.[4]

Council members from 2014 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Ballincollig-Carrigaline Seamus McGrath Fianna Fáil
Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire Sinn Féin
Derry Canty Fine Gael
Deirdre Forde Fine Gael
Daithí O Donnabháin Fianna Fáil
Marcia D'Alton Independent
John A. Collins Fine Gael
Mary Rose Desmond Fianna Fáil
Michael Murphy Sinn Féin
Joe Harris Independent
Bandon-Kinsale Rachael McCarthy Sinn Féin
Alan Coleman Fianna Fáil
Tim Lombard Fine Gael
Margaret Murphy O'Mahony Fianna Fáil
James O'Donovan Fine Gael
Kevin Murphy Fine Gael
Blarney-Macroom Aindrias Moynihan Fianna Fáil
Michael Creed Fine Gael
Des O'Grady Sinn Féin
Ted Lucey Fine Gael
Bob Ryan Fianna Fáil
Kevin Conway Independent
Cobh Padraig O'Sullivan Fianna Fáil
Kieran McCarthy Sinn Féin
Ger Keohane Sinn Féin
Anthony Barry Fine Gael
Sinéad Sheppard Fine Gael
Cathal Rasmussen Labour Party
Claire Cullinane Independent
East Cork Noel Collins Independent
Aaron O'Sullivan Fianna Fáil
Pat Buckley Sinn Féin
Michael Hegarty Fine Gael
Susan McCarthy Fine Gael
Mary Linehan-Foley Independent
Fermoy Noel McCarthy Labour Party
Kevin O'Keeffe Fianna Fáil
Frank O'Flynn Fianna Fáil
Ian Doyle Fianna Fáil
June Murphy Sinn Féin
Kay Dawson Fine Gael
Kanturk-Mallow John Paul O'Shea Independent
Dan Joe Fitzgerald Fianna Fáil
Gerard Murphy Fine Gael
Bernard Moynihan Fianna Fáil
Melissa Mullane Sinn Féin
Timmy Collins Independent
West Cork Michael Collins Independent
Joe Carrol Fianna Fáil
Noel O'Donovan Fine Gael
Christopher O'Sullivan Fianna Fáil
Patrick Gerard Murphy Fianna Fáil
Paul Hayes Sinn Féin
Declan Hurley Independent
Mary Hegarty Fine Gael

Changes in affiliation

Name Electoral area Elected as New affiliation Date
Kieran McCarthy Cobh Sinn Féin Independent June 2015
Alan Coleman Bandon-Kinsale Fianna Fáil Independent June 2015
June Murphy Fermoy Sinn Féin Independent September 2015
Noel McCarthy Fermoy Labour Party Independent October 2015
Ger Keohane Cobh Sinn Féin Independent November 2015
Noel McCarthy Fermoy Independent Fine Gael November 2015

See also


  1. "Council defends use of debt collectors". The Irish Examiner. Retrieved 30 April 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Cork Local Government Committee (September 2015). "Local Government Arrangements in Cork" (PDF). Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Retrieved 8 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Merger of Cork councils to be in place for 2019 elections". Evening Echo. 7 September 2015. Retrieved 8 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "2014 Local elections: Cork County Council". RTÉ News. Retrieved 5 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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