Kilkenny County Council
|Kilkenny County Council
Mary Hilda Cavanagh, FG
|Fianna Fáil (9)
Fine Gael (7)
Sinn Féin (3)
Labour Party (2)
Green Party (1)
Renua Ireland (1)
|23 May 2014|
|County Hall, Kilkenny|
Kilkenny County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Chill Chainnigh) is the authority responsible for local government in County Kilkenny, 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 24 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, Joe Crockett. The county town is Kilkenny city.
This structure is a modified version of the system introduced in 1898, with county boroughs renamed as cities, urban districts and municipal boroughs renamed as towns or boroughs, and rural districts abolished (everywhere except County Dublin in 1925, and in County Dublin in 1930). The distinction between urban district and "towns with town commissioners" has been abolished.
The Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898 marked the beginning of the system of local government. The first elections were held in Kilkenny until Thursday 6 April 1899 at a cost of £1,268. The first meeting of Kilkenny County Council took place on Saturday 22 April 1899 in the Courthouse, Kilkenny. The very first resolution passed expressed the demand for Home Rule. The Rural District Councils were responsible for housing, sanitary and local roads in their areas, while in their role as Boards of Guardians they were responsible for what we would now call health services.
County Councils were responsible for financial affairs, appointments of various committees, maintenance of courthouses and minor services such as food and drug sampling, malicious injuries and other minor services. During the 1960s a range of new services came into the fold – library, fire-fighting, vocational and agricultural services, industrial and commercial issues, and harbour boards. In 1970 the Health Board came into being, taking away responsibility for this service from Kilkenny County Council.
County Council legislation passed in the last 30 years on the Environment included Water Pollution Act 1977 and the Air Pollution Act 1987. Also provision of public amenities, parks and recreational activities and refuse collection was privatised.
In 1989, the Council appointed an Arts Officer. In 2000, as part of a government initiative called "Better Local Government - A Programme for Change", a new structure was introduced to Kilkenny County Council which included five Strategic Policy Committees.
2014 seats summary
Councillors by electoral area
This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 23 May 2014.
|Council members from 2014 election|
|Local electoral area||Name||Party|
|Castlecomer||Maurice Shortall||Labour Party|
|Mary Hilda Cavanagh||Fine Gael|
|Patrick Millea||Fianna Fáil|
|Pat Fitzpatrick||Fianna Fáil|
|Michael McCarthy||Fianna Fáil|
|John Brennan||Fine Gael|
|Kilkenny City East||Andrew McGuinness||Fianna Fáil|
|Peter Cleere||Fianna Fáil|
|Patrick O'Neill||Fine Gael|
|Michael Doyle||Fine Gael|
|David Kennedy||Sinn Féin|
|Kilkenny City West||Matt Doran||Fianna Fáil|
|Joe Malone||Fianna Fáil|
|Malcolm Noonan||Green Party|
|Patrick McKee||Fianna Fáil|
|Kathleen Funchion||Sinn Féin|
|David Fitzgerald||Fine Gael|
|Piltown||Melissa O'Neill||Sinn Féin|
|Pat Dunphy||Fine Gael|
|Tomás Breathnach||Labour Party|
|Eamon Aylward||Fianna Fáil|
|Fidelis Doherty||Fine Gael|
|Ger Frisby||Fianna Fáil|
Changes in affiliation
|Name||Electoral area||Elected as||New affiliation||Date|
|Patrick McKee||Kilkenny City West||Fianna Fáil||Renua Ireland||March 2015|
- Tom Boyle and Michael O'Dwyer. Kilkenny County Council: A Century of Local Government. Kilkenny: Kilkenny County Council, 1999.