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Councillors

Clare County Council consists of 28 elected members representing 4 electoral areas:

Local elections were held on 23rd May 2014 to fill 28 seats on Clare County Council. The total electorate was 90,620 with a total poll of 52,114.

The head of the council and the first citizen of the county is the Cathaoirleach who is elected from amongst the council's membership. Cllr. Tom McNamara was elected Cathaoirleach and Cllr. Pat Burke was elected Leas Cathaoirleach at the annual general meeting which took place on 23rd June 2017.

Ennis Municipal District

Cllr. Paul Murphy was elected Mayor of Ennis Municipal District and Cllr. Ann Norton was elected Deputy Mayor at their annual general meeting which took place in June 2017. 

Killaloe Municipal District

Cllr. Alan O'Callaghan was elected Cathaoirleach of Killaloe Municipal District and Cllr. Pat Hayes was elected Leas Cathaoirleach at their annual general meeting which took place on 23rd June 2017. 

Shannon Municipal District

Cllr. Mike McKee was elected Cathaoirleach of Shannon Municipal District and Cllr. Gerry Flynn was elected Leas Cathaoirleach at their annual general meeting which took place in June 2017. 

West Clare Municipal District

Cllr. Michael Hillery was elected Cathaoirleach of West Clare Municipal District and Cllr. Ian Lynch was elected Leas Cathaoirleach at their annual general meeting which took place in June 2017.

Criteria for local authority elections

At present, the number of members of the council of each local authority is fixed by law. Persons aged eighteen years and over are eligible for membership of a local authority. Certain categories of personnel are excluded from membership e.g. Ministers, MEP's (members of European Parliament), members of the Dáil and Seanad and certain categories of local authority staff. A complete list of persons who are disqualified from being elected or co-opted from being a member of a local authority is set out in Section 13 of the Local Government Act 2001.

Persons aged 18 years and over are entitled to be registered to vote at local elections for the local electoral area in which they ordinarily reside. Citizenship is neither a requirement for voting at a local election nor for eligibility for membership of a local authority. All members are elected by secret ballot through the system of proportional representation, using the single transferable vote. Casual vacancies are filled by co-option which is a reserved function of the council.

Register of councillors' expenses and meetings attended

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 03/11/17