Dhún Laoghaire-Ráth an Dúin
Ossian Smyth, GP
|23 May 2014|
|County Hall, Dún Laoghaire|
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Dhún Laoghaire-Ráth an Dúin) is the authority responsible for local government in the county of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Ireland. It is one of three local authorities that comprised the former Dublin County Council before its abolition and one of four councils in the Dublin Region. 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 40 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, Philomena Poole. The county town is Dún Laoghaire. It serves a population of approximately 206,260.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council traces its history back to local government structures that have existed in the area since 1834. The Council was established under the Local Government (Dublin) Act 1993 by the merger of the Corporation of Dún Laoghaire and that part of Dublin County Council that corresponded to the former Rathdown No 1 Rural District. The two sides of the County have distinct histories in terms of local government structures.
On the Dún Laoghaire side of the County, the Corporation of Dún Laoghaire had been established by the Local Government (Dublin) Act 1930 as a successor body to Kingstown Town commissioners. Those Commissioners were established in 1834 and were subsequently renamed Kingstown Urban District Council and then Dún Laoghaire Urban District Council.
On the Rathdown side of the County, Dublin County Council and Rathdown No. 1 Rural District Council were established under the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898. Rathdown No. 1 Rural District Council was abolished by the Local Government (Dublin) Act 1930.
|People Before Profit||3|
This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 23 May 2014.
|Council members from 2014 election|
|Local electoral area||Name||Party|
|Blackrock||Marie Baker||Fine Gael|
|Mary Hanafin||Fianna Fáil|
|Barry Ward||Fine Gael|
|Kate Feeney||Fianna Fáil|
|Deirdre Kingston||Labour Party|
|Dundrum||Shay Brennan||Fianna Fáil|
|Brian Murphy||Fine Gael|
|Grace Tallon||Labour Party|
|Catherine Martin+||Green Party|
|Sorcha Nic Cormaic||Sinn Féin|
|Pat Hand||Fine Gael|
|Dún Laoghaire||John Bailey||Fine Gael|
|Cormac Devlin||Fianna Fáil|
|Melisa Halpin||People Before Profit|
|Karl Gill+||People Before Profit|
|Ossian Smyth||Green Party|
|Patricia Stewart||Fine Gael|
|Mary Fayne||Fine Gael|
|Glencullen-Sandyford||Lettie McCarthy||Labour Party|
|Neale Richmond+||Fine Gael|
|Tom Murphy||Fianna Fáil|
|Chris Curran||Sinn Féin|
|Peter O'Brien||Labour Party|
|Killiney-Shankill||Hugh Lewis||People Before Profit|
|Maria Bailey+||Fine Gael|
|Jennifer Cuffe||Fianna Fáil|
|Carrie Smyth||Labour Party|
|Shane O'Brien||Sinn Féin|
|Denis O'Callaghan||Labour Party|
|Stillorgan||Barry Saul||Fine Gael|
|Josepha Madigan+||Fine Gael|
|Richard Humphreys+||Labour Party|
|Gerry Horkan+||Fianna Fáil|
|Liam Dockery||Fianna Fáil|
|Richard Humphreys||Labour Party||Stillorgan||Resignation of Councillor upon appointment as High Court judge||May 2015||Carron McKinney+||Labour Party|
|Catherine Martin||Green Party||Dundrum||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2016 general election||February 2016||Karen Furlong||Green Party|
|Maria Bailey||Fine Gael||Killiney-Shankill||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2016 general election||February 2016||Jim Gildea||Fine Gael|
|Josepha Madigan||Fine Gael||Stillorgan||Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2016 general election||February 2016||John Kennedy||Fine Gael|
|Victor Boyhan||Independent||Blackrock||Elected to Seanad Éireann at the 2016 Seanad election||April 2016||Anne Colgan||Independent|
|Neale Richmond||Fine Gael||Glencullen-Sandyford||Elected to Seanad Éireann at the 2016 Seanad election||April 2016||Emma Blain||Fine Gael|
|Gerry Horkan||Fianna Fáil||Stillorgan||Elected to Seanad Éireann at the 2016 Seanad election||April 2016||Donal Smith||Fianna Fáil|
|Karl Gill||People Before Profit||Dún Laoghaire||Resignation of Councillor||October 2016||Dave O'Keeffe||People Before Profit|
|Carron McKinney||Labour Party||Stillorgan||Resignation of Councillor||June 2017||Alex White||Labour Party|
|Name||Electoral area||Elected as||New affiliation||Date|
|Lynsey McGovern||Glencullen-Sandyford||Independent||Fine Gael||October 2017|
An agreement was reached for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to compensate Jackson Way Properties by EUR12,860,700 for the compulsory purchase in October 1998 of its freehold interest in the lands, adjoining the M50 motorway. The Council agreed to pay costs and expenses properly incurred by Jackson Way Properties in relation to preparation and submission of its claim.
The 2003 award total is broken down as follows:
It had been the view of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) that EUR4.2 million of this award represents the present value of corrupt enrichment by the property owners although this view is based on hearsay evidence given by Frank Dunlop. A company called Paisley Park Investments Ltd were registered as full owners in 1992 and the land was transferred to Jackson Way Properties in 1993, the beneficial owners of which are believed by CAB to be arcade owner James Kennedy and solicitor John Coldwell. However, in January 2014 the freezing order was lifted owing to the collapse of the associated political corruption trial involving Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Cathaoirleach Tony Fox ; damages were subsequently sought against CAB by Jackson Way .
In early 2016, the Office of the Information Commissioner found against the council for refusing to comply with a Freedom of Information request relating to the case, stating as follows, "I find it very difficult to accept that the Council holds no records coming within the scope of the request that cannot be released to the applicant under the FOI Act. It seems to me that the Council adopted a blanket approach to the request by claiming that the exemptions applied to all records coming within the scope of the request and did not conduct a record by record examination."
The Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) successfully obtained a High Court order on 26 July 2006 freezing land assets of 107 acres (0.43 km2) at Carrickmines, County Dublin, owned by Jackson Way Properties Ltd and preventing their sale. CAB contended that these lands had been rezoned on 16 December 1997 by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council from agricultural to industrial use after Frank Dunlop bribed and made corrupt payments to councillors to secure their support in the rezoning vote. That vote increased the value of just 17 acres (69,000 m2) of the property from EUR8 million to EUR61 million. CAB has interviewed and taken statements from Dunlop and will use him as a witness against a number of property developers; Dunlop served a jail sentence for corruption in Arbour Hill from May 2009 to July 2010.
The lands in question have been the subject of investigation by the Mahon Tribunal in 2003 and 2004.
The case CAB -v- Jacksonway properties was due for hearing in the High Court Dublin in October 2010, which was vigorously defended with Jackson Way denying any wrongdoing and Mr Kennedy a tax exile currently living in Gibraltar returning to give evidence in the case. Jackson Way gave the court notice that they intend to subpoena councillors to give evidence. No Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown representative to date[when?] has been charged with any form of wrongdoing in relation to rezoning, likely because in January 2014 the freezing order was lifted owing to the collapse of a political corruption trial involving Frank Dunlop and Jacksonway's subsequent legal proceedings against CAB.
There have been complaints about the Council's policies regarding commercial rates and parking charges, and also complaints from business owners in the town about the way in which the Council enforces the collection of parking fines. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown local authority area has the second highest level of revenue generation of local authorities in the state after Dublin City.