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D%C3%BAn Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown
County Council

Comhairle Contae
Dhún Laoghaire-Ráth an Dúin
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Ossian Smyth, GP
Structure
Seats40
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Composition.png
Political groups
Elections
Last election
23 May 2014
Meeting place
Dun Laoghaire Town Hall (2011).jpg
County Hall, Dún Laoghaire
Website
dlrcoco.ie
The area governed by the council

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.

History

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.

Councillors

For the purpose of elections the county is divided into 6 local electoral areas (LEA).

2014 seats summary

Councillors by electoral area

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 23 May 2014.[1]

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
Victor Boyhan+ Independent
Deirdre Kingston Labour Party
Dundrum Shay Brennan Fianna Fáil
Brian Murphy? Fine Gael
Grace Tallon Labour Party
Seamus O'Neill Independent
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
Michael Merrigan Independent
Mary Fayne Fine Gael
Glencullen-Sandyford Lettie McCarthy Labour Party
Neale Richmond+ Fine Gael
Tom Murphy Fianna Fáil
Chris Curran Sinn Féin
Kevin Daly Independent
Peter O'Brien Labour Party
Lynsey McGovern? Independent
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
Deirdre Donnelly Independent
Richard Humphreys+ Labour Party
Gerry Horkan+ Fianna Fáil
Liam Dockery Fianna Fáil

+Replaced during term, see table below for details.
?Changed party, see table below for details.

Co-options

Outgoing Party Electoral area Reason Date Co-optee Party
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

Changes in affiliation

Name Electoral area Elected as New affiliation Date
Lynsey McGovern Glencullen-Sandyford Independent Fine Gael October 2017
Brian Murphy Dundrum Fine Gael Independent October 2017

Controversies

M50 and compensation to Jackson Way Properties

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.[2] 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:

  • Land taken - EUR9,691,000
  • Injurious affection - EUR2,296,700 and
  • Disturbance - EUR873,000.

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 [3]; damages were subsequently sought against CAB by Jackson Way [4].

In early 2016[5], 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."

Criminal Assets Bureau investigation

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.[6] 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[7].

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.

Revenue generation

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 charges and fines.[8][9][10]Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown local authority area has the second highest level of revenue generation of local authorities in the state after Dublin City.[11]

References

  1. ^ "2014 Local elections: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council". Local Government. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Co Statement on Jackson Way compensation, November 18 2003
  3. ^ Dunlop collapses trial for corruption, Irish Independent, July 25, 2013
  4. ^ Jim Kennedy firm claims damages from CAB over Carrickmines, Irish Times, July 12, 2016
  5. ^ XYZ Limited and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (FOI Act 2014)Case Number: 160082
  6. ^ CAB blocks sale of EUR60m parcel at Carrickmines, Irish Independent, July 27 2006
  7. ^ Dunlop released from Arbour Hill Prison after serving almost 14 months, Irish Times, July 12, 2010
  8. ^ A Tale of Two Towns, Irish Times, 8 February 2014
  9. ^ Why Dún Laoghaire Retailers may have to get Out of Dodge, Irish Times, 7 November 2016
  10. ^ Our Towns are Dying while Councils Bleed Motorists Dry for Revenue, Irish Times, 31 January 2014
  11. ^ Local Property Tax Statistics (2016), Revenue Commissioners, Revised Edition, April 2017

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