Local Elections

Local Elections 2014

Local Elections were held on the 23rd May 2014 to elect 63 Members representing 9 Local Electoral Areas on Dublin City Council. The new Council took office on the 1st June and held its first meeting on the 6th June, the Annual Meeting. The Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor were elected at this meeting. They are Lord Mayor Christy Burke and Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Larry O'Toole.

For information on the European Elections please contact the Dublin City Sheriff at info@dublincityreturningofficer.com or on www.dublincityreturningofficer.com

The Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee Report 2013 was published on Thursday 30th May. This report outlines proposed changes to Local Electoral Areas effective for Local Elections in 2014. Please click here to download the report.

There are 9 Local Electoral Areas within Dublin City Council. These are:

For further details See Dublin City Electoral Map (DCC Full Map & Local Electoral Areas Map)

(Disclaimer: “Mapping subject to OSI copyright; Licence No.2014/22/CCMA/Dublin City Council”)

Eligibility:

Eligibility For Election to a Local Authority

(a) Every Irish citizen and every person ordinarily resident in the State, who has reached the age of 18, who is not subject to any of the disqualifications outlined in paragraph (b) below, is eligible for election;

(b) A person is disqualified for election to a local authority if he/she -

  • is a member of the Commission of the European Communities, or
  • is a member of the European Parliament, or
  • is a Judge, Advocate General or Registrar of the Court of Justice of the European Communities, or
  • is a member of the Court of Auditors of the European Communities, or
  • is a member of Dáil Éireann or Seanad Éireann, or
  • is appointed under the Constitution as a Judge or as the Comptroller and Auditor General, or
  • is a member of the Garda Síochána, or
  • is a wholetime member of the Defence Forces, or
  • is a civil servant who is not by the terms of his or her employment expressly permitted to be a member of a local authority, or
  • is a person employed by a local authority and is not the holder of a class, description or grade of employment designated by order under section 161(1)(b) of the Local Government Act 2001, or
  • is a person employed by the Health Service Executive and is at a grade or of a description of employment designated by order of the Minister for Health and Children, or
  • is undergoing a sentence of imprisonment for any term exceeding 6 months imposed by a court of competent jurisdiction in the State, or
  • fails to pay any sum or any portion of any sum charged or surcharged by an auditor of the accounts of any local authority upon or against that person, or
  • fails to comply with a final judgement, order or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction, for payment of money due to a local authority, or
  • is convicted of, or has had a conviction confirmed on appeal for, an offence relating to fraudulent or dishonest dealings affecting a local authority or corrupt practice or acting when disqualified.

(Local Government Act 2001, as amended – sections 13 and 13A).
A person in any of the categories listed above is also disqualified from nomination for election (Local Government Act 2001 – section 2(4))

Nomination Process:

A candidate may nominate himself or herself or may, with the candidate’s consent, be nominated by a proposer. A proposer must be registered as a local government elector in the local electoral area of the local authority for which he or she proposes to nominate the candidate. The period for receipt of nominations commences at 10 am on Saturday, 26th April 2014 and ends at 12 noon on Saturday, 3rd May 2014. Nominations will be received in the City Managers Department, Block 4, Floor 4, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. Candidates can make an appointment to lodge their nomination papers with the Local Returning Officer by contacting Michael Gallagher or Oonagh Casey on Tel: 01 222 2277.

For further information on the nomination process please refer to the Nomination Paper LE1.

A candidate may include in their nomination paper the name of the political party, registered in the Register of Political Parties, of which they are a candidate, provided a certificate in the specified form authenticating their candidature is produced at the time the nomination paper is delivered. 

A non-party candidate at a local election (i.e. who is not in possession of a certificate of political affiliation authenticating the candidature of a candidate on behalf of a political party registered in the Register of Political Parties), must comply with one or other of the following procedures before the expiration of the time for receiving nominations:

(i)completion of statutory declarations by 15 assentors registered as local electors in the electoral area concerned which must be witnessed by a Commissioner for Oaths, a Peace Commissioner, a Notary Public, a member of the Garda Síochána or an official of the registration authority,

or

(ii) the candidate, or someone on his or her behalf, lodging a deposit of €100 with the Returning Officer.

Expenditure and Donations

The Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999 provides for an expenditure and donations disclosure regime at local elections.  These guidelines are concerned with the statutory obligations for candidates, national agents, designated persons and persons unconnected to a political party or candidate (third parties) at the forthcoming local elections and are issued pursuant to section 18(6) of the Act.

Since the last local elections in 2009 there have been a number of legislative changes to the rules on election spending and donations that apply at local elections.  These are primarily contained in the Local Government Reform Act 2014 and the Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Act 2012.  The guidelines below reflect these changes. 

Postering Guidelines

The legislation governing placement of posters at election time is The Litter Pollution Act 1997 as amended by the Electoral (Amendment)(No.2) Act 2009.
The legislation  provides that erection of posters is only  permitted  from the date the order is made by the Minister appointing the polling day or 30 days prior to the date of the poll, whichever is the shorter period. Thereafter posters must be removed within 7 days of the polling day.

The order for the Local Elections was made on the 19th March 2014 and the order for the European Elections will also be made shortly. As a result the shorter period will apply which is 30 days prior to the date of the poll. Therefore postering will be permitted from Wed 23rd April 2014 until midnight on the 30th May 2014. If posters are in place outside of these dates, fines will be issued by the City Council at the rate of €150 per poster.

Electoral Legislation:

The Law relating to Local Elections is contained in the following:

  • Local Elections Regulations 1995, as amended by the Electoral (Amendment Act 1996)
  • Electoral Act 1997
  • Electoral (Amendment) Act 2001
  • Electoral Amendment Act 2002
  • Local Government (No. 2) Act 2003
  • Electoral Amendment Act 2006
  • Electoral Amendment Act 2009
  • Electoral (Amendment) Regulations 2009 (S.I.75 of 2009)

In general these Acts provide for the conduct of Elections including nominations, postal voting, special voting, arrangements for the Poll, the taking of the poll, procedure and facilities for voting, counting of votes, rules for the counting of votes and electoral offences. Other relevant statutory provisions include the:

  • Electoral Polling Scheme Regulations 2005(Polling Schemes)
  • Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999 as amended by the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2001, the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2002 and the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009. 
  • Local Elections (Petitions and Disqualifications) Act 1974
  • Electoral Act 1992 as amended by the Electoral (Amendment) Act 1996, the Electoral  Act 1997, the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2001, the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2002, the
    Electoral (Amendment) Act 2006 and the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2007.
  • Parts III & IV of the Local Government Act 2001
  • The Local Government (No. 2) Act 2003
  • Local Government Reform Act 2014 - amended elements of Parts III and IV of the Local Government Act 2001 and makes particular provision in Section 28 for the 2014 local elections.
  • Electoral (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I. No. 35 of 2014)  – specify the documents that a voter may be required to produce at a polling station and as an assentor to the nomination of a non-party candidate to the person witnessing a statutory declaration (Sections 3(a) and (b)).
  • all of the above are available from www.oireachtas.ie

For more information on the 2014 Local Elections:

Dublin City Council
City Manager’s Department
Civic Offices
Wood Quay
Dublin 8  

Tel: (01) 222 2277
Email:

For information on Registering to Vote

Dublin City Council
Franchise Section
Civic Offices
Wood Quay 
Dublin 8  

Tel: (01) 222 5010

Email: Franchise@dublincity.ie

Web: Register To Vote

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