Local Elections 2019

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Local Elections will be held on the 24th May 2019 to elect 63 Members representing 11 Local Electoral Areas on Dublin City Council. The new Council will take office on the 31st May and hold its first Annual Meeting on the 7th June 2019. The Local Elections will be held in accordance with the Local Election Regulations 1995.

eNotice of Elections

Local Authority:  Dublin City Council

An election of members for each of the local electoral areas of the above-mentioned local authority is about to be held.*

Artane-Whitehall (6 seats), Ballyfermot-Drimnagh (5 seats), Ballymun-Finglas (6 seats), Cabra-Glasnevin (7 seats), Clontarf (6 seats), Donaghmede (5 seats), Kimmage-Rathmines (6 seats), Pembroke (5 seats), North Inner City (7 seats), South West Inner City (5 seats), South East Inner City (5 seats)

Nomination papers may be may be downloaded from www.dublincity.ie/local-elections-2019 or obtained from the address below during the usual office hours.

A person may nominate himself/herself as a candidate or may, with his/her consent, be nominated by a proposer who is registered as a local government elector in the local electoral area of the local authority for which he/she proposes to nominate the candidate.

A nomination paper from a candidate of a registered political party must have a certificate of political affiliation attached which must be produced to me with his/her completed nomination paper. 

If no certificate is attached, the candidate must, before the latest time for receiving nominations, either-

secure 15 assents to the nomination by way of statutory declarations by local government electors registered in the relevant local electoral area (forms available from me or the registration authority), or

make a deposit of €100 (deposit may also be made on the candidate’s behalf).

The latest time for receiving nominations is 12 noon on the 4th day of May, 2019.

Completed nomination papers may be delivered to me in person by the candidate or his/her proposer at any time when I am at my office, from 10am on the 27th day of April, 2019 until 12 noon on the last day for receiving nominations (4th day of May, 2019).   

I am required by law to attend to receive nominations between 10am and 12 noon and between 

Local Authority:  Dublin City Council

An election of members for each of the local electoral areas of the above-mentioned local authority is about to be held.*

Artane-Whitehall (6 seats), Ballyfermot-Drimnagh (5 seats), Ballymun-Finglas (6 seats), Cabra-Glasnevin (7 seats), Clontarf (6 seats), Donaghmede (5 seats), Kimmage-Rathmines (6 seats), Pembroke (5 seats), North Inner City (7 seats), South West Inner City (5 seats), South East Inner City (5 seats)

Nomination papers may be may be downloaded from www.dublincity.ie/local-elections-2019 or obtained from the address below during the usual office hours.

A person may nominate himself/herself as a candidate or may, with his/her consent, be nominated by a proposer who is registered as a local government elector in the local electoral area of the local authority for which he/she proposes to nominate the candidate.

A nomination paper from a candidate of a registered political party must have a certificate of political affiliation attached which must be produced to me with his/her completed nomination paper. 

If no certificate is attached, the candidate must, before the latest time for receiving nominations, either-

  • secure 15 assents to the nomination by way of statutory declarations by local government electors registered in the relevant local electoral area (forms available from me or the registration authority), or
  • make a deposit of €100 (deposit may also be made on the candidate’s behalf).

The latest time for receiving nominations is 12 noon on the 4th day of May, 2019.

Completed nomination papers may be delivered to me in person by the candidate or his/her proposer at any time when I am at my office, from 10am on the 27th day of April, 2019 until 12 noon on the last day for receiving nominations (4rd day of May, 2019).   

I am required by law to attend to receive nominations between 10am and 12 noon and between 2pm and 5pm on the 3rd day of May, 2019 and between 10am and 12 noon on the 4th day of May, 2019.

If the election is contested, a poll will be taken on the 24th day of May, 2019 between the hours of 7am and 10pm.

Returning Officer:                 

Deirdre Ní Raghallaigh

Address:

Dublin City Council,
Civic Offices,
Wood Quay
Dublin 8

Date: 15th April 2019
 


 

Fógra Toghcháin

Údarás Áitiúil:  Comhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath

Táthar ar tí toghchán a reáchtáil chun comhaltaí do gach aon cheann de thoghlimistéir áitiúla a thoghadh don údarás áitiúil atá luaite thuas.*

Ard Aidhin-An Halla Bán (6), Baile Formaid-Droimeanach (5), Baile Munna-Fionnghlas (6), An Chabrach-Glas Naíon (7), Cluain Tarbh (6), Domhnach Míde (5), Camaigh-Ráth Maonais (6), Peambróg (5), Lár na Cathrach Thuaidh (7), Lár na Cathrach Thiar Theas (5), Lár na Cathrach Thoir Theas (5)

Is féidir páipéir ainmniúcháin a íoslódáil ó www.dublincity.ie/local-elections-2019 nó a fháil ón seoladh thíos le linn gnáthuaire oifige nó is féidir iad.

Féadfaidh duine é féin nó í féin a ainmniú mar iarrthóir  i dtoghchán nó féadfaidh duine eile (is duine atá cláraithe mar thoghthóir rialtais aitiúil i limistéar an údaráis áitiúil a bhfuil sé beartaithe ag an duine an t-iarrthóir a ainmniú dó), mar mholtóir, é nó í a ainmniú, lena thoiliú nó lena toiliú i scríbhinn.

Ní mór deimhniú cleamhnachta polaitíochta a bheith ag gabháil le páipéar ainmniúcháin ó iarrthóir páirtí polaitíochta cláraithe agus caithfear é a thabhairt ar aird domsa lena fhoirm/lena foirm ainmniúcháin chomhlánaithe.

Mura mbeidh aon deimhniú tugtha ar aird ní mór don iarrthóir, roimh an am is déanaí chun ainmniúcháin a fháil, ceachtar den dá rud seo a dhéanamh –

  • cúig aontú dhéag leis an ainmniúchán a fháil trí dhearbhuithe reachtúla ó thoghthóirí rialtais áitiúil a bheidh cláraithe sa toghlimistéar áitiúil ábhartha (tá na foirmeacha ar fáil uaimse nó ón údarás cláraithe), nó
  • éarlais de €100 a íoc (is féidir éarlais a íoc thar ceann an iarrthóra freisin).

Is é 12 meánlae an 4ú lá de mhí na Bealtaine 2019 an t-am is déanaí le hainmniúcháin a ghlacadh.

Is féidir leis an iarrthóir nó lena mholtóir/a moltóir páipéir ainmniúcháin chomhlánaithe a sheachadadh chugam i bpearsa tráth ar bith a bhím i m’oifig, ó 10am an 27ú lá de mhí na hAibreán 2019 go 12 meánlae ar an lá is déanaí le hainmniúcháin a ghlacadh (4ú lá de mhí na Bealtaine 2019).

Tá ceangal orm faoin dlí a bheith i láthair le glacadh le hainmniúcháin idir 10am agus 12 meán lae agus idir 2pm agus 5pm an 3ú lá mhí na Bealtaine 2019 agus idir 10am agus 12 meán lae an 4ú lá de mhí na Bealtaine 2019.

Má bhíonn toghchán comhraic ann, reáchtálfar vótaíocht an 24ú lá de mhí an Bealtaine 2019, idir 7 am agus 10 pm.

An Ceann Comhairimh:

Deirdre Ní Raghallaigh

Seoladh:                                  

Comhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath
Oifigí na Cathrach
An Ché Adhmaid
Baile Átha Cliath 8

Dáta:  15 Aibréan 2019

Electoral Areas

Eligibility

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 full time 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

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, 27th April 2019 and ends at 12 noon on Saturday, 4th May 2019. Nominations will be received in the Chief Executives 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 Ruth Dowling on Tel: 01 222 2277.

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 assenters 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 & Donations

Expenditure and Donations

Expenditure

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.

Spending limits, first introduced for the 2009 local elections, were revised by the Local Government Reform Act 2014. The limit depends on the population of the local electoral area, as follows:

Population and Candidate Spending Limit

Local Electoral Area

Candidate Spending Limit

Population in excess of 35,000

13,000 Euro

Population between 18,001 and 35,000

11,500 Euro

Population of 18,000 or less

9,750 Euro

 

Candidates nominated by a political party are deemed to automatically allocate 10% of their spending limit to the party’s national agent. For example, a party candidate with a limit of 13,000 euro would be deemed to automatically allocate 1,300 euro for use by the party. Their effective limit would therefore be 11,700 euro. The 10% figure can be varied upwards or downwards by written agreement between the candidate and national agent.

Election spending incurred during a period before the election must be reported to the local authority concerned and must be below the specified limit.  The Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999 (Period for Reckoning Election Expenses) Order 2019 provides that the spending period for the 2019 local elections will commence on 30 March 2019 and will end on polling day, 24 May 2019, inclusive.

Donations

The following rules apply for donations:

  • The maximum amount that can be accepted in the same calendar year by a member of a local authority or by a local election candidate from the same source is 1,000 euro.
  • A candidate or member of a local authority who receives a monetary donation that exceeds 100 euro must open and maintain a political donations account in a financial institution.

Certain donations are restricted:

  • It is prohibited to accept a donation from an anonymous source which exceeds 100 euro.
  • Donations in cash which exceed 200 euro are also prohibited.

There are specific rules covering corporate donations which exceed 200 euro – the donor must be registered with the Standards in Public Office Commission and evidence that the donation was approved by the corporate body must be provided

For comprehensive guidelines on Expenditure and Donations please see the documents below

Donations & Expenditure Guidelines for National Agents, Designated Persons & Third Parties

Donations & Expenditure Guidelines for Candidates

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 and European Elections was made on the 25th March 2019. 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 24th April 2019 until midnight on the 31st May 2019. If posters are in place outside of these dates, fines will be issued by the City Council at the rate of €150 per poster.

Safety Concerns

It has been our experience in previous elections that numerous complaints have been received from motorists and pedestrians in relation to safety issues associated with election posters. Our own staff have also raised a number of concerns. The main issues relate to the following:

  • Posters that are obscuring the visibility of traffic/pedestrian signals and traffic signs.  Many of the problems are caused by posters that are erected on poles adjacent to signals or signs
  • Posters that are below head height or resting on the ground. These posters can cause obstructions on footpaths and are particularly hazardous to the visually impaired
  • Protruding cable ties that are at a level that could cause injury to pedestrians, particularly children

Where Dublin City Council staff become aware of posters that are considered to be causing a hazard they will be removed and disposed.

Please note that our Customer Services Centre will handle complaints of any posters that are deemed to be causing a hazard to motorists or pedestrians and they are contactable on telephone number: 2221000 or email customerservices@dublincity.ie

The following guidelines may be helpful in ensuring that posters are not a hazard to the public:

  • Posters should be erected at a minimum height of 2.3 metres above footpaths, cycle tracks or any area to which pedestrians have access
  • Posters should not be erected on lamp standards with overhead line electricity feed, traffic signal poles, bridge parapets, overpasses, pedestrian bridges, or roadside traffic barriers
  • Posters should not obscure statutory road signs or traffic/pedestrian signals in any way
  • Posters should be securely fixed to poles with cable ties or similar material to facilitate removal without damage to the poles

Postering Guidelines:  Frequently Asked Questions

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 2019 (S.I. No. 76 of 2019)  – 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 2(a) and (b)).
  • all of the above are available from www.oireachtas.ie Bottom of Form

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