About Your Councillors
Local Councillors are elected by the community to decide how the council should carry out its various activities. They represent the public interest as well as individuals living within the area in which they have been elected to serve a term of office. They have regular contact with the general public through council meetings, telephone calls or surgeries. Surgeries provide an opportunity for residents to go and talk their councillor face to face and discuss matters of importance to the local community.
Dublin City Council has 63 democratically elected public representatives. The role of these Councillors is to create the policy framework which the city operates within. Among their responsibilities (called ‘reserved functions’) are the powers to:
- Make, amend and revoke byelaws
- Adopt the Annual Budget
- Make or vary of the City Development Plan
- Approve Borrowings
- Disposal of public assets
Councillors receive an annual salary known as a Representational Payment and also a monthly allowance for attendance at Monthly, Annual, SPC, Budget, Protocol and Special Meetings as part of their representational role.