In Ireland, governance is split between both central and local government. Central government are responsible for coordinating state level functions including, but not limited to, tax collection, social welfare, education, health etc. Local government functions are exercised by 31 local authorities, termed County, City or City and County Councils. The principal decision-making body in each local authority is composed of the members of the council, elected every five years. Many of the authorities’ statutory functions are, however, the responsibility of ministerially appointed officials termed Chief Executives. The competencies of the city and county councils include planning, transport infrastructure, sanitary services, public safety (notably fire services) and the provision of public libraries.

Within Dublin there are four local authorities, namely Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, South Dublin County Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Local Authorities

Dublin City Council

Dublin City Council is the democratically elected body that governs Dublin City. It is the largest Local Authority in Ireland. Serving an area of 117km squared with a population of 527k people. The Council has 63 elected members and is the largest local council in the country. The head of the council has the title of Lord Mayor.

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South Dublin County Council

Located to the south and west of Dublin City, serving an area of 223km squared with a population of 265k people. The Council has 40 elected members.

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Fingal County Council

Located to the north and west of Dublin City, serving an area of 453km squared with a population of 273k people. The Council has 40 elected members.

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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Located to the south east of Dublin City serving an area of 127km squared with a population of 206k people. The Council has 40 elected members.

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  • LordMayorDublin Lord Mayor of Dublin
    (@LordMayorDublin)

    Lord Mayor's Medal @dublinmarathon 2011 - Margaret Mullarney who set up @move4parkinsons to use exercise to manage affects of Parkinson’s https://t.co/8rk8d9AB8u

  • sdublincoco South Dublin Co Co
    (@sdublincoco)

    Take a look at even more frightening #Halloween community events for all ages and interests, starting Monday! #southdublin https://t.co/dlh9kxLh1F

  • DubFireBrigade Dublin Fire Brigade
    (@DubFireBrigade)

    So now we have #StormBrian… Going to be more wet than windy. Leaves blocking gutters and road drains could cause localised flooding. https://t.co/WWYVIYufXt

  • Fingalcoco FingalCountyCouncil
    (@Fingalcoco)

    Share your views by Oct 31 on the proposals in relation a proposed new Fingal Coastal pedestrian & cycle route, which will continue the existing cycle route at Sutton Cross (Sutton-to-Sandycove route) via Sutton Cross to Baldoyle & Portmarnock to Malahide https://t.co/k8uAF7Ayhm https://t.co/Kx6pfvmiIM

  • DubFireBrigade Dublin Fire Brigade
    (@DubFireBrigade)

    Thanks to @dublinbusnews, @DublinSPCA and @LordMayorDublin for helping us launch our #Halloween safety campaign today in Head Quarters. https://t.co/MgZRM3Enhj

  • LordMayorDublin Lord Mayor of Dublin
    (@LordMayorDublin)

    First winner of @LordMayorDublin Medal at @dublinmarathon was Martin Codyre who finished 2009 Marathon raising awareness of spinal injuries https://t.co/VeX2bfj1QQ