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.


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.


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.


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.


Local Authority Services

Your city and county councils are committed to providing timely, efficient and meaningful services to you: where you work, live and visit


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