Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown
County Council

Comhairle Contae
Dhún Laoghaire-Ráth an Dúin
Coat of arms or logo
Type County council of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Cathaoirleach John Bailey,
Fine Gael
Members 28
Political groups      Fine Gael (12)
     Labour Party (8)
     Fianna Fáil (4)
     PBPA (2)
     Independents (2)
Last election 5 June 2009
Meeting place
Dun Laoghaire Town Hall.jpg
County Hall, Dún Laoghaire
The area governed by the council

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Dhún Laoghaire-Ráth an Dúin) is the local authority for the county of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown in Ireland. It is one of three local authorities that comprised the former Dublin County Council before its abolition and one of four councils in the Dublin Region. It serves a population of approximately 192,000. The county seat is Dún Laoghaire. Major population centres include Blackrock, Dundrum, Stillorgan, Ballybrack, Killiney and Dalkey. Twenty eight members serve on the council, whose executive management is led by a County Manager, currently Owen Keegan.



Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council traces its history back to local government structures that have existed in the area since 1834. The Council was established under the Local Government (Dublin) Act 1993 by the merger of the Corporation of Dún Laoghaire and that part of Dublin County Council that corresponded to the former Rathdown No 1 Rural District. The two sides of the County have distinct histories in terms of local government structures.

On the Dún Laoghaire side of the County, the Corporation of Dún Laoghaire had been established by the Local Government (Dublin) Act 1930 as a successor body to Kingstown Town Commissioners. Those Commissioners were established in 1834 and were subsequently renamed Kingstown Urban District Council and then Dún Laoghaire Urban District Council.

On the Rathdown side of the County, Dublin County Council and Rathdown No. 1 Rural District Council were established under the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898. Rathdown No. 1 Rural District Council was abolished by the Local Government (Dublin) Act 1930.


The county is divided into six Local Electoral Areas (LEAs), each of which elects between 3–6 councillors. They are: Ballybrack (6), Blackrock (4), Dundrum (6), Dún Laoghaire (6), Glencullen/Sandyford (3) and Stillorgan (3).

2009 Seats summary

Party Seats
Fine Gael 12
Labour Party 8
Fianna Fáil 4
People Before Profit Alliance 2
Independents 2

Councillors by electoral area

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 5 June 2009.

Council members from 2009 election
Local Electoral Area Name Party
Ballybrack Denis O'Callaghan Labour Party
Carrie Smyth Labour Party
Maria Bailey Fine Gael
Hugh Lewis People Before Profit
Donal Marren Fine Gael
Blackrock Barry Ward Fine Gael
Maria Baker Fine Gael
Niamh Bhreathnach Labour Party
Victor Boyhan Independent
Dundrum Jim O'Leary Fine Gael
Aidan Culhane Labour Party
Pat Hand Fine Gael
Aoife Brennan Fianna Fáil
Tony Fox Independent
Dún Laoghaire Richard Boyd Barrett People Before Profit
John Bailey Fine Gael
Mary Mitchell O'Connor Fine Gael
Cormac Devlin Fianna Fáil
Stephen Fitzpatrick Labour Party
Jane Dillon Byrne Labour Party
Glencullen/Sandyford Lettie McCarthy Labour Party
Neale Richmond Fine Gael
Tom Joyce Fine Gael
Tom Murphy Fianna Fáil
Stillorgan Barry Saul Fine Gael
Gearóid O'Keeffe Fine Gael
Richard Humphreys Labour Party
Gerry Horkan Fianna Fáil

Replaced by Jim O'Dea


M50 and compensation to Jackson Way Properties

An agreement was reached for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to compensate Jackson Way Properties by €12,860,700 for the compulsory purchase in October 1998 of its freehold interest in the lands, adjoining the M50 motorway.[1] The Council agreed to pay costs and expenses properly incurred by Jackson Way Properties in relation to preparation and submission of its claim although to date nothing has being paid.

The Award total is broken down as follows:

  • Land Taken €9,691,000
  • Injurious Affection €2,296,700
  • Disturbance €873,000

It is now the view of the Criminal Assets Bureau that €4.2 million of this award represents the present value of corrupt enrichment by the property owners although this view is based on hearsay evidence given by Mr Frank Dunlop.

A company called Paisley Park Investments Ltd were registered as full owners in 1992 and the land was transferred to Jackson Way Properties in 1993, the beneficial owners of which are believed by the CAB to be arcade owner James Kennedy and solicitor John Coldwell.

Criminal Assets Bureau Investigation

The CAB successfully obtained a High Court order on 26 July 2006 freezing land assets of 107 acres (0.43 km2) at Carrickmines, County Dublin owned by Jackson Way Properties Ltd and preventing their sale.[2] CAB contended that these lands had been rezoned on 16 December 1997 by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council from agricultural to industrial after Frank Dunlop bribed and made corrupt payments to councillors to secure their support in the rezoning vote. That vote increased the value of just 17 acres (69,000 m2) of the property from €8 million to €61 million. CAB has interviewed and taken statements from Frank Dunlop and will use him as a witness against a number of property developers although Mr Dunlop is currently in prison serving a jail sentence for corruption.

The lands in question have been the subject of investigation by The Mahon Tribunal in 2003 and 2004.

The case CAB -V- Jacksonway properties is due for hearing in the High Court Dublin in October 2010 and given the amount of affidavits that have being filed in the case it appears it will be vigorously defended with Jackson Way denying any wrong doing and Mr Kennedy a tax exile currently living in Gibraltar returning to give evidence in the case. Jackson Way have given the court notice that they intend to subpoena Councillors to give evidence.It is worth noting that no councillor to date has been charged with any form of wrongdoing in relation to rezoning


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