- Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Dhún Laoghaire-Ráth an Dúin
Type Type County council of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown Leadership Cathaoirleach John Bailey,
Members 28 Political groups Fine Gael (12)
Labour Party (8)
Fianna Fáil (4)
Elections Last election 5 June 2009 Meeting place County Hall, Dún Laoghaire Website www.dlrcoco.ie
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. 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. 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
Local administrative units of IrelandThe councils are listed per NUTS 3 region. Border Region West Region Midlands Region
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- Longford County Council
- Offaly County Council
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Mid-East Region Dublin Region
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- Dublin City Council
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- South Dublin County Council
- Carlow County Council
- Kilkenny County Council
- South Tipperary County Council
- Waterford City Council
- Waterford County Council
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