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Changes since 2004

When an existing member resigns or dies, a member is co-opted to replace them. By convention, someone from the same party is co-opted, although the controlling group on the council may appoint whomever they wish. There is no provision for local authority by-elections. Ministers of State have usually relinquished their council seats on appointment.

Following the 1999 local elections, legislation was introduced to abolish the 'dual mandate' where TDs and Senators also served as local councillors (Local Government (No2) Act 2003). Anyone holding a dual mandate qualified for a one-off payment if they resigned their council seat.

The single largest reason for vacancies between 2004 and 2009 was the resignation of successful candidates in the Dáil and Seanad elections of 2007. However, there was a significant increase in the number of resignations due to the pressure of work invovled in being a councillor, especially in the Dublin area. Some seats changed hands nmore than once (eg Clondalkin, Mulhuddart).

Council   Date   LEA Party  Fate  Co-opted Relationship Outgoing Reason
Louth   1 July 2008 Ardee Liam Reilly    Tommy Reilly1 Resigned
Dublin City   11 June 2007 Artane § Declan Flanagan    Terence Flanagan Dual Mandate TD
Westmeath   ?? 2007 Athlone * John Dolan    Nicky McFadden Dual Mandate Senator 25 March 2014
Cavan   June 2007 Bailieborough Seán McKiernan    Joe O'Reilly Dual Mandate Senator
Galway   21 April 2008 Ballinasloe * Michael Finnerty    Joe Tierney Resigned
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown   12 November 2007 Ballybrack * Gareth Crowe    Larry Butler Dual Mandate Senator
Dublin City   11 June 2007 Ballyfermot § Louise Minihan    Tony Smithers Resigned
Cork   25 June 2007 Bantry Dermot Sheehan  son of   P J Sheehan1 Dual Mandate TD
Cork   29 October 2007 Bantry Patrick Murphy5    Donal Casey Resigned
Cavan   Belturbet John Paul Feeley    Eddie Feeley unknown reason
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown   13 October 2008 Blackrock * Ruairi Holohan    Nessa Childers Resigned
Carlow   25 March 2007 Borris Willie Quinn    Michael Meaney Died 28 January 2007
Carlow   July 2007 Borris * Alan Price    Mary White1 Dual Mandate TD
Laois   22 October 2007 Borris-in-Ossory Geraldine Delaney    Bill Delaney Died July 2007
Wicklow   11 June 2007 Bray * Michael D Lawlor    Joe Behan Dual Mandate TD
Wicklow   3 September 2007 Bray * Ciaran O'Brien    Deirdre de Burca Dual Mandate Senator
Limerick   25 June 2007 Bruff § * James Cavanagh    Niall Collins Dual Mandate TD
Limerick   22 September 2008 Bruff § Tomas Hannon    Deirdre Ni Chinneide Resigned
Dublin City   1 October 2007 Cabra Glasnevin Mary O'Shea    Paschal Donohoe Dual Mandate Senator
Dublin City   7 January 2008 Cabra Glasnevin Seamus McGrattan    Nicky Kehoe Resigned
Tipperary South Riding   ?? 2007 Cahir * Andy Moloney    Mattie McGrath Dual Mandate TD
Cork   March 2006 Carrigaline John A Collins1    Peter Kelly3 Resigned
Cork   25 June 2007 Carrigaline Seamus McGrath  brother of   Michael McGrath2 Dual Mandate TD
Limerick   25 June 2007 Castleconnell § Leo Walsh    Kieran O'Donnell Dual Mandate TD
Fingal   22 June 2007 Castleknock Eithne Loftus    Dr Leo Varadkar Dual Mandate TD
Kildare   June 2007 Clane * Daragh Fitzpatrick  son of   Michael Fitzpatrick2 Dual Mandate TD 14 October 2011
South Dublin   13 March 2006 Clondalkin Gerard Cullen2    Colm Tyndall Resigned
South Dublin   10 December 2007 Clondalkin Alan McGaughey    Gerard Cullen2 Resigned
South Dublin   8 September 2008 Clondalkin Tony Delaney    Alan McGaughey Resigned
Tipperary South Riding   ?? 2007 Clonmel Seamus Healy    Pat English Resigned
Tipperary South Riding   ?? 2007 Clonmel Darren Ryan    Phil Prendergast Dual Mandate Senator
Westmeath   30 January 2006 Coole Susan Murray  daughter of   Adrian Murray Died 4 November 2005
Westmeath   28 January 2008 Coole Eugene Dolan2    Susan Murray unknown reason
Cork City   8 December 2008 Cork City North Central Kenneth O'Flynn    Gary O'Flynn Resigned
Cork City   July 2007 Cork City North West * Joe O'Callaghan1    Colm Burke Dual Mandate MEP
Cork City   July 2007 Cork City South Central Lorraine Kingston    Ciaran Lynch Dual Mandate TD
Cork City   July 2007 Cork City South Central Fiona Kerins    Con O'Connell Died June 2007
Cork City   18 June 2007 Cork City South East Laura McGonigle    Deirdre Clune Dual Mandate TD
Cork City   ?? 2007 Cork City South West John Buttimer    Jerry Buttimer Dual Mandate Senator
Dublin City   ?? 2007 Crumlin Kimmage Ruairi McGinley    Anne Marie Martin Resigned
Dublin City   3 December 2007 Crumlin Kimmage * Ray McHugh    Robbie Sargent Resigned
Dublin City   5 November 2007 Donaghmede Pat Crimmins    Niamh Cosgrave Resigned
Donegal   25 July 2005 Donegal * Jonathan Kennedy  son of   Peter Kennedy1 Died June 2005
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown   10 September 2007 Dun Laoghaire * Tom O'Higgins    Eugene Regan Dual Mandate Senator
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown   12 November 2007 Dun Laoghaire * Gene Feighery    Kealin Ireland Resigned
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown   8 December 2008 Dundrum * Terence Corish    Ciaran Fallon Resigned
Laois   30 March 2007 Emo John D Turley2    Michael Turley1 Died January 2005
Clare   11 June 2007 Ennis § Paul Murphy1    Joe Carey Dual Mandate TD
Tipperary South Riding   ?? 2005 Fethard Jimmy O'Brien    Michael O'Brien6 unknown reason
Tipperary South Riding   ?? 2008 Fethard * Kieran Bourke    Denis Bourke2 Died 2 September 2008
Dublin City   4 February 2008 Finglas § John Lyons3    Mary Murphy Resigned
Galway City   ?? 2007 Galway City No 1 (East & North Ward) § * Mary Leahy    Michael Leahy1 Died December 2006
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown   12 November 2007 Glencullen § * John Byrne5    Maria Corrigan Dual Mandate Senator
Donegal   24 September 2007 Glenties Therese Gallagher    Pearse Doherty Dual Mandate Senator
Donegal   26 November 2007 Glenties * Dr Joe Kelly3    Brian O Domhnaill Dual Mandate Senator
Wexford   July 2007 Gorey Michael Kinsella    Michael W D'Arcy2 Dual Mandate TD
Dublin City   1 September 2008 Inner City North Maureen O'Sullivan    Mick Rafferty Resigned
Dublin City   7 November 2006 Inner City South East Chris Andrews    Garry Keegan Resigned
Dublin City   22 June 2007 Inner City South East Deirdre Keane    Chris Andrews Dual Mandate TD
Dublin City   12 May 2008 Inner City South East * Sarah Ryan    Deirdre Keane Resigned
Dublin City   21 March 2006 Inner City South West Críona Ní Dhálaigh    Andrew O'Connell Resigned
Dublin City   11 June 2007 Inner City South West Clare Byrne  daughter of   Catherine Byrne2 Dual Mandate TD
Westmeath   30 June 2008 Kilbeggan Paul Daly    Tom Cowley Died ?? 2008
Westmeath   1 September 2008 Kilbeggan Gerry Corcoran    Mark Nugent Resigned
Kildare   26 November 2007 Kildare Micheal Nolan    Michael Nolan2 Resigned - ill health
Kilkenny   18 September 2006 Kilkenny Marie Fitzpatrick    Joe Cody Resigned
Kerry   June 2007 Killarney John Sheahan2    Tom Sheahan2 Dual Mandate TD
Waterford   14 January 2008 Kilmacthomas Elaine Leahy    Pat Leahy1 Died 3 December 2007
Kildare   11 March 2005 Leixlip Gerry McDonagh1    Catherine Murphy Dual Mandate TD
Kildare   28 July 2008 Leixlip § Catherine Murphy    Gerry McDonagh1 Resigned
Kerry   ?? 2007 Listowel * Dan Kiely    Ned O'Sullivan Resigned
Galway   December 2007 Loughrea Michael Maher    Ciaran Cannon Dual Mandate Senator
South Dublin   9 October 2006 Lucan Billy Gogarty    Fintan McCarthy Died 1 August 2006
South Dublin   25 July 2008 Lucan § * Dorothy Corrigan    Billy Gogarty Died 21 May 2008
Cork   25 June 2007 Macroom Michael Creed2  cousin of   Michael Creed1 Dual Mandate TD
Fingal   22 June 2007 Malahide § Eoghan O'Brien    Darragh O'Brien Dual Mandate TD
Cork   25 June 2007 Mallow * Jerry Mullally    Seán Sherlock Dual Mandate TD
Carlow   ?? 2007 Muinebheag * David O'Brien1    Enda Nolan Died 8 April 2007
Fingal   31 December 2004 Mulhuddart Felix Gallagher    Martin Christie Resigned
Fingal   11 February 2008 Mulhuddart * Paul Donnelly    Felix Gallagher Resigned
Meath   ?? 2005 Navan * Jimmy Mangan    Alison Boyle Resigned
Meath   ?? 2005 Navan Phil Brennan    Andy Brennan unknown reason
Meath   November 2007 Navan § * Peadar Toibin    Anne Gibney unknown reason
Wexford   ?? 2007 New Ross Martin Murphy    Seán Connick Dual Mandate TD
Galway   ?? 2007 Oranmore § * Michael Carey    Fidelma Healy Eames Dual Mandate Senator
Dublin City   11 June 2007 Pembroke § * Paddy McCartan3    Lucinda Creighton Dual Mandate TD
Dublin City   4 October 2007 Pembroke John Kenny3    Wendy Hederman Resigned
Dublin City   6 April 2009 Pembroke Tony Williams    John Kenny3 Resigned
Kilkenny   ?? 2007 Piltown * Pat Walsh    Bobby Aylward2 Dual Mandate TD
Limerick   28 April 2008 Rathkeale * Michael Mulcair    John T Griffin2 Resigned
Dublin City   1 October 2007 Rathmines § Edie Wynne    Brian Gillen Resigned
Cork   25 June 2007 Skibbereen Christopher O'Sullivan  son of   Christy O'Sullivan Dual Mandate TD
Meath   3 September 2007 Slane Eoin Holmes    Dominic Hannigan Dual Mandate Senator
Waterford   10 September 2007 Suir § Brendan Coffey    Paudie Coffey Dual Mandate Senator
Fingal   22 June 2007 Swords Darragh Butler    Michael Kennedy4 Dual Mandate TD
South Dublin   September 2008 Tallaght Central Seán Crowe    Mark Daly1 Resigned
South Dublin   8 October 2007 Terenure Rathfarnham § Paddy Cosgrave    Alex White Dual Mandate Senator
South Dublin   14 January 2008 Terenure Rathfarnham § Colm Brophy    Stanley Laing Resigned
Tipperary North Riding   ?? 2007 Thurles John Egan1    Harry Ryan unknown reason
Wexford   ?? 2007 Wexford * Fergie Kehoe    Lisa McDonald Dual Mandate Senator
Wicklow   11 June 2007 Wicklow Pat Byrne    Andrew Doyle2 Dual Mandate TD

*Co-opted member not re-elected at subsequent election
¶Co-opted member who didn't stand at subsequent election
§Co-opted member who stood in a different area at subsequent election

The data in the table above may be sorted by clicking on the column headings
 

Reasons for Vacancies

Change of Party

September 2004   Mullingar West Betty Doran changed to
October 2004   Slane Dominic Hannigan changed to
?? 2005   Donaghmede Niamh Cosgrave changed to
January 2005   Conamara Seamus Walsh changed to
9 June 2005   Clonmel Phil Prendergast changed to
?? 2006   Letterkenny Jimmy Harte changed to
?? 2006   Sligo Drumcliff Brian Scanlon changed to
22 March 2006   Galway City No 1 (East & North Ward) Michael J Crowe changed to
8 September 2006   Finglas Liam Kelly changed to
27 September 2006   Tullamore Molly Buckley changed to
23 October 2006   Mullingar West Betty Doran changed to
3 November 2006   Limerick No 2 Gerry McLoughlin changed to
?? 2007   Limerick No 4 Jim Long changed to
January 2007   Skibbereen Christy O'Sullivan changed to
15 February 2007   Nenagh Tony Sheary changed to
March 2007   Sligo Drumcliff Brian Scanlon changed to
4 April 2007   Carrickmacross Vincent P Martin changed to
16 May 2007   Sligo Strandhill Declan Bree changed to
August 2007   Tuam Colm Keaveney changed to
29 August 2007   Gorey Jimmy Fleming changed to
4 October 2007   Belturbet Anthony P Vesey changed to
November 2007   Donegal Thomas Pringle changed to
?? 2008   Nenagh Tony Sheary changed to
February 2008   Castleknock Mags Murray changed to
3 April 2008   Ardee Leonard Hatrick changed to
9 April 2008   Balbriggan Seán Brown changed to
25 April 2008   Edenderry Eddie Fitzpatrick changed to
May 2008   Limerick No 2 Kieran Walsh changed to
19 June 2008   Limerick No 3 James Houlihan changed to
30 June 2008   Tuam Colm Keaveney changed to
8 July 2008   Lucan Derek Keating changed to
6 October 2008   Blackrock Nessa Childers changed to
7 October 2008   Terenure Rathfarnham Cait Keane changed to
21 October 2008   Conamara Tom Welby changed to
21 October 2008   Galway City No 1 (East & North Ward) Terry O'Flaherty changed to
1 December 2008   Bruff Rose Brennan changed to
21 January 2009   Cork City South East Chris O'Leary changed to
22 January 2009   Clontarf Bronwen Maher changed to
3 March 2009   Carrigaline Deirdre Forde changed to
24 March 2009   Loughrea Ciaran Cannon changed to
May 2009   Dundrum Tony Fox changed to
 
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