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Changes since 2009

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.

Council   Date   LEA Party  Fate  Co-opted Relationship Outgoing Reason
Wicklow   2 November 2010 Arklow Una Kelly    Bernie O'Halloran Resigned
Sligo Borough Corporation   ?? 2011 Sligo East Daniel McGarrigle    Tony McLoughlin1 Dual Mandate TD
Donegal   May 2011 Letterkenny Pascal Blake    Jimmy Harte Dual Mandate Senator
Wicklow   June 2011 Greystones Grainne McLoughlin    Simon Harris Dual Mandate TD
Wicklow   14 December 2011 Wicklow Gary O'Reilly    Eamonn Long Resigned
Wicklow   13 December 2012 Greystones Billy Norman    Ciaran Hayden Resigned

*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

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