If you wish to be nominated to stand for election to a local authority in Ireland, there is a specific week in which you must be nominated. This week takes place 4 weeks before the polling day.
You may nominate yourself or be nominated by a local government elector registered in the area. You may be nominated to stand in more than one area.
You are eligible to be elected to a local authority if you are ordinarily resident in Ireland and you are at least 18 years old. You do not have to be an Irish citizen.
Certain people are disqualified from becoming members of a local authority:
Nomination forms are available from the local authority returning officer. Once you have completed your nomination form, you must then return the nomination form to the returning officer. You may include party affiliation on the nomination paper. If you have no party affiliation, you may be described as 'Non-Party' or you may leave this space blank.
If you are a member of a political party, you must submit a Certificate of Party Affiliation with your nomination form.
If you are an independent candidate, you must complete your nomination form and one of the following:
The returning officer must rule on whether your nomination paper is valid within one hour of it's presentation. Your nomination paper may be ruled invalid if:
The returning officer is required to object to the description of any candidate which is (in the returning officer's opinion), unnecessarily long or insufficient to identify the candidate. The candidate or the returning officers may amend the paticulars shown on the nomination paper.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000. The Phone Service will operate Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm during January 2017. You can also visit your local Citizens Information Centre.