Local government in Ireland
The provision for local Government in Ireland is set down in law. How the process of government at local level in Ireland works and what it consists of.
Local Government in Ireland consists of a range of local authorities. Find out about County, City, Town and Borough Councils throughout the country.
Functions of local authorities
Local authorities in Ireland provide an extensive range of public services in your area. Information on their responsibilities and services.
Powers of local authorities
Your local authority has some important powers that are necessary to carry out its responsibilities.
County or City Managers in Ireland are appointed to manage local authorities. Information on their appointment, role and functions.
City and County Development Boards
City and County Development Boards were established in Ireland to bring together the key agencies and bodies in different areas. The Boards will engage in long-term planning for areas over the next ten years.
Membership of local authorities in Ireland
Members of local authorities, county, city and borough councils throughout Ireland are called 'Councillors'. Role, responsibilities and appointments.
Cathaoirleach of the Council
Every local authority in Ireland elects a Cathaoirleach (or Chairman/Mayor) of a local authority in Ireland.
Local authority committees
Local authorities in Ireland can establish committees to carry out some of the Council's functions.
Local authority meetings
The law in Ireland sets down how meetings of local authorities must be conducted, how frequently they may take place and whom may attend. Find out more.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.