New dlr Council convenes at County Hall
15 first time Councillors and an almost 50:50 gender balance
Following the Local Elections on 24 May, with tens of thousands of votes cast by the people of the area, the new Council of Elected Members in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown for the next 5 year term convened this afternoon for its inaugural Annual General Meeting at County Hall in Dún Laoghaire.
Representing the people of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown the new Council is comprised of 40 members, 15 of whom are first time Councillors, with an almost 50:50 gender ratio
Cllr Shay Brennan, a representative of the Fianna Fail party was elected by Councillors to take the role of An Cathaoirleach, or chairperson, for the first year of the Councils five year term. Cllr Brennan has represented the Dundrum electoral area as a Councillor since 2014.
Cllr. Deirdre Donnelly was elected asLeas Cathaoirleach for the first years of the term at the meeting. Cllr. Donnelly, an Independent representative was elected in the Stillorgan Electoral Area.
The Council is comprised of 13 Fine Gael representatives , 7 Fianna Fail representatives, 6 Green Party representatives, 6 Labour Party representatives, 2 Solidarity/People Before Profit representatives, 5 independents and 1 Social Democrat.
The Councillors play a crucially important role in the Local Authority, striking annual budgets, formulating and agreeing policy and service priorities and working with the Chief Executive, Philomena Poole and her staff to deliver on hundreds of different services that this Local Authority provides to residents and businesses in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area.