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The 2009 Irish local elections were held in all the counties and county boroughs of Ireland on Friday, 5 June 2009, on the same day as the European Parliament election and two by-elections (Dublin South and Dublin Central).[1]

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Overview

The election results were significant for a number of reasons:

  • Fine Gael gained 88 seats and became the largest party at local level for the first time ever.
  • Fianna Fáil lost 135 seats and became the second largest party nationally, and third largest in Dublin.
  • The Labour Party increased its seat total by 43 seats, and is the largest party in Dublin City Council. It also has the most seats in the four Dublin local authorities.
  • Sinn Féin support remained at the almost same level, gaining 2 seats.
  • The Green Party lost 14 seats and have 3 county councillors.
  • People Before Profit Alliance won 5 seats in their first local elections.
  • The Socialist Party won 4 seats, the same as in the 2004 elections.

Results

The Progressive Democrats and Independent Fianna Fáil did not compete in the elections. As they competed in the previous elections, totals for vote and seat changes may not total zero. People Before Profit Alliance figures are compared to Socialist Workers Party figures from the previous local elections.

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All councils

Party County City Borough Town Total ±
Fine Gael 305 35 16 200 556 +88
Fianna Fáil 201 17 11 178 407 –135
Labour Party 94 38 13 86 231 +43
Sinn Féin 41 13 8 65 127 +2
Green Party 3 0 2 13 18 –14
WUAG 2 0 4 1 7 ±5
People Before Profit 3 2 0 0 5 +5
Socialist Party 3 1 0 0 4 ±0
Workers' Party 0 2 0 0 2 ±0
South Kerry Independent 1 0 0 1 2 ±0
Christian Solidarity 0 0 0 0 0 ±0
Independent 102 22 10 141 275 +10
Totals 753 130 60 684 1,627

County and city councils

Posters for local and European election candidates and parties, Dublin, May 2009
Party Seats ± First Pref. votes FPv% ±%
Fine Gael 340 +47 605,333 32.2 +4.5
Fianna Fáil 218 –84 477,342 25.4 –6.4
Labour Party 132 +31 276,627 14.7 +3.3
Sinn Féin 54 ±0 138,405 7.4 –0.7
People Before Profit 5 +5 15,879 0.8 +0.5
Socialist Party 4 ±0 16,052 0.9 +0.1
Green Party 3 –15 44,152 2.3 –1.5
Workers' Party 2 ±0 4,771 0.3 ±0.0
South Kerry Independent 1 ±0 2,536 0.1 ±0.0
Christian Solidarity 0 ±0 467 0.0 ±0.0
Independent 124 +37 299,025 15.9 +4.5
Totals 883 1,880,589

County councils

Authority FG FF Lab SF PBP SP GP SKIA Others
Carlow 10 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 2
Cavan 13 8 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
Clare 12 11 1 0 0 0 1 0 7
Cork 22 12 7 1 0 0 0 0 6
Donegal 8 10 2 4 0 0 0 0 5
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown 11 4 8 0 2 0 0 0 3
Fingal 6 4 9 0 0 3 0 0 2
Galway 13 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 8
Kerry 10 7 4 2 0 0 0 1 3
Kildare 9 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 4
Kilkenny 12 7 5 0 0 0 1 0 1
Laois 12 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
Leitrim 10 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
Limerick 15 9 2 0 0 0 0 0 2
Longford 10 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Louth 8 5 2 6 0 0 1 0 4
Mayo 17 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 5
Meath 11 8 4 1 0 0 0 0 5
Monaghan 6 5 0 7 0 0 0 0 2
North Tipperary 4 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 7[2]
Offaly 6 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Roscommon 10 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 7
Sligo 12 7 2 1 0 0 0 0 3
South Dublin 8 4 9 3 1 0 0 0 1
South Tipperary 12 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 5[3]
Waterford 11 5 4 2 0 0 0 0 1
Westmeath 8 9 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wexford 10 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 2
Wicklow 9 4 6 2 0 0 0 0 3

City councils

Local and Euro election posters and banners in Cork city
Authority Lab FG FF SF PBP WP SP Others
Cork City 7 8 6 4 0 1 1 4
Dublin City 19 12 6 7 2 0 0 6
Galway City 5 3 3 0 0 0 0 4
Limerick City 4 8 1 1 0 0 0 3
Waterford City 3 4 1 1 0 1 0 5
Totals 38 35 17 13 2 2 1 22

Borough and town councils

Party Seats ±
Fine Gael 216 +44
Fianna Fáil 189 –53
Labour Party 99 +12
Sinn Féin 73 +2
Green Party 15 +1
Others 151 –6

Borough councils

Authority FG Lab FF SF GP Others
Clonmel 2 2 2 0 0 6[3]
Drogheda 4 2 1 3 0 2
Kilkenny 4 2 4 1 1 0
Sligo 3 3 2 3 0 1
Wexford 3 4 2 1 1 1
Totals 16 13 11 8 2 10

Town councils

Town Fianna Fáil Fine Gael Labour Party Sinn Féin Green Party Others Total
Ardee 2 2 1 1 1 2 9
Arklow 3 1 2 0 0 3 9
Athlone 3 3 1 1 0 1 9
Athy 1 2 4 1 0 1 9
Balbriggan 1 1 3 0 1 3 9
Ballina 3 3 0 0 0 3 9
Ballinasloe 2 3 0 1 0 3 9
Ballybay 4 4 0 1 0 0 9
Ballyshannon 2 5 0 1 0 1 9
Bandon 4 3 1 1 0 0 9
Bantry 5 3 0 0 0 1 9
Belturbet 1 3 0 0 0 5 9
Birr 4 2 0 0 0 3 9
Boyle 2 4 0 1 0 2 9
Bray 2 3 3 2 1 1 12
Buncrana 2 3 0 2 0 2 9
Bundoran 3 2 0 2 0 2 9
Carlow 3 3 1 1 0 1 9
Carrickmacross 2 3 0 2 2 0 9
Carrick-on-Suir 2 1 1 1 0 4[3] 9
Cashel 2 2 0 1 0 4 9
Castlebar 1 4 1 1 0 2 9
Castleblayney 3 2 0 3 0 1 9
Cavan 3 4 1 1 0 0 9
Clonakilty 2 2 1 1 0 3 9
Clones 2 2 0 3 0 2 9
Cobh 1 2 3 1 0 2 9
Cootehill 3 3 0 2 0 1 9
Dundalk 3 2 0 3 2 2 12
Dungarvan 2 3 3 1 0 0 9
Edenderry 3 2 1 0 0 3 9
Ennis 1 3 1 0 1 3 9
Enniscorthy 2 2 1 1 0 3 9
Fermoy 2 2 2 1 0 2 9
Gorey 4 4 1 0 0 0 9
Granard 3 2 1 0 0 3 9
Greystones 2 4 2 0 0 1 9
Kells 3 2 2 1 0 1 9
Kilkee 4 4 0 0 0 1 9
Killarney 2 1 2 0 0 4[4] 9
Kilrush 3 3 0 0 0 3 9
Kinsale 2 2 2 1 1 1 9
Leixlip 1 3 2 0 1 2 9
Letterkenny 4 1 0 1 0 3 9
Lismore 3 3 1 0 0 2 9
Listowel 3 4 0 2 0 0 9
Longford 2 3 0 0 0 4 9
Loughrea 3 2 0 0 0 4 9
Macroom 3 4 2 0 0 0 9
Mallow 1 2 4 1 0 1 9
Midleton 1 2 1 1 0 4 9
Monaghan 1 3 0 4 0 1 9
Mountmellick 3 3 1 1 0 1 9
Muine Bheag 3 3 2 0 0 1 9
Mullingar 3 2 4 0 0 0 9
Naas 1 3 2 0 0 3 9
Navan 4 2 0 2 0 1 9
Nenagh 2 2 2 1 0 2 9
Newbridge 2 2 2 0 0 3 9
New Ross 3 2 2 1[5] 1 0 9
Passage West 2 3 0 1 0 3 9
Portlaoise 2 3 0 2 0 2 9
Shannon 0 4 2 1 0 2 9
Skibbereen 2 4 2 1 0 0 9
Templemore 3 3 0 0 0 3[2] 9
Thurles 1 1 2 1 0 4[2] 9
Tipperary 3 1 1 0 0 4 9
Tralee 2 3 3 2 0 1 12
Tramore 1 4 1 0 0 3 9
Trim 2 3 2 0 0 2 9
Tuam 3 2 2 0 0 2 9
Tullamore 4 2 2 1 0 0 9
Westport 2 5 1 0 0 1 9
Wicklow 1 3 1 1 1 2 9
Youghal 3 2 1 2 1 0 9

See also

References

  1. ^ "By-elections set for June 5th". The Irish Times. 28 April 2009. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0428/breaking72.htm. Retrieved 29 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Michael Lowry's organisation has 4 County Councillors in North Tipperary, 2 Town Councillors in Thurles and 1 Town Councillor in Templemore.
  3. ^ a b c The Workers and Unemployed Action Group has 2 County Councillors in South Tipperary, 4 Borough Councillors in Clonmel and 1 Town Councillor in Carrick-on-Suir.
  4. ^ Michael Gleeson of the South Kerry Independent Alliance is included in this total.
  5. ^ John Dwyer resigned from Sinn Féin and changed designation to Non-Party before the first meeting of New Ross Town Council.

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