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WOMEN MEMBERS OF IRISH COUNTY COUNCILS

Table 1 lists all women county councillors in Ireland by party: Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour, Progressive Democrat, and smaller parties and Independents. There are few women in leadership roles in local government; county mayors and council chairpersons are marked below with an asterisk. Table 2 shows the number of women returned to each county council at the time of the last election, and Table 3 shows what proportion of each party's successful candidates were women. Note that not all of the numbers will correspond with the numbers of women in Table 1 as some women have left or been co-opted to councils since then. The 134 women elected to county and city councils in 1999 was an improvement on the 1991 figure of 103 and almost double the number elected in 1985. Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown has achieved the most impressive balance, with 36 per cent women, while Westmeath is the most imbalanced council. Unlike Northern Ireland none of the republic's councils are women-free zones, though in 2001 Northern Ireland scored a higher overall average. Figures for Northern Ireland's councils are here, and those for Irish city and borough councils are on this page.

Table 1: Women county councillors in Ireland

Name

Party

Council/electoral area

Margaret Adams

Fianna Fáil

Mayo Westpark

Máire Árdagh

Fianna Fáil

S. Dublin Terenure-Rathfarnham

Dolores Barron

Fianna Fáil

Carlow Borris

Ann Blackmore

Fianna Fáil

Kilkenny Piltown

Mary Bohan

Fianna Fáil

Leitrim Dromahaire

Alice Bonnar

Fianna Fáil

Donegal Stranorlar

Betty Coffey

Fianna Fáil

Dun Laoghaire Electoral Area

Geraldine Conway

Fianna Fáil

Kildare Celbridge

Beverley Cooper-Flynn

Fianna Fáil

Mayo Castlebar

Maria Corrigan

Fianna Fáil

Dun Laoghaire Glencullen

Deirdre Doherty Ryan

Fianna Fáil

South Dublin Lucan

Rena Donaghey

Fianna Fáil

Donegal Inishowen

Josephine Doyle

Fianna Fáil

Wexford Electoral Area

Catherine Fitzgerald

Fianna Fáil

Laois Portlaoise

Deirdre Ford

Fianna Fáil

Cork Carrigaline

Sinead Guckian

Fianna Fáil

Leitrim Carrick-on-Shannon

Mary Hoade

Fianna Fáil

Galway Oranmore

Máire Hoctor

Fianna Fáil

North Tipperary Nenagh/Newport

Cecelia Keaveney

Fianna Fáil

Donegal Inishowen

Cora Long

Fianna Fáil

Kilkenny Piltown

Bernie Lowe

Fianna Fáil

Dun Laoghaire Ballybrack

Jacqui McConville

Fianna Fáil

Louth

Liz McCormack

Fianna Fáil

Meath

Annett McNamara

Fianna Fáil

Cork Blarney

Sandra Marsh

Fianna Fáil

Limerick Bruff

Susan Megher

Fianna Fáil

South Tipperary Fethard

Joan Murphy

Fianna Fáil

Kilkenny Thomastown

Marie Murphy

Fianna Fáil

Cork Kanturk

Connie Ní Fhatharta

Fianna Fáil

Glaway Conamara

Marie O'Brien-Campbell

Fianna Fáil

Louth

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor

Fianna Fáil

Carlow No. 1 District

Rosaleen O'Hanlon

Fianna Fáil

Monaghan Carrickmacross

Fiona O'Loughlin

Fianna Fáil

Kildare Electoral Area

Ann Ormonde

Fianna Fáil

S. Dublin Terenure-Rathfarnham

Kathleen Quinn

Fianna Fáil

Galway Tuam

Annie May Reape

Fianna Fáil

Mayo Ballina

Margaret Richardson

Fianna Fáil

Fingal Mulhuddart

Eleanor Roche

Fianna Fáil

Wicklow Greystones

Noreen Ryan

Fianna Fáil

Limerick Castleconnell

Nuala Ryan

Fianna Fáil

Waterford Dungarvan

Mary Wheatley

Fianna Fáil

Laois Luggacurran

Madeleine Argue

Fine Gael

Cavan Electoral Area

Mary Barrett

Fine Gael

Sligo Dromore

Mary Bergin

Fine Gael

Meath

Deirdre Bolger

Fine Gael

Wexford Gorey

Mary Hilda Cavanagh

Fine Gael

Kilkenny Ballyraggett

Catherine Connery

Fine Gael

Kilkenny Ballyraggett

Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy

Fine Gael

Offaly Ferbane

Anne Devitt

Fine Gael

Fingal Swords

Kitty Duignan *

Fine Gael

Roscommon Boyle

Fionnuala Dukes

Fine Gael

Kildare Electoral Area

Ann Dylan-Gallagher

Fine Gael

Meath

Mary Elliott

Fine Gael

Dun Laoghaire Dundrum

Olwyn Enright

Fine Gael

Offaly Birr

Anna Fenlon

Fine Gael

Wexford Electoral Area

Nora Flynn

Fine Gael

Waterford Lismore

Ita Fox

Fine Gael

Sligo Drumcliffe

Mary Greene

Fine Gael

Waterford Suir

Louise Cosgrave

Fine Gael

Dun Laighaire Stillorgan

Constance Hanniffy

Fine Gael

Offaly Ferbane

Mary Harty

Fine Gael

Limerick Castleconnell

Mary Jackman

Fine Gael

Limerick Castleconnell

Maura Kilbride-Harkin

Fine Gael

Longford

Helen Keogh

Fine Gael

Dun Laoghaire Electoral Area

Mary McDonald

Fine Gael

Carlow Muinebheag

Sinead McGloin

Fine Gael

Leitrim Manorhamilton

Mary Maguire Lynch

Fine Gael

Cavan BelTurbet

Madeleine Taylor Quinn

Fine Gael

Clare

Aileen Pyne

Fine Gael

Cork Fermoy

Maura Cal McCarthy

Fine Gael

Cork Skibbereen

Joan Maher

Fine Gael

Fingal Howth

Olivia Mitchell

Fine Gael

Dun Laighaire Glencullen

Lola O' Sullivan *

Fine Gael

Waterford

Mae Quinn

Fine Gael

North Tipperary Thurles

Therese Ridge

Fine Gael

South Dublin Clondalkin

Mary Sweeney

Fine Gael

Laois Portlaoise

Sheila Terry

Fine Gael

Fingal Castleknock

Niamh Bhreathnach

Labour

Dun Laoghaire Blackrock

Joan Burton

Labour

Fingal Castleknock

Paula Desmond

Labour

Cork Carrigaline

Jane Dillon Byrne

Labour

Dun Laoghaire Electoral Area

Liz McManus

Labour

Wicklow Bray

Breeda Moynihan-Cronin

Labour

Kerry Killarney

Betty Doran

Labour

Westmeath Mullingar West

Catherine Murphy

Labour

Kildare Leixlip

Maeve Spring

Labour

Kerry Tralee

Joanna Tuffy

Labour

South Dublin Lucan

Cáit Keane

Progressive Democrats

S. Dublin Terenure-Rathfarnham

Mary Mannion

Progressive Democrats

Clare

Fiona O'Malley

Progressive Democrats

Dun Laighaire Stillorgan

Mae Sexton

Progressive Democrats

Longford

Brigid Teefy

Progressive Democrats

Limerick Castleconnell

Kate Walsh

Progressive Democrats

Kildare Celbridge

Brenda McAnespie

Sinn Féin

Monaghan

Sheila McKenna

Sinn Féin

Monaghan Clones

Pauline Tully

Sinn Féin

Cavan Ballyjamesduff

Heidi Beddell

Green

Fingal Malahide

Kealin Ireland

Green

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

Deirdre de Burca

Green

Wicklow Bray

Mary White

Green

Carlow Borris

Claire Daly

Socialist

Fingal Swords

Molly Buckley

Independent

Offaly Tullamore

Valerie Byrne

Independent

Roscommon Strokestown

Ann Donnelly

Independent

S. Dublin Terenure-Rathfarnham

Mildred Fox

Independent

Wickow Bray

Mary Glennon

Independent

Kildare Naas

Margaret Gormley

Independent

Sligo Tubbercurry

Mary Grehan

Independent

Louth

Patricia McCarthy

Independent

Clare

Pauline McNamara

Independent

Roscommon

Teresa Mullent

Independent

Kilkenny Electoral Area

Veronica O'Reilly

Independent

Wicklow Greystones

Phil Pendergast

Independent

South Tipperary Clonmel

Betty Twomey

Independent

Waterford

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Table 2: Breakdown of County Councils by Gender, 1999

Council

Women

Men

% women

Carlow

3

18

14

Cavan

3

22

12

Clare

3

29

.9

Cork

6

42

13

Donegal

4

25

14

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

10..

18

36

Fingal

7

17

29

Galway

3

27

10

Kerry

2

25

.7

Kildare

6

19

24

Kilkenny

6

20

23

Laois

3

22

12

Leitrim

3

19

14

Limerick

5

23

18

Longford

2

19

10

Louth

3

23

12

Mayo

3

28

10

Meath

3

26

10

Monaghan

3

17

15

Offaly

4

17

19

Roscommon

1

25

.4

Sligo

3

22

12

South Dublin

7

19

27

North Tipperary

3

18

14

South Tipperary

2

24

.8

Waterford

5

18

22

Westmeath

1

22

.4

Wexford

4

17

19

Wicklow

4

20

17

Total

112

641

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Table 3: Breakdown of county councillors by party and gender, 1999

Party

Women

Men

% women

Fianna Fáil

42

293

13

Fine Gael

34

214

14

Labour

12

45

21

Progressive Democrat

6

12

33

Sinn Féin

2

14

13

Green

3

.5

38

Others

14

58

19

Total

112..

641.

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