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WOMEN MEMBERS OF IRISH CITY AND BOROUGH COUNCILS

This page lists women members of Ireland's five city and six borough councils, and gives a gender breakdown of each council from the last election in 2004. Dublin City council enjoys the best gender balance while Waterford and Galway's voters returned the smallest percentage of women city councillors. Tables 2a and 2b give information on borough councillors. The Observatory also has lists of women county councillors from the Republic of Ireland.

A list of resignations and co-options of women councillors since the 2004 local elections (as at August 2008) is available here.

Table 1a: Women members of Irish city councils elected 2004

Name

Party

Council/electoral area

Catherine Byrne

Fine Gael

Dublin South West Inner City

Maria Byrne

Fine Gael

Limerick No. 4

Deirdre Clune

Fine Gael

Cork South East

Niamh Cosgrove

Fine Gael

Dublin Donaghmede

Lucinda Creighton

Fine Gael

Dublin Pembroke

Patricia Gosch

Fine Gael

Cork North Central

Ann Marie Martin

Fine Gael

Dublin Crumlin/Kimmage

Mary O’Halloran

Fine Gael

Waterford No.3

Eibhlin Byrne

Fianna Fáil

Dublin Clontarf

Julia Carmichael

Fianna Fáil

Dublin Ballymun/Whitehall

Mary Fitzpatrick

Fianna Fáil

Dublin Cabra/Glasnevin

Deirdre Heney

Fianna Fáil

Dublin Clontarf

Mary Shields

Fianna Fáil

Cork South West

Ann Carter

Labour

Dublin Donaghmede

Catherine Clancy

Labour

Cork North Central

Catherine Connolly

Labour

Galway South

Colette Connolly

Labour

Galway West

Emer Costello

Labour

Dublin North Inner City

Mary Freehill

Labour

Dublin Rathmines

Mary Murphy

Labour

Dublin Finglas

Wendy Hederman

Progressive Democrat

Dublin Pembroke

Terry O’Flaherty

Progressive Democrat

Galway East and North

Mairin Quill

Progressive Democrat

Cork North East

Annette Spillane

Sinn Féin

Cork North East

Bronwen Maher

Green

Dublin Clontarf

Joan Collins

Independent

Dublin Crumlin/Kimmage

Kathleen Leddin

Independent

Limerick No. 1

Mary Roche

Independent

Waterford No. 2

Lily Wallace

Independent

Limerick No. 3

Table 1b: City council election results by gender, 2004

City

Women

Men

% women

Cork

6

25

19

Dublin

           15.

37

29

Galway

3

12

20

Limerick

3

12

20

Waterford

2

13

13

Total
29
101
22

Table 1c: Breakdown of city councillors by party and gender, 2004

Party

Women

Men

% women

Fianna Fáil

5

23

18

Fine Gael

8.

22

27

Labour

7

25

22

PDs

3

         2

60

Greens

1

2

33

Sinn Féin

1

14

..7

Other

4

13

24

Total

29..

101.

22

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Table 2a: Women members of Irish borough councils

Name

Party

Council

Siobhan Ambrose

Fianna Fáil

Clonmel

Rosaleen O’Grady

Fianna Fáil

Sligo

Betty Manning

Fine Gael

Kilkenny

Anna Fenlon

Fine Gael

Wexford

Marie Fitzpatrick

Fine Gael

Kilkenny

Philomena Roche

Fine Gael

Wexford

Veronica Cawley

Labour

Sligo

Anne Taylor

Labour

Clonmel

Phil Prendergast

Independent

Clonmel

Table 2b: Borough council election results by gender, 2004

Council

Women

Men

% women

Clonmel

3

..9

25

Drogheda

0

12

..0

Kilkenny

2

10

17

Sligo

2

10

17

Wexford

2

10

17

Total
9
51
15

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