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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. 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 councillors are women. The 122 (16 per cent) women elected to county councils in 2004 was only a slight improvement over the figures from 1999 but almost double the number elected in 1985. Fingal has achieved the most impressive balance, with 36 per cent women, while North Tipperary is the most imbalanced council, replacing Westmeath, the holder of this unenviable position in 1999. In total, 151 women were elected to the 884 county and city council seats, giving women a 17 per cent share in local government. Northern Ireland has more all-male councils but in 2001 its councils scored a higher overall average for women’s representation (19 per cent). Figures for Irish city and borough councils are here.

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

Table 1: Women county councillors in Ireland, elected 2004

Name

Party

Council/electoral area

Madeleine Argue

Fine Gael

Cavan

Maria Bailey

Fine Gael

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Ballybrack

Marie Baker

Fine Gael

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Blackrock

Mary Barrett

Fine Gael

Sligo Dromore

Mary Brady

Fine Gael

Cavan Ballyjamesduff

Mary Hilda Cavanagh

Fine Gael

Kilkenny Ballyragget

Kathleen Codd Nolan

Fine Gael

Wexford Enniscorthy

Sinead Connaughton

Fine Gael

Galway Tuam

Catherine Connery

Fine Gael

Kilkenny Ballyragget

Pauline Coonan

Fine Gael

Tipperary North Templemore

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy

Fine Gael

Offaly Ferbane

Louise Cosgrave

Fine Gael

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Stillorgan

Jenny D’Arcy

Fine Gael

Meath Navan

Anne Devitt

Fine Gael

Fingal Swords

Ann Dillon Gallagher

Fine Gael

Meath Slane

Fionnula Dukes

Fine Gael

Kildare

Anna Fenlon

Fine Gael

Wexford

Nora Flynn

Fine Gael

Waterford Nismore

Ita Fox

Fine Gael

Sligo Drumcliff

Mary Greene

Fine Gael

Waterford Suir

Connie Hannafy

Fine Gael

Offaly Ferbane

Mary Harty

Fine Gael

Limerick Castleconnell

Fidelma Healy Eames

Fine Gael

Galway Oranmore

Imelda Henry

Fine Gael

Sligo Strandhill

Heather Humphries

Fine Gael

Monaghan Clones

Mary Jackman

Fine Gael

Limerick Castleconnell

Maura Kilbride

Fine Gael

Longford Granard

Maura Maguire-Lynch

Fine Gael

Cavan Belturbet

Maura Cal McCarthy

Fine Gael

Cork Skibbereen

Nicky McFadden

Fine Gael

Westmeath Athlone

Joan Maher

Fine Gael

Fingal Howth

Michelle Mulherin

Fine Gael

Mayo Ballina

Marian Murphy

Fine Gael

Cork Kankurk

Barbara Murray

Fine Gael

Cork Midleton

Veronica Neville

Fine Gael

Cork Bandon

Peggy Nolan

Fine Gael

Longford

Lola O’Sullivan

Fine Gael

Waterford Tramore

Catherine Phelan-Holden

Fine Gael

Kilkenny Piltown

Anne-Marie Power

Fine Gael

Waterford Tramore

Aileen Pyne

Fine Gael

Cork Fermoy

Katie Ridge

Fine Gael

Kildare Celbridge

Therese Ridge

Fine Gael

South Dublin Clondalkin

Mary Sweeney

Fine Gael

Laois Portlaoise

Madeleine Taylor-Quinn

Fine Gael

Clare Kilrush

Karen Warren

Fine Gael

South Dublin Tallaght Central

Bridie Willers

Fine Gael

Galway Loughrea

Margaret Adams

Fianna Fáil

Mayo Westport

Maire Ardagh

Fianna Fáil

South Dublin Terenure-Rathfarnham

Mary Bohan

Fianna Fáil

Leitrim Dromahair

Alice Bonner

Fianna Fáil

Donegal Stranolar

Alison Boyle

Fianna Fáil

Meath Navan

Brenda Clifford

Fianna Fáil

Fingal Castleknock

Geraldine Conway

Fianna Fáil

Kildare Celbridge

Maria Corrigan

Fianna Fáil

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Glencullen

Rachel Doherty

Fianna Fáil

Roscommon Boyle

Rena Donaghy

Fianna Fáil

Donegal Inishowen

Suzanne Doyle

Fianna Fáil

Kildare

Catherine Fitzgerald

Fianna Fáil

Laois Portlaoise

Norma Foley

Fianna Fáil

Kerry Tralee

Deirdre Forde

Fianna Fáil

Cork Carrigaline

Sinead Guckian

Fianna Fáil

Leitrim Carrick-on-Shannon

Deirdre Healy McGowan

Fianna Fáil

Sligo Strandhill

Mary Hoade

Fianna Fáil

Galway Oranmore

Lorraine Hynes

Fianna Fáil

Carlow No. 2

Kathleen Kelleher

Fianna Fáil

Wicklow Greystones

Orla Leyden

Fianna Fáil

Roscommon Mid-Roscommon

Cora Long

Fianna Fáil

Kilkenny Piltown

Anne McEllistrim

Fianna Fáil

Kerry Tralee

Jacqui McConville

Fianna Fáil

Louth Drogheda East

Liz McCormack

Fianna Fáil

Meath Kells

Lisa McDonald

Fianna Fáil

Wexford

Marian McDonald

Fianna Fáil

Donegal Inishowen

Susan Meagher

Fianna Fáil

Tipperary South Fethard

Sinead Moylan Ryan

Fianna Fáil

Offaly Birr

Jennifer Murnane

Fianna Fáil

Carlow No. 1

Barbara Ann Murphy

Fianna Fáil

Wexford Enniscorthy

Marie the Shamrock Murphy

Fianna Fáil

Cork Kanturk

Connie Ni Fhatharta

Fianna Fáil

Galway Connemara

Fiona O’Loughlin

Fianna Fáil

Kildare

Annie May Reape

Fianna Fáil

Mayo Ballina

Margaret Richardson

Fianna Fáil

Fingal Mulhaddart

Noreen Ryan

Fianna Fáil

Limerick Castleconnell

Patricia Walsh

Fianna Fáil

Cavan

Niamh Bhreathnach

Labour

Dun Laoghaire Blackrock

Jane Dillon Byrne

Labour

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

Veronica Cawley

Labour

Sligo Drumcliff

Marie Corr

Labour

South Dublin Tallaght South

Detty Cornally

Labour

Westmeath Mullingar West

Paula Desmond

Labour

Cork Carrigaline

Ann Ferris

Labour

Wicklow Bray

Peggy Hamill

Labour

Fingal Castleknock

Caitriona Jones

Labour

South Dublin Tallaght South

Lettie McCarthy

Labour

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Glencullen

Phyllis McCarthy

Labour

Cork Skibbereen

Deirdre Ni Chinneide

Labour

Limerick Bruff

Ann Phelan

Labour

Kilkenny Thomastown

Carrie Smyth

Labour

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Ballybrack

Teresa Wright

Labour

Waterford Dungarvan

Rose Brennan

Progressive Democrat

Limerick Bruff

Cait Keane

Progressive Democrat

South Dublin Terenure-Rathfarnham

Mary Mitchell O’Connor

Progressive Democrat

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown DL

Mags Murray

Progressive Democrat

Fingal Castleknock

Brigid Teefy

Progressive Democrat

Limerick Castleconnell

Toireasa Ferris

Sinn Féin

Kerry Tralee

Brenda McAnespie

Sinn Féin

Monaghan

Imelda Munster

Sinn Féin

Louth Drogheda East

Pauline Tully-McCauley

Sinn Féin

Cavan Ballyjamesduff

Nessa Childers

Green

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Blackrock

Deirdre de Burca

Green

Wicklow Bray

Kealin Ireland

Green

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

Mary White

Green

Carlow Borris

Ruth Coppinger

Socialist

Fingal Mulhuddart

Clare Daly

Socialist

Fingal Swords

Molly Buckley

Independent

Offaly Tullamore

Valerie Byrne

Independent

Roscommon Strokestown

Mary Glennon

Independent

Kildare Naas

Margaret Gormley

Independent

Sligo Tubbercurry

Mary Grehan

Independent

Louth Dundalk South

Patricia McCarthy

Independent

Clare Shannon

May McKeon

Independent

Fingal Balbriggan

Paula McNamara

Independent

Roscommon Mid-Roscommon

Catherine Murphy

Independent

Kildare Leixlip

Maria Murphy

Independent

Meath Dunshaughlin

Phil Prendergast

Independent

Tipperary South Clonmel

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Table 2: Breakdown of County Councils by Gender, 2004

Council

Women

Men

% women

Carlow

3

18

14

Cavan

5

20

20

Clare

2

30

..6

Cork

8

40

17

Donegal

3

26

12

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

         10

18

36

Fingal

9

15

38

Galway

5

25

17

Kerry

3

24

11

Kildare

7

18

28

Kilkenny

5

21

19

Laois

2

23

..8

Leitrim

2

20

  9

Limerick

6

22

21

Longford

2

19

10

Louth

3

23

12

Mayo

3

28

10

Meath

5

24

17

Monaghan

2

18

 10

Offaly

4

17

19

Roscommon

4

22

 15

Sligo

6

19

24

South Dublin 

6

20

23

North Tipperary

1

20

  5

South Tipperary

2

24

  8

Waterford

5

18

22

Westmeath

2

21

  9

Wexford

4

17

19

Wicklow

3

21

13

Total

122

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Table 3: Breakdown of county councillors by party and gender, 2004

Party

Women

Men

% women

Fianna Fáil

37

237

13

Fine Gael

45

216

17

Labour

14

55

19

Progressive Democrat

5

9

36

Green Party

3

12

20

Sinn Féin

4

36

10

Other

14

67

12

Total

122

632

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