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Local Elections – 7th June 2024

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Each local authority (e.g. Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council) has a council that is elected to represent the local community and makes decisions about the area in which you live. In a Local Election, you are voting to elect members of your local Council.

Local Authorities

  • Responsible for many services in your area such as housing; fire and library services; local amenities (parks, playgrounds, leisure centres); and environmental protection.
  • Manage essential infrastructure, such as roads, public lighting, and footpaths.
  • Support economic development and enterprise at a local level.
  • Take the lead role in shaping the strategic vision of the county or city.
  • To find out more on how your council works for you, visit gov.ie/yourcouncil

Electing Members of your Local Council

  1. Local Elections are called every five years. The upcoming Local Elections will take place on 6th June 2024.
  2. In a Local Election, you are voting to elect members of your local Council. Elected members of the council are known as councillors.
  3. Councillors play an important role in developing policies and making decisions about issues that impact their local community, in areas such as housing, planning and environmental protection. They are also responsible for the governance and oversight of the Council, which includes ensuring the proper operation of the local authority and the making of critical decisions about budget – More information.
  4. The elected Council works closely with the Local Authority to deliver services, implement local policy decisions, and deliver strategic objectives.
  5. This means that the person you vote for, if elected, will make decisions on what happens in your local area – More information.

Who can vote in the local elections?

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Live in the local electoral area
  • Be listed on the Register of Electors

Good to know!

You do not have to be an Irish citizen to vote in a local election – many migrants and people from new communities can vote in local elections. You must be ordinarily resident in the State to register on the Register of Electors.

Why vote in the local elections?

  • Local authorities are the closest and most accessible form of government to you.
  • Your Future: Don’t put the control of your community into the hands of someone else.
  • Your Issues: Local government decisions affect YOU! – local jobs, local services and amenities, local housing.
  • Your Community: If you care what happens in your local area, vote for someone who also cares.
  • Your Money: Vote for the party that spends YOUR money on things that are important to you.
  • Your Voice: Politicians pay attention to the concerns and needs of those who vote. If you vote, they will begin to listen!!

Who to Vote for?

In the run up to an election, it can feel like an information overload. It’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed when choosing who to vote for. Check your facts!! Do your own research! Ask your own questions!!

Before you decide who to vote for:

  • Know what your values and priorities are.
  • Know who is running for election in your area: check your local County Council website
  • Research what they stand for and compare their values and priorities to yours: through their social media account, speeches they give, and appearances where they greet and talk to voters.

How to know what to trust and what is fair:

Candidates send out messages in the hope people will vote for them. These messages contain campaign promises – things the candidate vows to do once elected. Be aware of disinformation and propaganda campaigns that seek to influence your opinion, including fake news and targeted ads.

The more people vote, the stronger our democracy becomes.

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