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Local Government Reform Act 2014

PART 3

Municipal Districts and Dissolution of Town Councils

Chapter 1

Municipal Districts

Municipal districts

19. The Principal Act is amended by inserting the following Part after Part 3:

“PART 3A

Municipal Districts

Municipal districts

22A. (1) Subject to subsection (4), every county and city and county set out in Part 1 and Part 3, respectively, of Schedule 5 shall have 2 or more districts (each consisting of one or more than one local electoral area) to be known as a municipal district and collectively as municipal districts, as the Minister shall determine by order made under section 23(1)(c).

(2) Where—

(a) a municipal district contains the administrative area of the former Limerick City Council or the former Waterford City Council that were dissolved with effect from the 2014 establishment day, then, notwithstanding subsection (1), each of those municipal districts so containing shall be known—

(i) in the Irish language, as ‘Ceantar Cathrach.................’ followed by the name of the municipal district in Irish, and

(ii) in the English language, as ‘the Metropolitan District of.................’ followed by the name of the municipal district in English,

and those municipal districts may each be referred to as a ‘metropolitan district’,

(b) a municipal district contains the administrative area of the former borough of Clonmel, the former borough of Drogheda, the former borough of Sligo or the former borough of Wexford that were dissolved with effect from the transfer date, then, notwithstanding subsection (1), each of those municipal districts so containing shall be known—

(i) in the Irish language, as ‘Ceantar Buirge.................’ followed by the name of the municipal district in Irish, and

(ii) in the English language, as ‘the Borough District of.................’ followed by the name of the municipal district in English,

and any such municipal district may be referred to as a ‘borough district’, and

(c) a municipal district contains the administrative area of the former borough of Kilkenny, that was dissolved with effect from the transfer date, then, notwithstanding subsection (1), the municipal district so containing shall be known—

(i) in the Irish language, as ‘Ceantar Bardasach Chathair Chill Chainnigh’, and

(ii) in the English language, as ‘the Municipal District of Kilkenny City’.

(3) In the case of a municipal district in respect of which a designation referred to in subsection (2) does not apply, the municipal district shall be known—

(a) in the Irish language, as ‘Ceantar Bardasach.................’ followed by the name of the municipal district in Irish, and

(b) in the English language, as ‘the Municipal District of.................’ followed by the name of the municipal district in English.

(4) Subsection (1) does not apply in the case of the counties of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin.

(5) This section has effect in respect of the local elections for the year 2014 and subsequent local elections and, accordingly—

(a) a municipal district shall continue in existence until it ceases by order under section 23(1) (c), and

(b) its area shall continue to be that as determined by the order under section 23(1) (c), subject to any subsequent provision relating to its area being made by such an order.

Members for municipal districts

22B. The members of a county council or city and county council, elected in accordance with this Act for the local electoral areas situated in a municipal district of the county or the city and county concerned (as the case may be), collectively comprise the council membership for that municipal district for the purpose of the performance in that collective capacity of functions of the county council or city and county council in accordance with section 131A and, in respect of each municipal district, collectively shall be known as the municipal district members.

Cathaoirleach of municipal district

22C. In the case of each municipal district, the municipal district members shall elect a Cathaoirleach and Leas-Chathaoirleach in accordance with Part 5.”.