Local Government Act, 1994

Term of office of Cathaoirleach or Leas-Chathaoirleach.

27.—(1) Subject to subsection (2), a member who holds the office of Cathaoirleach or Leas-Chathaoirleach shall, unless he or she becomes disqualified under section 25 (2) (b), or resigns under section 28 , hold that office from election until a successor is elected at the annual meeting of the local authority next after that member's election to that office save that in an election year notwithstanding subsection (2), the provisions of subsection (3) shall apply in respect of a Cathaoirleach.

(2) Save as is provided for in subsection (3), the Cathaoirleach or Leas-Chathaoirleach of a local authority shall, upon ceasing to be a member of the authority, cease to be Cathaoirleach or Leas-Chathaoirleach of the authority.

(3) In an election year a Cathaoirleach shall continue to hold that office during the period between the retirement (following the local elections) of the outgoing members and the commencement of the meeting at which a successor is elected to the office of Cathaoirleach unless he or she sooner dies or resigns from the office or becomes disqualified for local authority membership.

(4) An outgoing Cathaoirleach or Leas-Chathaoirleach shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, be eligible for re-election.