1960 Irish local elections

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The 1960 local elections were held from 23 to 30 June 1960 for the council seats in all counties, cities and towns of the Republic of Ireland.[1][2][3] A total of 2,745 candidates stood for 1,454 seats.[1]


Elections were uncontested in nine urban councils (the urban district councils of Monaghan, Castleblayney, and Westport, and the town commissioners of Ballybay, Ballyshannon, Belturbet, Boyle, Lismore and Mountmellick) and one local electoral area (LEA) of Monaghan County Council. Elsewhere, voter turnout was 54%, ranging from 29% for Dublin City Council to over 80% in Ballina, Cashel, Clonakilty and Kilkee.

The county boroughs of Cork, Limerick, and Waterford each formed a single LEA with large numbers of seats and counts: respectively 21 and 63, 17 and 26, and 15 and 34.[1][4]

A Dáil by-election for Carlow–Kilkenny was held on 23 June, the same day as the local elections in the corresponding areas.[5] The Elections Act 1960 was a technical act to enable the by-election and local elections to use the same administration, giving cost savings estimated at £1,400.[6]




  • Department of Local Government (1963). Report 1960-61. Dublin: Stationery Office.


  1. ^ a b c Department of Local Government 1963, p.22
  2. ^ http://electionsireland.org/results/local/1960local.cfm
  3. ^ http://irishelectionliterature.com/others-project/old-local-election-results/
  4. ^ "Cork City Management (Amendment) Act, 1941". Irish Statute Book. sections 2, 3. Retrieved 18 March 2016.; "Limerick City Management Act, 1950, Section 2". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 12 April 2016.; "Waterford City Management Act, 1939". Irish Statute Book. sections 4–6. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  5. ^ Department of Local Government 1963, p.21
  6. ^ Department of Local Government 1963, p.19; "Elections Act, 1960". electronic Irish Statute Book (eISB). 24 May 1960. Retrieved 3 January 2020.; "Elections Bill, 1960—Second and Subsequent Stages". Seanad Éireann (9th Seanad) debates. Houses of the Oireachtas. 18 May 1960. Retrieved 3 January 2020.

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