Donegal County Council

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Donegal County Council

Comhairle Contae Dhún na nGall
Coat of arms or logo
Seamus Ó Domhnaill, FF
Donegal county council composition, 2014.svg
Political groups
Last election
23 May 2014
Meeting place
County House, Lifford
The area governed by the council

Donegal County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae Dhún na nGall) is the authority responsible for local government in County Donegal, Ireland. As a county council, it is governed by the Local Government Act 2001. The council is responsible for housing and community, roads and transportation, urban planning and development, amenity and culture, and environment. It has 37 elected members. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the title of Cathaoirleach. The county administration is headed by a Chief Executive, Séamus Neely. The county town is Lifford.

Following a 2015 RTÉ documentary, in March 2019, John O'Donnell was found by the Standards in Public Office Commission to have contravened the Local Government Act in three different instances, including failure to maintain proper standards of integrity, conduct and concern for the public interest.[1]

Municipal Districts and Local Electoral Areas[edit]

Donegal County Council is divided into the following municipal districts and local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions.[2]

Municipal District LEA Definition Seats
Donegal An Bhinn Bhán, An Leargaidh Mhór, Ballintra (in the former Rural District of Ballyshannon), Ballintra (in the former Rural District of Donegal), Ballyshannon Rural, Ballyshannon Urban, Bonnyglen, Bundoran Rural, Bundoran Urban, Carrickboy, Cavangarden, Cill Charthaigh, Cill Ghabhlaigh, Cliff, Clogher, Corkermore, Cró Chaorach, Crownarad, Donegal, Dunkineely, Eanymore, Gleann Cholm Cille, Grousehall, Haugh, Inver, Killybegs, Laghy, Loch Iascaigh, Málainn Bhig, Pettigoe, Tantallon, Tawnawully, Templecarn, Tieveskeelta and Tullynaught. 6
Glenties An Clochán Liath, An Craoslach, An Dúchoraidh, An Ghrafaidh, An Machaire, Anagaire, Árainn Mhór, Ard an Rátha, Ards, Baile na Finne, Caisleán na dTuath, Críoch na Sméar, Cró Bheithe, Dawros, Dún Fionnachaidh, Dún Lúiche, Gleann Gheis, Gleann Léithín, Gort an Choirce, Inis Caoil, Inis Mhic an Doirn, Leitir Mhic an Bhaird, Maas, Machaire Chlochair, Maol Mosóg, Mín an Chladaigh, Na Croisbhealaí and Na Gleannta. 6
Inishowen Buncrana Birdstown, Buncrana Rural, Buncrana Urban, Burt, Castleforward, Desertegny, Fahan, Illies, Inch Island, Kilderry, Killea, Mintiaghs, Newtown Cunningham, Three Trees and Whitecastle. 5
Carndonagh Ardmalin, Ballyliffin, Carndonagh, Carthage, Castlecary, Culdaff, Dunaff, Gleneely (in the former Rural District of Inishowen), Gleneganon, Glentogher, Greencastle, Malin, Moville, Redcastle, Straid, and Turmone 4
Letterkenny—Milford Letterkenny Ballymacool, Castlewray, Corravaddy, Edenacarnan, Gortnavern, Killymasny, Kincraigy, Letterkenny Rural, Letterkenny Urban, Magheraboy, Manorcunningham, Mín an Lábáin, Suí Corr and Templedouglas. 7
Milford An Cheathrú Chaol, An Tearmann, Ballyarr, Carraig Airt, Cnoc Colbha, Creamhghort, Fánaid Thiar, Fánaid Thuaidh, Gartán, Glen, Glenalla, Grianfort, Killygarvan, Kilmacrenan, Loch Caol, Millford, Rathmelton, Rathmullan, Ros Goill and Rosnakill. 3
LiffordStranorlar Allt na Péiste, An Clochán, Castlefinn, Cloghard, Clonleigh North, Clonleigh South, Convoy, Dooish, Feddyglass, Figart, Gleneely (in the former Rural District of Stranorlar), Goland, Killygordon, Knock, Lettermore, Mín Charraigeach, Raphoe, St. Johnstown, Stranorlar, Treantaghmucklagh and Urney West. 6

Current councillors[edit]

The following were elected at the 2014 Donegal County Council election, under the boundaries which existed at the time.

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 11
Sinn Féin 9
Fine Gael 6
Labour Party 1
Independent 10

Councillors by electoral area[edit]

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 23 May 2014.[3]

Council members from 2014 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Donegal Sean McEniff Fianna Fáil
Barry O'Neill Fine Gael
Noel Andrew Jordan Sinn Féin
Niamh Kennedy Independent
Tom Conaghan Independent
John Campbell† Independent
Glenties Seamus Ó Domhnaill Fianna Fáil
Enda Bonner Fianna Fáil
Terence Slowey Fine Gael
Marie Therese Gallagher Sinn Féin
John Sheamuis O’Fearraigh Sinn Féin
Michael Colm Mac Giolla Easbuig Independent
Inishowen Martin McDermott Fianna Fáil
Rena Donaghey Fianna Fáil
Paul Canning Fianna Fáil
Bernard McGuinness Fine Gael
John Ryan† Fine Gael
Albert Doherty Sinn Féin
Jack Murray Sinn Féin
Martin Farren Labour Party
Nicholas Crossan Independent
Letterkenny Liam Blaney Fianna Fáil
Ciaran Brogan Fianna Fáil
James Pat McDaid Fianna Fáil
Jimmy Kavanagh Fine Gael
Gerry McMonagle Sinn Féin
Mick Quinn† Sinn Féin
John O'Donnell Independent
Ian McGarvey Independent
Michael McBride Independent
Dessie Shiels Independent
Stranorlar Patrick McGowan Fianna Fáil
Gerry Crawford Fianna Fáil
Martin Harley Fine Gael
Gary Doherty Sinn Féin
Liam Doherty Sinn Féin
Frank McBrearty Jnr Independent

Replaced during term, see table below for details.


Outgoing Party Electoral area Reason Date Co-optee Party
Mick Quinn Sinn Féin Letterkenny Resigned from the council March 2017 Adrian Glackin Sinn Féin
Sean McEniff Fianna Fáil Donegal Death of councillor July 2017 Micheál Naughton Fianna Fáil
John Ryan Fine Gael Inishowen Resignation of councillor May 2018 Mickey Doherty Fine Gael
John Campbell Independent Donegal Resignation of councillor January 2019 Seamus Maguire Independent


  1. ^ Kelly, Fiach (26 March 2019). "Sipo finds against two councillors over RTÉ undercover report". The Irish Times. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  2. ^ "S.I. No. 613/2018 - County of Donegal Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts Order 2018". 19 December 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Local Elections 2014: Results" (PDF). Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. p. 102. Retrieved 31 January 2019.

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