Donegal County Council

Donegal County Council
Comhairle Contae Dhún na nGall
Seamus Ó Domhnaill, FF
Seats 37
Political groups
Last election
23 May 2014
Meeting place
County House, Lifford

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.


For the purpose of elections the county is divided into 5 Municipal Districts comprising the following local electoral areas: Donegal (6), Glenties (6), Inishowen (9), Letterkenny (10) and Stranorlar (6).

2014 seats summary

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

Councillors by electoral area

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 23 May 2014.[1]

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

See also


  1. "2014 Local elections: Donegal County Council". RTÉ News. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
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