- Irish local elections, 2004
The 2004 Irish local elections were held in all the counties, cities and towns of Ireland on
11 June 2004, on the same day as the European elections and referendum on the twenty-seventh amendment of the constitution. Polling was delayed until 19 June 2004in County Roscommon, due to the sudden death of Councillor Gerry Donnelly.
On turnout was the highest for 20 years,cite web |url=http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/ireland/2004/0614/1086274487464.html |title=The best local election turnout in nearly 20 years |author=Seán Donnelly |date=
14 June 2004|work=The Irish Times |accessdate=2008-02-20] but the result was a major setback for Fianna Fáil, which saw its share of the vote drop by 7 percentage points from its 1999 result to only 32%, losing 20% of its council seats. [cite web |url=http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/ireland/2004/0615/1086274489602.html |title='A very bad performance' - Ahern |author=Mark Hennessy and Michael O'Regan |date= 15 June 2004|work=The Irish Times |accessdate=2008-02-20] The party lost its majority on Clare County Councilfor the first time in 70 years, and fell behind Fine Gael in Galway, Limerick and Waterford city councils.cite web |url=http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/ireland/2004/0615/1086274489578.html |title=FF will find loss of power a bitter pill to swallow |author=Frank McDonald |date= 15 June 2004|work=The Irish Times |accessdate=2008-02-20] Labour's share of the vote remained static at 11%, Fine Gael dropped 1%, and major gains were made by Sinn Féin.
These were the first elections since the
Local Government Act 2001modernised council structures and abolished the dual mandate. Many new councillors were elected for the first time, most notably on Dublin City Council, where 33 of the 52 members were first-timers, which the City Manger described as "unprecedented in the history of local government". Many of the seats vacated by TDs and senators were won by family members. [cite web |url=http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/ireland/2004/0615/1086274489608.html |title=Politicians hit by dual-mandate ban opt to pass on council mantle to their relatives |author= Marie O'Halloran |date= 15 June 204|work=The Irish Times |accessdate=2008-02-20]
County, city and town council seats
*cite web |url=http://www.electionsireland.org/results/local/2004local.cfm |title=2004 Local Elections |work=ElectionsIreland.org |aaccessdate=2008-02-20
Local government in the Republic of Ireland
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