The 2009 local elections in the Republic of Ireland

Aodh Quinlivan*, Liam Weeks

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Elections to 114 local authorities were held on 5 June 2009 against the backdrop of a struggling economy. It was not surprising that the problems besetting the national finances dominated the election campaign, relegating local government policy issues like planning, housing and roads to the margins of the debate. With the opposition parties successfully turning the elections into a referendum on the performance of the national government it was an uphill struggle for Fianna Fail and the Green Party to keep the focus local. Ultimately the 2009 local elections in the Republic of Ireland confirmed the maxim that local elections are used to give sitting governments a mid-term shock. Fianna Fail suffered its worst ever local election performance and Fine Gael emerged as the largest party at local authority level. As is customary at local elections, independents and others also experienced profitable returns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-324
Number of pages10
JournalIrish Political Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


  • Ireland
  • Local elections


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