Local Government Reform Act 2014

PART 7

Local Authority Governance and Management, etc.

37.

Alternative titles to Cathaoirleach and Leas-Chathaoirleach, etc.

37. (1) The Principal Act is amended by substituting the following for section 32:

“32. (1) Where prior to the commencement of section 31—

(a) Cork City Council or Dublin City Council used the title ‘Lord Mayor’ or ‘Deputy Lord Mayor’, or

(b) Galway City Council used the title ‘Mayor’ or ‘Deputy Mayor’,

to describe its office of Cathaoirleach or Leas-Chathaoirleach as the case may be, it shall continue to so use such title or titles notwithstanding the provisions of section 31.

(1A) Where—

(a) immediately before the 2014 establishment day (provided for in Part 2 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014) Limerick City Council or Waterford City Council used the title ‘Mayor’ or ‘Deputy Mayor’, to describe its office of Cathaoirleach or Leas- Chathaoirleach, as the case may be, then, if a municipal district containing the area of the former city council is determined by order under section 23(1)(c), the municipal district members (being the municipal district members for a metropolitan district by virtue of section 22A(2)(a)) may use such title or titles notwithstanding the provisions of section 31 (as amended by that Act),

(b) immediately before the transfer date (provided for in Chapter 2 of Part 3 of the Local Government Reform Act 2014) a borough council referred to in Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 6 used the title ‘Mayor’ or ‘Deputy Mayor’, to describe its office of Cathaoirleach or Leas-Chathaoirleach, as the case may be, then, if a municipal district containing the area of the former borough council is determined by order under section 23(1)(c), the municipal district members (being the municipal district members for a borough district by virtue of section 22A(2)(b) or for the municipal district of Kilkenny City by virtue of section 22A(2) (c) ) may use such title or titles notwithstanding the provisions of section 31 (as amended by that Act), and

(c) a municipal district contains the area of a town (including all the environs of the town for the purposes of the census of population concerned) the population of which, when rounded to the nearest 1,000 as shown in the latest census report of the Central Statistics Office, is equal to or greater than 20,000, then the municipal district members for such district may decide by resolution to use the title ‘Mayor’ or ‘Deputy Mayor’, to describe its office of Cathaoirleach or Leas-Chathaoirleach notwithstanding the provisions of section 31 (as amended by the Local Government Reform Act 2014).

(2) A local authority or the municipal district members, to which subsection (1) or (1A) (respectively) relates, may by resolution give the title Cathaoirleach or Leas-Chathaoirleach to the Lord Mayor or Deputy Lord Mayor, Mayor or Deputy Mayor, as the case may be, and in that case shall be styled in accordance with section 31.

(3) Where titles are continued in accordance with subsection (1) or (1A), the holders of the offices concerned shall, as appropriate, be styled—

(a) in the case of Cork City Council, in the Irish language ‘Ard-Mhéara Chathair Chorcaí’ and ‘Leas-Ardmhéara Chathair Chorcaí’, and in the English language ‘Lord Mayor of the City of Cork’ and ‘Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Cork’,

(b) in the case of Dublin City Council, in the Irish language ‘Ard- Mhéara Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath’ and ‘Leas-Ardmhéara Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath’, and in the English language ‘Lord Mayor of the City of Dublin’ and ‘Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Dublin’,

(c) in the case of Galway City Council, in the Irish language ‘Méara Chathair na Gaillimhe’ and ‘Leas-Mhéara Chathair na Gaillimhe’, and in the English language ‘Mayor of the City of Galway’ and ‘Deputy Mayor of the City of Galway’,

(d) in the case of a municipal district to which subsection (1A) relates, in the Irish language ‘Méara.......’ and ‘Leas-Mhéara.......’ followed by the name of the municipal district in Irish, and in the English language ‘Mayor of.......’ and ‘Deputy Mayor of........’ followed by the name of the municipal district in English in accordance with subsections (2) and (3) of section 22A.

(4) Notwithstanding section 31 a local authority which is a city and county council may, subject to Schedule 8, give an alternative title to its Cathaoirleach or Leas-Chathaoirleach or revert to the title or titles of Cathaoirleach or Leas-Chathaoirleach as the case may be.”.

(2) The Principal Act is amended by substituting the following for Schedule 8:

“SCHEDULE 8

Section 32(4)

Alternative Titles to Cathaoirleach and Leas-Chathaoirleach, etc.

1. A local authority which is a city and county council may by resolution give to the office of its Cathaoirleach or Leas-Chathaoirleach the following titles:

(a) in the Irish language the title of ‘Méara’ or ‘Leas- Mhéara’, respectively, and

(b) in the English language, the title of ‘Mayor’ or ‘Deputy Mayor’, respectively.

2. Where titles are given in accordance with paragraph 1, the holders of the offices shall, as appropriate, be styled, in the Irish language ‘Méara Cathair agus Chontae.......’ and ‘Leas-Mhéara Cathair agus Chontae.......’ followed by the name of the city and county in Irish, and in the English language ‘Mayor of the City and County of.......’ and ‘Deputy Mayor of the City and County of.......’ followed by the name of the city and county in English.

3. A local authority which has by resolution under paragraph 1 given the titles provided in that paragraph may revert by resolution to the titles of Cathaoirleach or Leas-Chathaoirleach provided for in section 31 and which shall be styled in accordance with that section.”.