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Here's how to keep up with your newly-elected council

You elected them, now pay attention to what they do.

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

THE VOTING IS done, the council’s are set and now the time to actually get something done is here.

The powers of councils are limited, but they can achieve a lot for citizens and a lot of important decisions are made from councils.

All of the councils across Ireland are required to publish the minutes of their meetings.

Some do this online and most are accessible to the public when they are on.

Across the board, annual meetings to elected Mayors and Cathaoirligh are held in June and budget meetings in November or December.

Here’s where you can find out more about your council:

Carlow County Council

Location: Carlow town, with civic offices in Tullow

Meetings: 2.00pm on the second Monday of each month in Carlow town

Open to the public: To attend, you need a pass which is available from any councillor. Councillors are given one pass per meeting.

Webcast: No.

Contact: www.carlow.ie, 059 9170300

Cavan County Council

Source: Cavan County Council/YouTube

Location: Farnham Street, Cavan town

Meetings: 11.30am/2.30pm on the second Monday of the month.

Open to the public: Yes, but notice must be given a week in advance

Webcast: No.

Contact: www.cavancoco.ie, 049 437 8300

Clare County Council

Location: New Road, Ennis, but meetings can be held elsewhere.

Meetings: Second Monday of the month at 3.45pm.

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.clarecoco.ie, 065 6821616

Cork County Council

Location: Carrigrohane Road, County Cork

Meetings: Every second and fourth Monday, excluding the month of August.

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.corkcoco.ie, 021 4276891

Cork City Council

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Location: City Hall, Anglesea Street

Meetings: Normally held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 5.30 p.m. in the Council Chambers

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.corkcity.ie, 021 4966222

Donegal County Council

Location: The Diamond, Lifford

Meetings: Last Monday of the month, every second month

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.donegalcoco.ie, 074 9153900

Dublin City Council

Opera In the Open Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Location: Wood Quay, Dublin 2

Meetings: First Monday of each month at 6.45pm, moved to the second week in case of Bank Holidays.

Open to the public: Yes, but you need a pass from a councillor

Webcast: Yes

Contact: www.dublincity.ie, 01 222 2277

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Location: Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire

Meetings: Second Monday of the month at 5pm

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: Yes

Contact: www.dlrcoco.ie, 01 2054700

Fingal County Council

Location: Swords, County Dublin

Meetings: 3.45pm on the second Monday of every month.

Open to the public: Yes, with a pass

Webcast: Yes

Contact: www.fingalcoco.ie, 01 890 5000

Galway City Council

Location: College Road, Galway City

Meetings: 4.00 pm on the second Monday of every month.

Open to the public: From the council: “To make a booking to attend a City Council Meeting contact the Corporate Services department on 091 536431.”

Webcast: No

Contact: www.galwaycity.ie, 091 536400

Galway County Council

Location: Prospect Hill, County Galway

Meetings: 2.00pm on the fourth Monday of each month (excluding August)

Open to the public: Yes, but with a pass

Webcast: No

Contact: www.galway.ie, 091 509000

Kerry County Council

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Location:  County Buildings, Rathass, County Kerry.

Meetings: Third Monday of the month at 10.30am.

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.kerrycoco.ie, (066) 718 3500

Kildare County Council

Location: Devoy Park, Naas

Meetings: Last Monday of the month at 2pm

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.kildare.ie, 045 980200

Kilkenny County Council

Location: County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny

Meetings: Third Monday of the month at 3pm.

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.kilkennycoco.ie, 056 779 4000

Laois County Council

Location: Portlaoise, Laois

Meetings: Monthly meetings are held on the last Monday of the month unless that the last Monday is a Bank Holiday.

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.laois.ie, 057 866 4000

Leitrim County Council

Location: County Hall, Carrick-On-Shannon

Meetings: 5.30pm on the first Monday of the month

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.leitrimcoco.ie, 071 9620005

Limerick City and County Council

LIMERICK CITY SCENES CASTLES Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Location: Merchants Quay, Limerick City

Meetings: TBD

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.limerickcity.ie, 061 407100

Longford County Council

Location: Great Water Street, Longford.

Meetings: The third Monday of each month (except August) usually at 3.00 pm

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.leitrimcoco.ie, 043-3343300

Louth County Council

Location: St Alphonsus Road, Dundalk

Meetings: Third Monday of the month at 3pm

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.louthcoco.ie, 042 933 5457

Mayo County Council

Location: The Mall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Meetings: Second Monday of the month at 3pm

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.mayococo.ie, 094 902 4444

Meath County Council

Location: County Hall, Navan

Meetings: Second Monday of the month at 2.30pm

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.meathcoco.ie, 046 909 7000

Monaghan County Council

Location: Glen Road, Monaghan town

Meetings: TBD

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.monaghan.ie, (047) 30500

Offaly County Council

Location: Charleville Rd, Tullamore

Meetings: Fourth Tuesday of the month at 2pm

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.offaly.ie,  057 934 6800

Roscommon County Council

Location: The Courthouse, Roscommon

Meetings: Fourth Monday of the month at 2.15pm

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.roscommoncoco.ie, 090-6637100

Sligo County Council

Location: Riverside, Sligo

Meetings: First Monday of the month at 11am

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.sligococo.ie, 071 911 1111

South Dublin County Council

Location: County Hall, Tallaght

Meetings: Second Monday of every month,

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.sdcc.ie, 01 414 9000

Tipperary County Council

Because of the merger of North and South Tipperary councils, all of these decisions will be decided at the AGM on 6 June.

Waterford City and County Council

Location: 35 The Mall, Waterford

Meetings: TBD

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.waterfordcity.ie, (051) 873 501

Westmeath County Council

Location: County Hall, Mullingar

Meetings: 3pm on the last Monday of every month

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: No

Contact: www.westmeathcoco.ie, 044 9332000

Wexford County Council

Location: Newtown Road, Carricklawn

Meetings: The afternoon of the second Monday of every month (except August)

Open to the public: Yes – subject to space

Webcast: No

Contact: www.wexford.ie, 053 919 6000

Wicklow County Council

Location: County Buildings, Whitegates, Wicklow Town

Meetings: Second Monday of the month at 2pm

Open to the public: Yes

Webcast: Yes

Contact: www.wicklow.ie, 0404-20100

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