Eligibility For Election

Every person who is a citizen of Ireland or ordinarily resident in the State and has reached the age of 18 years and is not subject to any of the following disqualifications is eligible for election or co-option to and membership of a local authority:
Disqualifications
● a member of the Commission of the European Communities;
● a member of the European Parliament;
● a Judge, Advocate General or Registrar of the Court of Justice of the European Communities;
● a member of the Court of Auditors of the European Communities;
● a member of Dáil Éireann or Seanad Éireann;
● a Judge or the Comptroller and Auditor General appointed under the Constitution;
● a member of the Garda Síochána or a wholetime member of the Defence Forces;
● a civil servant who is not by terms of employment expressly permitted to be a member of a local authority;
● a person employed by a local authority and is not the holder of a class, description or grade of employment designated by order under section 161(1)(b) of the Local Government Act 2001;
● a person employed by the Health Service Executive and who is at a grade or of a description of employment designated by order of the Minister for Health and Children;
● a person undergoing a sentence of imprisonment for any term exceeding six months imposed by a court of competent jurisdiction in the State;
● a person who fails to pay any sum or portion of any sum charged or surcharged by an auditor of the accounts of any local authority upon or against that person;
● a person who fails to comply with a final judgement, order or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction for payment of money due to a local authority;
● a person who is convicted of, or has had a conviction confirmed on appeal for, an offence relating to any of the following –
(i) fraudulent or dishonest dealings affecting a local authority,
(ii) corrupt practice,
(iii) acting when disqualified.

● a person who fails to comply with a final judgement, order or decree of a court of competent jurisdiction for payment of money due to a local authority;
● a person who is convicted of, or has had a conviction confirmed on appeal for, an offence relating to any of the following –
(i) fraudulent or dishonest dealings affecting a local authority,
(ii) corrupt practice,
(iii) acting when disqualified.