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Eligibility for election

Every Irish citizen and every person ordinarily resident in the State, who has reached the age of 18, who is not subject to any of the disqualifications outlined below, is eligible for election or co-option to and membership of a local authority:

The following individuals are disqualified:

  • 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
  • A wholetime member of the Defence Forces
  • A civil servant who is not by the terms of his or her 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 Heath Service Executive and is at a grade or of a description of employment designated by order of the Minister for Health
  • 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 any 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 fraudulent or dishonest dealings affecting a local authority or corrupt practice or acting when disqualified

A person in any of the categories listed above is also disqualified from nomination for election.

Conducting local elections

The responsibility for conducting the election rests with the local authority returning officer Mr. Tadgh McDonnell. The cost of running the election is met by the local authority.

Notice of Election

The Notice of Election is published not later than the 28th day before the polling day. This gives the public notice of the following matters:

  • The times for receiving nominations
  • The amount of the deposit
  • The times and place at which nomination papers may be obtained
  • The times and place at which the returning officer will attend to receive nominations
  • The day and the period fixed for the holding of the poll if the election is contested


Nomination of candidates

Persons may nominate themselves or be nominated by a local government elector registered in the area concerned. A person can be nominated to stand in more than one area. A nomination form from a candidate of a registered political party must have a certificate of political affiliation attached. If no certificate is attached, the form must be assented to by 15 persons (excluding the candidate and any proposer) registered in the local electoral area concerned or alternatively a deposit must be paid by the candidate or his proposer by way of cash or a bank draft to the Returning Officer. The amount of the deposit is €100.

The latest time for receiving nominations is 12.00 p.m. on the 4th day of May, 2019.

Completed nomination papers may be delivered to the returning officer in person by the candidate or his/her proposer at any time from 10.00 a.m. on the 27th day of April, 2019, until 12.00 p.m. on the last day for receiving nominations. 

The returning officer is required by law to attend to receive nominations between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 p.m. and between 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. on the 3rd day of May, 2019 and between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 p.m. on the 4th day of May, 2019.

Candidates can make an appointment to lodge their nomination papers with the Returning Officer by contacting

A candidate may include party affiliation on the nomination paper. If the candidate has no party affiliation, the person may be described as "Non-Party" or may leave the appropriate space blank.

The candidate or proposer is responsible for ensuring that the completed nomination paper is delivered in person to the returning officer before the closing time for receipt of nominations at the election.

The returning officer must rule on the validity of a nomination paper within one hour of its presentation and may rule that it is invalid if:

  • In the case of a nomination paper of a candidate who is not a member of a political party, the nomination is not assented to in the manner required, and/or
  • The nomination paper of any candidate is not properly made out or signed
  • The returning officer is required to object to the description of a candidate which is, in the officer’s opinion, incorrect, insufficient to identify the candidate or unnecessarily long

The candidate or the returning officer may amend the particulars shown on the nomination paper.

If any deposit due in respect of the nomination of a candidate in any local electoral area is not deposited in respect of any such local electoral area before the deadline for the receipt of nominations, the candidature of that candidate for that local electoral area shall be deemed to have been withdrawn.

Election posters (time limits)

The Legislation governing placement of posters at election t time is The Litter Pollution Act 1997 as amended by the Electoral (Amendment)(No2) Act 2009. The legislation provides that erection of posters in only permitted from the date the order is made by the Minister appointing the polling day or 30 days prior to the date of the poll, whichever is the shorter period. There is a requirement for candidates to remove all posters within seven days of the poll.


The order for the local and European Elections was made on the 25th March 2019. Therefore postering will be permitted from Wednesday 24th April 2019 until Midnight on the 31st May 2019. Outside of these dates, fines will be issued by Kildare County Council at a rate of €150 per poster.

Please note that Complaints can be made to or 045980200.


Expenditure & Donations


The local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999 is concerned with the statutory obligations for candidates, national agents, designated persons and persons unconnected to a political party of candidate (third parties) at the forthcoming local elections and are issued pursuant to section 18(6) of the Act.

The limit depends on the population of the local electoral are as follows:

Population and candidate Spending Limit

Local Electoral Area                                                 Candidate Spending Limit

Pop. Greater than 35,000                                       13,000 Euro

Pop. Between 18,001 and 35,000                          11,500 Euro 

Pop. Of 18,000 or less                                             9,750 Euro


Election spending incurred during a period before the election must be reported to the local authority concerned and must be below the specified limit. The date of the spending period is set out in an order made by the minister before the election.


The following rules apply for donations:

  • The maximum amount that can be accepted in the same calendar year by a member of a local authority or by a local election candidate from the same source is 1,000 euro.
  • A candidate or member of a local authority who receives a monetary donation that exceeds 100 euro must open and maintain a political donations account in a financial institution.

Certain donations are restricted:

  • It is prohibited to accept a donation from an anonymous source which exceeds 100 euro.
  • Donations in cash which exceed 200 euro are also prohibited.

There are specific rules covering corporate donations which exceed 200 euro – the donor must be registered with the Standards in Public Office Commission and evidence that the donation was approved by the corporate body must be provided


Notice of Election

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Fógra Toghcháin

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Guidelines for Candidates

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Form LE1A Statutory Declaration by Assentors to Nomination of Candidates

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Nomination Paper - Form LE1-bilingual

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Certificate of Political Affiliation

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Local Elections - Election Posters in Kildare

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Notice of Poll

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Fógra na Vótaíochta

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