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Updated : 30/05/2016

Municipal elections – Ireland

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Foreign EU citizens need to register to vote in municipal elections.

All foreign EU citizens living in Ireland who are aged 18 years or over and who are registered in the register of electors are entitled to vote.

To stand as a candidate in municipal elections you must:

  • be a citizen of Ireland or ordinarily resident in the country
  • have reached the age of 18 years
  • not be subject to any disqualification

Voting in municipal elections in Ireland is not compulsory.

Foreign EU citizens can become mayors or members of the mayor's executive committee.

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