Dublin City & Fingal
The Irish Constitution (Bunreacht na hEireann) recognises the role of local government in providing democratic representation of local communities. This recognition endorses the democratic representative role of local government and guarantees local elections in Ireland at least every five years.
Local government not only represents the people in the local communities, but also perform a number of important functions, including providing services such as water and waste collection to their areas.
Local government operates through a network of directly elected local authorities which provide, among other things, a forum for the democratic representation of local communities, giving expression to local identity, identifying local concerns and setting local priorities.