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Governance Framework

Governance Framework


Good Governance in the Local government sector and wider public sector is about delivering priorities, achieving objectives, behaving with integrity and acting in the public interest and in ways that are consistent with legal, regulatory and government policy objectives.


These governance principles are implemented by new and improved working structures, including:

  • Corporate Plan
  • Service Delivery Plan
  • Monthly Management Report
  • Corporate Policy Group Governance Structure
  • Strategic Policy Committee Policy Formulation
  • Ethics
  • Audit Committee
  • National Oversight and Audit Commission
  • Budgets

Governance framework in South Dublin County Council

Providing a transparent and accountable local authority is of critical importance to the work the Council does and the trust citizens place in it. The following are some of the key measures taken to ensure the public knows what we do and why we do it.


Part 15 of the Local Government Act 2001 sets out an ethics framework specific to Councillors, managers and employees and sets out standards of integrity and conduct for the public interest.

This ethics framework requires all Councillors and senior public officials to submit to the Ethics Registrar an annual written declaration of "declarable interests", and a register of interests is published each year. The Council’s Ethics Registrar is Ralph McGarry, email

You can also view the Ethics Declarations for elected members by clicking here.

Further information in relation to the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 is available at

Our Policies

You can find information on our policies in relation to Governance through these links.

Protected Disclosures

Anti Fraud and Corruption Policy

Mayor’s Protocol

Child Safeguarding Policy

Code of Conduct

Useful Links

Codes of Conduct