CORK County Council is currently hosting an exhibition celebrating 120 years of Irish Local Government in Cork County Hall.
2019 marks the 120th Anniversary of the first local elections following the enactment of the Local Government (Ireland) Act, 1898, which provided the legislative basis for much of the present local government system in Ireland.
The exhibition gives a fascinating breakdown of how Local Government has operated these past 120 years, from the Anglo-Norman origins of a structured form of local government in the 12th century, right up to the major reforms in 2014.
“Cork County Council has a proud tradition in the provision of local services and this exhibition really highlights how local democracy has thrived on foot of the 1898 Local Government (Ireland Act) – an Act, that amongst many other things, allowed women to vote for the first time in this country,” Cork County Mayor Christopher O’Sullivan said.
The exhibition is available to view in the County Hall Foyer until Friday.