County Kildare

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County Kildare (Irish: Contae Chill Dara) is one of the twenty-six counties of the Republic of Ireland and one of the thirty-two counties of Ireland. It is located in the province of Leinster, and is part of the Mid-East region of the Republic. It was named after the town of Kildare. The population of the county is 186,335 according to the 2006 census.[1] Kildare is the 24th largest of Ireland’s 32 counties in area and seventh largest in terms of population.[2] It is the eighth largest of Leinster’s twelve counties in size, and second largest in terms of population.

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History

Kildare was shired in 1297[3] and assumed its present borders in 1832, following amendments to remove a number of enclaves and exclaves.

The county was the home of the powerful Fitzgerald family. Parts of the county were also part of the Pale area around Dublin.

Local government

The whole county is governed at local authority level by Kildare County Council in Naas. Although the towns of Leixlip, Naas, Newbridge and Athy have separate Town Councils under the Local Government Act 2001. The Local Electoral Areas of Kildare are Athy (4 Seats), Celbridge (6 Seats), Clane (4 Seats), Kildare (6 Seats) and Naas (5 Seats). The Council has 25 members. The current council was elected in June 2009.

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