Under S.194 of the Local Government Act, 2001 the local authority where the locality is situated may by resolution adopt a proposal to change the name of locality (as described).
Where proposal adopted the Council must then seek the consent of the majority of the qualified electors (i.e. registered voters and certain occupiers of rated hereditaments) in the locality. Once the proposal is confirmed by a majority of the electors the Cathaoirleach (Chairman) of the local authority must declare, according to Regulations, such new name and the date it comes into operation.
A previous provision under an Act of 1946 as amended in 1955 required the relevant local authority to change the name after obtaining consent of four-sevenths of the ratepayers of the locality.
Places in towns such as Hardman's Gardens, in Drogheda, County Louth, would be regarded as a 'locality'. In rural areas often one finds local names within a particular townland, for example, in Castlebellingham Townland, also in County Louth, most of the district along the east of it is called 'Seabank' with a small portion to the south of Seabank called 'Seapoint'. These areas would be termed localities under the above S.194. These names, still in use, can be found, for example, in the case of 'Seabank' in old maps, Title Deeds, and in the records of the once local landlord the Bellinghams, and in the case of 'Seapoint' in the Title Deeds of the local residents.
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