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Dublin Corporation

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Dublin Corporation, known by generations of Dubliners simply as The Corpo, is the former name given to the city government and its administrative organisation in Dublin between the twelfth century and 1 January 2002. It is now known as Dublin City Council.

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Traditional Coat of Arms of Dublin Corporation.
It underwent numerous revisions but always featured the original 13th century image of three burning castles on its shield.


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Two chamber Corporation

Dublin Corporation first came into being under the Anglo-Normans in Dublin in the late 1200s. For centuries it was a two chamber body, made up of an upper house of Aldermen and a lower house, known as the Sheriffs and Commons, consisting the 48 Sheriff's representatives and 96 representatives of guilds. The upper house was presided over by a mayor, who was elected from and by the Aldermen.

19th century reform

The modern Dublin Corporation was restructured by late nineteenth century and twentieth century legislation, with the elected body reduced to a single chamber Dublin City Council, presided over by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, an office first instituted but not filled by King Charles I and reconstituted following the Restoration of the Crown by Charles II.

21st century change of name

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Dublin City Hall
formerly the Royal Exchange

On 1 January 2002, following a major and controversial reform of local government which also abolished the 300 year old title of Alderman in Ireland, the ancient name of Dublin Corporation, known to generations of Dubliners simply as "the Corpo" was abolished, with the nineteenth century name Dublin City Council that previously had been used simply to refer to the assembly of elected councillors, being given for the entire administration.

For information on the modern city government, see Dublin City Council.


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