Galway City Council

Galway City Council (Irish: Comhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe) is the authority responsible for local government in the city of Galway in Ireland. As a city council, it is governed by the Local Government Act 2001. The council is responsible for housing and community, roads and transportation, urban planning and development, amenity and culture, and environment. The council has 18 elected members. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the title of Mayor. The city administration is headed by a Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath. The council meets at City Hall, College Road, Galway.

Galway City Council

Comhairle Cathrach na Gaillimhe
Mike Cubbard, Ind
Political groups
Last election
24 May 2019
Meeting place
City Hall, Galway


Previously styled Galway Corporation, it was founded in 1485 by the Tribes of Galway via a Charter of Mayoralty granted to the town in December 1484 by King Richard III of England. The first Mayor of Galway was Peirce Lynch. The council was dissolved in 1841 and replaced with the Galway Urban District Council. In 1937 it was revived as a borough and in 1986 it was raised to the status of a county borough. The council was known as "The Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the (County) Borough of Galway" from 1937 until the enactment of the Local Government Act 2001, under which it was renamed Galway City Council.[1]

Local Electoral Areas

Galway City Council has 18 seats, divided into the following three local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions.[2]

LEA Definition Seats
Galway City CentralCladdagh, Dangan, Eyre Square, Mionlach, Newcastle, Nuns Island, Rahoon, Shantalla, and Toghroinn San Niocláis.6
Galway City EastAn Caisleán Gearr, Baile an Bhriotaigh, Ballybaan, Lough Atalia, Mervue, Murroogh, Renmore and Wellpark.6
Galway City WestBearna, Cnoc na Cathrach, Rockbarton, Salthill and Taylors Hill.6


The following were elected at the 2019 Galway City Council election, under the boundaries which existed at the time.

2019 seats summary

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 5
Fine Gael 3
Green Party 2
Labour Party 1
Social Democrats 1
Independent 6

Councillors by electoral area

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 24 May 2019.[3]

Council members from 2019 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Galway City Central Mike Cubbard Independent
Ollie Crowe Fianna Fáil
Eddie Hoare Fine Gael
Frank Fahy Fine Gael
Martina O’Connor Green Party
Colette Connolly Independent
Galway City East Declan McDonnell Independent
Terry O’Flaherty Independent
Alan Cheevers Fianna Fáil
Michael Crowe Fianna Fáil
Noel Larkin Independent
Owen Hanley Social Democrats
Galway City West Donal Lyons Independent
Pauline O’Reilly Green Party
Níall McNelis Labour Party
Peter Keane Fianna Fáil
Clodagh Higgins Fine Gael
John Connolly Fianna Fáil


  1. "History of the City Council". Galway City Council. Archived from the original on 13 December 2009. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  2. "S.I. No. 617/2018 - City of Galway Local Electoral Areas Order 2018". 19 December 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  3. "Local Elections 2014: Results" (PDF). Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. pp. 38–43. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
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