Galway County Council

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Galway County Council
Comhairle Contae na Gaillimhe
Coat of arms or logo
Eileen Mannion, FG
Seats 39
Galway County Council composition, 2017.svg
Political groups

Council Control (23)

Council Opposition (16)

Last election
23 May 2014
Meeting place
Áras an Chontae, Galway
The area governed by the council

Galway County Council (Irish: Comhairle Contae na Gaillimhe) is the authority responsible for local government in County Galway, Ireland. As a county 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 39 elected members. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the title of Cathaoirleach. The county administration is headed by a Chief Executive. The county seat is at Áras an Chontae (County Hall) in Galway city.


For the purpose of elections the county is divided into five local electoral areas: Athenry-Oranmore (7), Ballinasloe (6), Connamara (9), Loughrea (8) and Tuam (9).

2014 seats summary[edit]

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 12
Fine Gael 12
Sinn Féin 3
Republican Sinn Féin 1
Independent 11

Councillors by electoral area[edit]

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 23 May 2014.[1]

Council members from 2014 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Athenry-Oranmore Peter Feeney Fine Gael
Jim Cuddy Independent
James Charity‡ Independent
Malachy Noone Fianna Fáil
Gabriel Cronnelly‡ Sinn Féin
Martina Kinane Fianna Fáil
Frank Kearney Fine Gael
Ballinasloe Tim Broderick Independent
Dermot Connolly Sinn Féin
Michael Connolly Fianna Fáil
Donal Burke Fianna Fáil
Michael Finnerty Fine Gael
Aidan Donohue Fine Gael
Connemara Thomas Welby Independent
Seán Ó Tuairisg Fianna Fáil
Eileen Mannion Fine Gael
Niamh Byrne Fine Gael
Seamus Walsh Fianna Fáil
Seosamh Ó Cualáin Independent
Noel Thomas Fianna Fáil
Tomás Ó Curraoin[2] Republican Sinn Féin
Tom Healy Sinn Féin
Loughrea Anne Rabbitte Fianna Fáil
Gerry Finnerty Fianna Fáil
Michael Maher Fine Gael
Jimmy McLearn Fine Gael
Joe Byrne Fine Gael
Michael Fahy Independent
Pat Hynes Independent
Shane Donnellan Fianna Fáil
Tuam Seán Canney Independent
Peter Roche Fine Gael
Michael Fitzmaurice Independent
Mary Hoade Fianna Fáil
Tom McHugh Fine Gael
Donagh Mark Killilea Fianna Fáil
Karey McHugh Independent
Shane Cunniffe Independent
Peter Keaveney Fine Gael

Replaced during term, see table below for details.
Changed party, see table below for details.


Outgoing Party Electoral area Reason Date Co-optee Party
Michael Fitzmaurice Independent Tuam Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2014 Roscommon–South Leitrim by-election November 2014 Des Joyce Independent
Anne Rabbitte Fianna Fáil Loughrea Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2016 general election February 2016 Ivan Canning Fianna Fáil
Seán Canney Independent Tuam Elected to Dáil Éireann at the 2016 general election February 2016 Billy Connelly Independent

Changes in affiliation[edit]

Name Electoral area Elected as New affiliation Date
James Charity Athenry-Oranmore Independent Renua Ireland May 2015
Athenry-Oranmore Renua Ireland Independent June 2015
Gabriel Cronnelly Athenry-Oranmore Sinn Féin Independent December 2017

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2014 Local elections: Galway County Council". RTÉ News. Archived from the original on 31 May 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  2. ^ As Republican Sinn Féin are not a registered political party, Ó Curraoin is officially an independent councillor.

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