Galway County Council

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Galway County Council

Comhairle Chontae na Gaillimhe
Coat of arms or logo
Galway County Council composition.svg
Political groups
  •   Fianna Fáil (15)
  •   Fine Gael (12)
  •   Sinn Féin (1)
  •   Green Party (1)
  •   Independent (10)[a]
Last election
24 May 2019
Ceart agus Cóir (Irish)
"Righteousness and Justice"
Meeting place
Galway County Council, 2022-05-15.jpg
Áras an Chontae, Galway
The area governed by the council

Galway County Council (Irish: Comhairle Chontae 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 (Chairperson). The county administration is headed by a Chief Executive, Jim Cullen. The county seat is at Áras an Chontae (County Hall) in Galway city.


Galway County Council dates from 1899, created by the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898, which introduced county councils to Ireland. It took over the local administration until then carried out by county grand juries and county at large presentment sessions, which included the maintenance of highways and bridges, the upkeep of lunatic asylums, and the appointment of coroners. The new council also took over some duties from the poor law boards of guardians in relation to diseases of cattle and from the justices of the peace to regulate explosives.[1]

The County Council initially met in Tuam.[2] It subsequently acquired the old Galway Infirmary[3] and converted it into a new county headquarters.[4] A modern facility, known as County Hall (Irish: Áras an Chontae), was built on the same site and completed in 1999.[5]

Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts[edit]

Galway County Council is divided into the following municipal districts and local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions.[6]

Municipal District LEA Definition Seats
Athenry Athenry–Oranmore Abbey East, An Carn Mór, Athenry, Aughrim (in the former Rural District of Galway), Baile an Teampaill, Baile Chláir, Belleville, Cappalusk, Ceathrú an Bhrúnaigh, Cloonkeen (in the former Rural District of Loughrea), Deerpark, Eanach Dhúin, Graigabbey, Greethill, Killimor (in the former Rural District of Loughrea), Leacach Beag, Liscananaun, Lisín an Bhealaigh, Monivea, Oranmore, Ryehill, Stradbally and Tiaquin. 7
Ballinasloe Ahascragh, Annagh, Aughrim (in the former Rural District of Ballinasloe), Ballinasloe Rural, Ballinasloe Urban, Ballinastack, Ballymacward, Ballymoe, Ballynakill (in the former Rural District of Glenamaddy), Ballynakill (in the former Rural District of Mountbellew), Boyounagh, Caltra, Castleblakeney, Castleffrench, Clonbrock, Clonfert, Clontuskert, Cloonkeen (in the former Rural District of Mountbellew), Cloonkeen (in the former Rural District of Tuam), Colmanstown, Cooloo, Creggs, Curraghmore, Derryglassaun, Glennamaddy, Island, Kellysgrove, Kilconnell, Kilcroan, Killaan, Killallaghtan, Killeroran, Killian, Killure, Kilmacshane, Kiltullagh (in the former Rural District of Glenamaddy), Kylemore, Laurencetown, Lismanny, Mount Bellew, Mounthazel, Raheen, Scregg, Shankill, Taghboy, Templetogher and Toberroe. 6
Conamara Conamara North Abhainn Ghabhla, An Chorr, An Cnoc Buí, An Fhairche, An Ros, An Turlach, An Uillinn, Ballynakill (in the former Rural District of Clifden), Binn an Choire, Bunowen, Camas, Cill Chuimín (in the former Rural District of Oughterard), Cleggan, Clifden, Cloch na Rón, Conga, Cushkillary, Derrycunlagh, Derrylea, Doonloughan, Errislannan, Inishbofin, Leitir Breacáin, Letterfore, Maíros, Oughterard, Rinvyle, Scainimh, Sillerna and Wormhole. 4
Conamara South An Crompán, An Spidéal, Árainn, Bearna, Cill Aithnín, Gaillimh (Tuath) Garmna, Cill Chuimín (in the former Rural District of Galway), Leitir Móir, Maigh Cuilinn, Na Forbacha, Sailearna, Sliabh an Aonaigh and Tulaigh Mhic Aodháin 5
Loughrea GortKinvara Ardamullivan, Ardrahan, Ballycahalan, Ballynacourty, Beagh, Cahermore, Cappard, Castleboy, Castletaylor, Clarinbridge, Craughwell, Derrylaur, Doorus, Drumacoo, Gort, Kilbeacanty, Kilchreest, Killeely, Killeenavarra, Killinny, Killogilleen, Kiltartan, Kilthomas, Kinvarra, Rahasane and Skehanagh. 5
Loughrea Abbeygormacan, Abbeyville, Aille, Ballyglass, Ballynagar, Bracklagh, Bullaun, Coos, Derrew, Drumkeary, Drummin, Eyrecourt, Grange, Kilconickny, Kilconierin, Killimor (in the former Rural District of Portumna), Killoran, Kilmalinoge, Kilmeen, Kilquain, Kilreekill, Kilteskill, Kiltormer, Kiltullagh (in the former Rural District of Loughrea), Lackalea, Leitrim, Loughatorick, Loughrea Rural, Loughrea Urban, Marblehill, Meelick, Moat, Mountain, Moyode, Oatfield, Pallas, Portumna, Raford, Tiranascragh, Tynagh and Woodford. 5
Tuam Abbey West, Addergoole, Annaghdown, Ballinderry, Ballinduff, Ballynapark, Beaghmore, Belclare, Carrownagur, Carrowrevagh, Claretuam, Clonbern, Cummer, Donaghpatrick, Doonbally, Dunmore North, Dunmore South, Foxhall, Headford, Hillsbrook, Kilbennan, Kilcoona, Killeany, Killeen, Killererin, Killower, Killursa, Kilmoylan, Kilshanvy, Levally, Milltown, Moyne, Toberadosh, Tuam Rural and Tuam Urban. 7


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

2019 seats summary[edit]

Party Seats
Fianna Fáil 15
Fine Gael 11
Sinn Féin 1
Green 1
Independent[a] 11

Councillors by electoral area[edit]

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

Council members from 2019 election
Local electoral area Name Party
AthenryOranmore James Charity Independent
Albert Dolan Fianna Fáil
Jim Cuddy Independent
Gabe Cronnelly Independent
David Collins Fine Gael
Liam Carroll Fine Gael
Shelly Herterich-Quinn Fianna Fáil
Ballinasloe Tim Broderick Independent
Michael Connolly Fianna Fáil
Dermot Connolly Sinn Féin
Peter Keaveney Fine Gael
Declan Geraghty Independent
Aisling Dolan[b][c] Independent
Conamara North Thomas Welby Independent
Eileen Mannion Fine Gael
Gerry King Fianna Fáil
Séamus Walsh Fianna Fáil
Conamara South Pádraig Mac an Iomaire Fine Gael
Noel Thomas Fianna Fáil
Dáithí Ó Cualáin Fianna Fáil
Alastair McKinstry Green
Tomás Ó Curraoin[a] Independent
Gort–Kinvara Joe Byrne Fine Gael
P.J. Murphy Fine Gael
Martina Kinane Fianna Fáil
Gerry Finnerty Fianna Fáil
Geraldine Donoghue Independent
Loughrea Michael 'Moegie' Maher Fine Gael
Jimmy McClearn Fine Gael
Shane Curley Fianna Fáil
Ivan Canning Fianna Fáil
Pat Hynes[c] Independent
Tuam Pete Roche Fine Gael
Donagh Mark Killilea Fianna Fáil
Joe Sheridan Fianna Fáil
Mary Hoade Fianna Fáil
Andrew Reddington Fine Gael
Colm Keaveney Fianna Fáil
Karey McHugh Independent
  1. ^ a b c Tomás Ó Curraoin is a member of the unregistered Republican Sinn Féin party and therefore sits as an independent on the council, and appeared as so on the 2019 ballot paper.
  2. ^ Changed party, see table below for details.
  3. ^ a b Replaced during term, see table below for details.


Party Outgoing Electoral area Reason Date Co-optee
Fine Gael Aisling Dolan Ballinasloe Nominated by the Taoiseach to Seanad Éireann June 2020 Evelyn Francis Parsons
Independent Pat Hynes Loughrea Retirement November 2021 Declan Kelly

Changes in affiliation[edit]

Name Electoral area Elected as New affiliation Date
Aisling Dolan Ballinasloe Independent Fine Gael November 2019


  1. ^ Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898, c.83
  2. ^ "Archive exhibition celebrates 120th anniversary of the first meeting of Galway County Council". Galway Daily. 29 April 2019. Archived from the original on 1 November 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Galway Infirmary, 1802-1892" (PDF). Galway County Council. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Local Authorities". Oireachtas. 26 May 1982. Archived from the original on 26 October 2019. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Galway County Council". Wejchert Associates. Archived from the original on 22 August 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  6. ^ "S.I. No. 618/2018 - County of Galway Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts Order 2018". 19 December 2018. Archived from the original on 2 February 2019. Retrieved 23 February 2019.

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