Galway County Council

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Galway County Council

Comhairle Chontae na Gaillimhe
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Type
Type
Leadership
Seán Ó Tuairisg, FF
Structure
Seats39
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Political groups
Elections
Last election
23 May 2014
Meeting place
Áras an Chontae, Galway
Website
galway.ie
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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 . The county administration is headed by a Chief Executive. The county seat is at Áras an Chontae (County Hall) in Galway city.

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Municipal Districts and Local Electoral Areas

Galway County Council is divided into the following municipal districts and local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions. [1]

A local electoral area (LEA) is an electoral area for elections to local authorities in Ireland. All elections use the single transferable vote. The boundaries of LEAs are defined by statutory instrument in terms of lower-level units called electoral divisions (EDs).

An electoral division is the smallest legally defined administrative areas in Ireland for which small area population statistics are published from the Census. There are a total of 3,440 electoral divisions in Ireland. They are used to define local electoral areas for elections to county and city councils and to define constituencies in elections to Dáil Éireann. Until 1994, they were known as district electoral divisions (DED) in the county council areas and wards in the five county boroughs which were then in existence. Electoral divisions are local administrative units within the NUTS system of the European Union.

Municipal DistrictLEADefinitionSeats
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 Disrict of Glenamaddy), Kylemore, Laurencetown, Lismanny, Mount Bellew, Mounthazel, Raheen, Scregg, Shankill, Taghboy, Templetogher and Toberroe.6
Conamara Conamara NorthAbhainn 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 SouthAn 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 Aodháin5
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
LoughreaAbbeygormacan, 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
TuamAbbey 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

Councillors

The following were elected at the 2014 Galway County Council election, under the boundaries which existed at the time.

2014 Galway County Council election

An election to Galway County Council took place on 23 May 2014 as part of that year's Irish local elections. 39 councillors were elected from five electoral divisions by PR-STV voting for a five-year term of office, an increase in 9 seats from 2009. In addition Ballinasloe Town Council, Loughrea Town Council and Tuam Town Council were all abolished.

2014 seats summary

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

Councillors by electoral area

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 23 May 2014. [2]

Council members from 2014 election
Local electoral areaNameParty
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 [3] 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.

Co-options

OutgoingPartyElectoral areaReasonDateCo-opteeParty
Michael Fitzmaurice Independent TuamElected to Dáil Éireann at the 2014 Roscommon–South Leitrim by-election November 2014Des Joyce Independent
Anne Rabbitte Fianna Fáil LoughreaElected to Dáil Éireann at the 2016 general election February 2016Ivan Canning Fianna Fáil
Seán Canney Independent TuamElected to Dáil Éireann at the 2016 general election February 2016Billy Connelly Independent

Changes in affiliation

NameElectoral areaElected asNew affiliationDate
James CharityAthenry-Oranmore Independent Renua May 2015
Renua Independent June 2015
Gabriel CronnellyAthenry-Oranmore Sinn Féin Independent December 2017
Michael Fahy Loughrea Independent Fianna Fáil December 2018

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References

  1. "S.I. No. 618/2018 - County of Galway Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts Order 2018". 19 December 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  2. "Local Elections 2014: Results" (PDF). Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government . p. 146–152. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  3. As Republican Sinn Féin are not a registered political party, Ó Curraoin is officially an independent councillor.