Galway City Council

  • It’s intolerable and beggars belief that the Mayor of Galway City and his family have had a series of violent threats made against them over recent months.

    That’s the view of the Deputy Mayor of the city, Independent councillor, Colette Connolly.

    Mayor Mike Cubbard was last night offered the full support of his elected colleagues and management of Galway city council at the monthly meeting of Galway city council.

    Mayor Cubbard announced last week that he would be stepping back from public life for a short period, as a Garda investigation is underway regarding the recent threats.

    Mayor Cubbard told Midwest News last Friday that in a recent written threat against him and his family, he was warned they would be burned out of their home.

    At yesterday evening’s meeting of Galway City Council, the deputy Mayor offered her absolute support to Mike Cubbard. She said that no public representative should have to suffer the threats which were levelled against him and his family.

    All councillors on the authority concurred.

    City Manager Brendan McGrath confirmed that the Council Executive has been in regular communication with Mayor Cubbard and has offered its full support.

    Deputy Mayor Connolly spoke to Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley about the feelings of councillors, in light of what the Mayor and his family are dealing with at present

  • Gardai in Galway are investigating after a cemetery on the west side of Galway City was subjected to 'mindless' and 'disgraceful' vandalism overnight. 

    Galway City Council says sometime between the hours of 4.30am on Thursday, and 8.30am on Friday, a significant amount of ornaments were smashed and scattered at Rahoon Cemetery.

    Any families affected by the act of vandalism are being advised they can make contact with the Recreation & Amenity Department at Galway City Council at 091-536400. 

  • A proposal to build up to 1,000 new homes in Galway has been announced by the Land Development Agency (LDA) and Galway City Council.

    The LDA is a State agency set up to develop land in public ownership, with a particular emphasis on providing additional housing.

    It has announced plans to carry out a feasibility study into the possible development of a 20-acre site at Sandy Road, a short distance from Galway city centre.

    The first stage of the process will be completed by the end of March, when a review of the site's potential will be completed.

    Galway's population is set to grow by 50% by 2040. There is a huge shortage of rental accommodation in the city and traffic gridlock is a routine part of life for thousands of people living and working in the area.

    Work on the design review, which will tease out the possible options at the site, will begin immediately.

    When it is completed, the findings will be subject to public consultation.

    The announcement comes days after it was confirmed that an oral hearing into a proposed bypass of Galway will get under way next month.

    Meanwhile, the number of new homes being built across the country increased by almost 40 percent last year.

    15,000 were under construction in December, according to a new Residential Buildings Report from GeoDirectory.

    However the number completed was down slightly on 2018, to just over 20,000.

    The average property price nationwide is now 295,000 euro - with Dublin the highest at 420,000 and Leitrim the lowest at 121,000.

  • Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform John Paul Phelan, has announced that he has presented a report on Local Government structures in Cork and Galway to Government.

    The report endorses the recommendations of the Galway Expert Advisory Group for the amalgamation of Galway City and County Councils, to provide a geographically balanced and integrated approach to economic development throughout the entire county of Galway and better reflect the economic importance of Galway and the Western region.

    The main recommendations of the Government Report are as follows:

    The scheduled 2019 local elections should be held to the two existing local authorities as currently constituted, but the amalgamation should happen no later than 2021.

    The members elected in 2019 to each local authority should combine to form the membership of the unified Galway City and County Council on the date of amalgamation, with the first elections to the unified authority to be held in 2024.

    The recommended amalgamation must be preceded by addressing noted deficiencies in both human and financial resources noted by the Group.

    At representational level, the structure of Municipal Districts must be strengthened and their full potential explored and resourced.

    As a first step, the Minister will shortly publish a legislative provision for the appointment of a single chief executive with dual responsibility for Galway City and County Councils, who will be able to initiate administrative integration across the two local authorities arising from a recent Expert Advisory Group report.

    Welcoming the report, Minister Phelan said “This is the first step towards establishing a new unified Galway authority, which will maximise the potential of the region to maintain, secure and grow a sustainable economic base into the future. A unified council will provide a geographically balanced and integrated approach to economic development throughout Galway and further boost its vibrant cultural and artistic milieu.”