Mike Cubbard

  • The Mayor of Galway, Mike Cubbard  has come up with an initiative to help ease loneliness and isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Mayor Cubbard has been reaching out to people in his community by writing letters with a personal touch. The response is said to be  hugely positive.

    It follows his recent call-out on local media for people to contact him with details of those who feel alone and isolated. Within days there were dozens of nominations.

    Mayor Cubbard said he will keep reaching out to all those missing the embrace of a loved one, a regular family visit, or catching up with friends.

    He plans to deliver surprise bouquets and chocolates closer to Christmas.

  • Gardai are investigating a series of death threats against the Mayor of Galway and his family.

    Mike Cubbard says he is temporarily stepping back from public life – after revealing that he has been the target of a series of anonymous death threats against him and his family.

    Cllr Mike Cubbard said that the continuous abuse – by post and on social media – has caused him to reconsider why he should continue in political office at all.

    In an interview with Midwest News this lunchtime Mayor Cubbard has spoken openly about the targeted abuse he has received over the last 18 months.

  • A garda investigation is underway as the Mayor of Galway city, Mike Cubbard, is being extensively trolled and impersonated online.

    Mayor Cubbard says it’s a nasty and dark side of public life, and he is not prepared to accept it.

    The actions by the impersonator / troller is causing extensive upset to Mike himself, to his family and council colleagues.

    One of the most sinister twist so far in this saga, was when the Mayor was contacted last week by a female councillor in Dublin, a woman he had never met. She had received a message of a sexual nature from his whatsapp account, a message that looked legitimate. The language and the suggestive tone of the message were deeply upsetting to the Dublin councillor, as they were to Mayor Cubbard, his wife and family.

    Gardai have established where the SIM card for the phone being used was purchased, but as yet have been unable to catch the culprit and their investigations are continuing.

    Mayor Cubbard has been speaking to Midwest News about this disturbing experience

  • The Mayor of Galway city, Mike Cubbard, has returned to work today after a two week break. The Mayor sought the break in his duties because of serious threats against him and his family over recent months.

    He told Midwest News today that during the break he met with Gardaí a number of times, assessed his home and personal security, and ensured his family are ok.

    He is now confident that he can again give the role of Mayor the one hundred percent commitment it requires.

    Midwest News Editor Teresa O’Malley wished him well back at the helm this morning...




  • Plans for almost 1,100 new homes in three counties have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála.

    They include student accommodation for 405 in the Headford Road in Galway, and 288 apartments in nearby Mervue.

    There are also plans for 98 houses in Bettystown, Co Meath, and 270 apartments in Drogheda, Co Louth.

    Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard says there's a big shortage of housing in his county.

  • Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit two bars and a GAA club in Galway on the final day of their visit to Ireland.

    William and Kate are starting their day in Tribeton, a bar filled with the work of local craftsmen.

    Following that they will visit Tig Chóili, a pub famous for its twice daily trad sessions.

    Salthill Knocknacarra GAA club will be the final stop of the trip, where local players will be demonstrating their skills.

    Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard say there was disappointment a few weeks ago when the opening ceremony of the European Capital Culture had to be cancelled due to a storm.

    Mayor Cubbard says today's event puts the city on the world map with over 240 international journalists covering the visit.