Mayor of Galway

  • The future of Galway 2020 will be discussed today as organisers count the cost of the coronavirus pandemic.

    A number of the projects events have already been cancelled or postponed due to the outbreak.

    One of the measures being considered is possibly pushing back the city's designation as European Capital of Culture to 2021.

    Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard says all views will be taken into account at today's board meeting.

  • The Labour Party in Galway-West has called on Presidential candidate Peter Casey to withdraw from the race for the Áras, following comments he made in relation to the travelling community.

    Peter Casey said it's 'just wrong' that travellers are given special status.

    He made the comments on the Independent.ie podcast 'The Floating Voter' while discussing a housing dispute over stables in Tipperary.

    In his conversation with Kevin Doyle, Peter Casey also said that the travelling community don't pay their fair share of taxes

    There are now calls for Peter Casey to drop out of the race, with traveller advocacy group Pavee Point describing his comments as 'ill informed and offensive'.

    Responding to Peter Casey's comments on travellers, the Mayor of Galway Níall McNelis said his remarks are outrageous and far from what we expect from a President or presidential candidate.

    The Labour Councillor says the Oireachtas has recognised the status of the Travelling Community as a distinct ethnic group within our country - a group that has long suffered from discrimination, deprivation and exclusion.

    Mayor McNeilis says it's time for Mr Casey to withdraw from the contest

  • A scheduled meeting of Galway City Council was cancelled yesterday after the body of a man in his late 20s was found in bushes at the front of City Hall.

    The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was removed to University College Hospital shortly after noon yesterday for a postmortem.

    The man, whose name has not yet been released, was from the city and was known to gardaí. According to today’s Irish Times, he had returned to Galway late last week and had engaged with housing services over the weekend.

    In a statement issued yesterday Galway City Council extended its sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased.

    The October meeting of Galway City Council  was deferred , according to the mayor, Cllr Niall McNelis, as a mark of respect.

    Mr McNelis said he was shocked and saddened at the death of the young man. And he has asked Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to visit the city as winter looms and the homeless problem intensifies.

    The Mayor has now written to the Minister for Housing  to outline his concerns and to ensure the council and agencies have all the resources they need. He has also asked the Minister to visit the city and meet those working in frontline services, and about how the Housing First strategy can be prioritised in Galway.