When do Council Meetings take place?
Ordinarily, the City Council Monthly Meetings take place in City Hall at 3.00 pm on the second Monday of every month.
In response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak and in accordance with the HSE guidelines, Galway City Council Meetings are currently being held in a hybrid format - online and physically at the Galmont Hotel.
Please see below schedule of further meetings to be held at 3pm on the following dates (may be subject to change):
Galway City Council Upcoming Meeting Dates 2021
- Monday, 13th December 2021
- Monday 10th January 2022
- Monday 14th February 2022
- Monday 14th March 2022
- Monday 11th April 2022
- Monday 9th May 2022
- Monday 13th June 2022
Can I attend a Council Meeting?
Members of the public are entitled to attend City Council meetings but in order to regulate attendance and due to limited seating capacity we recommend that you book a place if you wish to attend a council meeting. Applications to attend shall be made to the Meetings Administrator two clear working days prior to the day of the Meeting. (i.e. Thursday at 4pm if the Meeting is scheduled for Monday at 4pm).
To make a booking to attend a City Council Meeting contact the Corporate Services department on 091 536447 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see below extract from Galway City Council Standing Orders regarding attendance at meetings:
Standing Order no. 19
Attendance of Public and Media
The right of the public and representatives of the media to attend a Council Meeting is subject to the following:
When the Council is of the opinion that the absence of members of the public and representatives of the media from the whole or part of a particular Meeting is necessary because of the special nature of the Meeting or of an item of business to be or about to be considered at the Meeting or for other special reasons, the Council may, by resolution in respect of which, at least one-half of the total number of Councillors vote in favour, decide to meet in committee for the whole or part of the Meeting concerned. The resolution in that instance shall indicate in a general way the reasons for the resolution and those reasons shall be recorded in the minutes of the Meeting.
In these Standing Orders “media” shall be defined as accredited representatives of local and national print media, local and national radio and television and recognised online media organisations. “Members of the Public” means any person who is not attending the Meeting at the request of the Council, excluding staff of Galway City Council.
Meetings or part of Meetings held in-committee will not be streamed or webcast.
Standing Order. 20
Allocated Area / Space for Public and Media
Members of the public and representatives of the media will occupy the parts of the Meeting room allotted to their use. Members of the public are welcome to attend at Meetings of the Council and in order to ensure admission, due to the limited space available the following arrangements will apply:
(i) Application to attend shall be made to the Meetings Administrator two clear working days prior to the day of the Meeting. (i.e. Thursday at 4pm if the Meeting is scheduled for Monday at 4pm)
(ii) Members of the public shall not participate in the debate
(iii) Members of the public should present at the Meeting nominated time for commencement.
(iv) The number of persons admitted shall be subject to the availability of space as determined by the Meetings Administrator and allocated on a first come first served basis. The Cathaoirleach may exercise his / her discretion to allow additional people into the Chamber if space is, or becomes, available
(v) No contact shall be made and no material or notes shall be passed between members of the public and Councillors
(vi) Members of the public booking seats at Meetings are required to give their name, address, telephone number and email address and will also be advised that they may be required to produce identification before being allowed to enter the Council Chamber. Groups, not exceeding five persons, attending Meetings will be requested to name all members and all members may be requested to produce identification before being allowed to enter the Council Chamber
Where can I access agendas for Council Meetings?
Where can I access the minutes of Council Meetings?