How do I nominate myself for election to Galway City Council?
A summary of the nomination process can be found below. This summary is given as an introduction only. Candidates should fully familiarise themselves with the requirements for nomination in the Regulations and on the Nomination Form.
At an election a person may nominate himself or herself as a candidate or may, with his or her consent, be nominated by another person (being a person registered as an elector in the area of the local authority for which the person proposes to nominate the candidate) as proposer.
Each candidate shall be nominated by a separate nomination paper in the form directed by the Minister. Each nomination paper shall state the names (the surname being stated first) and the address and occupation (if any) of the candidate.
A candidate may include in the nomination paper the name of the political party of which he or she is a candidate and provide a certificate of political affiliation to authenticate this.
Independent candidates shall be entitled to enter 'Non Party'.
Independent candidates must have the assent of 15 persons (excluding the candidate and any proposer) who are electors in the local electoral area, or shall make a deposit of €100. Download the statutory declaration form
How do I book a nomination appointment?
Nominations open at 10.00am on Saturday 27th of April 2019, and close at 12.00noon on Saturday 4th May 2019.
Nominees can get a nomination form online or from Customer Services, Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, during normal working hours - Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.00pm.
Nominees should make an appointment with the Returning Officer to be formally included as a candidate for election. Appointments will take place in City Hall from Saturday 27th April until Saturday 4 th May 2019.
To make an appointment with the Returning Officer, Mr. Gary McMahon, contact email@example.com or Tel. 091 536 400.
Nominees should familiarise themselves with the requirements of the process before their appointment, including what to bring to the appointment. Please take note of the requirements regarding photos
After the deadline for withdrawal of nominations, if there are more candidates than there are seats i.e. 6 per Local Electoral Area, a poll will be taken on the 24th of May 2019.
Can a candidate withdraw their nomination?
Candidates can withdraw their nomination by 12.00noon on Tuesday the 7th of May 2019.
When does the new Council take office?
The new City Council will take office and hold the Annual Meeting in June 2019.
Where are the polling stations in Galway City?
You can view the polling stations for Galway City on the following map
Where can I find out more about the Local Elections?
The Local Elections will be held in accordance with the Local Election Regulations 1995
You can read about how Members are elected to Local Authorities in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Guide, which is available in multiple languages.
What are the rules and regulations on Expenditure and Donations?
This summary is given as an introduction only. Candidates should fully familiarise themselves with the requirements for Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure, Spending Limits and Political Donation Accounts at the Local Elections on 24 May 2019.
The Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999 provides for an expenditure and donations disclosure regime at local elections. These guidelines are concerned with the statutory obligations for candidates, national agents, designated persons and persons unconnected to a political party or candidate (third parties) at the forthcoming local elections and are issued pursuant to section 18(6) of the Act.
The Local Elections (Disclosure of Donations and Expenditure) Act 1999 (Period for Reckoning Election Expenses) Order 2019 provides that the spending period for the 2019 local elections will commence on 30 March 2019 and will end of polling day, 24 May 2019, inclusive.
Nomination Form Statutory Declaration Regulations Certificate of Political Affiliation Registered Political Parties March 2019 Guidelines for Candidates on the Disclosure of Donations & Expenditure Guidelines for National Agents and Designated Persons Election Poster and Litter Law FAQ