Twelve new seats are to be created on local authorities in Galway City and County next year.
The newly published Local Electoral Area Boundary Committee Report 2013 has recommended that three new councillors be elected to Galway City Council and nine to Galway County Council in the 2014 Local Elections.
The committee’s report is based on Census 2011 data, and will see some changes to electoral areas in both the city and the county.
The three existing city wards – Galway City West, Galway City Central and Galway City East – will remain, but with one electoral division, Menlo, being moved from Galway City East to Galway City Central. The Galway City West local electoral area will remain unchanged.
From next year, there will be six councillors in each ward, with the number representing Galway City Central increasing from four, Galway City West increasing from five, and Galway City West representation remaining unchanged at six.
Galway County Council is to get an additional three councillors as a result of the abolition of Ballinasloe, Tuam and Loughrea Town Councils, and another six councillors to ensure adequate representation of local populations.
A redrawing of the electoral boundaries around Athenry is to take place, with the town of Athenry and its hinterland included in the same local electoral area as Oranmore. The electoral divisions of Ryehill and Monivea are also to be changed from the current Ballinasloe local electoral area to new Tuam local electoral area.
The divisions of Derrew, Kilquain and Tiranascragh will also be moved from the current Ballinasloe local electoral area to the new Loughrea area. The boundary for the current Conamara local electoral area is to remain unchanged.
The number of councillors in Ballinasloe will increase from five to six, the number in Conamara will increase from seven to nine, the number in Loughrea will increase from seven to eight, the redrawn Athenry/Oranmore area will have seven, while the number in Tuam will increase from seven to nine.