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How will Galway city vote in the 2019 Local Elections?

Thu, May 23, 2019

Fifty candidates are competing for 18 seats across the city's three electoral wards, but in reality, only half that number can truly be considered contenders. While the city is not expected to make sweeping changes to the make-up of its local government representation, some new faces are likely to feature when the new council meets in June.

With Catherine Connolly having been elected to the Dáíl in 2016 and councillors Billy Cameron and Padraig Conneely retiring from politics, at least three seats are available to new candidates, and there has been some feverish expectation that certain incumbents could be in trouble from their party running mates.

This is also the most difficult election to call in many years. The battles for the final seats in Galway City West and Galway City Central are too close to call, while opinion differs sharply on the prospects of FG and Independents in Galway City East. However, certain predictions can be made with confidence.


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