Niall Ó Brolcháin

Niall Ó Brolcháin
In office
November 2009  April 2011
Constituency Agricultural Panel
Mayor of Galway
In office
19 June 2006  19 June 2007
Personal details
Born (1965-04-14) 14 April 1965
Nationality Irish
Political party Green Party

Niall Ó Brolcháin ([ˈnʲiəl̪ˠ oː ˈbˠɾˠɔl̪ˠxaːnʲ]; born 14 April 1965) is a former Irish Green Party politician, who was a member of Seanad Éireann from December 2009 to April 2011.[1] He was previously a councillor for the South area of Galway City Council and served as Mayor of Galway in 2006–07.

Galway City Council

He was elected in June 2004 with 10.93% (881 votes) of the vote and 0.55% of a quota on the first count in a 4 seat electoral area. His victory was one of the closest of the elections, beating Fianna Fáil's Tom Cox by 40 votes.[2]

He worked on various campaigns ranging from Quality Bus Corridors to better sewage treatment and waste management facilities. He has worked on many local committees including the city's Economic Development Group and Environment Strategic Policy Committee, and became Galway's first Green Party Mayor in June 2006. He opened the Galway City Museum to the public. He is a campaigner for the Western Railway Corridor, Light rail for Galway and water quality issues.

Prior to his campaign for City Council, he ran for Dáil Éireann in the Galway West constituency at the 2002 general election receiving 4.43% (2,193 votes) of the vote but was not elected. In February 2005, he was nominated as Galway West's Green Party candidate for the 2007 general election, but he failed to be elected getting 5.49% (3,026 votes) of the vote.

Having been elected to Galway City Council by only 40 votes in 2004, he failed to get elected by just 26 votes in another cliffhanger in the new 5 seat electoral area of Galway City West in what was a very poor election for the Green Party nationally. He got 8.03% (706 votes) of the vote and 0.48% of a quota.[3]

Seanad Éireann

He was elected to the Seanad on 14 December 2009 in a by-election caused by Alan Kelly's election to the European Parliament. Ó Brolchain was nominated as the Green Party candidate and received the backing of coalition partners, Fianna Fáil.[4] The electorate consisted of members of the Dáil and Seanad. He won 119 votes out of 205.

He lost his seat at the 2011 Seanad election.


  1. "Mr. Niall Ó Brolcháin". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 21 December 2009.
  2. "Niall Ó Brolcháin". Retrieved 18 November 2009.
  3. "Elections 2009 – Local Elections – Galway City West". RTÉ News. June 2009. Archived from the original on July 13, 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2009.
  4. "Ex-Green mayor wins Seanad seat". The Irish Times. 14 December 2009. Retrieved 14 December 2009.
Civic offices
Preceded by
Brian Walsh
Mayor of Galway
Succeeded by
Tom Costello
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