Mike Cubbard

Irish independent politician

Mike Cubbard
Galway City Councillor
Mayor of Galway
Assumed office
23 May 2014
ConstituencyGalway City Central
In office
7 June 2019 – 18 June 2021
Preceded byNíall McNelis
Succeeded byCollette Connolly
Personal details
Political partyIndependent
SpouseKaren Cubbard

Mike Cubbard is an Irish politician who served as Mayor of Galway from 2019 to 2021.

Political career

Cubbard stood at the 2011 Irish general election in the Galway West constituency as an independent politician, receiving 853 first preference votes (1.4%) and being eliminated on the first count.[1]

Cubbard was first elected to Galway City Council in 2014, topping the poll in the Galway City Central area. He was re-elected in 2019, once again topping the poll.[2]

In 2016, Cubbard again ran for the Galway West constituency in the 2016 Irish general election. He received an increased share of 2,122 first preference votes (3.3%), but was eliminated on the 7th count.[3]

He was first elected as Mayor of Galway in 2019[4] and re-elected in 2020, becoming the first mayor of Galway since 1967 to serve consecutive terms.[5]

During his term as mayor in 2020, Cubbard ran in Galway West for a third time in the 2020 Irish general election. He again increased his vote share, receiving 2,676 votes (4.4%) but again was not elected.[6] He has stated he will contest the next Irish general election.[7]

In 2021, during his term as mayor, Cubbard was subjected to anonymous threats, and was forced out of his home. He took a two-week break from the mayorship in March 2021.[8][9]

Personal life

Outside of politics, Cubbard works in insurance. He is married to Karen, and the couple have three children.[10]


  1. ^ "ElectionsIreland.org: 31st Dáil - Galway West First Preference Votes". electionsireland.org. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  2. ^ Bradley, Dara. "RESULT: City Central count completed". connachttribune.ie. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  3. ^ "RTÉ News - Election 2016 - Galway West". RTÉ.ie. 2019-09-14. Archived from the original on 14 September 2019. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  4. ^ "Independent councillor Mike Cubbard is new Mayor of Galway". Galway Bay FM. 2019-06-07. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  5. ^ Kelly, Briain (2020-06-26). "Mike Cubbard elected to second term as Mayor". Galway Daily. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  6. ^ "General Election Results | RTÉ News". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ Bradley, Dara. "Galway West 5th Count: Cubbard vows to fight another day". connachttribune.ie. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  8. ^ Pollak, Sorcha. "Mayor of Galway city to return to duties after break following abuse". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  9. ^ Hyland, Paul. "'I was called a snake, a pig and a female dog' – Galway city councillors abused over stance on proposed Salthill cycleway". independent. Retrieved 2022-08-15.
  10. ^ Andrews, Kernan. "'I've always believed in myself and my community'". Galway Advertiser. Retrieved 2022-08-15.