Fine Gael Councillor Hildegarde Naughton has been elected Mayor of Galway city.

She was elected after eleventh hour talks succeeded in maintaining a pact between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and three former PDs who are now Independent.

A stand-off had ensued over comments made by Cllr Naughton at a planning meeting in January, where she stated that some councillors were 'in the pockets of developers'.

Earlier today she expressed regret at any offence she had caused.

The primary school teacher defeated Labour's Colette Connolly by nine votes to six and takes over as Mayor from Fianna Fáil's Michael Crowe.

Cllr Naughton was first elected to Galway City Council in 2009.