A Galway city councillor has apologised for using racist language during this evening's monthly meeting of the local authority.

Declan McDonnell made a comment in relation to the role played by National Parks and Wildlife Service when it came to proposed infrastructural works around the city.

The Independent councillor made the remarks during a discussion on a proposal to carry out coastal improvements between Salthill and Silverstrand beaches.

He used a phrase that contained an offensive word.

As soon as other councillors pointed out the inappropriate nature of his comments, Cllr McDonnell immediately withdrew them and apologised for his phrasing. He said he had made a mistake in using such wording.

The former mayor said he was extremely sorry for using the phrase in question.