Galway has been formally designated as a European Green Leaf city. The environmental designation is awarded in recognition of the city's efforts to promote sustainable policies, encourage green growth and develop awareness. 

Galway was selected as the 2017 European Green Leaf after a panel of judges picked the city over locations with comparable populations elsewhere. 

The designation is given to cities with populations of between 20,000 and 100,000.

Representatives from the European Commission are attending a ceremony at Galway City Hall this evening where the formal designation is taking place. 

When Galway was selected as the winner of the 2017 award, judges referenced the steps that had been taken by the city council to address environmental challenges. 

As well as tackling existing problems, the local authority was seen to have put policies in place that should enhance and safeguard the local environment for future generations. 

The European Commission says winning cities are expected to inspire other cities by developing urban spaces which are better places to live, work and play.