A Galway city councillor has apologised for remarks he made about the Traveller community, earlier this week.

Fianna Fáil's Michael Crowe had been criticised for comments about plans to house Travellers in a property, recently acquired by the City Council.

Cllr Crowe had expressed concern about "vastly different cultures" being accommodated next to each other, in the Renmore area of the city.

The comments, made on local radio, prompted the Galway Traveller Movement to call for his suspension from office.

This evening, the Galway City East councillor said he wanted to offer "a sincere and genuine apology", to members of the Traveller Community.

He said he regretted making "broad ranging sweeping generalisations" about Travellers.

In a post on his Twitter account, Cllr Crowe said he had not dealt with the issue in a correct manner. He has also apologised to party members, for any hurt caused to them.

Cllr Crowe concluded his post by stating: "I’m making no excuses. I’m simply apologising. I was wrong."