As part of the Reform of Local Government Act 2014, local authorities were required to establish Public Participation Networks in each local authority area. Galway City Council designated Galway City Galway City Community Network as the Public Participation Network for Galway City.

Following a series of public meetings and an information campaign, which included advertisements in the local papers and extensive coverage on local radio, a new registration process was initiated and groups/ organisations wishing to become members of the PPN were required to register using this process. The Public Participation Network for Galway City was established in September 2014, hereafter to be known as the Galway City Community Network.

Galway City Community Network acts as the representative, collective voice of community, voluntary and environmental organisations in Galway City. Galway City Community Network will engage as an equal and independent partner and will assert the rights of the sector to organise and structure its own participation in arenas of social partnership.