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Consultants sought to progess Outer City Bypass

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The first steps towards an alternative way of getting an outer city bypass for Galway have been taken.

The County Council has advertised the tenders for consultants to plan the 24 kilometre bypass through the IROPI process.

The consultancy services required are civil engineering, enviornmental engineering and health and safety.

The Council has appointed habitat mapping consultants in the last 3 weeks, who will carry out work on the scheme over the summer.

Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar lifted the embargo on spending for the project, which has allowed some work to proceed saying that the benefit -to-cost ratio of the bypass would be 6 to 1.

Last month the European Court of Justice ruled on an aspect of the proposal for the bypass in relation to the Habitats Directive, referring it back to the Supreme Court here.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, Galway West T.D Seán Kyne, says that a lot of the fundamental work has already been done through the original planning process.

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Findings of survey on future of Headford to be revealed next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The findings of a major public survey on the future of Headford will be revealed next week. (5/12)

The ‘Reimagine Headford Community Survey was undertaken earlier this year.

It aims to gather opinion on what improvements would make the town a more enjoyable place to live, work and visit.

The results of the survey will be revealed at an event at The Angler’s Rest Hotel on Monday at 8pm.

Helena McElmeel of the Headford Town Team discussed the findings with Joseph Murray.

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City-based Ronan Scully receives Oireachtas Human Dignity Award

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Former Galway Person of the Year Ronan Scully has received the sixth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award.

Ronan Scully, of Self Help Africa, has been honoured for over 30 years of service to others, both as a volunteer and professionally.

Ronan, who lives in Knocknacarra, has also previously received the Irish Young Person of the Year award and the Galway Mayor Award.

Speaking after the ceremony in Leinster House, Ronan said it was always a dream of his to help people.

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Councillor says time for “major change” in treatment of drug users

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –There needs to be a “major change” in how we treat drug users in this country.

That’s according to Councillor Niall McNelis, who argues we need a health-based approach to the issue, and more resources for Gardaí to tackle gangs, traffickers and dealers.

He says the criminalisation of drug use hasn’t worked in Ireland, in Europe, or further abroad – and it’s now time to look at decriminalisation.

Councillor McNelis further points out that Ireland now has the joint-highest rate of drug-induced deaths among 16-to-64 years old in the EU.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor McNelis argues a new approach is urgently needed.

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