Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has agreed to take the lead in the administrative function of pursuing the outer city bypass.
The agreement, which was passed by city council earlier this month, was debated and given unanimous support by councillors attending today’s meeting of the local authority.
The County Council is to pursue the project through the IROPI process, after the Supreme court overturned planning permission for the bypass.
Part of the lands required for the outer city bypass lies within the administrative area of both city and county councils.
Director of services for roads and transportation Frank Gilmore told the meeting the council would be re-examining the whole scheme from east to west and was ‘very confident’ the new plan would satisfy any European directives.
He added that while NO consultants had been selected yet to verify route selections, the council is having informal discussions with the national parks and wildlife services.
Councillor Tomas O Cuirrean said while he was all for the environment it was of serious concern that a bunch of auld cotton could stop progress.
Councillor Michael Mogie Maher said the lack of a bypass was putting Galway back 50 years, while Peter Feeney said the project had to be pursued to the end and had to be successful.
Councillors agreed unanimously that the county council perform the powers, duties and functions of the city council relating to carrying out the scheme.
Appeal lodged over refusal of Ballinasloe housing development (News 4)
Galway Bay fm newsroom- An appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala over the refusal of a minor housing development in Ballinasloe.
The developer had applied to build six homes on an infill residential site in the existing Cuil Na Canalacht estate.
But county planners rejected the plan, finding it would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainability development of the area.
An appeal has now been lodged with An Bord Pleanala and a decision is due in January.
Local TD says EU threatening Ireland with legal action over turf cutting is a “step in the wrong direction”
Galway Bay fm newsroom- Local TD Michael Fitzmaurice says the EU threatening Ireland with legal action over turf cutting is a “step in the wrong direction”
The European Commission said unless action is taken to half the cutting of peat within Special Areas of Conservation, the state could be brought before the European Court of Justice.
It noted Ireland’s efforts so far but said the enforcement of bans appears to have stalled.
Independent TD for Roscommon-Galway, Michael Fitzmaurice says threatening legal action sours relations between the two parties:
‘Elf Town’ to return to Galway Racecourse with 200 seasonal jobs
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Elf Town has confirmed it’s returning to Galway this Christmas – and says it’ll create over 200 seasonal jobs.
The festive experience, which takes place at Galway Racecourse, is currently recruiting actors and event staff.
It’s billed as a magical 2 hour journey across 4 floors in 3 different buildings, including a visit with Santa.
Tickets for the event are available to book now, with shows taking place from November 23rd.
Aidan Phelan is a producer at Elf Town and outlines the jobs on offer.