Galway Bay fm newsroom – An oral hearing on the proposed city ring road is expected to take place in the New Year now that the deadline for submissions is finished.
The 650 million euro project is currently being assessed by An Bord Pleanála under strategic infrastructure legislation.
The deadline for submissions to the application for Galway’s ring road closed this week.
Among those who lodged a submission is Friends of the Irish Environment.
The group claims the project is contrary to national policy on sustainable transport.
Director of FEI, Tony Lowes also states in the submission that there are inadequacies in the Environmental Impact Assessment Report submitted by the county council.
The group is therefore calling for an oral hearing to discuss the project further.
An Bord Pleanála has set a date in May next year for a decision on the project, but this could be pushed back depending on the oral hearing.
City Council meeting suspended after Mayor compared to Mussolini
Galway Bay fm newsroom – This week’s meeting of Galway City Council was briefly suspended after the Mayor of Galway was compared to Mussolini.
A row broke out as councillors discussed the minutes of a previous meeting held in December.
A dispute arose between the chair, Mayor of Galway Councillor Collette Connolly, and Councillor Alan Cheevers, after Councillor Cheevers attempted to make a point centered on the minutes of the December meeting.
Mayor Connolly questioned the relevance of the contribution being made and ruled clarification of the minutes was not the correct forum for the statement being made.
However Councillor Cheevers insisted that he be allowed to make his point, leading to a back and forth exchange that led to Mayor Connolly ask that her ruling as chair be respected.
She said the meeting was time limited with a very busy agenda – but noted a large amount of time was being spent on the minutes of the December meeting and they had to move on.
Councillor Cheevers then accused her of running the meeting like Mussolini – a statement which saw Mayor Connolly abruptly suspend the meeting.
Once proceedings resumed, a member of staff reminded all present of the necessity to respect the rulings of the chair.
It was added that Councillors right to be heard could be revoked if they failed to do so – or they could be asked to leave the meeting.
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Women in Galway city encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe
From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Women across Galway city are being encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe, that can be improved by the local authority.
City Councillor Owen Hanley says he has been contacted by numerous people who have flagged areas across the city which women in particular felt weren’t safe enough.
Issues highlighted include hedges that are too high, blind spots or lights which are not in operation.
Councillor Hanley says he is planning to bring such issues to the attention of Galway City Council,who can do more to ensure walkers feel safe.