Date Published: 11-Apr-2013
The man who took the case of the outer city bypass to the European Court of Justice claims today’s judgement means the project is dead as a doornail
The issue was referred to the ECJ by the Supreme Court here after the appeal by environmental activist Peter Sweetman.
He claims that the planning authority interpreted the Habitats Directive incorrectly in granting permission for the road scheme.
The judgement issued this morning has outlined the criteria which must be used in relation to the Habitats Directive when assessing the Galway City Outer Bypass.
The ECJ says that if the outer city bypass prevents the preservation of the site for its characteristics as a natural habitat, then it would be considered to adversly affect the intergrity of the site.
The European Court says that this precautionary principal should be applied for the purposes of the appraisal of the Galway City Outer Bypass scheme.
Peter Sweetman told Galway Talks the very convoluted finding means the current plans for the outer city by pass are dead despite what politicians or officials might say.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.