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.
LISTEN: Mám Éan pilgrimage to return this weekend
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Mám Éan pilgrammage is set to take place in Connemara this weekend.
The popular pilgramage to Mám Éan pass, nestled in the Maumturk mountains, has previously been cancelled due to Covid-19.
However, it’s set to resume this Sunday with some restrictions in place.
Gatherers will remain at the chapel and will not move from station to station as is usually tradition.
Former Councillor Sean O’ Tuairisg says it’s great to have the event back this weekend.
Protest to take place in Mervue this afternoon over planned housing development
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A protest will take place in Mervue this afternoon over a planned “build to rent” housing development in the area.
The Crown Square Development will consist of 345 units comprised of one-bed, two-bed and three-bed units.
However, People Before Profit Galway says it’s unacceptable that the homes will go straight to an investment fund when completed.
They argue that vulture and cuckoo funds should be banned in Ireland – but instead they are being accomodated by Government policy.
The local party branch has organised a protest to take place at the Crown Square site this afternoon at 2pm.