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Local authorities to pay costs in Supreme Court case on city bypass

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The City Council, County Council and An Bord Pleanála have have been ordered to pay costs in a Supreme Court case regarding planning permission for the outer city bypass.

Environmental campaigner, Peter Sweetman took the case arguing that the planning was in breach of the Habitats Directive.

The case went to the European Court of Justice, before it was referred back to the Supreme Court here.

An order today has overturned the planning permission for the bypass and costs have been awarded to Peter Sweetman.

It’s expected the bill, which will be shared equally between the two local authorities and An Bord Pleanála, could run into the hundreds of thousands.

The vested interests are already exploring the possibility of progressing the city bypass through the IROPI process.

This is for projects which have an over-riding public interest.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm News this lunchtime, Peter Sweetman says the plan for the outer bypass doesn’t meet IROPI requirements either.

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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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