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Outer city bypass plan to go to An Bord Pleanala in 2015

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’ll be mid-2019 before construction on the outer city bypass is complete if it gets the go-ahead.

That’s according to Director of Services with Galway County Council, Frank Gilmore, who addressed a meeting of the City Council last evening.

Mr. Gilmore was there to give a presentation about the status of the bypass project.

He also asked councillors to vote in favour of an agreement which would see the County Council put forward plans for the bypass project on behalf of both local authorities.

He told members of the City Council that it will be 2015 before an application for the outer city bypass will be submitted to An Bord Pleanala, to determine whether or not it can go through an IROPI process.

The delay is due to the fact that habitat mapping will take 12 months to complete.

The IROPI process is for projects which are of overriding public importance.

Frank Gilmore said that an outer city bypass is the only “realistic long-term solution” to the traffic congestion in Galway city and on its approach roads.

A decision on the previous plan for the outer city bypass was appealed to the Supreme Court and referred to the European Court of Justice, which resulted in it being blocked.

That process cost 14million euro and it’s estimated that if the outer bypass goes ahead it will cost in excess of 300 million euro.

Certain aspects of the previous plan for the ring road will also be revisited according to Frank Gilmore, including access from the Tuam Road and at Gurrane.

The Compulsory Purchase Orders which were put in place for the previous bypass have also fallen, although the land still remains restricted from sale or development.

13 councillors voted in favour of approving an agreement with the County Council to act on behalf of both Councils, with Councillor Catherine Connolly abstaining from the vote.

She had told the meeting that other sustainable alternatives should be examined.

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Court of appeal overturns decision to strike out Galway resident’s damages claim against the State

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision to strike out Galway resident Peter Pringle’s damages claim against the State over his conviction and the 15-years he spent behind bars for crimes he did not commit.

Mr Pringle was convicted of the murders of two Gardai John Morley and Henry Byrne during a bank robbery in Ballaghadreen, in Roscommon in July 1980.

He was released from prison after his convictions were deemed unsafe and quashed in 1995.

The High Court had struck out a damage claim he brought over his conviction and lengthy incarceration on the grounds of inordinate and inexcusable delay in progressing his claim.

In a lengthy and detailed judgement, a three-judge court overturned that decision, on the basis that a key legal issue in the case that needed to be determined had not been addressed.

The COA remitted the case back to High Court for a fresh consideration.

Mr Pringle who is based in Glenicmurrin in Costelloe in county Galway was sentenced to death in 1981 for the murder of the gardai.

In proceedings brought against the State he claims the State was negligent and breached his constitutional rights because crucial evidence was not disclosed to him prior to his trial before the Special Criminal Court, where he was convicted of the Garda’s murders.

After his death sentence was commuted to 40 years in jail, he served 14 years and 10 months in prison, before the then Court of Criminal Appeal in 1995 found his convictions to be unsafe and unsatisfactory.

Two other men were convicted of the murders and were released from prison in 2013.

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Specialist unit at UHG under plan to improve care for young cancer patients

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An initiative aimed at providing the best possible care for young adults and adolescents with cancer in Ireland aims to deliver on their unique and distinct needs, with plans for a specialist unit at UHG.

A new HSE Framework will see a state of the art cancer care network delivered locally where possible, and centralised when necessary.

It would involve three new specialist units at St James’s Hospital in Dublin, University Hospital Galway and Cork University Hospital.

Around 200 children up to the age of 16 are diagnosed every year with cancer, and a further 180 to 190 adolescents between 16 and 25 years are diagnosed every year.

The National Clinical Lead for Children, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers at National Cancer Control Programme, Professor Owen Smith says the framework will result in better outcomes for those diagnosed with cancer.

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Green Party Chair Pauline O’Reilly says decision to suspend two TDs was ‘necesssary step’

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Senator and Chairperson of the Green Party Pauline O’Reilly says a necessary step was taken in the suspension of two TDs, over a vote on the national maternity hospital.

Green Party TD’s Neasa Hourigan and Patrick Costello have had the party whip removed and have been suspended for six months.

The parliamentary party agreed to the proposal last night, after the TD’s voted against the government in the Dáil.

They backed a non-binding Sinn Féin motion calling for the National Maternity Hospital to be built on public land – it passed after government TDs abstained.

The decision to suspend the two TDs means the government majority in the Dáil has now been reduced to one.

Galway Green Party chairperson, Senator Pauline O’Reilly, says unity is essential when it comes to voting.

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