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OUTER CITY BYPASS TO GO BACK TO SUPREME COURT FOLLOWING EUROPEAN RULING

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The man who took the case of the outer city bypass to the European Court of Justice, the ECJ, claims today’s judgement means the project is dead as a doornail

However the local authorities today reiterated the project is a critical one and must now be returned to the Supreme Court for judgement

The issue was referred to Europe 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 bypass are dead despite what politicians or officials might say

County council director of services Frank Gilmore says the outer city bypass has the backing of the two local authorities and Transport Minister Leo Varadkar

Galway West Fine Gael Deputy Sean Kyne says the EIROPI process, a European route for projects considered to be for the global good is an option

However Deputy Kyne says no matter what happens from now on delays will continue with this vital project for Galway’s development

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Man in his 40s dies following road collision in Tuam

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A man in his 40s has died following a road collision in Co Galway.

The incident, involving a pedestrian and a car, happened on the N83 at Cahervoley, Cummer near Tuam, shortly after 12.30 am.

The man was taken from the scene to University Hospital Galway where he was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the car, a man in his 30s, did not require hospital treatment.

The road remains closed for examination by Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and local diversions are currently in place.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses, particularly any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) to make it available.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Tuam Garda Station.

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Death announced of former Bishop of Galway

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Dr Martin Drennan.

The death has occurred of the former Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Martin Drennan, six years after he announced his retirement on health grounds. He was aged 78.

The Galway Diocesan Office confirmed the death this (Saturday) afternoon of the Bishop and Apostolic Administrator Emeritus, who oversaw the Diocese for eleven years.

Born on January 2, 1944 in Piltown, County Kilkenny, he studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. His brother Michael is also a priest.

Following his ordination, he continued his studies in Rome where he was awarded a Licentiate in both sacred theology and sacred scripture. He returned to Rome in 1980 to become spiritual director at the Pontifical Irish College for the next five years.

He became a lecturer in sacred scripture at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997 with responsibility for East Wicklow and South Dublin.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was appointed Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and he was installed on July 3, 2005 in Galway Cathedral.

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Gardai seeking the public’s help in the search for missing Clonbur Man

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Gardai have launched an appeal for information regarding a missing Galway man.

Michael Harte, who is 66 and from Clonbur, has been missing since Thursday last.

He is described as being 5′ 9″ in height, of slim build with short grey hair.

When last seen, Michael was wearing blue jeans, a blue jumper, a tan/khaki padded jacket, and tan boots.

Michael is also understood to have access to a black Renault Megane with a 02 C registration.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Clifden Garda Station on 095 22500, the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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