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
Pieta to hire more therapists for city and Tuam services
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Suicide and self-harm prevention charity Pieta has announced it is to recruit additional therapists for its services in Galway and the wider western region.
Pieta currently employs more than 200 qualified therapists and support staff across 20 locations nationwide.
A recruitment drive is now underway to hire additional therapists at its centres in the city, Tuam and Ballina.
Pieta says it’s seen a 30 percent increase in calls and texts overall, which shows that its services are needed now more than ever.
1,325 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 1,352 cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.
The figure is a increase of 254 on yesterday’s figure.
There are currently 177 Covid-19 patients in hospital – of which 27 are in ICU.
Meanwhile, over 70 per cent of the Irish adult population is now fully vaccinated.
18,000 people have been vaccinated so far this weekend in 26 walk-in vaccination centres across the country.
Saolta announces changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Saolta has announced changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park Hospital.
From Tuesday, both hospitals will facilitate one visitor per patient each day between 6pm and 8pm.
Previously, there was a one-hour visiting time in the afternoon and another one-hour visiting period in the evening.
However, the afternoon visiting time resulted in long queues, while there was also heavy footfall of people attending outpatient and other clinics.
Saolta says in order to manage the volume of people and maintain social distancing, it is changing to the new two-hour visiting time from Tuesday.
Visits must be arranged by family members or visitors in advance by contacting the relevant ward or unit.