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Planned bus route through city woods causes controversy

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Galway Bay fm Newsroom – A plan to run a bus route through Merlin Woods in the city is causing controversy.

The plan has been included in the past two City Development Plans, however when it was raised at a meeting of the City Council last evening, a heated debate ensued.

Director of Services, Ciarán Hayes, presented a report to the Council and recommended that the matter be referred back to the Planning and Transportation and Infrastructure committees for review.

However, several councillors voiced concern about the proposal for the bus corridor, with Councillor Frank Fahey describing it as a “disaster”.

Councillor Catherine Connolly said no-one made any representations to the Council about the bus route through the woods when she was Mayor of Galway.

However she said she takes “an equal share of the guilt along with the officials” that it was included in the City Development Plan.

Councillor Hildegarde Naughton suggested that an alternative route for the bus corridor be explored.

New City Manager Brendan McGrath, who had listened intently for most of the meeting without speaking, offered his advice on the issue.

He said he was not sure that passing a motion against the bus route, which is already in the Development Plan, would be in compliance with the law.

Councillor Colette Connolly proposed that the matter be left on the agenda for a Council meeting and that officials come back to the Council with a full report within 6 months.

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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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