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

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Date Published: 11-Apr-2013

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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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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