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Planning Board may revoke permission for Galway Ring Road

Galway: Plans to build a new ring road to alleviate traffic congestion have been found to be at odds with the Climate Action Plan. Following this, An Bord Pleanala may revoke the project’s permission granted last year.
Climate and Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said Transport Infrastructure Ireland would also discuss Galway City and County Councils, adding that transport plans can only be implemented in conjunction with the Climate Action Plan.
According to the minister, Senator Pauline O’Reilly, who raised the issue, welcomed the Planning Board’s decision to cancel the Galway Ring Road.

The idea for the road to relieve traffic congestion in the city dates back to the late 90s. The first choice was for bypass. In 2008, the An Bord approved the proposal for the Pleanala Outer Bypass.

Irish environmental activists approached the High Court against Galway County Council, An Bord Pleanala, and the Attorney General over the decision to approve the ring road on November 8, 2021. In court, An Bord Pleanala stated that it was unaware of the government’s approval of the Climate Action Plan. As a result, the ring road’s approval is about to be revoked.

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