Plan to ‘scupper’ N6 ring road to come before city council

Wed, Mar 04, 2015

City councillors will vote on a proposal to vary the Galway City Development Plan next week that could “scupper plans” for the controversial N6 ring road going through Ballybrit Racecourse. However the proposal also reveals deep divisions within Galway Fine Gael over the issue.

The proposal, to be debated at Monday’s meeting in City Hall, is being put forward by Fine Gael councillor John Walsh. It comes at the same time as a statement from his party colleague, Galway West TD Seán Kyne, supporting construction of a new bypass, and saying he would be “very concerned at suggestions the process should be stopped or delayed”.

There has been considerable opposition to proposals to build a tunnel beneath the racecourse as part of the N6 Galway City Transport Project as it would mean cancelling the Galway Races Festival - which is worth more than €60 million to the local economy - for at least three years. Cllr Walsh’s motion would see the insertion of a specific objective in the City Development Plan to prevent such interference.


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