Galway City council revokes the plan for Salthill cycleway

Plans for a cycleway in Salthill have been shelved after months of controversy.

The proposal was rejected by the Galway City Council on Monday after a four-hour debate. A total of 13 councillors to four voted to abandon plans for the cycleway.

Mayor Colette Connolly, Green Party councillors Niall Murphy and Martina O’ Connor, and Social Democrats councillor Owen Hanley were the only councillors to vote in favour of the proposal.

Councillor Owen Hanley expressed his disappointment with the decision.

“I argued for a compromise trial with improved design and increased engagement with residents, those with disabilities, emergency services & businesses. In a climate and transport crisis, we need change and action. This was our chance and I believe Cllrs made the wrong decision,” he said on Twitter.

More than 400 cyclists participated in a community cycle held on Sunday just a day before the meeting to show their support for the cycleway plans.

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