European election candidate Dominic Hannigan to highlight transport issues facing Galway

Issued : Tuesday 16 April, 2019

Key transport issues facing Galway – and the role the EU can play in addressing them – will be highlighted at a public forum on transport tomorrow evening, Wednesday, 17th April, at 8pm at the Harbour Hotel, New Dock Street, Galway.

Dominic Hannigan, local Galway resident and the Labour Party’s European election candidate for the Midlands North West constituency, will address the forum, drawing on his career in transport planning. Other speakers will include Labour Party local election candidates, Cllr. Níall McNelis, currently Mayor of Galway City; John McDonagh; and Liam Boyle.

At tomorrow’s event, local residents will be encouraged to share their views on proposals affecting Galway’s transport systems, including:

The proposed ring-road around the city and the proposed light-rail system;Real-time information for bus-users;Future transport needs, with the population of Galway set to double over the next 15 years;Electric vehicles;Cycle lanes; and pedestrianisation.

Commenting in advance of the transport forum, Dominic Hannigan said: “As a resident of Galway, I am well aware of the transport challenges that exist here. I am looking forward to hearing the views of my fellow residents at tomorrow’s event – and working with them to find sustainable solutions to our current transport issues.

“I trained as a civil engineer, and subsequently completed a Masters in Transport. I have first-hand experience of transport planning for growing cities – both through previous jobs with the London Borough of Camden and British Rail and, here at home, through chairing the Strategic Policy Committee on Planning while a member of Meath County Council.

“I will draw on this experience and on the real concerns of local people in representing Galway in Europe – and in ensuring that decisions made at EU level achieve the best possible outcomes for the city.”