It's emerged that 195 farmers will be directly affected by the proposed Galway City ring road.

The N6 ring road will run around the city from Barna in the west, to Ballybrit in the East.

 

Last month, the Cabinet approved the Galway City ringroad development, and announced that - in total - 1,000 compulsory purchase order letters would be issued.

The Irish Farmers Journal reports that an environmental impact assessment submitted to An Bord Pleanala shows 195 farms are directly affected by the proposed road development.

The main farm enterprises along the proposed ringroad route are beef and sheep farms -with these lands assessed as having a low to medium sensitivity to the devleopent.

However, there is one high-sensitivity beef enterprise and two high-sensitivity dairy enterprises along the route.

Also, the Galway Racecourse is classified as very high sensitivity, due to the equine enterprise and its regional importance.

In total, 6 dairy farms, 119 beef farms and 4 sheep farms are in some way affected by the proposed road.

For the environmental impact assessment, the agricultural study area consisted of 195 land parcels and 1,096 hectares of land - of which 219 hectares is within the proposed development boundary.

 

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