Galway Chamber raised the urgency of Galway city’s traffic problem with TDs in Leinster House today (Wednesday) – and called on all members to get behind the Chamber’s campaign to “Get Galway Moving”.
The event, organised by Galway Chamber and attended by Oireachtas members, policy influencers and representatives of the business community, was the first step in what Chamber CEO Kenny Deery described as “a relentless drive for progress on the single biggest issue facing our city”.
Dave Hickey, Chamber President outlined “Traffic is the number one issue facing our members and every community, business and public amenity in our city every day. We are making it the number one priority of Galway Chamber to highlight this issue at every turn, to raise awareness, to press for progress, to encourage dialogue, resolution and compromise – whatever is required to get the Galway Transport Strategy and the Galway City Ring Road projects to completion”.
“We chose Leinster House as the place to start our campaign to highlight that this is an issue of national significance. If we want more balanced regional development, our cities outside of Dublin need the necessary infrastructure. We are not lacking investment, confidence, expertise or innovation in Galway, we have all these in spades. What we need, literally, is movement – and we are determined to keep this issue at the top of every agenda we can,” he said.
In the months ahead, Galway Chamber will be ramping up its traffic campaign, with further events and activities to come involving participation from representatives at executive level of the larger companies highlighting how their businesses and are being impacted in multiple ways by the daily gridlock in the city.
“We recognise that there are processes to be followed and challenges to be dealt with, but greater urgency needs to be injected where possible. We are willing to work with all parties to help bring both the Galway Transport Strategy and the Galway City Ring Road projects to fruition as quickly as possible,” concluded Dave.