Let’s Get Galway Moving.
That’s the theme of Galway Chamber’s 2020 Election Manifesto.
It’s a call to all candidates in Galway West to pledge support to the initiatives detailed under five headings aimed at making Galway the best place in Ireland in which to live, learn, work and to visit.
It’s about more than addressing traffic congestion. It’s a call to help make improvements to all aspects of Galway society: to Get Galway Moving for everyone.
Galway Chamber’s five priority areas are:
Accessibility: The ability to get into and around the city and county is vital for society & the economy. Traffic congestion is choking Galway.
- Show support for the N6 Galway City Ring Road to provide space for Public Transport
- Allocate sufficient annual funding to implement Galway Transportation Strategy quickly to drive modal shift from cars to public transport, foot and cycling
- Support the planned development of the Port of Galway
- Secure funding for ‘passing loops’ on the railway line between Galway and Athenry
- Integrate Housing policy with Transport policy
- Align National Aviation Policy to target additional funding to regional airports
Liveability: Make Galway the best place in Ireland in which to live, learn work and to visit.
- Fund Local Authorities to build sufficient affordable and social housing on state-owned properties in the city and county, if necessary to achieve PI2040 density goals
- Implement measures to make housing – in all forms – more affordable and accessible to all parts of society
- Suspend development levies, in the short term, on private strategic housing initiatives
- Extend ‘Living City Initiative’ to encourage ‘City Working’ for smaller businesses
- Immediately fund the planning and development of a new acute hospital in Merlin Park
- Enact legislation to provide security of tenure: support this with a referendum if needed
- Secure funds to develop the cultural, amenity and sports infrastructure of Galway
Sustainability: Address climate change, its impact on society and increase use of Green Energy throughout Galway.
- Commit to an ’EV First’ procurement policy for all public vehicles
- Develop and implement national policy on Ocean Energy including, offshore wind & tidal
- Invest in public transport infrastructure and greenways as part of a county-wide strategy
- Incentivise business to reduce waste and energy
- Promote R&D into carbon-reduction technologies
- Strengthen electricity grid infrastructure to secure supply to all areas and promote economic development
Economic Viability: To achieve the growth targets of PI2040 Galway must increase its attractiveness for international, national and local businesses.
- Implement a National Broadband strategy to bring resilient access to all parts of the city and county
- Increase funding and responsibility of Local Enterprise Offices to encourage high-tech business for the domestic as well as export markets
- Continue support for Enterprise & Innovation Centres across Galway
- Increase investment in secondary and third level education for STEM and languages
- Streamline process for work (and partner) visas for highly-skilled workers
- Promote flexible and remote working in all sizes of business to encourage a wider diversity of workplace participation and reduce unnecessary commuting
Accountability: Policy decisions on Galway’s immediate environment should be made in Galway by those accountable to its people.
- Fund Local Authorities to build sufficient affordable and social housing on state-owned properties in the city and county to achieve PI2040 density goals
- Merge Galway City and County Councils after adjusting their combined funding in line with similar local authorities
- Appoint a Minister for the Regions to ensure that Balanced Regional Development as outlined in PI 2040 is achieved. Ensure that government procurement procedures do not disproportionately favour the Capital
- Establish and fund the Galway Development Agency which will develop a detailed vision for the Galway Metropolitan Area for housing, transportation, economic and social development
We have focussed almost exclusively on actions which will directly benefit Galway. There are many other national issues which we are addressing to the main political parties through Chambers Ireland.
Galway Chamber’s members represent almost 25,000 people working in Galway. We asked their views on the priorities above and 78% of respondents ranked Accessibility as their first or second priority.
This week’s announcement of plans for 1,000 housing units at Sandy Road and the imminent oral hearing for the Galway City Ring Road are both positive signs. However, we need to do a lot more for all of Galway’s society and we need to do it quickly.
That’s why Galway Chamber calls on candidates to support our Get Galway Moving campaign to make a better future for all of Galway.