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'I'll fight to stop bypass ruining my dream home'

Published 08/05/2015 | 02:30

Tex Callaghan at his house, which will be overlooked by the proposed route for the Galway bypass. Photo: Andrew Downes
Tex Callaghan at his house, which will be overlooked by the proposed route for the Galway bypass. Photo: Andrew Downes

A Galway man whose home would be directly beside a new bypass route has said he will fight the plans.

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Tex Callaghan from Menlo would not lose his home under the plans, but he would be living adjacent to a viaduct carrying the new bypass.

"My neighbours' home would be demolished and we are literally side by side. I would be living with a bridge over my house," he said.

"We've been there 25 years, you wouldn't get a site anywhere near as good. I think I'll have an option where they will buy my house and that's no option," he said.

Mr Callaghan said he did not want to lose his "dream home".

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"I've a site you wouldn't buy anywhere in Galway. It's very secluded. I'm 2.5km from Eyre Square yet I'm in the country. I could trawl this city and I wouldn't get a site as good," he said.

Mr Callaghan urged all those who were initially opposed to the plans to keep up their opposition.

"I'll fight it. The councillors were there all along supporting us and I hope the people will support it. There are a lot of people eliminated today in this process and they are free so we could find ourselves on our own on this from here on in.

"That's the sad part about it but I won't give up without a fight - and if we get enough people to support it there's no reason this will go through."

Irish Independent

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