Plans for a Galway Ring Road have been called "male" and "stale".

An application for a new route to relieve traffic jams in the city is being lodged this month.

Critics say other innovative solutions ,like a light rail system, are needed instead.

Independent TD Catherine Connolly says previous attempts at creating bypasses have failed.

Meanwhile, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport will hold a public hearing today to discuss the issues surrounding traffic congestion in Galway city.

Galway Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh and Mayo’s John O’ Mahony are seeking solutions to the network issues in Galway and its surrounds.

The aim of today’s hearing is to understand the current problems, discuss the accountability of stakeholders and ensure milestones are adhered to.

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