It has been confirmed that a decision on a proposed ring road in Galway city has been put back for at least six weeks.

An Bord Pleanála has now set a date of November 19th as the target for a ruling on the project.

The planning board is still considering evidence given during the course of a lengthy oral hearing into the application last year.

After a number of earlier deferrals, a decision had been expected by the end of this week.

The N6 Ring Road plan follows a failed attempt to construct a bypass of Galway city more than a decade ago.

Galway County Council estimates the road would take three years to construct and would involve a number of tunnels, as well as a viaduct over the River Corrib, on lands north of NUI Galway.