Disappointment as Black Box Plan Deferred

In a press briefing the CEO of the City Council has advised that work will not start on the Dyke Road site until after 2020. Original plans for the development included the provision of a new city library and the demolition and replacement of the sub optimal Black Box venue with an alternative cultural hub performance venue.  Mr McGrath said that due to space requirements it is now not considered feasible to include the library on this site and it may also not be appropriate for a cultural and civic space. He added that as Galway 2020 is fast approaching the current Black Box will be required for the year long programme. A scoping exercise and project review has been recommended along with evaluation of other options for these important facilities. The possibility of using this site for residential developments was mentioned.