Galway has been allocated €315,000 in funding for initial work on section of the Connemara and Quiet Man Greenways today.
Two separate allocations have been made for a Preliminary Design and Environmental Evaluation different sections of the Connemara Greenway.
This include €140,000 for a 17km section between Clifden and Kylemore Abbey, and €100,000 on a 8km stretch between Clifden and Derriglimlagh.
The remaining €75,000 is for a Concept and Feasibility, Design Appraisal Plan on the Quiet Man Greenway between Athenry and Milltown.
Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon said that he was delighted to see state investment in the Quiet Man Greenway project,
“This is the first time that the state has committed to investing in our greenway, and it won’t be the last.”
“Sincere thanks to every member of our campaign for consistently making the case for this investment, we’re united and we’re not going away.”
Today’s announcement for Galway was part of a €4.5 million pot of funding announced for 26 Greenway project by Minister for climate Change, Communications Networks and Transport Eamon Ryan today.
The funding was allocated under the Carbon Tax Fund 2020 and provides support for feasibility, planning and design for Greenways around the country.
The Minister said that supporting these initial projects will help local councils prepare their greenway projects to seek construction funding in years ahead.
“These greenways will encourage tourism in the future, and will also provide a safe, segregated space for people walking and cycling.”
Minister for Tourism and the Gaeltacht Catherine Martin, also welcomed the announcement.
“Greenways can play an important role in supporting local communities to create jobs and bring visitors to areas of the country that might not otherwise experience tourism.”
“As we have seen over the course of the lockdown, people are eager to get out into nature and avail of the stunning scenery in our country.”