Today has been described as a ‘historic moment’ for East Galway after the Quiet Man Greenway was included in the NWRA’s spatial and economic strategy.
The inclusion makes the greenway a certainty, and means that local authorities from Sligo, Mayo and Galway are now obliged to work collectively to deliver the greenway.
The North West Regional Authority, the body responsible for planning the economic and social development of the region, published its plans today which cover the period from 2020 to 2032.
East Galway TD Ciarán Cannon, who has been vocal in his support for the amenity, said that he is delighted that the strategy specifically names the Quiet Man Greenway from Athenry to Collooney in Co. Sligo as one of the key projects.
“This thumbs up from our regional economic authority makes this a historic moment for East Galway and for those of us campaigning to create a significant new amenity which will serve Athenry, Tuam, Milltown and Ballyglunin,” he said.
“We have consistently argued that the Quiet Man Greenway will transform our region and this affirmation from the North West Regional Authority is most welcome.”
He added that thanks to the work of so many who made submissions, “we now have a truly ground-breaking commitment and local authorities must now work collectively and collaboratively to deliver a greenway that will benefit the people of our region”.
“There could be no clearer endorsement of the value of an amenity like this, both in terms of its potential for local economies and for the health and wellbeing of the communities that will use it.
“I am more than confident that the Quiet Man Greenway will be the gift to this region that keeps on giving for decades to come.”