Over €13 million has been allocated for three Galway greenway projects, as part of a national allocation of €63.5 million from the Department of Transport.
Over €8,000,000 will go towards developing a a greenway between Athlone and Galway City which forms part of an overall plan for a greenway from Dublin to Clifden.
€3,350,000 is to be allocated to continuing the Connemara Greenway from Recess to Clifden, and €1,800,000 to develop the Connemara Greenway between the City and Moycullen.
The national funding also includes €5.15 million for the expansion of the Great Western Greenway in Mayo.
The announcement is the largest single annual allocation of funding for greenways ever in Ireland.
“Due to the impact of Covid-19 on the incomes of local authorities, the allocation from Government will cover 100% of the cost of the projects rather than the previous 60% – 40% ratio between Government and local authorities,” said Senator Seán Kyne today.
“While funding is essential for the development of greenways, the planning process is equally important.
“The case submitted by Kerry County Council under the Strategic Infrastructure Development process to An Bord Pleanála regarding the 32km South Kerry Greenway should provide guidance on how best to develop greenways.
“A decision on that case is due by this Friday, 13th November.”