Minister Eamon Ryan, T.D. Minister of Transport, and Hildegarde Naughton, T.D Minister of State, have today confirmed the allocation of €63.5m funding for a range of Greenways across the country.

Announcing the allocations Minister Ryan T.D. said:

I am delighted to be able to confirm that the allocation of €63.5m to Greenways for 2021 is the highest single year amount ever allocated to Greenways. Indeed, it nearly equals the total amount originally allocated for the 4 years 2018-2021 (€53m) and shows the commitment of this Government to providing a step-change in the way in which we fund walking and cycling.

I’m pleased to announce that we will contribute a significant amount to the Great Southern Greenway in Limerick to support the work of the County Council in bringing the Greenway up to a modern standard. This will ensure that cyclists will have a quality experience all the way from Rathkeale, Co.Limerick to Listowel, Co.Kerry. This funding will also support the refurbishment of the Longford Canal with improved infrastructure being provided along this cycleway.

In County Offaly we are funding the extension of the Grand Canal Greenway from Daingean to Edenderry, meaning that by the end of next year it will be possible to cycle the Greenway the whole way from Edenderry to Lough Boora, over 50km worth of cycleway. This funding will also be used for refurbishment of the Longford Canal with improved infrastructure being provided along this cycleway.

We will also support the refurbishment of the disused New Ross to Waterford Railway as part of the Greenway connecting New Ross to Waterford City which incorporates the Kilkenny Greenway. This cycleway will ultimately form part of an extensive cycling and walking network across the South East region and provide an environmentally friendly alternative for commuters into Waterford and New Ross.”.

Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton said:

The allocations of €63.5 million being made today will go a long way in delivering a safe and sustainable environment for active travel in our villages, towns and cities. We are funding the construction of a Greenway bridge across the River Shannon in Athlone as part of the Galway to Dublin Greenway. This investment will support even greater numbers enjoying our outdoors by cycling and walking for school, work and leisure.

We are also supporting the roll-out of a new Safe Routes to School Initiative. This programme will seek to accelerate the delivery of improved walking and cycling infrastructure to schools; enhance sustainable access onto school grounds; and expand the amount of cycle parking available at schools. Underpinning this new initiative, we will see almost €1 million per day spent on our walking and cycling infrastructure in the year 2021.

2021 is only the start, we will continue to build on this level of investment over the coming years.

Projects and project promoters and Totals:

Cork, Midleton-Youghal €10,000,000

2020 – €8,800,000

Galway, Clifden- Recess €3,350,000

Kildare, Grand Canal Aylmer Bridge to Sallins €2,930,000

Kerry, Tralee Fenit €3,440,000

Kerry, Listowel to Limerick County Boundary €4,540,000

Mayo, Great Western Way expansion €5,150,000

Offaly, Grand Canal Daingean to Lough Boora €1,660,000

Wexford, Waterford- New Ross €9,000,000

2020 – €6,210,000

Wicklow, Blessington Loop €6,400,000

2020 – €8,358,000

TII , Galway- Athlone €8,100,000

South Kerry Greenway €1,400,000

Galway Moycullen €1,800,000

Offaly, Daingean to Edenderry €3,100,000

Limerick, refurbishment of Great Southern Greenway €2,500,000

Longford Canal Greenway €172,000

Totals for all projects for 2021 €63,542,000 *

The increased level of funding is representative of the fact that local authorities were originally funded at a rate of 60% pre COVID-19. In recognition of the negative impact COVID-19 has had on local authorities, funding will now be provided at a rate of 100%.

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