Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (668)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

668. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the development of the greenway from Galway to Dublin; the status, timeline and expected completion date of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29909/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Over the Easter weekend, Westmeath County Council constructed an underpass in Athlone to extend the Galway to Dublin Greenway towards the banks of the Shannon, it is expected that work from the Underpass to the banks of the Shannon will be completed in early 2020. Separately I am pleased to announce that works in County Kildare and Meath will conclude next month so that it will now be possible to cycle from Maynooth to Athlone completely off-road.

West of the Shannon I am following up on the commitment in the Strategy for the Future Development of National and Regional Greenways to develop a Code of Practice. To deliver this, discussions are taking place with various state bodies and the farming representative bodies. The Government remains committed to achieving the goal of a coast-to-coast Greenway with the agreement of landowners and communities along the route.  I am not setting a deadline for the completion of this work as I do not believe that would be conducive to achieving agreement.