Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2501)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

2501. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of each greenway project under construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34439/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Last month I announced €40m of funding was awarded to ten greenways across the country. While I look forward to their development none have yet started construction. Construction work on these greenways will take place, for the most part, from 2020 onwards. My Department has also previously provided funding to a number of projects including South Kerry Greenway; the Galway to Moycullen Greenway; the Great Western Greenway the Suir Blueway and the Waterford Greenway, however these are either completed or not currently under construction.

The other main project which my Department is progressing is the Dublin to Galway Greenway. Over the course of the next year this greenway is scheduled to be completed from Maynooth to the River Shannon in Athlone. The status of the various sections of this greenway under construction is as follows:

The Moyvalley to Kilmore section in Co. Kildare will be completed by mid-August; an underpass in Athlone was completed this month; the section of the Greenway at Ferns Lock in Co. Meath will be completed by the end of August; construction on the Greenway to bring it down to the Shannon will take place between October 2019 and March 2020 following some archaeological work taking place at the site this Summer.

There are also a number of projects that have been mostly funded under the Interreg programme. None of these are currently under construction and are largely at the planning phase. Route 3 (Lifford to Strabane) of the North West Greenway is due to begin construction by Autumn 2019.