Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1645)

Marc MacSharry

Question:

1645. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of projects (details supplied). [36756/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The current status of the projects in question as sought by the Deputy are outlined below:

South Kerry Greenway: Funding was awarded to this project in 2014. To date, no construction has been carried out. A planning application was submitted to An Bord Pleanála in August 2018 and an Oral Hearing is scheduled for 8th October 2019. I await their decision.

Galway to Moycullen Greenway: This project was also awarded funding in 2014 and construction has yet to begin on the route. I understand that work on route options is ongoing.

Great Western Greenway: 42km of the Great Western Greenway is currently cycleable between Achill and Westport. I recently awarded €3.2m to Mayo County Council to extend the Great Western Greenway in the Clew Bay area at Achill Sound, Bunnacurry and towards Murrisk.

Suir Blueway: 21km of the 53km Blueway along the River Suir is now open as a Greenway. Last year my Department awarded €765,000 to improve the quality of this route.

Waterford Greenway: This 46km Greenway has been a great success since opening in 2016 and remains in use by a large number of tourists, both local and overseas, all throughout the year. Last year my Department awarded Waterford City and County Council €1,455,000 for improvement works on the Greenway to address a number of outstanding issues. Additional funding has now been made available to bring the Greenway into the heart of Waterford City Centre. I expect that this will see a greater numbers accessing the Waterford City from the Greenway.