Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (244)

Alan Kelly

Question:

244. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Transport the funding in place for the south Kerry greenway; if a commitment will be made to funding it fully; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38428/20]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As the Deputy is aware An Bord Pleanála’s decision on the application for the South Kerry Greenway was published on 12 November 2020. The Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) was approved subject to a modification in the order schedule. Two sections of the route – between Reenard Point and Cahirciveen and at Cloghanelinaghan - were not granted permission, owing to concerns about coastal erosion.

My Department is working with Kerry County Council to examine the full implications of this decision and how to address issues associated with the two sections that were not given approval.

As Sponsoring Agency, Kerry County Council is required to prepare and submit an updated business case to the Department in line with the requirements of the Public Spending Code. The business case will indicate the level of funding required to ensure the greenway is developed. I understand that it likely to be Q1 next year before the Council is in a position to submit that updated business case as issues such as the non-approval of the two aforementioned sections need to be considered and addressed.

As the Deputy is aware, I recently announced significantly improved funding allocations to a number of greenways across the country and South Kerry Greenway should soon be in a position to access the funding needed to deliver this iconic project