As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. However, I am not involved in the day-to-day operations of public transport, including the building and maintenance of cycling infrastructure.
The creation of high quality cycling and walking infrastructure, such as that proposed for the Grand Canal, is fully in line with Government policy including Smarter Travel and the National Cycle Policy Framework. Furthermore, I was delighted, as part of Budget 2018, to secure significant increases in Exchequer capital funding for a dedicated Cycling & Walking capital programme, as well as an increased Greenways investment programme.
The National Transport Authority (NTA) is responsible for the development and implementation of public transport and sustainable transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA). The Grand Canal Greenway, including the section between Hazelhatch and Grange Castle, forms part of the Greenway Network of the GDA Cycle Network Plan. Accordingly, NTA will continue to work closely with the relevant authorities, including Kildare County Council and Waterways Ireland, to deliver improved cycling infrastructure including greenway schemes.
Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have referred your question to the NTA for a more detailed reply with regard to this particular project. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.