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Greenways Provision

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (213)

James O'Connor

Ceist:

213. Deputy James O'Connor asked the Minister for Transport the status of the allocation of the Mallow to Fermoy greenway project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29161/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

Funding was allocated to Waterford and Cork County Councils in 2020 from the Carbon Tax Fund for pre-construction work on routes that would link Mallow to Dungarvan as outlined as follows. The section from Mallow to Fermoy is included in the scope of this feasibility work.

Mallow   to Dungarvan Greenway

€80,000  

Cork   County Council

Scope, Pre- Appraisal, Concept, Feasibility and Options Selection for a 39.15km section from Mallow/Youghal to Ballyduff on the Waterford border.

 Waterford   Greenway Network

€80,000  

Waterford   County Council

Options Selection and a Project Appraisal Report for a 38.5 km section from Dungarvan to Cork County boundary west of Ballyduff Upper.

Cork County Council in conjunction with Waterford City and County Council have sought tenders for the undertaking of a Feasibility Report for the development of the Greenway from Mallow to Dungarvan. A Letter of Intent has been issued to the successful tenderer and once the required information requested is submitted and the standstill period expires, it is envisaged that a Letter of Acceptance will be issued in early June.

The cost of the tender was significantly more than the amount originally allocated; however my Department has agreed to funding the entire cost of the project at just over €361,000.

I look forward to the outcome of this work and hope that it will contribute to the creation of a network of Greenways in the area, providing increased opportunities for people to travel by bicycle and foot to work, school, shops and for tourism purposes also.

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