€4.5 million in funding for greenway projects around the country has been announced today – with €200,000 allocated for a brand new section that would run from Templeton Beach to Carlingford.
The money will be allocated to allow Louth County Council to pursue a preliminary design and environmental evaluation for the 12.31km section of greenway that would run from the Tourist Office in Carlingford to Templetown Beach.
The funding, for a total of 26 greenway projects nationwide, was allocated under the Carbon Tax Fund 2020 and provides support for feasibility, planning and design for Greenways around the country.
“I’m delighted to be able to announce this funding today, that will support the Greenways Strategy and help local authorities prepare Greenway projects to be ready for construction funding in the coming years,” Minister for Transport and the Environment Eamon Ryan said.
“These greenways will encourage tourism in the future, and will also provide a safe, segregated space for people walking and cycling”
“The inclusion of funding for the Sligo, Leitrim and Northern Counties Greenway is particularly important in terms of continued work on a cross-border basis and shows our commitment to “New Decade, New Approach” as set out in the Programme for Government.”
Minister Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Media, Tourism, Art, Culture and the Gaeltacht, said: “As we have seen over the course of the lockdown, people are eager to get out into nature and avail of the stunning scenery in our country.”
Meanwhile, the local authority say funding remains in place for the mooted Omeath-Newry Greenway project, despite delays in moving the construction forward. An additional application for funding has also been made to the Special EU Programmes Body for the cross-border project. A decision is due on that later this year.