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Wednesday, 29th July 2020

€750,000 boost for Boyne Greenway and Navigation

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A bridge across the canal section of the Boyne navigation at Oldbridge. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Meath County Council has been granted €750,000 to carry out a feasibility study, route option selection, preliminary design and environmental evaluation, land procurement / agreements and part 8 planning process for a 26.5 km section of the Boyne Greenway and Navigation Scheme from the Oldbridge Estate entrance to Navan.

The project is one of 26 such greenways to benefit from an announcement made today by Minister for Climate Change, Communications Networks and Transport, Eamon Ryan TD and Minister for Media, Tourism, Art, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin TD, of funding of €4.5million for 26 Greenway Projects nationwide.

The funding was allocated under the Carbon Tax Fund 2020 and provides support for feasibility, planning and design for Greenways around the country.

Minister Ryan stated: “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. These greenways will encourage tourism in the future, and will also provide a safe, segregated space for people walking and cycling.”

Minister Martin said: “Greenways can play an important role in supporting local communities to create jobs and bring visitors to areas of the country that might not otherwise experience tourism. 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.”

Welcoming today’s announcement Orla Carroll, Director of Product Development at Fáilte Ireland said the announcement is a welcome and timely boost for tourism and the development of world class greenway experiences in Ireland.

“…  It is critical we invest in the future of walking and cycling for the economic and social wellbeing of our communities and visitors” she said.

“This funding will complete the feasibility and planning stages of greenway development, therefore ensuring a pipeline of fantastic future projects are ready to be developed when further funding is secured.

“We are delighted to support the department with this announcement and look forward to engaging with the development of these projects into the future.”

€200k has also been awarded to Louth County Council to fund the Preliminary Design and Environmental Evaluation for a 12.31 km section of the Carlingford Greenway from the Tourist Office in Carlingford to Templetown Beach. 

Welcoming today's announcements Deputy Fergus O’Dowd said: “Our greenway plays an important role in supporting local communities to create jobs and brings visitors to our area.

“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. 

“This funding will support the Greenways Strategy and help local authorities around the country prepare Greenway projects to be ready for construction funding in the coming years. 

“Our local greenway will encourage tourism in the future, and will also provide a safe, segregated space for people walking and cycling.” 

“This builds on the recent news that the Drogheda to Mornington stretch is one step closer as Meath County Council confirmed that they are seeking approval from An Bord Pleanála, to carry out the following development linking Drogheda Town in County Louth to Mornington Village in County Meath.

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