The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, and Minister of State for Tourism, Brendan Griffin TD, today announced the opening of an applications process for Greenways funding following the allocation of an additional €4.5 million to Greenways from the Carbon Tax Fund in the recent budget.
Minister Ross said:
“When I awarded €40m of funding to 10 new Greenways projects in June of this year, there were many projects around the country that unfortunately had to be left out as they were not ‘shovel ready’. Today’s announcement of an extra €4.5 from the Carbon Tax Fund for Greenways allows me to help these projects, as well as many others, to reach this stage.
"This funding will be used to help projects through the planning stage so that when the next major funding call comes, they will be in the best position to receive funding. It will also be used to support feasibility studies, environmental screenings and detailed design works. In essence it will help us to develop a pipeline of fantastic future Greenway projects that will be ready to go when funding arrives.”
Minister Griffin said:
“I’m delighted to announce this additional funding that will see us support a number of Greenway projects around the country, I recently had the pleasure of turning the sod on the Tralee-Fenit and Limerick – Listowel sections of the Great Southern Greenway that will be completed in 2021 and this announcement today will see us progress a number of other Greenways to shovel-ready status in time for the next round of construction funding from 2022-2024. Greenways are a great enabler of rural regeneration, tourism development and health and wellbeing for all our communities and I look forward to them spreading all around the country.”