Wednesday 26 June 2019

Call to prioritise development of local Greenway

Deputy Louise O’Reilly TD.
Deputy Louise O’Reilly TD.

John Manning

A local Sinn Féin TD, Louise O'Reilly has called on the Government to prioritise the allocation of Greenway Strategy funding in the National Development Plan, to move forward with the planned Balbriggan walkway and cycleway to Skerries.

Deputy Louise O'Reilly was speaking in the wake of the Government's announcement of its National Planning Framework, which commits to providing more funding for so-called 'Greenway' projects like this one.

Deputy O'Reilly outlined the reasons she believes the Balbriggan to Skerries Greenway should be prioritised.

She explained: 'The Balbriggan to Skerries cycleway has the potential to enhance the magnificent tourist potential of both Balbriggan and Skerries.

'This project would create a linkage between Bremore and Ardgillan Castle and has been a priority for my colleague, Cllr Malachy Quinn.'

Deputy O'Reilly said: 'The funding having been secured for the Baldoyle to Portmarnock section of this project, I am calling on the Government to work closely with Fingal County Council and commit to provide the necessary funding under its Greenway Strategy to complete the Balbriggan to Skerries project.'

She concluded: 'The potential of both towns are also being cultivated by Skerries Tourism & Balbriggan Tourism, but a commitment from government to support this infrastructure would be of enormous economic benefit to both towns.'

Fingal Independent