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Fenit Greenway unlikely to open before 2021

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Fenit Development Association Chairman Mike O’Neill, Cathy Barry and John Moriarty from Fenit pictured walking part of the Tralee Fenit Greenway route in February, shortly before work was halted due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Domnick Walsh

Fenit Development Association Chairman Mike O’Neill, Cathy Barry and John Moriarty from Fenit pictured walking part of the Tralee Fenit Greenway route in February, shortly before work was halted due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Domnick Walsh

Fenit Development Association Chairman Mike O’Neill, Cathy Barry and John Moriarty from Fenit pictured walking part of the Tralee Fenit Greenway route in February, shortly before work was halted due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Domnick Walsh

The long-awaited Tralee to Fenit Greenway is not now expected to be completed until the end of next year, according to management at Kerry County Council.

At last week's monthly meeting of the Tralee Municipal District, Council senior management at the local authority said it appears unlikely that work on the walking and cycling route will be finished until the last quarter of 2021.

The admission came on foot of question from Fianna Fáil Cllr Mikey Sheehy, who has regularly pressed management for more comprehensive and detailed reports on the progress of the project.

Management has confirmed that construction works along the route have now resumed following the closure of the site due to the COVID-19 lock-down.

Restrictions to limit the spread of the virus saw work on the project halted completely for two months.

While it had been hoped that the Greenway would be finished and ready to open in time for the 2021 summer tourist season, this is now unlikely.

Kerry County Council said it now anticipates that the works on the route will be complete in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter of 2021.

As it stands, 43 per cent of the site-clearance work has been completed, and 30 per cent per cent of the crushed stone capping layer has been laid along the 10.6km route.

The Tralee Fenit Greenway was first proposed 25 years ago, and while the initial stages of the project were completed - linking lower Oakpark and Mounthawk in Tralee town - the project had been stalled for several years before a €3m grant was announced in June 2019. The 'Friends of the Tralee Fenit Greenway Group' have expressed their disappointment and are urging the council to get the route open in time for the 2021 tourist season.

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