AN application for funding of up to €200,000 has been submitted to the Department of Rural and Community Development with the aim of resurfacing the entire riverside trail along the banks of the river Slaney.
Speaking at this month’s meeting of the local authority Acting District Manager, Bernie Quigley, said the application was made under ORIS measure 2 and was submitted on July 7.
Ms Quigley said the project is to resurface the entire 3km trail by the river and resurface a 600m loop track around the Urrin river as far as St John’s Bridge.
"This will allow wheelchair users and disabled people to access around the Urrin footridge,” said Ms Quigley.
The grant allocation is €200,000 and it’s expected that funding announcements will be made in November.
Cllr Jackser Owens expressed delight at the news and said the bridge is “rotten” and added “it will be great for people with disabilities to finally be able to go on the country walk for the first time”.
"They would never have had a chance to go on it before,” he said.
The Cathaoirleach, Cllr Cathal Byrne, expressed the view that the river Slaney is “one of the great advantages” that Enniscorthy has and he expressed delight that the application had been made "to utilise that resource”.
"I would hope that we will build upon that funding and continue the walkway out as far as Borodale and create a loop linking in with the forestry walk,” he said.