Construction has started on a new 1.8km walking and cycling greenway linking Baldoyle and Portmarnock via the Racecourse park and the Coast Road raising a number of concerns in relation to the plans.

Murphy International was awarded the €2.5 million contract to build the greenway earlier this month by Fingal County Council.

The Baldoyle to Portmarnock route is the first phase of a major initiative to provide a greenway along the 88km coastline of Fingal.

The scheme is co-funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA) and is due to be completed by the end of October.

Welcoming the development, the Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF), said: “The outdoor active lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular and I can see this greenway becoming a safe and enjoyable resource for the local community, as well as visitors and commuters.”

Further phases of this project are currently progressing through the planning and design process including the Broadmeadow Way linking Malahide and Donabate.

Deputy Alan Farrell (FG) said: “This project was first mentioned in the 1990s, according to Nora Owen, with whom I discussed the issue on my election to the council in 2004.

“I am delighted to see the project get under way, and I commend local councillors for their collective work on keeping the project high on the council agenda.

“I am very excited for the potential of these projects which I have no doubt will bring great joy to our local communities and provide additional tourism opportunities for all towns nearby.”