Renewed calls for Government to fasttrack Estuary Greenway

by Gazette Reporter

THE Green Party has called on the Government to fund the long-awaited Malahide-Donabate Greenway.
The walkway and cycling route spanning the Broadmeadow Estuary has been planned for some time but no funding has yet been identified.
Party representative Mark Henry wrote to the Department of Transport last week calling for funding to be made available since the National Parks & Wildlife Service has given the project its approval.
The walkway and cycling route spanning the Broadmeadow Estuary at Malahide has been planned for some time but no funding has yet been identified.
Mr Henry, the Green Party representative for Donabate and Swords, said: “The Programme for Government promised over €100 million of new investment in developing Greenways around Ireland but not one cent of this has been spent yet.
“The cost of building the Donabate-Malahide Greenway has been estimated at €4 million – a mere 4 per cent of what the government has promised to make available.
“I am calling on this funding to be made a priority in the national budget in October.”
Councillor David Healy, right, the Green Party’s representative for Malahide-Howth, said “The Green Party views the delivery of this Greenway as the first step in building a Fingal Coastal Route that would connect from Balbriggan right along the coast to Howth.
“This would interconnect with the Clontarf cycleway to allow seamless commuting from North County Dublin right into the city centre. It could also be a great draw for tourists who could spend a whole day of their holiday exploring the north county.”

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