Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Robert Troy TD has called for government funding so the Longford Greenway can be completed.
“The Greenway currently stretches from Longford to Clondra and has yet to incorporate the section between Ballymahon and Abbeyshrule,” added Deputy Troy.
“After inspecting the proposal in late 2015, officials from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Failte Ireland and the National Trails Office stated that the proposal had merit.”
Deputy Troy went on to say that the Greenway from Longford Town to Clondra was an excellent local amenity that provided a valuable contribution to the local economies of the towns and villages that were located along it.
“Linking Ballymahon with Abbeyshrule would complete the Greenway project in Longford, connecting many of its villages and towns with free and accessible transport links,” he added.
Deputy Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, if he would approve the funding needed for completion of the project.
In response, Minister Ross stated that officials at his department would meet with Longford County Council to discuss the matter further.
“The detailed plan that Longford County Council has created for this development has impressed upon the Minister the positive benefits that the project will undoubtedly afford,” said Deputy Troy .
He concluded by pointing out that given the success of the current Greenway, it was likely that the Longford section would be considered next year when the new round of funding commenced.