The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport has declined to commit to a timeline for a proposed national greenway network which could incorporate the Royal Canal Blueway in County Longford.
Minister Paschal Donohoe was in Longford last Friday to discuss the plan with members of Longford County Council’s executive and elected representatives.
“We see projects like this being an essential way in which Ireland and Longford are going to develop what we have from a tourism point of view and also what we have from a sustainable transport point of view,” he told the Longford Leader.
“I think this is a particularly important project because it will join up existing greenways and existing tourism amenities with the canal,” he continued.
“This is a vision that will take many, many, many years to achieve but we are seeing great success at the moment with individual greenways and cycleways. Your county has done a great job with the whole blueway concept, points that are lake-based and water-based, and developing tourism there.”
When queried on funding for the proposed network, Minister Donohoe said: “It is just going to take a bit of time and work to find the money for projects like this and to spread it out over a reasonable time period.”