Heated exchanges over Greenway funding

Heated exchanges over Greenway funding


A heated debate on Longford's attempts to extend the Royal Canal Greenway threatened to boil over at a recent county council meeting.



The row involved Cllrs Mark Casey and Micheal Carrigy as the pair traded claims and counterclaims about its ongoing progression.

Cllr Casey said he was delighted by the recent announcement by Tourism Minister Shane Ross to allocate around €500,000 to the Greenway project.

The funding will be allocated to upgrade the Greenway between Ballymahon and Abbeyshrule.

“I for one am delighted Shane Ross came down to Ballymahon and actually delivered,” Cllr Casey said.

Listening on, Cllr Carrigy attempted to clarify those remarks, saying a large portion of the groundwork had in fact been done by the previous Fine Gael-Labour coalition.

“I just want to come back and reply to what was said,” he pointedly remarked.

“A lot of work was actually done when (then) Minister (for Tourism) Paschal Donohoe came down to Longford last summer and a presentation was given by the  Co Tourism Committee,” he said.

Keen to inflame the situation still further, Cllr Casey shouted back: “Sure, we can use the money Paschal sent down.

“How much was that again Micheal?”