Cork TD Seán Sherlock has welcomed the “first step to open up North Cork as a greenway route” with funding of €80,00 to examine the feasibility for the Mallow to Dungarvan Greenway confirmed.
The Mallow TD said that the “economic and leisure benefits” of greenways have been proven with the success of the Waterford Greenway, a 46km long route from Dungarvan to Waterford city.
“This is the first step to open up North Cork as a Greenway route that can revitalise towns and villages along the route as has been done in Kilmacthomas and Dungarvan for instance. The next steps to achieve viability of a route will be crucial,” Deputy Sherlock said.
His comments come as Minister for Climate Change, Communications Networks and Transport, Eamon Ryan, announced funding of €4.5m for 26 Greenway Projects across the country, including the Mallow to Dungarvan stretch which would include developing parts of the old rail line and would link Mallow to Waterford city through Dungarvan.
The funding was allocated under the Carbon Tax Fund 2020 and provides support for feasibility and helps local authorities to plan and design Greenway projects in preparation for construction funding in the coming years.
Minister Ryan said that such greenways will “encourage tourism in the future, and will also provide a safe, segregated space for people walking and cycling”.
He said that he was “particularly pleased” that a number of Greenway proposals in the areas supported by the Just Transition Fund have been funded and that various projects will benefit from the funding.
Minister for Media, Tourism, Art, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin, said that greenways play “an important role” in supporting local communities, creating jobs, and bringing more visitors into the country “that might not otherwise experience tourism”.
“As we have seen over the course of the lockdown, people are eager to get out into nature and avail of the stunning scenery in our country,” she said.