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Councils to receive €47m in grants to fund travel and climate change projects

Towns across the country are set to get funding to improve things like cycleways and footpaths.

Grants worth €47 million are being given to councils for active travel and climate change adaptation projects.

Climate Action and Transport Minister Eamon Ryan and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton have announced the jobs stimulus funding.

There will be €33m given to 22 councils for 531 active travel projects - including 263 related to the construction and improvement of footpaths, 75 involving cycleway works and 193 to improve accessibility.

The plans include the provision of new cycle lanes and footpaths in the immediate area of Carlow IT, the design of an interconnected network of cycleways in Killarney town and the creation of a new cycleway connecting Muckross Road to Ross Road.

They also include the installation of new footpaths in Oranmore, Athenry, Gort, Tuam and Headford in Co Galway and the creation of 'slow zones' in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

There will also be €14m awarded to 26 local authorities for 273 climate change adaptation steps.

It includes 150 schemes aimed at alleviating flooding to roads and property, 37 involving works to improve embankment stability to prevent slippage, 41 for essential road repairs linked with severe weather and 45 to bridge strengthening and repairs.