By 2018, it will be possible to cycle from Dublin to Athlone almost entirely off-road

Minister Ross was at the opening of the Garrycastle to Whitegates National Cycle Network in Athlone on Friday 7th April.

Major Funding for the Dublin Galway Greenway

Supporters of the Dublin Galway Greenway project received excellent news when funding was announced to complete major sections of the route

2016 start for work on the Meath Kildare section of Greenway

According to Dail records the Minister expects that work will commence on the Meath and Kildare sections of the greenway in 2016.

Plans to Complete the Royal Canal Greenway in Longford

Longford County Council have issued proposals to complete the royal canal greenway connecting to the Dublin Galway Greenway.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Minister Ross says he is determined to see the Dublin Galway greenway



Minister Shane Ross, says the Dublin Galway Greeway "may have been paused but it has not been halted" and that he remains committed to achieving the delivery of the Dublin Galway greenway. Speaking in the Dail in response to Robert Troy, Fianna Fail TD for Longford-Westmeath, Minister Ross said he believes the greenway will help to position Ireland as a destination for cycling holidays.

Robert Troy was asking the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when he expects the proposed greenway from Dublin to Galway to be completed. Minister Troy criticized the consultation that happening up to now with landowners affected and he asked if the Minister and his officials would meet a group which has been set up and which is representative of people who are concerned about this section of the planned route. Minister was positive but said he was not " inclined to get involved in a local dispute if I think it will not do any good".


Minister Ross says that officials from his Department will consult all stakeholders in the coming months. This engagement will involve the Irish Farmers' Association, IFA, and with other stakeholders.

In a point being picked up by several news media outlets the minister crucially said that "in addition to identifying and agreeing a preferred route, potential levels of compensation to affected landowners will be examined."

Fianna Fáil Transport Spokesperson, Deputy Troy says the route doesn’t have to go through private land.


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