Offaly greenway could link to the Dublin Galway greenway
According to reports from the Midlandsradio.fm, Offaly County Council has announced proposals for a walking and cycling path along the Grand Canal from the county boundary in the east to Shannon Harbour in the west and a plan to link in with the Dublin to Galway greenway.
A planning application for the first phase, running from Tullamore to Lough Boora Discovery Park, is expected to go out for public consultation in February with works due to begin in June if there are no hold-ups.
While the cost has not been announced, it's hoped the local authority will be in a position to access national funding next year if the project is 'shovel ready'.
A series of public meetings on the 'Greenways Strategy', which includes further pathways and plans to link in with the Dublin to Galway route, will be held next month in Tullamore, Birr, Lough Boora and Edenderry.
Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland Dawn Livingstone, who attended the council's monthly meeting, explains how the county could benefit:
Dawn Livingstone Waterway Ireland MP3