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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