Green Party TD Brian Leddin has announced funding of up to €290,000 for the design of new greenways in Limerick and Clare.
A sum of €140,000 has been allocated for a design of a greenway from Limerick to Scarriff, which will start from the existing greenway to UL, crossing the River Shannon over the Black Bridge and following the old Errina canal to O’Briensbridge and onwards to Scariff in East Clare.
Further funding of €150,000 has been allocated to develop route options for a continuation of the Great Southern Greenway towards Limerick City, linking Rathkeale, Adare and Patrickswell.
Brian Leddin welcomed the news saying he had been working closely with Minister Eamon Ryan to deliver the funding “which will enhance the tourism potential of the Mid-West”.
“This important design work will involve working with communities and landowners to deliver green infrastructure for our rural areas. We want to develop many more Greenways in the Midwest,” said Deputy Leddin.
Green Party Councillor Sean Hartigan added, “The Limerick to Scariff greenway passes through some areas of outstanding natural beauty, and has the potential to open the Lower Shannon up to more visitors in a sustainable way”.
Sasa Novak, Green Party Councillor said, “investing in sustainable transport infrastructure is good for public health, and good for families.”
Cllr Novak noted this investment brings the Mid-West “one step closer to completing a continuous greenway from East Clare, through Limerick all the way to Kerry”.
She concluded, “We want Limerick to be the centre of a comprehensive network of greenways which will boost tourism and also be highly valued leisure amenities for people living in Limerick and Clare”.