Galway and Roscommon Paused; New Focus on Kildare and Meath

October 14, 2015

In September 2014 Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) submitted a report to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, on liaison with landowners along the cycleway route corridor in Co. Galway and Co. Roscommon.  Members of the project team had met landowners throughout the summer to gauge their support for the project and to hear their concerns about its potential impacts on farmland.  There was a significant level of support for the project but an even greater level of opposition. Arising from this the Minister decided to suspend work on the Galway and Roscommon sections of the cycleway to allow all concerned to reflect on the issues raised by landowners and documented in the TII report.  Meanwhile, the Minister said the Department would focus instead on completing the ‘shovelready’ sections of the cycleway in Co. Kildare and Co. Meath, which have already received planning permission. The Minister confirmed that creating a cross-country cycleway from Galway to Dublin remains a priority for the government (www.paschaldonohoe.ie).

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