Monday 29th March
Minister of State and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte TD, has welcomed the allocation of €6.1 million to Galway County Council on Monday (March 29th).
The funding is part of the New Rural Active Travel Investment Programme being administered by the National Transport Authority. The announcement is the first-ever major active travel investment programme for rural Ireland.
Minister Rabbitte commented,
This is not only a major boost for Galway County Council but for towns and villages across the county. Galway has received the single largest allocation of any County Council in the country.
This funding will help develop high quality walking and cycling facilities around the county, with footpath improvement works worth between €300,000 and €500,000 being provided to Tuam, Athenry, Gort, Loughrea and Ballinasloe.
Craughwell, Abbey, Kiltormer, Eyrecourt and Monivea will also share €400,000 for footpath improvements. These projects will make a real difference to these communities. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of getting outdoors and we’ve all become more aware of the need for local walking and cycling facilities.
Minister Rabbitte concluded:
This funding is part of the Government’s commitment to spend almost €1 million per day on walking and cycling projects, with today’s funding particularly focused on rural Ireland. In fact, today’s announcement provides more funding to rural areas than ever before and is actually larger than the entire walking and cycling budget for 2019. This is indicative of the government’s awareness of needing to invest more in rural Ireland, ensuring people have the infrastructure they need