Funding sought for walkway and cycleway
Councillors in north-east Cork are to seek backing from colleagues for a pilot scheme walkway and cycleway, which will run along parts of the old Dublin-Cork road between two towns.
Now that the Green Party is part of the government coalition, they are hoping it will aid them to get funding for the project, which is proposed to run between Fermoy and Mitchelstown.
Fine Gael councillor Noel
McCarthy proposed the move at a meeting of the Fermoy Municipal District Council, which was held in Mitchelstown.
It is proposed the route would also run off along the R639, connecting it with the village of Kilworth.
“Now is the perfect time for such an initiative, with a new Government in place which has a green agenda. There are popular cycleways in Waterford and other places,” Fermoy-based Mr McCarthy said.
His Mitchelstown-based colleague, Fine Gael councillor Kay Dawson, agreed.
So too did Fianna Fáil councillor Frank O’Flynn, who suggested they got backing from other areas to make this a pilot project.
Initially Mr McCarthy proposed just a cycleway, but acknowledged Mr O’Flynn’s suggestion that it should also incorporate a walkway.
“The roads are wide enough for both in most places. Maybe we could look for LEADER funding and funding from the Department of Environment towards it,” Mr O’Flynn said.
He said he knew of people who cycled up to 15 miles to work at the Teagasc research centre at Moorepark, which would be on the proposed route.
“A lot of people have taken up cycling during Covid, especially families. To have designated spaces where they are safe to do so would be a great advantage,” Ms Dawson said.
Thomas McGrath Fountainstown gives the thumbs up at Fountainstown beach.