Depar­ment pressed to fund vi­tally needed Green­way

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE Govern­ment is be­ing urged to re­lease the money re­quired to ex­tend the Great South­ern Trail into Lis­towel as quickly as pos­si­ble fol­low­ing Kerry County Coun­cil’s sub­mis­sion for fund­ing for the project.

It is one of 22 ap­pli­ca­tions in to­tal from around the coun­try now vy­ing for fund­ing. Lis­towel area coun­cil­lors are now meet­ing Min­is­ter Bren­dan Grif­fin on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14, to present the case for fund­ing.

The Lis­towel Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously ap­proved the plans for the ap­pli­ca­tion at their Septem­ber meet­ing, paving the way for the re­al­i­sa­tion of a project long sought by Lis­towel for the eco­nomic and so­cial ben­e­fits it would rep­re­sent.

It is hoped the Depart­ment of Trans­port will now give the nod un­der its €50 mil­lion Na­tional Green­way Strat­egy launched ear­lier in the year.

Given the na­tional Tidy Towns suc­cess in Lis­towel, the al­ready ex­ist­ing GST and the many stated ben­e­fits of the at­trac­tion, it would ap­pear the Kil­morna-Lis­towel green­way would tick all the cri­te­ria.

Fi­anna Fáil County Coun­cil­lor Jimmy Moloney was among those to wel­come news of the fresh ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing by Kerry County Coun­cil.

He said the com­ple­tion of the Kil­morna to Lis­towel leg would make the GST the long­est Green­way in the coun­try and re­alise a sub­stan­tial boost for Lis­towel and North Kerry’s for­tunes.

“The ap­pli­ca­tion was unan­i­mously ap­proved by Lis­towel Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict coun­cil­lors in Septem­ber and al­lows the devel­op­ment of a 9km-green­way from Lis­towel Town to join the ex­ist­ing 42km in Lim­er­ick,” Cllr Moloney said.

“Once joined, it will be the long­est green­way in Ire­land, and the re­sult­ing amenity will be a much wel­comed, safe and se­cure leisure fa­cil­ity to North Kerry for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike.” While the Green­way Strat­egy fo­cuses on 20km-long projects, shorter ones are con­sid­ered where they link in with ex­ist­ing routes or have the po­ten­tial to ex­pand.

Cllr Jimmy Moloney

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