Deparment pressed to fund vitally needed Greenway
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.