Finance Minister urged to back Phase Two of Clonakilty Greenway – Daly

August 25th 2019

 

Finance Minister urged to back Phase Two of Clonakilty Greenway – Daly

Cork South West Fine Gael TD and Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, recently visited the Clonakilty Greenway phase one, with the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe.

 

The new greenway, which is now officially opened stretches from Clonakilty Hospital to the outskirts of the Clonakilty Business Park, however the project needs a second tranche of funding to connect the route to the Business Park. “This of course is just part of the dream to eventually have a full loop to Courtmacsherry,” said Minister Daly.

 

The West Cork TD confirmed that a second funding application is currently before Minister Michael Ring to support the extension of the project.

 “I am delighted that Paschal took time from his busy schedule to view the completed Greenway last week. Back in 2015 after I originally proposed this walking route I arranged a meeting with Paschal in Clonakilty Council Chambers as he was then Tourism and Sports Minister. Officials outlined to him the ambitious plans for the greenway at that meeting. Ever since that date Paschal has been nothing but supportive of this project. He really appreciated seeing it completed.”

“Minister Michael Ring provided the funding for phase one, and now there is an active application in his Department (Rural and Community Development) to extend the project and bring it right into the Business Park.”

 “Minister Donohoe was extremely impressed with the scheme progress and undertook to report back to Minister Michael Ring in support of the next phase. I expect a decision to be made on this funding in September/October.”

Minister Daly concluded, “Of course, a project like the Clonakilty greenway could not have been achieved without a shared vision by Cork County Council, and I would like to thank officials in the Council for their hard work with preparing funding applications and getting the project to where it is today.”

Justin England of Cork County Council outlines details of phase two of the scheme to Minister Donohue at a meeting in Clonakilty last week