Ulster Cycling News
5Dec/160

Funding Announced For Inishowen Greenway

Multi-million Euro funding for greenway a major boost for local infrastructure in Derry and Inishowen
The Co-founder of the Wee Greenway Initiative, Ronan Gallagher, has said that the imminent announcement of funding towards the construction of sections of the proposed route is to be welcomed.
'For over two years, our group has been canvassing local opinion around Inishowen and Derry and there is a growing desire to see such infrastructure funded and constructed.' He continued: 'infrastructure is not all about road development. Not only will greenways help improve the quality of life and health of those that use the proposed route, it will also help attract tourists to the area, building on the benefits brought to Inishowen by the Wild Atlantic Way. It will help generate additional demand in the accommodation and catering sectors, creating much-needed employment in an area where unemployment remains stubbornly high.'

He concluded: 'Donegal County Council is to be commended for their initiative and forward thinking because without their determination, this funding may not have been forthcoming. The Council was quick to recognise that to develop a sustainable transport model for the region, then there needs to be a shift in our thinking.'

The announcement of funding also ties in with the Wee Greenway Initiative's report on a section of the proposed route, namely between Buncrana and Carndonagh. This report, which was made possible by a subsidy from the Strategic Development Fund of Donegal County Council, will officially be published on 19 December. It illustrates what could be achieved once the first phase has been completed.

Marian Lamb UCN : marianlamb@ulstercyclingnews.com

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