Winning bids for a slice of the three-year €53 million national greenway funding are to be announced in Q2 2019, the Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism said in a parliamentary reply.
16 councils and other state bodies made 22 applications for a slice of the funding which only amounts to €17.6 million per year for three years after years with little new greenway funding.
Minister Shane Ross said: “The funding call for projects under the Strategy for the Future Development of National and Regional Greenways closed on November 30th. Twenty two detailed applications were received from sixteen Local Authorities and State Agencies, including applications for the projects referred to by the Deputy.”
He added: “My Department is currently in the process of assessing each application that was received based on the criteria laid out in the Strategy which I launched in July 2018. This assessment will take time and will be very competitive given the number and quality of applications received. I hope to be in a position to make allocations in Q2 2019.”