Part of Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme 2017
Minister of State for the OPW and Longford/Westmeath TD, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, has this morning welcomed confirmation that he has received €350,000 from Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural Affairs, towards the Royal Canal Greenway in Longford.
“Since being elected to the Dail, I have put a huge emphasis on progressing the greenway in County Longford and this funding announced this morning will go a long way towards completing it,” said Minister Moran.
The funding comes under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme for 2017. The Scheme provides funding for the development of outdoor recreational infrastructure and for the necessary maintenance, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreational infrastructure in rural areas across Ireland.
Minister Moran added: “The facilities and amenities funded through this scheme will create better experiences for everyone who uses them and to help attract more visitors to County Longford, enhance the tourism offering and support sustainable local economic development.”
“Improved recreational facilities will also enhance the quality of life for people who live in, or close to, them and I look forward to the continued success of the Royal Canal greenway in County Longford,” said Minister Moran.
“The funding forms part of the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development and reinforces the Government’s commitment to support rural Ireland. “It is important to recognise that increasing Activity Tourism is a key pillar of the Action Plan and recreational pursuits are also proven to improve both physical and mental well-being.”
Among the other projects in the Longford area that have been successful for funding are:
€10,000 – Literary Trail Signage
€7,200 – Rebel Trail Signage
€4,000 – Ballinamuck Signage
€10,000 – Royal Canal Webpage
€4,400 – Drumlish Mill Race
€10,000 – Aughnacliffe Waterfall
€10,000 – Clondra Royal Canal Car Park