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€700k for Greenway improvements


A total of €700,000 has been allocated for major improvements to the Great Western Greenway in Mulranny and Westport.
Michael Ring, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, has allocated €500,000 for work on a three kilometre stretch between Rosturk and Mulranny and €200,000 for a one kilometre re-routing of an area close to the Greenway’s start in Westport.
The work in Mulranny involves the construction of a new three kilometre stretch between the townlands of Murrevagh and Bunnahowna along a part of the old Great Western Railway line which has been acquired by Mayo County Council.
Up to now, greenway users travelling from Newport have had to divert off the old railway route and up a steep section of the Murrevagh commonage before rejoining the old railway route closer to Mulranny.
Cllr Gerry Coyle (FG) welcomed the funding.
“Since he became a Minister in 2011, Michael Ring has played a huge part in making the Great Western Greenway happen. He has single handedly delivered significant funding for the Greenway and his support for it remains unstinting.
“Mulranny is a prime example of the transformative impact of the Greenway on local communities. This funding will make the trail in and around Mulranny safer which can only be good news for the many users of the Greenway from near and far,” said Cllr Coyle.
In Westport, a one kilometre re-route will see a more direct link from the town to the Great Western Greenway and will also mean a flatter route for users.
The current hilly section of the greenway at the back of Allergan and Attireesh will be replaced by a more direct route from the town.
Cllr Peter Flynn (FG) also praised the delivery.
“It is great news with Minister Ring securing another €700,000 in funding. Yes, he is still Minister Ring while negotiations continue so hopefully he can find a few more pots of gold in the interim!
“The Westport funding will facilitate the elimination of both hills with the greenway going back to the route of the original rail line. Great credit must also be given to the landowners who are facilitating the new routes and to the team in the Tourism Section of Mayo County Council who ensured the applications were top of the pile,” he said.