The Government has announced the release of €4m in funding which it says will help to create 330 jobs for “green” travel in the outlying regions of the Greater Dublin Area.
Announcing the the initiative was Minister for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly. “These jobs would not be here without a change of Government,” said Minister Kelly. “Hopefully this will get people off the dole, improve our transport and tourism potential and result in money being spent in our regional high streets. It is not a full solution but will provide some help to our non-urban areas.”
Among the projects which were nominated by the local authorities concerned and have been selected for funding by Minister Kelly are the provision of cycle lanes and cycle parking in Cavan town plus cycle parking in 9 other towns.
It also includes the upgrading of footpaths, cycle paths, traffic calming measures in various Donegal locations including Gweedore, Buncrana, Ballybofey, Fintown, Glencolmcille, Letterkenny, Milford, Donegal Town, Muff and Rathmelton.
The money will also be used on projects in Limerick, North Tipperary Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Monaghan, Offaly, Sligo, South Tipperary, Roscommon, Westmeath and Wexford.