New approach needed on Greenway


Minister Paschal Donohue has recognised the need for a new approach to the development of a Greenway route from Dublin to Galway, according to East Galway TD Paul Connaughton.
Government Oireachtas members from Galway East and Galway West met the Minister in Government Buildings today (Wednesday) and outlined the fears that have been relayed to them by local residents, landowners and farmers in relation the proposed Greenway.
‘The Minister took on board all of the concerns raised by landowners and the farming community with local representatives. Landowners are fearful of compulsory purchase and want to avoid the Greenway splitting their holdings. Concerns have also been expressed in relation to farm insurance and implications of the route on the cost of farm insurance.
‘The Minister took on board the many concerns that have been raised with Government members and he reassured us that for the Greenway to be a success, there has to be buy-in from all participants. He suggested that a new approach is needed to bring local communities on side and work alongside them. He undertook to work more closely with the NRA and local county councils to ensure that this fantastic piece of infrastructure works to the benefit of all involved.
‘Today’s meeting was constructive and the views of local stakeholders were brought home to the Minister and his officials and I look forward to greater co-operation between the Department, the NRA, local authorities and local stakeholders as the project progresses in coming months.’