Dundalk as it Happens
Greenway from Blackrock to Dundalk and on to Carlingford receives support from Minister
A new cycling and walking greenway from Blackrock to Dundalk and then on to Carlingford could become a reality in the coming months after receiving initial Government support today.
Local Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick has revealed that new Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD has agreed to come to Co Louth to discuss the matter having voiced his support for the project.
The proposed greenway would take in part of the old railway line from Dundalk to Carlingford and eventually link up with the existing greenway from Carlingford to Omeath.
Commenting on the proposed Greenway after attending the first meeting of the new Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport this morning, Deputy Fitzpatrick said: “At today’s meeting I raised with Minister Ross the opening of a cycling and walking greenway from Blackrock village to Dundalk and then to Carlingford.
‘At the moment there is a disused railway running from Dundalk to Carlingford and in my view this would provide an ideal route for a cycling and walking greenway.
“This area is one of great natural beauty and a cycling and walking route would allow many more people to experience it, as well as being a boost to tourism in the area.
“As an advocate for increased exercise and a healthy lifestyle I also feel that the new Greenway would encourage more people to get out and about.
“There’s already a greenway between Omeath and Carlingford (pictured above) and this has proved to be a great success.
“At today’s Committee meeting I invited Minister Ross to Louth to discuss the proposed new Greenway. I’m happy to say that the Minister accepted the invitation and voiced his initial support for this great project.”