Written answers

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Departmental Expenditure

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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475. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount in the multi-annual capital plan allocated for the development of long distance walking and cycling routes for the years 2015 to 2017, inclusive; the amount spent in each year for the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46780/14]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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Under the National Cycle Network Funding (NCN) Programme 2012-2013 my Department awarded funding of €7 million to local authorities for the delivery of 16 cycleway/greenway projects of varying scale.

The second tranche of NCN Funding for the years 2014-2016 awarded funding totalling €6.3 million to three local authorities for the delivery of off road greenway projects in Kerry, Galway and Waterford.

A further 11 cycling/greenway projects shared in funding from the Government Stimulus Package for Infrastructure Projects, €10 million of which was earmarked for the delivery of greenways.

There is no figure for the funding of walking/cycling routes post 2016.

Details of the above mentioned projects can be viewed on the Department's Smarter Travel website .

Separately, while the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport provides funding for capital investment in tourism, the allocation of these funds is a matter for the board and management of Fáilte Ireland.  The Department’s role in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national policy and it is not engaged in the administration of tourism–related grant programmes.

I have referred the Deputy’s question to Fáilte Ireland and asked the authority to provide the Deputy with the information requested in this regard.

Please contact my private office if a reply is not received within ten working days.


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