Tuesday, 9 July 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
77. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the way in which communities that wish to develop blueway projects should pursue their projects; the funding available for such projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29571/19]
Waterways Ireland, which is under the remit of my colleague the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, is the lead agency in developing Blueway trails in Ireland. They are defined by Waterways Ireland as network of multi-activity recreational trails, based on or alongside idyllic lakes, canals and rivers in Ireland that provide scenic routes into the heart of rural Ireland by canoe, bike or on foot. Those seeking to develop a Blueway should contact Waterways Ireland for guidance in the first instance although a number of partners including the local authority may be involved in the delivery of the eventual Blueway. If the proposed Blueway incorporates a Greenway, then it is open to the project promoters to apply to my Department for Greenways funding for that element when there is an open funding call. I announced the allocations for the most recent Greenway funding call last month.