The Draft Dublin to Galway Greenway Plan has been released for public consultation by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport - see here. The deadline for submissions is 27th January.

80km of cross-border greenways will be built in counties Armagh, Derry, Donegal, Down, Louth and Monaghan. The BBC is reporting that €23 million of EU INTERREG VA funding will be matched by the Department of Infrastructure in Northern Ireland and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in the Republic.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, has called for a national strategy to deliver a connected network of greenways in Ireland. Speaking in the Seanad, O’Donovan said: “I have pulled up the handbrake in regard to greenways recently because I want to see a national strategy developed whereby we would have a national map of Ireland and greenways would not start in the middle of nowhere and end in the middle of nowhere.”

The NI Department for Infrastructure has launched a strategic plan for a 1,000 km network of greenways. The plan, entitled ‘Exercise, Explore, Enjoy’, is expected to cost million (€180 million) over 10 years.

The Cavan and Leitrim Railway Greenway Pilot Project has received €190,000 through a rural recreation grant. This greenway, if delivered, would extend for 41km along a disused railway from Mohill (Co. Leitrim) to Belturbet (Co. Cavan) – offering the exciting potential to link to the Ulster Canal Greenway.

Funding of €1.3 million has been granted for upgrades and connections to the Great Southern Trail between Rathkeale and Abbeyfeale (Co. Limerick) and on to the Kerry border. It is the ultimate aim of GST Ltd. to cross the border and extend the trail to Listowel, Tralee and Fenit.

The first half of the Déise Greenway in Co. Waterford is now open. The 23 kilometre section between Dungarvan and Kilmacthomas includes Dubgarvan Castle, Ballyvoyle Tunnel and Kilmacthomas Viaduct. The remainder of the route to Waterford City will be opened in spring 2017.