John Brassil raises the Greenway in the Dáil.

John Brassil TD raised the lack of progress on the Tralee Fenit Greenways and in Kerry in general with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil during the week.

On page 45 of the programme for Government there is a commitment to providing significant funding towards developing a national greenway network. In my county of Kerry, there is a disused railway line from Tralee to Fenit. There has been a walkway proposed for it for a number of years but there has been no progress whatsoever this year or last year. The south Kerry greenway from Glenbeigh down to Renard was announced amid great fanfare in 2014. Again there has been very little progress.

When will we see delivery of this commitment in County Kerry and across Ireland?

The Taoiseach asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to reply.


Photo – John Brassil at the launch of phase two of the greenway in June 2014

Minister Ross’s mixed messages on funding.

The lack of progress on the Tralee to Fenit Greenway was raised in the Dail by John Brassil with a parliamentary question to Shane Ross regarding funding for the stalled Tralee to Fenit Greenway.

Minister Ross’s response was disappointing in that he stated that there would be no funding calls for Greenway in the immediate future.

Kerry Cycling Campaign were quick to point out that just a week later Minister Ross contradicted this information saying that Greenway funding would be announced later in the year.

We await clarification but hopefully the later is the case.