Green Party Councillor Donna Cooney has welcomed the news that the Clontarf LEA and the wider North Central Area will get a significant €20.6 million in funding in 2024 to year to improve walking and cycling infrastructure.
Under the funding, St Brigid’s school, Fairview to Amien Street, Howth Road, Raheny, Coolock to Clontarf , Clontarf baths active travel part. Raheny to Kilbarrack, Bayside to Donaghmede, Howth Road to Baldoyle to Fairview scheme will be improved.
Under national active travel plans announced by Minster for Transport Éamon Ryan, €290m will be spent nationally in 2024 to fund roughly 800 new and existing projects across the county, including the projects in Dublin City Council and Clontarf LEA.
Cooney said “walking and cycling are a great way to stay healthy, take cars off the roads and bring more footfall into our town centres – that is why it is fantastic to see over €51 million will be invested in walking and cycling across Dublin City this year.”
“I am delighted to see €20.6 million in funding to ensure children can safely travel to schools in North Central Area and people can walk, wheel and cycle to work, leisure and shopping.”
She said the funding is “much-needed” and will help to reduce traffic and make public cycling, walking and wheeling a “much more attractive option.”
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan, said “the Green Party is dedicated to making walking and cycling a safe and attractive option in all our cities and towns and we have shown that in the four years we’ve been in Government with record investment right across the country.”
“Ireland is now top of the global list per capita for investment in active travel. This plan is great for the environment, our towns and our health. We are already seeing the impact of the €1 billion investment as it is easier and healthier to travel on our roads. The best cities and towns in the world to live in are those that make it easy for people to walk around and this idea is being embraced by many towns in Ireland.”