To ask the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport if he is in receipt of an application for funding for the Fingal Coastal Way from Fingal county council and specifically for the Broadmeadow Way section between Malahide and Donabate; if he will grant the funding required for this coastal greenway; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
I understand that no formal application for funding has been submitted by Fingal County Council for either the Fingal Coastal Way or the Broadmeadow Way. My Department is currently developing a Strategy for the Future Development of Greenways that will set out the criteria for awarding funding to projects such as this. I would expect to be in a position to announce a new round of funding once the Strategy has been finalised.
I would urge all local authorities to develop their planning and design of projects as much as possible in advance of a new round of funding, and to consult as widely as possible with all stakeholders including landowners alongside and adjacent to the proposed routes.