Updated: 02/02/17 : 04:30:15
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No greenbacks for 'shovel ready' greenway in Sligo

A MOUNTAIN biking project in the Ox Mountains received €200,000 State funding last year.

Details of the grant were recalled in the Dáil last Tuesday afternoon by Tourism Minister Heather Humphreys.

Joint Venture

She was responding to queries by Sligo based  TD Tony McLoughlin on tourism related initiatives in this region.

The Ox Mountain project was a joint move between the county councils in Sligo and Mayo.

It also emerged there will be no government greenbacks, yet anyway, for the proposed greenway on the disused Sligo to Galway rail line.

Deputy McLoughlin had said he ''would welcome some clarification'' from the Minister in regard to the Sligo Greenway Co-operative.

                           The shovel-ready Sligo Greenway. Photo: Sligo Greenway Co-Op

The Minister's reply suggest the Sligo Greenway Co-Operative would first have to to get Sligo County Council behind it, to attract State funding.

He described it as a ''shovel-ready greenway in my constituency from Collooney to Bellaghy, which is a huge area. 

''There is enormous community spirit within Sligo Greenway Co-operative, to which many people have committed themselves over the last number of years,'' he said.

Added Deputy McLoughlin: ''I ask that the Minister consider this project a priority in the context of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Tourism Officer

Her reply recalled that almost €4 million had been allocated by her Department to Sligo last year.

Tubbercurry Enterprise Centre got €100,000 while the 'Taste of Leitrim' project based in Carrick-on-Shannon got €200,000.

It also emerged, in remarks by Deputy McLoughlin during the debate, that Sligo does not have a designated tourism officer.

MInister Humphreys said this was also a matter for the local authority and suggested the Deputy could liaise with the Council.