Local Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O’Brien has called on the Government to allocate a proportion of the Greenway Strategy fund outlined in the National Development Plan, to move forward with the long-awaited Newbridge Demesne walkway/cycleway to Malahide, on the inner estuary otherwise known as the Broadmeadows Way.

The Deputy was speaking this week following the Government’s announcement of its National Planning Framework, he said, “The east coastal greenway has the potential to be a magnificent amenity for locals and tourists alike.

This project which will be unlike anything previously seen in Ireland has been a priority for Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, Cllr Adrian Henchy and I for the past 10 years.

“The funding has been previously secured for the Baldoyle to Portmarnock section of this project however; I am calling now on the Government to commit to provide some of €56m in funding ring fenced under its Greenway Strategy to complete the whole project.

“Activity breaks are growing in popularity while more and more people, families in particular, are choosing to holiday at home.

O’Brien concluded, “Our picturesque county is on the doorstep of a major international airport and this provides a unique opportunity for Fingal to benefit from a spike in tourist attraction should this Greenway be prioritised by Government.”