Minister Troy welcomes €120,000 funding for Westmeath outdoor recreational amenities
Minister for Trade Promotion and Fianna Fáil T.D. for Longford-Westmeath, Robert Troy, today welcomed total funding of €120,000 for projects in Westmeath to develop the county’s parks, trails, walkways, cycle ways and more, under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme. The funding announced today, under Measure 1 of the Scheme, will support small-scale local projects including Marlinstown, Corrydonnellan Bog Walkway, Donore Forest Walk, Old Rail Trail Greenway, Mullaghmeen Carpark, and Footy’s Bridge. The successful projects will receive €20,000 each, the maximum amount of funding available under Measure 1 of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.
Speaking on the announcement today, Minister Troy said, “Over the course of the past year, the importance of our outdoor spaces has never been more apparent. I am heartened by the increase of people taking advantage of the green spaces and blue ways around our county from the Old Rail Trail Greenway to the Donore Forest Walk. Exercise and being out in nature have clear benefits for our physical and mental health. The funding of the maximum amount of €20,000 under Measure 1 of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme to Westmeath projects will help make use of the beautiful resources of our countryside and contribute to healthy active lifestyles. Looking to the long-term, this funding will support the economic and tourism potential of these areas for both our local communities and tourist visitors alike.
“The funding announced today is a testament to the work of our local communities and groups working with Westmeath County Council. I want to extend my congratulations to them and will continue to support their important efforts to help more people discover and appreciate the facilities available on their doorstep.”
Further announcements in respect of medium and large-scale projects under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme, with funding of up to €200,000 and €500,000 respectively for each project, will be made at a later stage.