Nearly €7 million received for pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in Laois and Offaly

Freelance TD for Laois Offaly Carol Nolan has warmly welcomed the allocation of more than €6.8m to counties under the Active Travel scheme.

Deputy Nolan was speaking after Transport Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed to him today that the National Transport Authority (NTA) has allocated the funds for walking and cycling infrastructure to local authorities in Laois and Offaly .

The allocation for Offaly will see €3.681m directed towards 20 individual projects. The whole of Laois will see an allocation of 3 million euros for 18 projects.

Speaking after Minister Ryan confirmed the funding to her, MP Nolan said she would continue to welcome, on a bipartisan basis, any funding that will contribute to the renewal of local amenities such as footbridges and cycle paths and Safe to School programs.

“I am deeply committed to improving local infrastructure across the riding. Indeed, I have been actively advocating for this type of funding with the minister for some time.

“We need rural and even urban communities that are healthy and safe places to live and enjoy recreation.

“We also need to ensure that adequate levels of funding are dedicated to improving footpaths and crosswalks, which is why I was pleased to have Minister Ryan confirm to me today that significant funding will be dedicated to these issues in Offaly and Laois, she said.

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