Independent Cllr Shaun Cunniffe has vowed to work to ensure a Greenway is provided for Athenry, Tuam, Ballyglunin, Killbannon and Milltown.
Tuam Cllr Cunniffe said that the most vibrant local issue is the rejuvenation of the former railway line to provide the “wonderful facility of a Greenway with all its proven social, health and economic benefits”.
“As is widely known, both the Government and the EU, following detailed studies, have ruled out any future possibility of reinstating a railway on the Athenry-Tuam-Milltown line,” Cllr Cuniffe, adding that now that the public see millions being allocated by government for the development of Greenways all over the country, there is a realisation that it is attainable.
“The key missing ingredient for the Greenway to be possible is that my fellow local county councillors amend the County Development Plan to allow the defunct railway line land to be zoned as ‘Recreational and Amenity’. They still refuse despite this being the overwhelming wish of the public,” he said.
He added that some councillors are “playing with words” saying they are all for a Greenway and then say they would support it only along the new Gort-Tuam motorway on a widened hard shoulder.
“This shows no understanding why greenways are so popular. Families, individuals and tourists like to get away from the fumes and noise of a motorway and experience the peace and enjoyment of a route stretching out into the countryside through our towns and villages. If there was ever a local issue that local voters could influence this is the one,” he said.
“If you send pro-Greenway candidates back to Galway County Council the Greenway will be possible, if you don’t there will be no Greenway. I passionately believe in this project and will continue to give everything I have to see it through,” said Cllr Cunniffe.