26 Jun 2022

€160,000 for Glenties footpaths

Footpaths are an investment in a healthy future

€160,000 for Glenties footpaths

Cllr Micheal Mac Giolla Easguig

Dangerous footpaths added to the ever-increasing burden on the health service so the recent allocation for footpath improvement work in Glenties was to be welcomed.

That was the message from independent county councillor, Micheál Mac Giolla Easbuig when he welcomed the provision of funding for the outstanding footpath replacement in Glenties town centre.

He was told by Donegal County Council that Phase 1 of this project was completed in 2021 and they had recosted the outstanding Works due to recent price increases.

"We have recently received confirmation from the TII that €160,000 is now available. This will complete the outstanding sections.

"We are currently programming and our intention is to deliver sooner than later and we will shortly be in contact with the local group to work in tandem with them in this regard," said a council spokesman.

Welcoming the allocation Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said the Government ought to get its priorities right.

"On the one hand they are encouraging people to take part in outdoor activities to get fit but on the other hand, they are not providing enough money to allow footpaths to be developed, fixed, or made safer.

"Some of our roads are dangerous because there are no footpaths to walk on. If adequate funding was provided people would get out more, get healthier and help save the health system money. This latest allocation is to be welcomed and I have no doubt will enhance the fine feature already in Glenties as well as encourage people to walk more," he said.

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