Key responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the development of Greenways projects funded by the Department; 
  • implement the Greenways strategy; and
  • Monitor capital spending on Greenways.


The Greenways Strategy Strategy for the Future Development of National and Regional Greenways - was launched on 20th July 2018. Here is a link to view the Irish version of the Greenways Strategy - Stratéis d'Fhorbairt na nGlasbhealaí Náisiúnta agus Réigiúnacha Amach Anseo . 

This is a long term Strategy with the aim of increasing the number, length and regional spread of greenways across the country. It sets out guidance to project promoters on matters including strategic nature, length, design standards, accommodation works and early consultation with communities and land owners along proposed routes. The Strategy sets out the general high-level criteria of what we think makes for a good Greenway, one that is Scenic, provides access to things to See and Do, is Sustainable, Substantially Segregated and Shared Use, and/or Strategic. This is based on both Fáilte Ireland research and experience on the ground of what has and has not worked with regard to previous investment.

Further information on the Greenways Strategy is also available at the following links:

On Friday 21st June 2019 Minister Shane Ross T.D. and Minister of State Brendan Griffin T.D. announced the award of funding for 10 Greenway projects around the country under Project Ireland 2040.

Minister Ross stated – “I’m delighted to announce funding of €40m for these 10 excellent greenway projects. There was a very high level of interest in this funding call with 22 applications received. We have chosen, following a detailed assessment process, 10 projects that will expand our network of Greenways around the country, building on what has already been achieved and laying the groundwork for continued expansion over the next decade.”

He continued – “We have seen the benefits that the Waterford and Great Western Greenways have brought to towns like Dungarvan, Kilmacthomas and Newport. We want to see that type of benefit accruing to towns like Listowel, New Ross, Blessington and all the other towns and villages on the Greenways that we are providing funding to today. We will see many of these in use around the country during Bike Week.”

He finished by stating – “The projects funded through these allocations will provide safe, substantially segregated Greenways that give users access to the beautiful scenery that Ireland is renowned for and will bring new visitors to the many attractions there are to see around the country. All projects will also make provision for the All-Ireland pollinator plan to increase our bio-diversity and respect our environment”.

Minister of State Griffin stated – “I’m particularly pleased to see the Strategic nature of our investment today, extending the Great Southern Greenway into County Kerry, extending the Great Western Greenway onto Achill  itself and towards Keel and bringing the Waterford Greenway into the heart of Waterford City so that Greenway users will be able to access the wonderful Viking Triangle. We are also investing in sections of the Grand Canal Greenway and completing the missing links of the Connemara Greenway between Clifden and Recess in County Galway.”

He continued – “This announcement gives a clear statement of intent with regard to activity tourism. This investment will see Ireland with a network of around 500km of Greenways. This investment is part of Project Ireland 2040 which is the Government’s overarching strategy to make Ireland a better place for its entire population. We will not be stopping there, we know there are more plans and communities out there that will be looking for funding in the future and the commitment of Government is spelled out in the National Development Plan.”


Amount €million

Lead Promoter

Additional Information



Cork County Council

23km of Greenway linking Midelton to Youghal along the old railway line.

Connemara Greenway


Galway County Council

Completion of sections from Clifden to Recess will provide a 21km route. Part of the proposed Galway – Clifden Greenway

Tralee - Fenit


Kerry County Council

Start of Southern End of Great Southern Greenway, first stage in linking Fenit to Listowel – 10km

Listowel – Limerick County Boundary


Kerry County Council

Extension of Great Southern Greenway westwards into Kerry and towards the sea - 10.5km of new Greenway increasing GSG to over 50km

Clew Bay Greenway


Mayo County Council

Achill Sound and extension to Bunnacurry. Construction of Grade Separated sections from Westport to Murrisk. Will contribute to 56km route

Waterford Greenway


Waterford County Council

Extension of Waterford Greenway into City – Viking Triangle. Extends Greenway to 48km.

Grand Canal Greenway- Tullamore to Daingean


Waterways Ireland/Offaly County Council

Will complete link from Daingean to Lough Boora – 40km

Grand canal Greenway -Kildare section as far as Sallins


Waterways Ireland/Kildare Co Co

Aylmer Bridge to Sallins, extends Greenway from Hazelhatch Bridge to Sallins – 13km

Ferrybank - New Ross


Wexford County Council

24km with potential to link to Waterford Greenway in Waterford City.

Blessington Lake Loop


Wicklow County Council

42km of Greenway around the Blessington Lakes, incorporating Russborough House and the villages of Valleymount, Ballyknockan and Lacken.







For further information, you can contact the division on:

Phone: 016041063


Postal Address: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, D02 TR60