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Sinn Féin backs Boyneside Trail development

1 February, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has praised the work of the ‘Boyneside Trail’ group who held a public meeting in Drogheda last Thursday evening.

Along with other party colleagues, including Councillors Eimear Ferguson, Imelda Munster, Alan Cassidy and Kenneth Flood the Sinn Féin leader was there to express Sinn Féin’s support for the effort to build a 17 Km cycleway from Maiden Tower to the Brú na Boinne Interpretation Centre and in particular the proposed greenway between Drogheda and Mornington, Laytown and Bettystown.

Gerry Adams said:

“I want to commend the efforts of all of those involved in this ambitious project. The proposed cycleway and pedestrian facility would be an enormous tourist and leisure addition to the region. It would also form an integral part of the state wide Cycle Network.

"The Boyne Valley region and the area between it and the Mournes, encompassing south Armagh, is a region of outstanding natural beauty and of historic, cultural and heritage significance.

It is a World Heritage Site and contains one of the most important prehistoric landscapes, including the three large passage tombs at Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth which were built some 5,000 years ago. They also contain the largest collection of megalithic art in Western Europe.

"The region is also rich in birdlife, fauna and flora. The Boyne River Islands are recognized as a priority habitat under the EU Habitat Directive.

"A safe pedestrian and cycle facility would significantly add to the attractiveness of the region for tourists. It would be an important leisure resource which would help promote physical activity, particularly for our young people and would be of benefit to those who want to walk or cycle safely to and from Drogheda for work or shopping. This is something which is treacherous to do as the link roads are narrow, windy and unsafe.

I assured the committee and those present of Sinn Féin’s full support for this key infrastructure development.”

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