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Meath benefiting little from Rural Recreation Scheme – Tóibín

25 May, 2017

Sinn Féin TD for Meath West Peadar Tóibín TD has highlighted the low level of funding County Meath has received from the Rural Recreation Scheme last year.

In reply to a parliamentary question submitted by an Teachta Tóibín, it transpires that County Meath received only €63,424.90 of funding from the scheme, almost five times less than the average amount received per county.  

Deputy Tóibín said.

“This scheme provides for funding for the development of outdoor recreational infrastructure and amenities across rural Ireland.  This includes the development of new trails, walkways, cycleways, blueways or funding to improve those already in existence.

“It is disheartening to see that only €63,424.90 of funding was allocated to County Meath for this purpose – a County with so much potential as regards our rural amenities. When looking at the national average spent per county, at €286,186.85, it is clear that County Meath is not getting our fair share.

“In light of the fact that there are several projects underway in Meath that are crying out for funding, this is particularly disappointing. There will be no further development of the Boyne Valley Greenway for example this year due to lack of resources.

“Neglecting to develop amenities which both serve the people of Meath and are a huge draw for tourists is counterintuitive on economic terms and as regards the health and wellbeing of the people of County Meath.” 

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