Environmental study underway for €4m south Kerry greenway project

An Bord Pleanála is expected to receive an application for a €4 million tourism project in south Kerry once an environmental impact assessment has been completed. Tunnels along the Mountain Stage section at Kells, Glenbeigh to Caherciveen to Renard railway line A 27-kilometre walkway and cycleway along the old railway line between Glenbeigh and Caherciveen is expected to greatly enhanced tourism on the Iveragh Peninsula. Kerry County Council says the greenway along the route of the old railway line promises to deliver the biggest economic boost to south Kerry in a long time. The council entered a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) process to acquire all the necessary land along the route. Those CPO documents as well as an Environmental Impact Assessment were due to be submitted to An Bord Pleanála by the end of June but some delays have occurred. A meeting of councillors in the South and West Kerry Municipal District heard that the detailed environmental work required will take a number of additional months. An oral hearing on the project is expected to follow and construction works could begin in 2016. The provision of maintenance grants to land owners along the greenway is currently being considered. A separate greenway between Caherciveen and Renard is currently in the initial stages of development.