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Kerry County Council says it has been inundated with requests from communities for the development of greenway routes in different parts of the county.
The revelation came during a debate at the South and West Kerry Municipal District on the proposed development of a €4 million walkway and cycleway between Glenbeigh and Caherciveen.

The plans for the greenway are expected to go to An Bord Pleanála in the next six weeks.
Senior planner, Tom Sheehy, was addressing councillors in the South and West Kerry Municipal District about the greenway between Glenbeigh and Caherciveen.
The €4 million route will follow, for the main part, the old railway line along the west coast of the Iveragh peninsula.
Compulsory purchase orders involving some 145 landowners have been completed as has a Environmental Impact Study.
Mr Sheehy said he expects the plans to go to An Bord Pleanála in the next six weeks or so.
Given the perceived tourism and economic benefits of the greenway, Mr Sheehy said the council had been inundated with proposals for similar projects from around the county.
He said however that Fáilte Ireland’s advice is that tourists prefer to cycle an average of 40 kilometres per day so longer routes are considered more feasible.
Tom Sheehy added that it would be desirable to extend the greenway from Glenbeigh to Killorglin in the long term.