The increase in the property tax has supplemented funding for two Kerry greenway projects.
That’s according to the Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Niall Kelleher who was speaking in connection with the Tralee-Fenit and North Kerry Greenways.
The sod was turned today on both amenities marking the start of construction.
Last June, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport announced funding of 3 million euro for the Tralee-Fenit Greenway and 3.5 million euro for the greenway between Listowel and the Limerick county bounds.
Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Niall Kelleher of Fianna Fáil welcomed the department’s funding which he said is supplemented by 1.2 million euro in funding which was agreed by councillors as part of the recent increase in the base rate of the local property tax.
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin says today is a hugely important day for the county and that the new greenways will greatly enhance Kerry’s visitor experience and leisure offerings.
The new greenways, when completed, will form part of a planned 100 kilometre cycling and walking amenity route which will eventually link Limerick to Fenit via Listowel and Tralee.
Construction on both Kerry projects is expected to take between 18 months and two years.