Fine Gael candidate for the Longford-Westmeath bye-election, Cllr Gabriel McFadden, has warmly welcomed the approval of €4m in Government funding to develop the Athlone-Mullingar section of a planned national cycleway.
“I am delighted to confirm €4m in funding to develop the Mullingar-Athlone cycleway project, full details of which will be announced later in the week.
“It’s clear that Westmeath County Council and all the stakeholders in this project are being justly rewarded for their efforts in expediting the initial plans for this section of the national route.
“Developing this cycle route will be of major benefit to local economies in Athlone and Mullingar and the areas in between.
“I have constantly highlighted the massive tourism potential of national walking and cycling networks.
“This leisure market is a key target area for this Government in terms of creating jobs in the regions and I would like to applaud the Government for signing off on this funding today.”