The allocation of €1.4M to complete the Hazelhatch is very welcome news according to Dublin Mid-West’s local Fine Gael TD. Deputy Emer Higgins said: “I have been campaigning for the completion of this last piece of the greenway at a national level for some time and I’m delighted that funding has finally been given. “€1.4M has been allocated to extend the Grand Canal Greenway from the 12th Lock to Hazelhatch Bridge, to be completed by 2022 which I know will be really welcome by everyone in the local community and should help increase tourism into the area.
“Once completed, this final 4km section will allow people to walk and cycle from Inchicore to Sallins through Clondalkin and Hazelhatch and enjoy this fabulous amenity for both locals and tourists,” said Deputy Higgins. “I’m delighted that the wheels are now in motion for this final stage of the project and I will be continuing to work with Cllr. Shirley O Hara to ensure we get better links from Newcastle to the greenway.”
Cllr. Shirley O’Hara has also welcomed the announcement and the opportunity that the greenway will provide for safe and enjoyable travel. “In the local community, we really feel that it is so important to have this link and to allow people to walk and cycle to work or school safely in the beautiful surroundings,” said Cllr. Shirley O’Hara, “Especially in the warmer weather, there’s nowhere like it. “It’s great news for our area,” concluded Cllr. Shirley O’Hara.