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234 projects to receive funding under ‘Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund’

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Allocations for the new ‘Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund’ have been announced by Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan T.D. The fund, which will help ensure a Safe Outdoor Summer, will support 234 projects across 30 local authorities to the tune of over €13 million.

Local authorities were invited to apply to the funding stream in late April for short term measures which would enhance outdoor urban space and improve walking and cycling facilities. The measures are now being introduced as quickly as possible to support the gradual re-opening of society in a safe manner and include projects such as kerb widening to facilitate outdoor dining, new on street furniture, improved cycling facilities, and traffic management changes that prioritise pedestrians and cyclists.

The Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund is being administered by the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of its overall national funding programme.

Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan T.D. said: “We want to ensure that local authorities have the resources they need to help communities enjoy a safe outdoor summer. The Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund enables measures such as cycling and walking infrastructure, the re-allocation of road and street space and traffic management arrangements.

These measures, combined with other government initiatives for outdoor dining and outdoor recreation infrastructure, will support local authorities in re-creating open spaces and facilities which will both take into account public health guidelines and allow communities to thrive once again.”

Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton TD said: “As we gradually emerge from restrictions, it is important that the public can enjoy the summer months in a safe manner. These projects will play an essential role in making that happen. Whether it’s choosing to walk or cycle on new infrastructure or meeting friends in a designated communal space, these new spaces will enable the public to travel and gather in a safe environment.”

The full list of allocations for the Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund 2021 is as follows:

City/County Council No of Schemes Allocation

Carlow 8 €460,000

Cavan 19 €840,240

Clare 5 €84,520

Cork City 1 €60,000

Cork County 28 €792,000

Donegal 4 €378,000

Dublin City 11 €1,171,820

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown 4 €520,000

Fingal County 3 €529,500

Galway City 4 €735,000

Galway County 12 €501,000

Kerry 20 €793,386

Kildare 1 €160,000

Kilkenny 5 €286,000

Laois 6 €490,000

Leitrim 3 €125,000

Limerick 3 €675,000

Longford 1 €150,000

Louth 7 €545,000

Mayo 11 €516,110

Meath 6 €600,000

Monaghan 3 €120,000

Offaly 6 €266,455

Roscommon 0 €0

Sligo 14 €184,950

South Dublin County 1 €65,000

Tipperary 13 €457,190

Waterford 11 €570,000

Westmeath 5 €59,300

Wexford 11 €673,000

Wicklow 8 €579,000

Total 234 €13,387,471

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