Funding has been approved under the Community Involvement Scheme (CIS) for a walkway from Drumrooske, Donegal Town to Killymard church and school at Gortloskey.
This is great news for the local community who have long been campaigning for this project. The road leads to a primary school, a church an old church used as a community facility, and the local graveyard.
Known locally as the Lough Eske Road, this is the main route to two major hotels, numerous B&Bs as well and hundreds of homes and several businesses. It also links to two scenic tourist routes, the Lough Eske Drive and the Bluestack Drive.
Furthermore, it is used by many walkers, joggers and cyclists in the area.
Funding was approved on Tuesday at a workshop with the Roads Department and the councillors in the Municipal District (MD) of Donegal.
Speaking afterwards at the monthly MD meeting, Cllr Noel Jordan (SF) said: “This is a really important piece of infrastructure. It has been a huge health and safety concern for a number of years. It will be benefit children walking to school and people walking to church.”
The councillor pointed out that a petition submitted in early 2015 had thousands of signatures.
“There is not a door that you knock on where people don’t want to talk about it,” he said. “It is a big issue for them.
“This is great news and I really welcome it.”
Cllr Tom Conaghan (Ind) also welcomed the funding, saying: “It is unbelievable the amount of traffic on that road going to the hotels in that particular area.”
He commended Area Roads Officer Mark Sweeney for the massive amount of preparation work that went into the project.
“I also thank the people that own the land and the farmers who are prepared to put health and safety first.”
Cllr Seamus Maguire (Ind) is a past pupil of Scoil an Linbh Íosa which will be served by the walkway.
“I am well aware of the issues,” he said. “I pay homage to the late Fr Eoghan O’Frighil whose commitment and drive brought that school to Killymard. I am very happy for principal Enda Nolan and acting Principal Catriona Boyle. This is a very proud day for them.”
With local elections taking place later this month, this is the last sitting of the current membership of Donegal MD. Members thanked the various departments within the council for their support on the many projects and achievements over the term of the MD.
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