Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes funding of €529,500 to Fingal under ‘Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund’

17th June, 2021

Minister Joe O’Brien is delighted that Fingal is set to receive funding of €529,500 under allocations for the new ‘Additional Outdoor Infrastructure Fund’ which have been announced by colleague Minister Eamon Ryan. 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.  Three projects in Fingal are set to benefit.

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.

Following the announcement Minister Joe O’Brien 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.

Here in Fingal, these measures, combined with other government initiatives for outdoor dining and outdoor recreation infrastructure, will support our community in re-creating open spaces and facilities which will both take into account public health guidelines and allow communities to thrive once againThese projects in Fingal including the installation of 3 new parklets will play an essential role in ensuring that happens.

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

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For further information contact johanna.walsh@oireachtas.ie