By Joe Barrett
Local TD Charlie Flanagan has announced that over €362,500 has been allocated to a number of projects in the constituency under measure two of the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.
Under the measure, €112,518 has been approved for the development of an overflow carpark at Glenbarrow in Rosenallis to improve accessibility to the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
Deputy Flanagan said: “This is one of the most popular walking amenities in Laois with ever increasing footfall. I was delighted to formally open the walk with cllr Tom Mulhall some years ago and I have been seeking car parking funding to assist this fine amenity. I hope works can get under way as soon as possible.”
A €50,0000 grant has also been approved for a development plan for the Derryounce Experience at Derryounce Lakes and Trails just outside Portarlington. While €200,000 has been awarded to create a new 400m river walk amenity along the banks of the River Brosna in Clara.
Deputy Flanagan said: “The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme has been crucial to the development of the recreation facilities enjoyed by growing numbers of locals and tourists in rural areas in recent years and will make rural Ireland a better place to live and work.”