IFA has said that the publication of research by Teagasc and NUI Galway highlights the need to review the current approach to developing greenways.

National Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney said, “Recreational routes, such as greenways and blueways, have an important role to play in promoting agri-tourism and economic activity in rural areas. However, they will also have a significant impact on farming activity and rural communities. This is often ignored by councils, such as Kerry County Council, who plough ahead with greenway proposals, impose CPOs and ignore alternative routing options put forward by farmers.”

Thomas Cooney added, “This research highlights post-construction issues that remain unaddressed and ignored. This includes liability where recreational route users stray off designated routes, as well as concerns regarding potential for increased criminal activities, littering and general impact on farming operations.”

IFA has said an alternative approach is needed.  Kerry County Council must end its legal threats on landowners and consider all alternatives presented, rather than imposing a predetermined route for the proposed South Kerry greenway.