THE group behind a marketing campaign to assist the Nice Southern Path (GST) has taken challenge with a current assertion from Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan who credited an rise in customer numbers in Newcastle West to “the opening of the Limerick Greenway final 12 months”.
A spokesperson for the the Greenway volunteers stated that the Minister “should absolutely conscious that the Greenway is in existence for a few years”.
“The GST was the identify given by officialdom to the Greenway challenge over 30 years in the past. Sadly, when officialdom was challenged by objectors to the Greenway, they deserted the challenge, leaving the primary Greenway in Eire as an apparently misplaced trigger.
“Nonetheless, the GST voluntary group was shaped in 1991 and with nice public assist the challenge was rejuvenated. Quick sections have been developed and have been steadily linked to one another.
“The volunteers and their supporters visited, at their very own expense, many Greenways all through Europe as a part of their studying curve. Additionally they hosted guests and teams from overseas and have become affiliated to the European Greenways Affiliation.
“Progressively the general public servants got here on board once more nevertheless it was the voluntary Nice Southern Path group which managed the Greenway, and after years of endeavour oversaw the completion of the route from the Kerry Border to Rathkeale in 2013.
“In 2015, the volunteers handed over administration to Limerick Metropolis and County Council, who subsequently modified the identify of the power to the Limerick Greenway.