The government has gone back on its climate action plan pledge to allocate 10 per cent of the transport budget to cycling, campaigners have said. Paschal Donohoe, the finance minister, unveiled the budget on Tuesday which included €9 million for greenways and urban cycling projects. This figure was part of the Department of Transport’s €384 million budget increase for 2020. The overall land transport budget is in the region of €1.46 billion, according to Cyclist.ie. Colm Ryder, chairman of the group, told The Times that there was a lack of clarity over whether the €9 million was in addition to money already allocated to cycling or not. He said the group was trying to establish the facts with Shane Ross, the transport minister. “Even if it’s €9 million more overall, it’s still way below the government’s promise in the climate action plan of 10 per cent of the transport budget being spent on cycling,” Mr Ryder said.
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