Public Consultation on the introduction of revised Canals and Shannon Navigation Bye-Laws


This just in via our Irish Waters correspondent Alison Alderton:

19 June to 02 October 2023

Waterways Ireland is inviting members of the public and interested parties to have their say on proposed revisions to the Shannon Navigation and Canals bye-laws by making a submission to a public consultation, which opens on Monday 19 June 2023. 

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Bush Hotel in Carrick – the first public meeting venue  PHOTO: Janet Richardson
Bush Hotel in Carrick – the first public meeting venue PHOTO: Janet Richardson

The consultation covers the Shannon Navigation (including the Shannon-Erne Waterway) and the Royal and Grand canals and the Barrow Line & Navigation. The consultation runs from 19th June to 2nd October 2023.

You can learn about the proposed changes and participate in the public consultation in three main ways.

  1. Public Meetings are planned where staff will provide information on the revisions and feedback can be given.
North ShannonThe Bush Hotel, Main Street, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim26 June6-9pm
South ShannonKillaloe Spa Hotel, Kincora Harbour, Killaloe, Co Clare27 June6-9pm
DublinMaldron Hotel, 98-107 Pearse Street, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 228 June6-9pm
BarrowSeven Oaks Hotel, Athy Road, Carlow, Co Carlow  3 July6-9pm
Royal CanalMullingar Park Hotel, Dublin Road, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.4 July6-9pm
Grand CanalTullamore Court Hotel, O’Moore Street,  Tullamore,  Co Offaly5 July6-9pm
Mid ShannonIWAI HQ, Dunrovin, Coosan, Athlone, Co Westmeath N37 Y6E510 Jul6-9pm
  1. Visit our Website  and download the draft byelaws and the explanatory notes.
  2. Visit a public library on the list on our website and review the documents in person.

Feedback is welcome using the link on the website, or you can:

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  • Post submission to; Waterways Ireland Inspectorate, Dock Rd, Athlone, Co Westmeath N37 RW26.

Following the public consultation, Waterways Ireland will review the submissions make any necessary changes to the bylaws and submit them to the Minister for approval to proceed.

The closing date for submissions to the public consultation is Monday, 2nd October 2023.

Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation in relation to this matter.

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P Harkin

Inspector of Navigation

Waterways Ireland

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19 June 2023

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