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Inland Waterways Funding 'Will Deliver Core Targets' Despite Budget Cuts

18th October 2013
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Inland Waterways Funding 'Will Deliver Core Targets' Despite Budget Cuts

#Waterways - The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht faces a whopping 7% cut in this week's Budget - but Minister Jimmy Deenihan promises Ireland's inland waterways will get the money they need to deliver "core targets".

In his departmental statement following the announcement of Tuesday's Budget for 2014, the minister confirmed that over €38 million will be allocated for North-South co-operation - which includes support for Waterways Ireland.

"I am committed to developing North-South co-operation within the broader arts, heritage and commemorative activities of the department as well as through the funding of North-South bodies," said Minister Deenihan.

"A provision of €38.3 million will be made available to support the two North-South implementation bodies, An Foras Teanga, comprising Foras na Gaeilge and the Ulster-Scots Agency, and Waterways Ireland.

"The provision will enable Waterways Ireland to deliver on its core activities and targets, which include keeping the waterways open for navigation during the main boating season and promoting increased use of the waterways resource for recreational purposes."

He added: "This expenditure should also assist in developing and promoting the waterways, attracting increased numbers of overseas visitors and stimulating business and regeneration in these areas."

In addition, the minister said "capital funding of almost €4 million will be made available to Waterways Ireland to facilitate the ongoing maintenance and restoration of Ireland's inland waterways, thereby increasing recreational access along the routes of waterways."

Meanwhile, Minister Deenihan confirmed that the lifting rail bridge over the Royal Canal below Newcomen Bridge will not be replaced with a drop lock.

The minister was responding to a Dáil question from Dublin Central independent TD Maureen O'Sullivan, who described the current facility - which requires canal users to contact Waterways Ireland a minimum of two weeks ahead of passage from the Docklands to the Royal Canal and vice versa - as "hostile" and "an impediment and discouragement to navigation on the Royal Canal".

However, the minister replied that "the option of introducing a drop lock to replace the need of the lifting bridge has been considered but not deemed viable due to the cost estimate involved."

The bridge was procured and installed by Waterways Ireland's predecessor body and is operated by Irish Rail on a request basis at the expense of Waterways Ireland.

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