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Ireland's Canal Users Mobilise Against New Bye-Laws, Charges

28th January 2014
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Ireland's Canal Users Mobilise Against New Bye-Laws, Charges

#Canals - Mooring permits costing up to €3,500 are among "a raft of charges and tolls" on the way for users of Ireland's inland waterways, according to the Irish Independent.

Last week the Inland Waterway's Association of Ireland lambasted new bye-law proposals that it fears will kill off "200 years of activity" on this country's canals.

And now the Irish Independent's John Drennan outlines some of these new charges, which include fees for boats "not constantly cruising or navigating" that start at €160 and rise to some €3,500 a year for large houseboat mooring permits.

Other fees include a €25 toll for passage through a series of locks in the capital, and a 'five-day rule' that will fine canal users €150 for keeping their vessels in one location for more than that time.

And the plans - currently open for consultation which ends next Monday 3 February - are prompting protest among waterways enthusiasts, with meetings planned next week in Sallins and Dublin amid fears that the canals will be abandoned by waterways users.

The Irish Independent has more on the story HERE.

Published in Inland Waterways
MacDara Conroy

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