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IWAI Decries 'Information Vacuum' Over Canal Bye-law Changes

22nd April 2014
IWAI Decries 'Information Vacuum' Over Canal Bye-law Changes

#InlandWaters - Four weeks after its review by a joint Oireachtas committee, there is still an "information vacuum" regarding feedback on the proposed changes to Ireland's canal bye-laws, according to the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI).

A meeting organised by the IWAI at a rally in Hazelhatch on the Grand Canal over the Easter weekend heard surprise among members that none of the some 2,000 individual submissions have been acknowledged, nor have these submissions been published on the Waterways Ireland website.

Members also expressed disappointment that no timeframe for the submissions review process has been announced.

The IWAI remains steadfast in its opposition to the current proposed amendments to canal bye-laws, which were recently rejected in a unanimous vote by Kildare County Council over concerns that they "do not put user requirements, tourism development and local communities at the centre of the regulations."

Hundreds of houseboat owners on Ireland's inland waterways would also be affected by the proposed changes that could see additional charges levied on different classes of canal and river users.

Published in Inland Waterways
MacDara Conroy

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