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A makeshift raft, of wooden construction, floating low in the water has been reported in the vicinity of the entrance to the Scarriff river on the inland waterways.
Owners are requested to keep a sharp look-out and proceed at slow speed when in this area of the navigation.
The Launch of the Dublin City Canals Study by Lord Mayor Gerry Breen and Minister for Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey T.D. took place in the Inland Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre in Grand Canal Quay, Dublin on 20th July. Waterways Ireland understood the challenge for the period 2008-2013 was to identify and proactively develop and deliver the next generation of infrastructural investment as well as recreational and tourism projects on or adjacent to the Dublin City Canals.
Seeking partnership to deliver on this challenge Waterways Ireland engaged with Dublin City Council, Dublin Docklands Development Authority and Fáilte Ireland and a steering group for the ‘Dublin City Canals Study’ was formed, chaired by Waterways Ireland.Lord Mayor Gerry Breen stated “This study shows how much Dublin City Council values the canals. We will be working hard with Waterways Ireland to develop the action plan for the canals”.The Study which took 18 months to complete, reviewed all existing documentation, carried out consultation with stakeholders and examined existing conditions in the waterway corridors. Issues and opportunities were addressed and proposals made. The proposals focused on the priorities for each discrete area, developed programmes and projects for the area and the infrastructural changes needed.
The study envisages a healthier canal corridor with spaces for people and wildlife to enjoy and which contribute to an improved quality of life for the communities of Dublin; A wealthier canal corridor with thriving and attractive business, social and residential districts; A vibrant and attractive canal corridor which attracts visitors from far and wide, with an appeal based on the canal heritage and opportunities for activity; A sustainable canal corridor where people can move freely without cars in a high quality environment; A well used, well managed and well maintained inland waterways heritage.
Minister Carey welcomed the publication of the report: “This report will be instrumental as we go about the work of developing our canal corridor in Dublin. Great work has been done but the potential for further development in this area is immense.
The benefits of improved infrastructure for the quality of life for the citizens of Dublin are obvious as are the benefits in respect of the economy, tourism and the environment. The vision outlined in the report will assist us in harnessing that vast potential and I would like to congratulate all involved in its preparation.” Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland John Martin stated “Waterways Ireland is delighted that the study has reached this stage today, and welcomes the further development of this strong partnership as we begin the implementation phase.”
Essential for the relevance of the study, an agreed implementation plan and management framework has been included. The implementation plan which is subject to funding will be brought forward by an Operational Liaison Group which will be chaired by Waterways Ireland. The achievement of the goals laid out the plan are within the grasp of the communities of Dublin, and the partners will work together to bring them to fruition for the benefit of all.
Through traffic will be catered for between races. Waterways Ireland has requested Masters of vessels are requested to proceed at slow speed and with minimum wash when passing this stretch of the navigation and to heed any advice or instructions issued by the race officials.
Inland waterway Boaters on the Shannon Navigation should expect lower water levels than normal on the river Suck within 3km of Ballinasloe moorings. Deep drafted vessels should navigate with due caution. The full notice is attached.
The 15th Lock on the Grand Canal has been closed to navigation until Tuesday, 13th July in order to carry out emergency repairs to the lock gate. Every effort is being made to restore the lock to service as soon as possible.
Waterways Ireland has issued an advisory to all masters and inland waterways users of the Shannon Navigation that the National Optimist Dinghy sailing event involving junior sailors will take place in and about Lough Ree Yacht Club (LRYC) on Sat 17th and Sun 18th July 2010 . Upwards of 200 sailing dinghies will be participating and will be making their way from LRYC to the racing course and back, on the southern part of Lough Ree.
Masters of vessels and boat are requested to proceed at slow speed and with minimum wash when passing the sailing fleet and to note any instructions or advice given by safety boats marshalling the race.
Waterways Ireland advises the Shannon One Design annual long distance sailing race on the inland waterways will commence at 10.00 hrs on Sat 26th from Athlone Lock, overnight at Banagher and finish at Portumna Bridge on Sun 27th Jun 2010. The Shannon Inspector of Navigation has warned masters to give way to vessels and boats navigating by sail only. Full notice is attached.
Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all masters and users of the Shannon Navigation that water levels have fallen in recent weeks. Masters of vessels, particularly those with deep drafts, are advised to proceed with caution in the area between Roosky Lock and Tarmonbarry Lock. For further information or advice please contact the Senior Engineer, North Shannon at 00-353-(0)719650898
Waterways Ireland has won the coveted O2 Ability Award for Environmental Accessibility for its work on inland waterways at an awards ceremony last evening in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The awards were presented by Ryan Tubridy, RTE and Caroline Casey founder of Kanchi, the company responsible for the awards. Awarded to public and private sector organisations with exceptional commitment to ensuring accessibility for all, there are also awards for leadership, retention, customer service, learning and development and recruitment.
Accepting the award on behalf of the staff of Waterways Ireland, John Martin, Chief Executive said ‘Waterways Ireland (pictured left below) has from the beginning integrated accessibility into our policies and our activity. Waterways Ireland is committed to working continuously to ensure that enjoyment of the waterways is a choice rather than issue of accessibility”
Caroline Casey founder of Kanchi stated “ The O2 Ability Awards honour leaders and organisations that recognise the ability of people with disabilities and value the role they play in their businesses. They promote a business culture that seeks, respects, values and harnesses difference for the benefit of both business and society. Well done, Waterways Ireland”
Waterways Ireland is a North/South body and is responsible for the management, maintenance, restoration and development of the inland navigable waterways for recreational purposes. Waterways Ireland manages over 1000km of waterway under its remit, many kilometres of it built over 300 years ago. Waterways Ireland’s accessibility policy has ensured accessibility built into every project since inception. The outcomes have been the installation of 1000’s of metres of accessible jetties and numerous service blocks with no barriers to persons with disability.
Waterways Ireland through its sponsorship programme has ensured that activities are open to all and through a comprehensive customer services programme has ensured that customers receive a high level of service regardless of whether the point of contact takes place at a lock, or in an office or waterside location.