Welcome to the website of Kildare Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI), the voice of waterways users and enthusiasts in Kildare. Whether you enjoy architecture, boating, botany, cruising in company, cycling, fishing, heritage, history, living on board, walking, wildlife, participating in community events and rallies or just getting away from it all, there is something for everyone to enjoy on the picturesque waterways of Kildare.  About Us

The IWAI is currently battling to safeguard the future of the waterways for all users of the Grand Canal, the Royal Canal and the Barrow Navigation in Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Meath, Offaly and Westmeath.

Heritage Bill 2016 – Progress in Seanad

“An Act to amend and extend the Wildlife Act 1976, the Canals Act 1986 and the Heritage Act 1995 and to provide for related matter” is at Stage 3 in the Seanad.

Part 1 – Wildlife Act  Seven (7) amendments to the Wildlife Act have been tabled so far.  Senators have been debating Amendments 1 and 6 during November.  See Transcript Nov 17,  Transcript Nov 9, first section of Transcript Mar 2.

Part 2 – Canals Act  Sixty-one (61) amendments to the Canals Act have been submitted so far.  UPDATE Senators debated the Act on March 2nd, during a four-hour session – see Transcript Mar 2, Canals Act begins at Section 3.   Transcript Apr 13 Report and Final Stages

Part 3 – Heritage Act  There are no amendments to the Heritage Act portion of this bill.

To hear live broadcasts of the debates, go to Watch & Listen

IWAI has secured the support of numerous Councillors and Senators.  Councillors have responded by putting down unanimous motions calling for a deferral of the Bill until the Minister engages with Local Authorities and stakeholders.  Senators have responded by supporting IWAI proposed amendments to the Canals Act.  Sixty-one (61) amendments (53 from IWAI) were presented for consideration during the reconvened debate in the Seanad, but so far there has not been time to discuss them.  These Amendments will now form part of the debate at a future date.

IWAI members have played a key role in securing the support of their Councillors and Senators to bring into focus the IWAI view that the changes to the Canals Act 1986 contained in this Bill are not fit for purpose.  The Association of Irish Local Government (AILG) has serious concerns with the proposed legislation, because it denies City and County Council elected members input into byelaws that affect the development of navigations in their counties. IWAI canal legislation campaign