Celebrating the Naas Canal – 1987 to 2017

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 June 2017

“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”

Following extensive consultation with the members of Seanad Éireann & Local Authority Councillors as well as officials from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, the IWAI voice has been strongly presented in the Heritage Bill, as passed recently by Seanad Éireann.

As a result of this engagement by the IWAI, Minister Humphreys has recognised the importance of ensuring that all stakeholders should be afforded an ample consultation period to consider any new proposed bye-laws for the canals of Ireland. The consultation period has been increased from 21 days to 90 days and this is warmly welcomed by the IWAI.

The next step is to introduce the Heritage Bill into Dáil Éireann at Stage 2.  The IWAI Canals Action Group will continue engagement with TDs in an effort to effect further changes to the legislation; changes that will encourage the use and growth of the canals and put communities and users at its centre.

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

County Council elected members input into byelaws that affect the development of navigations in their counties. More information on the IWAI canal legislation campaign