The President of IWAI Brian Cassells warmly welcomed the announcement that restoration work is to begin on the Ulster Canal. He said: “Our association has campaigned for this project for many years now, not just because it will provide new destinations for boaters and new amenities for waterways enthusiasts and the local population but because of the undoubted economic benefits it will bring to the communities surrounding the waterway”

He continued: “This first phase of restoration will provide a new destination for boaters on the Erne and should bring significant benefits to the town of Clones but of course this is just the beginning. This canal is
the “missing link” in the Irish inland waterways network. When it’s completed, as we fully expect it will be, we will have a network of over 1000km of a navigable waterway linking Limerick, Waterford, Dublin and Enniskillen to Monaghan and on to Coleraine.

He went on to say that IWAI was committed to working in partnership with the statutory authorities to ensure the success of this project and would welcome the opportunity to meet with the project team at the earliest