IWAI Canals bye-laws campaign
Carmel Meegan, President of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI), this month praised the efforts and interest of the people who have signed 10,000 postcards for sending to Politicians all around the Inland Waterways. She re-iterated “the proposed bye-laws do not put user requirements, tourism development and local communities at the centre of the regulations.”
Political representatives have been receiving the postcards from members of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) and members of local communities, supporting the IWAI call to the Minister not to impose an outcome without conciliation or agreement.”
IWAI National Council - Tullamore board walk
The Story so far ...
- Waterways Ireland are proposing amendments to Canal bye-laws.
- IWAI believe the changes will have a negative, unfair and adverse effect on canal traffic and reduce tourism on the canals.
- IWAI has prepared a robust response to the proposals as part of the consultation process.
- IWAI has held a series of public meetings.
- IWAI has had a meeting with Waterways Ireland to explain the amendments it believes are damaging to the public good, that will adversly affect the use of canal navigations, and to suggest alternatives.
- IWAI encouraged it's members and members of the public to make direct responses to the short consultation process before Monday 3rd February at 3pm.
- IWAI has made a comprehensive submission to Waterways Ireland.
- Over 2000 independent submissions have been made to Waterways Ireland.
- IWAI present submission before Joint Oireachtas Committee.
The Grand Canal, Royal Canal and Barrow Navigation have been an integral element of the Inland Waterways for over 200 years. They are important links with other waterways and a huge asset to their areas and the overall Irish inland waterways system. They are navigation and economic arteries; can bring boat traffic as tourism business; and have significant amenity value to their local communities. Boats are key to the life blood of the navigation; they should be encouraged to visit the canals and the Barrow, from both the domestic and the international boat tourism markets.
We in the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) have major concerns on these amendments to the existing bye-laws, not just because of the impact on our members but also on the waterways and Communities we all know and love.