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The IWAI welcome Kildare County Councils motion rejecting the Waterways Ireland proposed Canal Bye – law amendments 2014

March 3rd, 2014|Press Release, Uncategorized|

Speaking this week, Carmel Meegan, President of The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) welcomed the unanimous support from Kildare’s democratically elected representatives in the Council and added that it provides further proof that “the proposed bye-laws do not put user requirements, tourism development and local communities at the centre of the regulations.” The motion was moved by Councillor John McGinley. It has been confirmed that at the [...]

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2014 The IWAI seeks engagement …

February 6th, 2014|Press Release|

The IWAI submission to the Waterways Ireland bye-laws raises serious alarm in relation to- the five day rule and a ‘move on’ mentality that will affect traffic and tourism on the navigations and local communities all along the waterways the fixed penalty system and other legal sanctions, including powers of arrest by regulators the high costs of [...]

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ONE DAY ONLY – Monday 3 rd Feb 201 4: Save the Canals & River Barrow.

January 28th, 2014|Press Release|

IWAI News Release Date of Issue 28 January 2014 ONE DAY ONLY– Monday 3rd Feb 2014:Save the Canals & River Barrow. Widespread community alarm is emerging at proposed amendments by Waterways Ireland on Canals Bye-laws. Comments in the Seanad on Tuesday 21st January included “there is an element within the proposed bye-laws of over-bureaucracy and bureaucracy gone mad”. Waterways Ireland opened a consultation on these bye-laws; from 6th Jan for just 21 [...]

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No More Boats on the Grand and Royal Canals ??

January 21st, 2014|Press Release|

The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) is preparing a robust response to the amendments proposed by Waterways Ireland to the Canals bye-laws. IWAI raise serious concerns regarding the future of boating on the Grand and Royal canals and River Barrow. An initial review by IWAI of proposals for amendments to the canal regulations indicates that they will not encourage and nurture the growth of domestic [...]

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IWAI encourages participation in Bye-Law Consultation

January 14th, 2014|Press Release|

The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) acknowledges the Waterways Ireland consultation period on canal use bye-laws. The IWAI today 6th January welcomed the Waterways Ireland 2014-2016 draft Corporate Plan. Waterways Ireland is the North-South body responsible for maintenance of the Inland Navigations across the whole of Ireland. An item in the draft plan is the introduction of canal [...]

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Change at the helm of Waterways Ireland

June 29th, 2013|Press Release|

Today Ministers appointed Dawn Livingstone to the post of Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland for a seven-year contract, with effect from 29th July 2013 or the earliest possible date thereafter. Carmel Meegan President of the IWAI welcomed the appointment thus ending some month of speculation. Ms. Livingstone promoted from the ranks of Waterways Ireland's senior management will already be familiar with many of [...]

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IWAI Change of the Watch

May 29th, 2013|Press Release|

At the recent AGM of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI), the chain of office of the countries largest inland leisure boating organization was handed over by outgoing President Mr.Greg Whelan to Ms. Carmel Meegan. Before a packed venue in Mullingar, Carmel was unanimously elected and is only the second female to hold this prestigious office in the Associations sixty -­‐year history. Carmel from County Louth has been [...]

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Locke’s “Grand Crew” reaches Dublin by canal

October 6th, 2009|Press Release|

PRESS RELEASE Lord Mayor to welcome Traditional shipment of whiskey casks on Grand Canal Date and Times: 6 October 2009 with Official Reception at 16.30 Portobello Lock Grand Canal Event Description: In order to mark the 50th anniversary of the Grand Canal’s closure to commercial traffic in 1959, to celebrate the achievements of the boatmen [...]

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Boating to the ploughing championships in Athy

September 12th, 2009|Press Release|

Boating to the Ploughing Grand Canal and Agricultural links to be celebrated during this year's Ploughing Championships in Athy. The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) will be avoiding the traffic queues at this year's Ploughing Championships by arriving via the Grand Canal. This is quite appropriate given the historical significance of the role that [...]

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Kilbeggan Challenge: Irish Whiskey travels again by canal for the first time in over half a century

August 31st, 2009|Press Release|

Kilbeggan Challenge:   Irish whiskey travels again by canal for the first time in over half a century. Two specially selected nine year old single malt whiskey casks were moved by canal from Locke's Distillery in Kilbeggan to the Grand Canal at Ballycommon on Saturday 29th August. The event was organised to mark the 50th anniversary [...]

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