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Heritage Bill 2016 – prohibitive legislation that looks set to stifle the potential development of our canals for the benefit of all users
The Heritage Bill 2016, was presented to the Oireachtas by Senator Maurice Cummins on Jan 4th 2016, on behalf of the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
This is an Act “to amend and extend the Wildlife Act 1976, the Canals Act 1986 and the Heritage Act 1995 and to provide for related matters”
The document is available on the Oireachtas website at Heritage Act 2016
Pages Pages 3 to 11 and 20 relate to the Canal Bye-Laws.
Maureen O’Sullivan TD posed some pointed questions to Minister Humphreys recently, after making the acquaintance of some boaters along the Royal Canal.
The full transcript is on Kildare Street Mar 2015 but here are some excerpts from Deputy O’Sullivan’s submissions:
“I understand that Waterways Ireland currently has no proposals to install additional moorings between Spencer Dock and Cross Guns Bridge due to the lack of uptake to date at the other locations available for extended mooring on the Royal Canal.”
“……. potential for tourism and living on the canals.”
“It was very interesting to meet boat owners. A couple I met can bring their boat from Belturbet along the River Shannon and the Royal Canal into Dublin. They go through Phibsborough via Cross Guns Bridge and into the basin, and they can go back around by the Grand Canal.”
“Waterways Ireland …… seems it is talking to everybody except those who are actually using the canals. It is missing out on vast potential for the boat owners who use the canal. I want to see the canals being used much more.”
“There is also an issue about the extended mooring permits. ……it appears there is an issue ……..If they are for 12 months, the boat will stay in the one place, whereas if they were for shorter periods and the boats had to move, it would create more activity.”
Tuesday Feb 3 rd 2015
Deputy Willie Penrose, Longford-Westmeath, in a written question asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: “when she will make a final decision on the proposed new by-laws; if she will ensure that such proposals are not overly restrictive and punitive for users of the waterways and that user concerns and their submissions are taken cognisance of in her final decision; and if she will make a statement on the matter.”
Minister Humphries in her reply stated: “My officials are currently liaising with Waterways Ireland with a view to finalising draft bye-laws which will be referred to me, as Minister, with recommendations for consideration and final decision. It is my intention to afford interested Deputies and Senators an opportunity to discuss the proposals with me prior to making a final decision on the draft bye-laws.”
Full Questions and Answers are here https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2015-02-03a.1470&s=Inland+Waterways#g1472.r
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