Dáil Eireann – Answers to questions on Canals – Jan Feb

There were several written questions to the Minister over the past couple of months.   

Feb 12 2019 – Brian Stanley, Laois – clearing in the Grand Canal through Offaly

https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2019-02-12a.2003&s=%22waterways+ireland%22

Feb 12 2019 – Brian Stanley, Laois – funding spent by Waterways Ireland on canal clearing ensuring navigation is retained effectively each year for the past five years; and the parts of the canal navigation system on which it was spent.

The funding spent by Waterways Ireland on canal clearing ensuring navigation is retained effectively each year for the past five years; and the parts of the canal navigation system on which it was spent is shown in the Table below:
Navigation 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Total
Barrow Navigation €14,508 €11,572 €33,495 €24,893 €155,357 €239,825
Grand Barrow Navigation €135,206 €162,541 €84,957 €181,344 €144,339 €708,387
Grand Rural Navigation €137,002 €201,009 €180,280 €251,438 €249,722 €1,019,451
Grand Urban Navigation €153,323 €189,398 €142,248 €128,781 €139,968 €753,718
Royal Rural Navigation €195,463 €133,223 €141,086 €211,167 €194,621 €875,560
Royal Urban Navigation €125,603 €84,221 €70,317 €59,687 €61,633 €401,461
Grand Total €761,105 €781,964 €652,383 €857,310 €945,640 €3,998,402

https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2019-02-12a.2000&s=canal#g2001.q

Feb 12 2019 – Brian Stanley, Laois – the number of times WI conducted clearing in Offaly over the past five years

https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2019-02-12a.2003&s=canal#g2004.q

Jan 16 2019 – Brendan Smith, Cavan-Monaghan – will additional funding be provided to WI in 2019

https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2019-01-16a.52&s=canal#g54.r

Jan 16 2019 – Joan Burton, Dublin West – level of funding provided to WI in each of the years 2016 to 2018

Funding to Waterways Ireland – 2016 to 2018

  Current Capital Total
2016 €20,699,000 €5,868,000 €26,567,000
2017 €20,359,000 €5,446,000 €25,805,000
2018 €20,526,000 €5,180,000 €25,706,000

The Estimates for 2019 provide for an allocation of €25,117,000 for Waterways Ireland, made up of €20,737,000 in Current funding and €4,380,000 in Capital funding. This is an overall increase of €1,000,000 on the 2018 allocation.

Capital funding has been increased by €800,000 from €3,580,000 in 2018 to €4,380,000 in 2019

The level of funding allocated for the maintenance and upgrade of waterways, canals and rivers in County Dublin in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and proposed for 2019 is shown in the following table:

  2016 2017 2018

2019 Forecast*

WI 904,696 1,231,490 1,158,136 3,153,665

https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2019-01-16a.79&s=canal#g80.q

Jan 16 2019, Bernard Durkan, Kildare North – liaise with Waterways Ireland in order to address outstanding issues arising in respect of canal property and local interests

https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2019-01-16a.598&s=canal#g599.q

Jan 15 2019, Fiona O’Loughlin, Kildare South – expects to achieve an amicable resolution of issues between Waterways Ireland and traditional dwellers and recreational users of the Grand Canal, County Kildare

https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2019-01-15a.3304&s=canal#g3305.q

Jan 19 2019, Robert Troy, Longford-Westmeath – DTTAS funding provided in 2018 for building Cycleways and Greenways by county

Kildare County Council drew down a total of €1,130,843 

Meath County Council had a drawdown of €111,000

https://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2018-12-19a.1166&s=canal#g1168.r

Waterways Ireland Presentation – Nov 8 2018

Minutes of presentation to Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, by Waterways Ireland CEO

https://www.kildarestreet.com/committees/?id=2018-11-08a.1855&s=Grand+Canal#g1857

Nov 8 2018, Presentation by CEO Waterways Ireland to Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement

https://data.oireachtas.ie/ie/oireachtas/committee/dail/32/joint_committee_on_the_implementation_of_the_good_friday_agreement/submissions/2018/2018-11-08_opening-statement-dawn-livingstone-chief-executive-waterways-ireland_en.pdf

Nov 8 2018, Minutes of discussion that followed

https://www.kildarestreet.com/committees/?id=2018-11-08a.1855&s=Grand+Canal#g1857