Waterways Ireland Funding for 2019 – Mar 3

Minister Madigan in her opening remarks to the Dáil Select Committee on March 6 2019,  confirmed the overall allocation for 2019 from the ROI Government to Waterways Ireland is €25.1m.  [This represents €20,737,000 in Current Funding and €4,380,000 in Capital Funding]

The Current Funding for 2019 is €.7m less than the Funding in 2002 and €5.8m less than in 2011. 

in €000’s




Current from ROI (85%)




Over 90% of the waterways remained open during the 2019 [Editor:  Typo?  2018]  boating season. The programme of towpath redevelopment along 140km of the Royal Canal continued throughout the year as did work to extend navigation on the Ulster Canal from Upper Lough Erne to Castle Saunderson with the completion of a bypass canal channel and new bridge at Derrykerrib. Waterways Ireland successfully hosted the 2018 World Canals Conference in Athlone with 320 delegates attending from 12 countries, 48 speakers and 7 tours taking in 11 counties and 5 navigations.

Taken from Speaking Notes for Ms. Josepha Madigan, TD, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.