Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Questions (114)

Jack Wall

Question:

114. Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if Waterways Ireland is aware of the serious condition of Binn's Canal Bridge, Robertstown, County Kildare; if so, the actions planned by Waterways Ireland to repair the bridge; if Waterways Ireland has had any meetings with Kildare County Council in regard to the road on the bridge and the lead-in and exit from the bridge; if so, the results of such meetings; the actions taken or proposed; if Waterways Ireland is aware of the major concerns of the local Tidy Towns committee in regard to the condition of the bridge in regard to its possible closure and the effect that such a closure would have on the business and sporting and community life of the village; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21728/14]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

I am informed by Waterways Ireland that it is aware of the condition of the road ramp leading up to Binn's Canal Bridge, Robertstown, and has been in discussions with Kildare County Council in relation to that matter. I am also advised that Waterways Ireland is currently developing design proposals for repairs to the supporting wall, which will also require further discussion with Kildare County Council before implementation.

As the Deputy is aware, Kildare County Council is the road authority for the area. Should they wish to close part of the road or undertake any earlier road repair, Waterways Ireland will work with Kildare County Council in this regard.