Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (648)

James Browne


648. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the position regarding houseboats; if there are mooring locations available in Leinster; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39538/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

Waterways Ireland is responsible for the management, maintenance, development and restoration of 1,000 km of the inland navigable waterway system throughout the island, principally for recreational purposes, including the Lower Bann Navigation, the Erne System, the Shannon-Erne Waterway, the Shannon Navigation, the Grand Canal, the Royal Canal and the Barrow Navigation

 Waterways Ireland manages three sites where there is planning permission for liveaboard houseboats on the navigation in Leinster. There are a total of 38 berths under the management of Waterways Ireland at the following locations:

Grand Canal Dock, Dublin         – 20 berths

Sallins, Co. Kildare                    – 12 berths

Shannon Harbour, Co. Offaly    –   6 Berths

There are no berths available at present at these locations. There is a waiting list for those wishing to moor in Grand Canal Dock.