Thursday, 12 December 2019

Questions (377)

Brendan Smith


377. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when a new facility (details supplied) will be available for use; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52436/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

Waterways Ireland has progressed on delivering on the 2015 Government approval to create a 2.5km stretch of the Ulster Canal from the Erne Navigation to the International Scout Centre at Castlesaunderson, Co. Cavan.

The project has been fully funded by my Department.

The navigation channel on the River Finn up to Castlesaunderson is now open to waterway users, the channel having been dredged where required. Approximately 1 km downstream of Castlesaunderson a new navigation bridge, together with a new short lateral canal, beside Derrykerrib Bridge has been constructed.

Waterways Ireland has worked with Cavan County Council in relation to recreational amenities at the Council site at Castlesaunderson, including a public jetty.

A contract for the construction of this new floating jetty was substantially completed in October 2019. The jetty will be operational for the 2020 boating season once reinstatement works are complete.