Waterways Ireland is one of the six North/South Implementation Bodies established under the British Irish Agreement in 1999.
Waterways Ireland manages, maintains, develops and promotes over 1000km inland navigable waterways principally for recreational purposes. The waterways under the remit of the body are the Barrow Navigation, the Erne System, the Grand Canal, the Lower Bann, the Royal Canal, the Shannon-Erne Waterway and the Shannon Navigation.
Waterways Ireland's Headquarters is in Enniskillen, and regional offices are located in Carrick-on-Shannon, Dublin and Scarriff.Waterways Ireland's activities are planned under a Corporate Plan 2013-2016 which is approved by the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in Ireland.
Waterways Ireland is focused on;
- Manage and maintain the 1,000 km of navigation in our care to provide safe, open and accessible public recreational space.
- Inspire more people to discover and enjoy recreational activities on the inland waterways, and to explore these rich environment and heritage attractions.
- Focus future development on unlocking opportunities to achieve recreational growth, and economic and social development.
- Re-organise and optimise the use of our resources to deliver a high quality public service, and achieve budget efficiencies.
- Explore and develop opportunities to earn income to fund future investment in the inland waterways.
- Continue to develop Waterways Ireland as the respected and valued custodian of the inland waterways.