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Public Consultations

Waterways Ireland undertake Public Consultations as required under the legislation and as good practice.

 There are no public consultations open presently.

Closed Consultations

The public consultation on the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Tourism Masterplan for the Shannon 2020-2030  was open from Tuesday  20th October 2020 - Friday 6th November 2020. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland and Northern Ireland the documentation was available online only. The documents  reviewed under the plan were  listed below. 

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 Volume 1

Shannon Tourism Masterplan SEA Statement (Ireland)

Shannon Tourism Masterplan SEA Statement (Northern Ireland)

 Volume 2 

Shannon Tourism Masterplan
 Volume 3

Shannon Tourism Masterplan SEA Environmental Report (Ireland)

Shannon Tourism Masterplan SEA Environmental Report (Northern Ireland)

Closed Consultations

 Draft Tourism Masterplan for the Shannon 2020-2030 and associated Environmental Report

The public consultation on the above Masterplan and Associated Environmental Report took place between Wednesday 4th March 2020 until  4 pm on Wednesday 22nd April 2020 in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The documents reviewed under the plan are listed below. The submissions received under the consultation will be reviewed and considered before a final Masterplan is approved and published. Information will be available here when the publication date has been agreed. 

 Volume No


 Volume 1

 Executive Summary: Tourism Masterplan for the Shannon

 Volume 2 

 (Draft) Tourism Masterplan for the Shannon

 Volume 3 

 Baseline Study for the Tourism Masterplan of the Shannon

 Volume 4  

 Environmental Report for the Tourism Masterplan for the Shannon (Ireland)

 Environmental Report for the Tourism Masterplan for the Shannon (Northern Ireland)

 Volume 5   

  AA Screening Report and Natura Impact Report  (Ireland)

 Northern Ireland Habitats Regulations Assessment

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Carnroe Weir Scheme

As part of our remit to maintain the Lower Bann Navigation Waterways Ireland intends to carry out repair works to Carnroe Weir which is located approximately 5km north of the village of Kilrea.  The work will include the construction of a new 'all species' fish pass.

Before submitting a planning application Waterways Ireland is carrying out a consultation to advise the local community of the proposed planning application and provide an opportunity to learn about the project and provide feedback.

As part of this process Waterways Ireland is making the draft Project Description and Works Proposals, design drawings and associated environmental reports available for public consultation until the 12th August 2019.

A drop-in event will also be held to demonstrate the need for the project, the proposed works and its impacts through information boards and visuals.

An initial drop-in event took place in the Kilrea Sports Complex on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 from 6pm - 9pm.

A repeat drop-in event will take place in Kilrea Sports Complex on Thursday 18th July 2019 from 6pm to 9pm.  Please note that all information available on the 18th will be the same as was available on the 2nd July.

Your comments and feedback on the Carnroe Weir Scheme are welcome on or before July 26th, 2019.


Documents are available to download below:




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Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy

Waterways Ireland, and their project partners Monaghan County Council, Cavan County Council, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and the Mid Ulster Council, propose to develop a long-distance Greenway in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, linking Castle Saunderson in County Cavan to Charlemont in County Armagh mainly along the route of the disused Ulster Canal and using sections of disused railway infrastructure. The proposals for development of these greenway sections are provided within the Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy.

The draft Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy and associated environmental reports will be available for public consultation from the 28th April 2017 until the 21st July 2017. As part of this public consultation there will be four public information events held, which will demonstrate the proposed greenway routes, with cross sections, related imagery, and interactive mapping available. The public information events are as follows:

​Monday 8th May​3pm - 8pm ​Courtyard Room, Newtownbutler Community Hall, Co Fermanagh
​Tuesday 9th May​3pm - 8pm ​Market House in Monaghan Town, Co Monaghan
​Wednesday 10th May​3pm - 8pm ​Seven Horseshoes, Belturbet, Co Cavan
​Thursday 18th May​3pm - 8pm​Market House, Middletown, Co Armagh

Your comments and feedback on the draft Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy and associated environmental reports are welcome on or before July 21, 2017.  Draft documents are available for inspection at the project partner offices or downloaded below:

Return feedback by email:


Waterways Ireland Draft Heritage Plan 2016 - 2020

The Draft Heritage Plan Consultation Period closed Friday the 6th November. Waterways Ireland are reviewing all submissions and hope to issue the final Heritage Plan within the coming months. The Draft Heritage Plan is still available to download. Many thanks to all for their participation to date. 

For more information:

Call: +353 (0)61 922 141



Lough Erne (Navigation) (Amendment)  Bye-Laws (Northern Ireland) 2015

Waterways Ireland propose to make amendments to the Lough Erne Bye-laws. The public consultation closed on the 22nd May 2015 and the feedback received is now being considered and the proposed bye-laws may be amended before submission to the Minister and enactment. 

For more information 

Call: +44 (0)28 6632 3004 and ask for John Kempton.




5. Disability Action Plan 2015-2017

Waterways Ireland is committed to promoting positive attitudes towards people with disabilities and encouraging their participation in public life.  Waterways Ireland consulted on our Draft Disability Action Plan from Jan - Mar 2015. The draft Plan is aligned with guidance from the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland in accordance with Section 49A of the Disability Discrimination Act, 1995 (as amended by the Discrimination (NI) Order, 2006).Feedback received was considered and the Disability Action Plan 2015-2017 is now being implemented and has been published on this website.

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Post to: Waterways Ireland , 2 Sligo Road, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, BT74 7JY  

Telephone: +44 (0) 28 6634 6252                          

Text Phone: +44 (0) 28 6634 6232

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