Waterways Ireland undertake Public Consultations as required under the legislation and as good practice.
There is currently one open Public Consultation:
1) Public Consultation on Draft Revisions to the Shannon Navigation Bye-laws and Grand & Royal Canal and Barrow Navigation Bye-laws
Draft 10 Year Long Term Plan
Select the link
to find out more about the Draft 10 Year Long Term Plan Public
Consultations. The consultation closed on the 18th August
2023 and a report is being prepared or publication on the website. The plan will be finalised and published in due course.
Proposed Route Options for the Shannon Greenway
Select the link to find out more about the Shannon Greenway Route Options Public Consultations. The most recent consultation closed on the 8th August 2023.
Equality Consultations 2022
Consultation was open from Tuesday 18 October 2022 and closed on Tuesday 10 January 2023 at 4 pm.
consultation contains information in relation to Waterways Ireland's
Audit of Inequalities, Draft Equality Action Plan 2023-2025 and Draft
Disability Action Plan 2023-2025.
Waterways Ireland is consulting on its Draft Equality Action Plan 2023-2025 and Draft Disability Action Plan 2023-2025.
Ireland undertook an Audit of Inequalities to establish whether any of
the Section 75 categories are or could be adversely affected or
negatively impacted by the activities of Waterways Ireland and, where
such inequalities were detected or suspected has developed a three year
Equality Action Plan to address them.
· Draft Equality Action Plan 2023-2025
· Draft Disability Action Plan 2023-2025
· Audit of Inequalities 2023-2025
· Consultation Response Document – Draft Equality Action Plan
· Consultation Response Document – Draft Disability Action Plan
Responding to the Consultation
The easiest way to respond to the consultation is by completing the Consultation Response Document(s) and returning to us by email to
or you can post the Consultation Response(s) to us at:
Equality Unit, Corporate Services
2 Sligo Road
Meeting in Person or Virtual
you prefer a meeting with us to give your comments face-to-face or
virtual we will do our best to meet your request. Please phone 028 6632
3004 and ask to speak to Roisin MacRory or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Consultation Open Days
have organised Open Days in our offices
where the Action Plans will be available to view and discuss with us.
All open days will run from 9.30 - 4.30 each day as listed below.
|Thursday 10 November 2022||Waterways Ireland, 2 Sligo Road, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, BT74 7JY|
|Tuesday 15 November 2022||Waterways Ireland, The Cutts, Castleroe Road, Coleraine, BT51 3RL|
|Wednesday 23 November 2022||Waterways Ireland, Floor 2 Block C, Ashtowngate, Navan Road, Dublin 15, D15 Y3EK|
|Tuesday 29 November 2022||Waterways Ireland, Somerview House, Old Dublin Road, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, N41 K5X7|
|Tuesday 6 December 2022||Waterways Ireland, Scarriff Harbour, Dock Road, Drewsborough, Scarriff, Co Clare, V94 H7N1|
will be made available on request in formats such as Easy Read,
Braille, audio formats, large print or minority languages to meet the
needs of those for whom English is not their first language.
Consultation closed on Tuesday 10 January 2023 at 4 pm.
Consultation Closed on June 17th
Ireland, together with Limerick City & County Council and Clare
County Council are working to develop a Limerick to Scarriff Greenway.
The proposed greenway has been identified as a signature project in the
Shannon Tourism Masterplan and would provide a gateway to and from the
heart of Limerick City to Lough Derg and the Shannon. Subject to the
selection of the preferred route, the proposed greenway would link
Limerick City to Scarriff Town with connections to nearby villages and
towns such as Clonlara, Obriensbridge, Killaloe, Ogonolloe and
Further key project objectives are as follows:
connectivity to existing routes and future greenways including Limerick
County Council's proposed greenway from Limerick to Montpellier.
and improve accessibility to a number of significant tourist
attractions and features of interest including those in Limerick City,
Killaloe Cathedral, Brian Boru Fort, St Cronan's Church and Visitor
Centre Tuamgraney and the Scarriff Workhouse.
and grow economic activity in the urban fringes of Limerick City and
Villages and Towns along and adjacent to the proposed greenway.
the adventure and recreational potential of the area through increased
sustainable tourist and amenity use of the countryside.
Your comments and feedback on Shannon Greenway are
welcome. The public consultation documents reviewed are listed below.
The submissions received under the consultation will be reviewed and
Waterways Ireland are currently carrying out the Options Selection phase of this project. Route Options have been developed, following the completion
of a feasibility report, and community feedback in respect of this
project and the route options has been sought via public consultation.
The feedback received during the consultation is not being reviewed and a
report will be published.
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Waterways Ireland Climate Action Plan (WICAP)
Action Plan reflects Waterways Ireland commitment to taking meaningful climate
action to safeguard our inland waterways for current and future generations.
The Waterways Ireland Climate Action Plan (WICAP) was shaped by extensive
collaboration with staff and stakeholders and, through its implementation,
climate action will become integral to Waterways Ireland operations and
Waterways Ireland Climate Action Plan (WICAP) was open from Tuesday 18th
October 2021 - Friday 17th January 2022. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions in
Ireland and Northern Ireland, the documentation was available online
only. Submissions are now being reviewed and we hope to
publish the final Plan in the coming weeks. In the meantime if you have
any queries feel free to contact our Climate Action Coordinator Cormac McCarthy
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0872787463.
Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Tourism Masterplan
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 are listed below.
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.
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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:
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.