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Public Consultations

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

Open Consultations

Waterways Ireland is pleased to present its first Climate Action Plan as a draft document for public consultation. This Climate 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 developments.


You don’t need to be a climate expert to contribute to Waterways Ireland’s ambition for climate action. It is important that we hear from as many people as possible. This consultation is open until 17th January 2022 and submissions can be made as follows:

View Waterways Ireland Climate Action Plan and related reports by following the links below:

Waterways Ireland Climate Action Plan

Appropriate Assessment (AA) Screening of Waterways Ireland Draft Climate Action Plan


If you have difficulties submitting a response online, or would like to discuss the Plan in advance of making a submission please feel free to get in touch with Project Manager Cormac McCarthy on +353-87-2787463 or +353-61-922149.

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. 

Volume No


 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

For more information contact  corporate@waterwaysireland.org


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.

Email: john.kempton@waterwaysireland.org


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