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Equality

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Waterways Ireland is committed to equality of opportunity for all existing and potential employees, customers, suppliers, contractors and stakeholders. In carrying out its functions, powers and duties it is fully dedicated to the fulfilment of its obligation to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity, as required under Section 75 and Schedule 9 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

In carrying out the functions relating to Northern Ireland, Waterways Ireland is required to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity between: 

    • persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age marital status or sexual orientation​
    • men and women generally
    • persons with a disability and persons without
    • ​​persons with dependants and persons without​​

In addition Waterways Ireland is required to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion or racial group. 

The Waterways Ireland Equality Scheme outlines the commitment to Equality matters and how it is proposed to fulfil the obligations when carrying out the Section 75 duties.  ​


​​Equality Documents

Waterways Ireland Approved Equality Scheme

Waterways Ireland Disability Action Plan 2015 - 2017

Easy Read Version of the Waterways Ireland Equality Scheme

Audit of Inequalities & Action Plan 2013 - 2016

ECNI - Annual Progress Report 2014 - 2015​​


Screening Rep​orts

Policies are screened in accordance with Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 

Screening PeriodPolicyAimDescriptionOutcome
​​​​Oct - Dec 2015​Business Continutiy Plan​​To enable business to continue in the event of a crisis​Plans and procedures to enable business to continue in the event of a crisis​Screened out ​- no adverse impact on any Section 75 group
​​Apr-Sept 2015​Paddlesport Safety at Locks​​Safety for Paddlesport users​Guidance and useful information for Paddlesportusers of the Navigations​Screened out - no adverse impact on any Section 75 Group.
​​Apr-Sept 2015​Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan​Identify, conserve and promote the sustainable use of the unique waterways heritage for the enjoyment of this and future generations​Set out a clear and coherent strategy and framework for the protection and enhancement of heritage, as owned or affected by our works over the period 2016-2020.​Screened out – no adverse impact on any Section 75 group.
​Jan – Mar 2015​Records Management Policy Statement and Retention & Disposal Schedule​​Staff guidelines on managing records held and created by Waterways Ireland​​​Manage the information held within records in Waterways Ireland​​Screened out​​
​Oct – Dec 2014​No policies screened
​​​Jul – Sep 2014​Disability Action Plan 2015-2017​​Encourage interaction between people with disabilities and Waterways Ireland​​​To encourage people with disabilities to take part in recreational activities and avail of the services of Waterways Ireland​​​Screened out
​Apr – Jun 2014​​No policies screened
​​Jan-Mar 2014​Social Media​Guidelines for staff in relation to social media​Internal policy for WI staff on their responsibilities when accessing social media​No significant impacts on equality of opportunity
​Jan-Mar 2014​Parental Leave Policy​Guidelines for staff in relation Parental Leave​Internal policy for WI staff on guidelines for Parental Leave​No significant impacts on equality of opportunity

For further information on any of the above policies, or to obtain a copy of the screening form ​contact the Equality Officer​.

To view a list of Consultees, click here.

The Equality Officer can be contacted at:
Waterways Ireland​, 
2 Sligo Road, 
Enniskillen, 
Co Fermanagh, 
BT74 7JY​

Telephone: +44 (0) 28 6634 6252 
Text Phone: +44 (0) 28 663 4623​
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