Waterways Ireland has kindly supplied me with the Shannon traffic figures for January and February 2014. The usual caveats apply. I have not made any charts because the traffic levels were so low:
- in January, nineteen boats were recorded; of them, ten went through Portumna Bridge. Thirteen boats were private and six hired
- in February, thirteen boats were recorded, five of them at Portumna; nine were private and four hired.
The total of 32 boats in the two months is extremely low. Since 2003, the Jan–Feb totals have been:
As Waterways Ireland intends to “prioritise navigation opening times to the times of greatest use, in order to achieve maximum use of resources available”, we may expect the Shannon to be closed in winter.
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I have sent this email to Bernard Durkan, a Fine Gael TD for Kildare North:
It is reported that, in the Dáil on 6 March 2014, you said:
“The canal restoration that has taken place over the past 50 years was largely done through voluntary effort. While Waterways Ireland has an involvement in upgrading the canals, and it has a responsibility that we all respect, cognisance should be taken of the huge voluntary effort in the restoration of the canals.”
I would be grateful if you could tell me the evidence for your assertion. How did you measure restoration and the respective contributions of volunteers and of Waterways Ireland and its predecessor bodies?
I may confess that I think he’s talking through his hat, but I will read his evidence with interest.
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