John McKeown

There is a short interview here with John McKeown of WI about implementation of EU legislation on Irish waterways.

2 responses to “John McKeown

  1. On this island, in some ways, we have it easy in Ireland with just one overall water authority interpreting legislation, managing, operating and developing our canals, rivers and lakes and interacting with local authorities.
    In the UK they are attempting to come up with an agreed best practice through AINA (Association of Inland Navigation Authorities). AINA has 21 members who have 5500 km of waterways between them. Their members include British Waterways (3500 km mostly canals and some rivers), Environment Agency (mostly rivers), the Broads Authority (lakes), national park and local government authorities, private canal companies, internal drainage boards, and a variety of public and charitable trusts.

  2. Up to a point, Lord Copper …. WI certainly manages most miles, but it is not the sole navigation authority on this island. Some inland navigations have no authority; others do: the Corrib Navigation Trustees, the Office of Public Works (for the Maigue), the ESB (Iniscarra, Ardnacrusha, Blessington), the National Parks and Wildlife Service (Killarney), Newry & Mourne District Council (Newry Ship Canal). There may be more. bjg

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