Brendan Smith TD and W T Mulvany

Wednesday 22 May 2013

Brendan Smith [FF, Cavan-Monaghan]: To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the position regarding the feasibility study that has been underway for some time in relation to the proposed extension of the Erne Navigation from Belturbet to Killykeen and Killeshandra; when this study will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Jimmy Deenihan [FG Kerry North/West Limerick]: I am informed by Waterways Ireland that the current position is that work is continuing on the collection of data relating to this project and Waterways Ireland is currently preparing draft options for the project. At that point consultants will then assess the environmental implications of the options. It is expected that the feasibility study will be completed as planned by the end of 2013.

19 December 2013

Brendan Smith: To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he has received the feasibility study on the proposed extension of the Erne navigation from Belturbet to Killeshandra and Killykeen; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Jimmy Deenihan: I am informed by Waterways Ireland that it commissioned a Strategic Environment Assessment for the possible extension of the Erne Navigation from Belturbet to Killeshandra and Killykeen.

On reviewing the environmental information from this process, Waterways Ireland considers that the environmental designations of this lake complex make the feasibility of the proposed navigation extension highly unviable. For that reason, I am advised that Waterways Ireland does not propose to pursue this project any further at this time.

11 December 2014

Brendan Smith: To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the position regarding the proposal to extend the Erne navigation from Belturbet to Killykeen and Killeshandra, County Cavan; when this project will proceed to the next stage; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

Heather Humphreys [FG, Cavan-Monaghan]: I have been informed by Waterways Ireland that it commissioned a Strategic Environmental Assessment for the proposed extension of the Erne Navigation from Belturbet to Killeshandra and Killykeen in County Cavan. I am further advised that, on reviewing the environmental information from this process, Waterways Ireland’s considered view is that the development of a viable project is not feasible, given the conservation designations of the lake complex. Waterways Ireland does not, therefore, propose to pursue the proposal further at this time.

It would be nice if Mr Smith would (a) check what he was told last time and (b) tell whatever constituent is lobbying for this scheme to get stuffed. Even W T Mulvany wasn’t able to get a navigation to Lough Oughter.

Building more navigations in Ireland is a waste of money: it simply spreads the existing business more thinly. It will not attract extra business from inside or outside the state (apart from a small number of waterway twitchers). Some pub-owners in Killykeen or Killeshandra might sell some more beer-like substance, and if they would like to pay for a navigation that’s fine, but there is no advantage to the state in paying for it.

Thanks to KildareStreet for the notification.

One response to “Brendan Smith TD and W T Mulvany

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