I have today sent this email to both Waterways Ireland and Clare County Council.
This email is being sent to Waterways Ireland (Scarriff office) and Clare County Council.
Let us suppose that, during the summer season (15 May to 15 September), I set off on my boat, with my dogs, from somewhere at the northern end of Lough Derg; I moor in Mountshannon at 11.15am.
Under Clare County Council’s beach bye-laws (number 16), I may not take my dogs ashore until 6.00pm: they will be confined to Waterways Ireland’s piers and pontoons. The entire area of the car park, the access from the piers to the roads, is off limits to dogs between 11.00am and 6.00pm.
Perhaps you might, for the convenience of visiting dog-owners, designate a corridor through which dogs (on leads) might be taken to land. After all, the area in question is not actually a beach: it is a car park.
Posted in Ashore, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Ireland, Modern matters, Operations, Shannon, Tourism, Water sports activities, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged beach, bye-laws, dogs, Lough Derg, Mountshannon, Shannon, Waterways Ireland
I’ve been asked what it is. Its principal claim to fame is that it is not Holyhead.
Which is just as well. You can’t drive there, unless you’re a resident: you have to walk, which will give you an appetite for a pint or two in Ty Coch.
But the inability to drive there would have made it difficult to operate car ferries.
Driving through the village of Castleconnell [Co Limerick] recently, I found that it had acquired one — nay, two — of those stupid signs.
Road closed display 1
They’re stupid because, with the information spread over several displays, you can’t take it all in quickly. Unless, of course, you’re prepared to focus entirely on reading the sign, ignoring everything else on and around the road. Which in this case is passing a primary school.
I suppose you could stop and photograph it ….
Road closed display 2
The information on the first two displays could have been compressed and put on one:
8AM 13th – 6PM 14th
That still leaves two displays, but on the last one, the important one, compression has been taken too far:
Road closed display 3
Road closed at X, eh? Well, there’s a useful piece of information … or it might be, if we had Long John Silver’s map, with X marking the spot.
X is, of course, the unknown quantity, so this sign is telling us that the road will be closed at a specified time but at an unspecified place.
What dictionary are road-users to consult to find the meaning of X?
And why can’t the powers-that-be communicate clearly in English?
I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.
That’s from the Gospel according to St Wikipedia.
Revenue’s figures, though, suggest that most of us are compliant, with around 99 per cent of taxpayers willingly handing over what the State believes is due.
Assuming this is true, the best way that Revenue can ensure the habit continues is to continue enforcing the rules effectively. Not because this scares people into paying, but because it reassures the vast majority who do that those who do not stand a good chance of being caught.
That’s from the Cantillon column in the Irish Times of 5 January 2019.
And to think that, just over four years ago, Cantillon was arguing for the continuance of a tax scheme under which 99 per cent of taxpayers were evaders. We rejoice at his or her conversion to the paths of righteousness.
Give that columnist a 99, Agent 99.
Posted in Economic activities, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Modern matters
Tagged Cantillon, green diesel, Irish Times, mineral oil tax, private pleasure craft, Revenue, tax, tax evasion
Now that the Department of Finance and the ISA have raised the white flag and abandoned the tax-evaders’ delight, the Mineral Oil Tax scheme for private pleasure craft, I thought I might rewrite my page on tax-dodging boat-owners. The version here is completely new.
Owners who wish to pay the tax in 2019 for 2018 will find information here. Private owners want Form PPN1; the link on that page still shows last year’s form but it may be possible to use it, changing the dates as appropriate. That’s what Revenue told me to do last year.
Posted in Economic activities, Extant waterways, Ireland, Irish inland waterways vessels, Modern matters, Operations, Sea, Shannon, Water sports activities, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged green diesel, mineral oil tax, private pleasure craft, tax-dodgers
The shortage of water for the Royal Canal has been covered a few times on these pages with pieces about its feeders in general, the Lough Owel feeder in particular and the proposed replacement supply from Lough Ennell. Last I heard, the Lough Ennell proposal had become a matter for Irish Water rather than for the local authority, which sent the whole thing back to the drawing-board but if, Gentle Reader, you have more recent information, do please leave a Comment below.
A recent post about the inadequacy of back-pumping from the Inny led to a discussion in the Comments, from which it became plain that the Lough Owel feeder was well below normal levels and that the water supply to Mullingar, never mind that to the canal, was seriously inadequate. I was prompted to suggest that one of these might be the best type of boat for the Royal.
But I see from the blatts that the seventh cavalry, in the shape of Irish Water (whistling Garryowen, of course), intends to take water from Lough Ree to supply Athlone, Mullingar and Moate.
Perhaps there will be some to spare for the Royal Canal.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Canals, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Modern matters, Operations, Shannon, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged Garryowen, irish water, Lough Owel, Lough Ree, Mullingar, Royal Canal, Shannon, water
So there you are, en route from Kingsbridge railway station in Dublin to Westport in Co Mayo. Or, as it might be, from Westport to Dublin. Either way, the journey takes at least three hours.
What you would like, of course, is to lengthen the journey by making a little stop along the way. In particular, you would like to stop in Roscommon to see the Church of the Sacred Heart. You could get off your train, visit the church and then catch the next train. You might even be able to do the same in Castlerea.
That is according to Senator Terry Leyden of Fianna Fáil. Now that the Shannon stopover, which hijacked transatlantic passengers en route to Dublin, is no more, the good Senator proposes an equivalent for the railways.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Ireland, Modern matters, Passenger traffic, People, Rail
Tagged Kingsbridge, railway, Roscommon, Terry Leyden, Westport