I deliberately gave this page a short heading; I might more soberly have called it “Issues in current Irish waterways policy”, but that wouldn’t have fitted at the top of the site’s front page.
This is a new top-level page, which exists to organise other pages on specific aspects of current Irish waterways policy. My concerns are often based on a desire to keep old navigations (and indeed waterways generally) accessible (which doesn’t mean restoring navigation), but the focus here is on issues of the moment rather than those of the past.
The folly of restoration: why canals should not be restored
The Ulster Canal: the prime candidate for not being restored
The Park Canal: why it should not be restored
Guano: the application of the Birds Directive to the Shannon and Fergus Estuaries
Waterways tourism: attracting more traffic, especially to existing canals, and perhaps filling in the Royal if it doesn’t get the traffic
A bonfire at Collins Barracks: how the National Museum can get rid of some tat, raise some money, buy some steam engines and stop giving a misleading picture of Irish history
Living on the canals: residential boating in Ireland