The development of the Plot 8 site at the Grand Canal Docks, Ringsend, was to be the most valuable of three sites to be sold by Waterways Ireland, with Craggy Island hoping to use the proceeds to fund the Ulster Canal. The DDDA’s interest in Plot 8 has now passed to NAMA.
I provided background information from the Oireachtas Committee of Public Accounts here; the DDDA announcement is here but NAMA, alas, has no information at the moment.
DDDA had withdrawn permission for IWAI Dublin Branch to work on the graving docks at the site.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Operations, People, Politics, Restoration and rebuilding, Ulster Canal
Tagged canal, Craggy Island, DDDA, Department of Community Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Dublin, Erne, Grand Canal, Ireland, lock, Lough Neagh, NAMA, Operations, quay, U2, Ulster Canal, waterways, Waterways Ireland
The Irish government has decided that it cannot afford to pay for:
- a road in the United Kingdom
- some railway lines in Dublin, Meath and the west
- a prison in the countryside.
But what of the Ulster Canal? It is not explicitly mentioned in the Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2012-16: Medium Term Exchequer Framework document published on 10 November 2011. It is not clear that the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will have enough money to pay for it: here is my assessment. In the absence of explicit information from the department, I would welcome information from other sources.
Posted in Built heritage, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Foreign parts, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Irish waterways general, Politics, Restoration and rebuilding, Ulster Canal, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged A5, Clones, Craggy Island, department of arts heritage and the gaeltacht, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Ulster Canal, waterways, Waterways Ireland