… is a loon.
Perhaps he’s basing his economic views on those of his grandfather George, who did his best to drag Ireland back from the nineteenth to the eighteenth century (although he was living — for certain values of “living” — in the twentieth).
What is it about Irish republicans and canals?
Posted in Canals, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Foreign parts, Historical matters, Industrial heritage, Politics, Ulster Canal, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged Éamon Ó Cuív, Clones sheugh, de Valera, republicans
Castle Saunderson and the border
Saunderson’s Sheugh, the latest manifestation of the proposed reconstruction of the Ulster Canal, would run along a border for much of its length. That’s the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, but there is one important border it does not seem to cross [as far as I can see]: that between counties Cavan and Monaghan.
Has Cavan stolen the sheugh from its northern neighbour? I’m sure that folk in the Monaghan part of the Dáil constituency of Cavan-Monaghan won’t mind, but I wonder whether the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, who is a TD from the Monaghan end and is in charge of Sheughery, is concerned that her Monaghan colleague Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin [Sinn Féin] might turn the situation to his party’s advantage. On the other hand, from Sinn Féin’s viewpoint, the question might be whether any sheugh is better than none.
Of course, as soon as a coalition of Sinn Féin and the Éamon Ó Cuív wing of Fianna Fáil takes power, we’ll have the entire Ulster Canal built immediately. And there will be grants for growing flax, carrying corn to Dublin and draining the Shannon [which might mean that there are no southern boats to visit the Ulster Canal].
I should say, though, that Davy, in two reports out today, is not very worried about what Sinn Féin might do: Finfacts story here; Davy here; the two reports here and here [each of which should open as a PDF; if that doesn’t work, use the links on the Davy or the Finfacts page].
Map: OpenStreetMap; copyright explained here.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Canals, Drainage, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Foreign parts, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Non-waterway, Politics, Restoration and rebuilding, Shannon, Ulster Canal, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged Éamon Ó Cuív, bridge, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Castle Saunderson, Cavan, Clones, Clones sheugh, dcal, department of arts heritage and the gaeltacht, department of culture arts and leisure, Erne, flax, Heather Humphreys, Ireland, lock, Lough Neagh, Monaghan, Northern Ireland, Saunderson's Sheugh, Shannon, Sinn Fein, Ulster Canal, waterways, Waterways Ireland
Nice PQ from Éamon Ó Cuív here:
Éamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail). Question 446: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if Waterways Ireland will have to pay for the abstraction of water for use in the Royal Canal, the Grand Canal, the Shannon-Erne Waterway and other man-made waterways as a result of the reasoned opinion from the European Union in November 2011; the reply sent by him regarding same to the Union; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8122/12]
Here is the European Commission’s press release on the subject.
Posted in Drainage, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Ireland, Irish waterways general, Non-waterway, Operations, Politics, Shannon, Sources, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged abstraction, Éamon Ó Cuív, canal, Grand Canal, Ireland, Royal Canal, Shannon-Erne Waterway, use, water, waterways, Waterways Ireland