It is nice to know that at least one politician has spotted the most important issue affecting Waterways Ireland. Here’s what the minister told him about the 85% of WI’s current budget that comes from her department:
Funding allocated to Waterways Ireland 2011-2014
Now, Willie, ask her how much of each year’s allocation is gobbled up by pensions.
Posted in Canals, Economic activities, Extant waterways, Ireland, Irish waterways general, Operations, People, Politics, Restoration and rebuilding, Sources, waterways, Waterways management
Tagged budget, canal, department of arts heritage and the gaeltacht, Ireland, labour, Operations, Royal Canal, waterways, Waterways Ireland, Willie Penrose
The building and the use of Irish inland waterways, by navvies and boatmen respectively, will be discussed at the May Day Labour History School, to be held at Athy Community Arts Centre on Saturday 30 April 2011. The events of the day (copied from here):
12pm-4.00pm: photographic exhibition commemorating the workers who built the canals and the boatmen who transported the goods throughout the canal network.
2pm-2.15pm: Official Opening of the Festival by the Mayor of Athy
2.15pm-4.00pm: series of talks examining the socio-economic and cultural impact that the opening of the canals had on provincial life. The typical life of the early navvies and boatmen will be brought to life, and the struggle for improvement in conditions leading to early Trade Union formation will also be explored.
8.00pm: A concert of Labour and Workers’ songs, featuring two of Dublin’s well-known balladeers, Tom Crean and Jimmy Kelly. The concert will be preceded by a Wine Reception at 7.30pm.
More details of the weekend here or here (PDF). I wouldn’t bother trying the SIPTU site: I couldn’t find the info there.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Industrial heritage, Irish inland waterways vessels, Irish waterways general, Operations, People, Politics, Waterways management
Tagged Athy, Barrow, boatmen, boats, bridge, canal, Dublin, Grand Canal, Guinness, Ireland, labour, May Day, navvies, Operations, SIPTU, turf, waterways