Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 4 July 2024

Public Accounts Committee

Financial Statements 2022: Waterways Ireland

9:30 am

Photo of Brian StanleyBrian Stanley (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Fein)
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Deputy Murphy can gather her thoughts. I wish to ask about the Grand Canal. Mr. McDonagh is going to give us a note on the breakdown of the €125,000.

The proposed Shannon pipeline is back in the news again, so to speak. There are arguments for and against it, but I will not get into them here as that is for another forum. An issue was raised by some boat owners and operators in the lower Shannon area about the effect of such a volume of water being taken out of the Shannon. I was surprised by this argument because since the foundation of the State every government has promised to deal with the flooding of the Shannon. In my time in the House, constituents in west Offaly, not just in winter time but on a number of occasions, were in contact with me about their farms and homes being flooded. Would a pipeline lower the levels to the point that cruisers would hit the bottom?

Has Waterways Ireland raised any concerns about that?