06 Oct 2022

Boat owners avoiding Tullamore because of condition of canal

Boat owners avoiding Tullamore because of canal's condition

Boat owners avoiding Tullamore because of condition of canal

BOAT owners are avoiding Tullamore because of domestic waste and sediment in the Grand Canal, a local councillor has claimed.

Cllr Ken Smollen said boat owners were afraid their propellers would be damaged due to the canal's condition.

Speaking at last week's meeting of Tullamore Municipal District, Cllr Smollen called on Offaly County Council to engage with Waterways Ireland on the issue.

“We need all the tourists we can get,” he stressed.

Senior Engineer, Mary Hussey of the council's Environment and Water Section, said the body would talk to Waterways about the condition of the canal through the town.

“I wasn't aware there was a navigation issue,” she added.

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