Upgrade planned on canal system

Work will soon commence on the upgrade of the canal system in Lough Key Forest Park to allow canoe access.

The work will be undertaken by Waterways Ireland, the cross-border navigational authority responsible for the management, maintenance, development and promotion of over 1000 km of inland navigable waterways in Ireland.

A spokesperson for the organisation told Waterways Ireland will be undertaking an environmental screening process as part of the pre-construction phase of the project to open up a section of canal around Drummonds Island on Lough Key to canoe access. The environmental screening is currently being scheduled and once this phase is complete and the findings assessed Waterways Ireland will make definite plans to begin work in this area”.

Sources close to the project suggest that work may commence as early as October or November this year.

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