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To: Waterways Ireland

Barge Mooring permits From Grand canal Dock to Portobello and from Portobello to Suir road

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Gar Longain
Barge Mooring permits From Grand canal Dock to Portobello and from Portobello to Suir road

To John Mc Donagh (CEO of Waterways Ireland), Patrick Harkin (Inspector of Navigation, Waterways Ireland), Shane Anderson (Assistant Inspector of Navigation, Waterways Ireland) and Carey Robinson (waterways Ireland ).The signatures on this petition are requesting Waterways Ireland to issue continuous mooring permits for two to three residential boats between locks and one commercial permit for a barge & rooftop cafe in Portobello, Dublin 8 . We are asking for EMPs along the navigation for four boats until residential berths can be finalized.

The issue of antisocial behaviour has been prevalent in Portobello Harbour in recent times. Many Portobello residents feel that a presence on the water, by way of a barge community, will help alleviate some of the unwanted gatherings which take place nightly on the canalside. This proposed mooring would breathe new life into the empty and poorly lite stretches adjacent to Portobello Habour. Furthermore, it will add visually to the area and increase the sense of community for both land and water residence.

Businesses and the local economy have faced a very difficult time over this last 3 to 4 months and many have been closed for long periods of time, with some businesses having recently reopened and others planning to reopen over the coming weeks.

This is also an opportunity as a society to reflect on the use of public space and to possibly reimagine our use of, and relationship with, that space, so that we can reopen our society and city with renewed hope as we recover from the exceptional challenges posed by Covid-19.

It is time for Liveaboard boats in Ireland to have recognition.
Dialogue need to start about moorings , services and permits nationally , not just in Dublin .

There is a black barge moored for several months on the grand canal and would like to remain in the portobello area continuously . We would like to discuss the option of getting a commercial permit or an EMP at the dock in the near future. We are asking for your help in making this a reality for The grand canal in Dublin.

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Why is this important?

Add visually to the area .
Breath life into the canals .
Prevent antisocial behavior in portobello and all along our canals .
Asking Waterways Ireland to deliver on their mission statement.

How it will be delivered

We will be printing and sending the petition to CEO of waterways Ireland John Mc Donagh and associated staff members .

Portobello, Dublin, Ireland

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Reasons for signing

  • This area is crying out for better use of the canal system . It's a great way to allow people to come and sit on the water .
  • Adds to the area
  • Add to the area


2020-07-07 22:59:55 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2020-06-19 20:11:07 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-06-19 13:40:25 +0100

500 signatures reached

2020-06-18 22:52:01 +0100

100 signatures reached

2020-06-18 21:04:01 +0100

50 signatures reached

2020-06-18 19:51:11 +0100

25 signatures reached

2020-06-18 19:32:42 +0100

10 signatures reached