Inland Waterways

The Council meets in the Inland Waterways Sector in order to take decisions on policies and action to be implemented by Waterways Ireland.


Waterways Ireland's primary function is the management, maintenance, development and restoration of the inland navigable waterway system throughout the island, principally for recreational purposes. Waterways Ireland is responsible for the following navigation systems:

  • The Shannon-Erne Waterway
  • The Erne System
  • The Grand Canal
  • The Barrow Navigation System
  • The Lower Bann Navigation System
  • The Royal Canal
  • The Shannon Navigation System

Waterways Ireland is also charged with taking forward further studies and appraisals in relation to the possible restoration of the Ulster Canal.

Waterways Ireland's Headquarters is in Enniskillen with Regional Offices in Scarriff, Co. Clare, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim and Dublin.

You can view Inland Waterways Sector Joint Communiques in the Publications section.

Contact details for Waterways Ireland