Concerns raised over Limerick’s Park Canal

WATERWAYS Ireland says it would be “delighted” to meet with members of Limerick City Council to discuss their concerns over the condition of the Park Canal.

WATERWAYS Ireland says it would be “delighted” to meet with members of Limerick City Council to discuss their concerns over the condition of the Park Canal.

Arrangements are being finalised to facilitate a “field trip” for members of the City Council’s Environmental strategic policy committee who are unhappy with the condition of the canal, which extends from the city centre to the University of Limerick

Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon says parts of the canal, which was upgraded in recent years as part of the Riverside City initiative, are in a “disgraceful condition”.

Cllr O’Hanlon says rubbish, which has been dumped in the water has not been cleaned and he says trees and bushes on the banks are beginning to encroach onto the canal.

He says poor water flows have also resulted in stagnant water and the formation of algae on the surface.

“You wouldn’t put a dog into it now. It should be a beautiful walkway for tourists and the bottom line is that somebody has to be responsible for maintaining it,” he said.

In a statement, Katrina Mc Girr of Waterways Ireland said: “In the past Waterways Ireland has assisted the council in cleaning the canal area when requested. Waterways Ireland is currently working with the council to schedule the next clean-up.”

Ms McGirr said a representative of Waterways Ireland “would be delighted to attend a meeting of the Council’s Environmental Strategic Policy Committee” if a formal invite is received.