Inland Waterways

Inland Waterways Content

Ireland’s inland waterways are important parts of our transport and industrial heritage. They hold aesthetic, recreational and spiritual values, as well as important habitats for many forms of wildlife.

Climate Change Review

The Heritage Council and Fáilte Ireland commissioned this review to inform policy, research and grant support in 2009. The main findings of the review are that the heritage of Ireland's coast is at particular risk, which will have an impact on related tourism activities. Our inland waterways will also be affected by changes in precipitation patterns, flooding, increased water pollution, and extreme weather events.

The report examines the potential impacts, as well as indirect impacts on heritage from adaptation responses such as flood-relief schemes, and renewable energy generation. Recommendations are made under the headings of: policy development, research, adaptation, awareness raising, training, and resource management.

The Heritage Council is developing its own suite of policies based on the Review which will inform its work programme in this area in the future. For further information, please contact Beatrice Kelly.

Download Climate Change Review (2009) [PDF 6MB].