Proposed Canal Byelaw Changes Criticised By IRBOA In Committee Meeting

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It says the changes will force people into homelessness.

Canal byelaw changes will force people into homelessness and criminalise uninformed citizens.

That's the charge from the Irish Residential Boat Owners Association in the face of Athlone's Waterways Ireland's proposed changes to the laws that govern those that use the Grand and Royal Canal, as well as the river Shannon and Barrow Navigation.

Possible changes include an annual registration process, in-water inspections and insurance for boats.

IRBOA says the measures are designed to only increase revenue and autocratic control for Waterways Ireland.

Gerry Gleeson of the association is calling for the laws to be rejected by the Department of Housing:

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