A spokesman for the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland 
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if the draft proposals are approved by Minister of State for Heritage Jimmy Deenihan, 
more than 200 years of boating activity on the canal system “could be killed off with the stroke of a Minister’s pen”.

Revised bylaws and new charges for boat users could result in a “serious decline in boat traffic” on the Grand and Royal canals and Barrow Navigation,(...)