WATERWAYS Ireland is to explore the commercial potential of the Dublin stretch of both the Royal and Grand Canals.
The All-Ireland body wants to identify, develop and deliver commercial, tourism and recreational projects for the canals as well as infrastructural investment required. Consultants are to carry out a study on the canals in conjunction with Dublin City Council, the Dublin Docklands Development Authority and Failte Ireland.
"We want to develop not only the canals but the land surrounding them. Through the study we hope to draw up a development plan for what we call the Canal Corridor - that's the canal and surrounding land. We'll take into account all the related issues so we can proactively develop the area ," said Eanna Rowe of Waterways Ireland.
The Dublin city canals are mostly used for recreational activities such as boating, canoeing and rowing.