The Ulster Canal is a derelict waterway running from Charlemont in Co. Armagh to Wattlebridge in Co. Fermanagh, the aim of which was to connect Lough Neagh to Lough Erne. Never a commercial success and limited by the deliberate decision to build the locks/overbridges at a width narrower than the rest of the canals in Ireland.
The IWAI seek to replicate the economic failure of the original canal by compelling the Republic of Ireland taxpayer to "restore" the canal to commercial use. This will necessarily involve the elimination of the industrial heritage of the canal.
I have set out my arguments against "restoration" on this site, which can be accessed here.
In the last edition of the IHAI newsletter, the editor of same offered to start a debate for/against the proposed rebuilding of the canal. Upon submitting my contribution to the debate (now published by me at the link above), publication was declined. We can have any debate as long as it is in favour of the demolition of the Ulster Canal. Sort of like the Lisbon Treaty.
An even better argument by someone far more knowledgeable than me about waterways (Brian Goggin) can be found on his website here.
Update 10th March 2011
I received the most recent IHAI newsletter today and the editor has finally consented to arguments for and against the "restoration". However, not my article. Enough said.
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