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Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2.
Demand for houseboat living is on the rise. Waterways Ireland says it is receiving hundreds of queries every year and has an ‘interested list’ for Grand Canal Dock alone running at 215.
However, there are provisions for just 28 residential mooring permits across Ireland – 20 at Grand Canal Dock and eight at Shannon Harbour in Co Offaly.
There are two types of extended moorings. One is a residential permit, which allows people to live full-time on their boat. At present, it carries a mooring charge of €278 a year, which is set to increase. That excludes utility charges.
Other extended mooring permits allow users to stay on their boat in certain location for no more than 90 nights.