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This afternoon.

Houseboats moored on The Grand Canal at Robertstown, County Kildare.


A petition to allow a number of people to live permanently on their houseboats along the Grand Canal in Dublin has amassed almost 6,000 signatures.

Waterways Ireland had asked the owners to move their boats, as they had overstayed their allocated time and were breaking the rules.

The owners were told that their boats would be lifted out of the water, stored and could be later sold at auction, if they did not comply.

A bill for the cost of lifting the boats would also be sent to the owners.

However, after a meeting with Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan last week, Waterways Ireland agreed not to remove any liveaboard boats, for now.

Houseboat owners in limbo over lack of full-time permits (RTÉ)


Who finds his way to these Parnassian islands?

Rob Cross writes:

My restored and colourised T. J. Molloy photo of Dublin‘s Grand Canal in the Winter of 1938 with Baggot Street Bridge [Dublin 2] in the background and the row of trees on the right is now where the Maxol Garage on Mespil Road is located…

Needs ducks.

UPDATE: Location in dispute (see comments).


This morning.

Grand Canal, Dublin 12.

Derek Haughton writes:

Poor thing must have given birth overnight. She has a rope wrapped around its legs and was left in a ditch on the canal between Kylemore and Killeen Road. Phone call has been made to DSPCA.

More as we get it.



Derek writes:

I have just went past and horse and foal have just been removed from the ditch and the owner is walking up the canal with them. The DSPCA was up and said that they are in good condition and had strong words with the owner.

The scene along the Grand Canal in Dublin after Elias Adane was seriously injured after the tent he was sleeping in was removed by an “industrial vehicle” while he was still in the tent in January. The clearing was made within hours of the General Election 2020 being called.

At the weekend.

Colin Coyle, in The Sunday Times, reported:

A homeless man who was seriously injured in January, when a digger tried to clear his tent from beside the Grand Canal in Dublin, has launched a High Court action against Dublin city council and Waterways Ireland.

…Elias Adane, the homeless man, is reported to have sustained life-changing injuries, including damage to his spinal cord. He remains in hospital.

Adane, originally from Eritrea, had been living in a tent at Wilton Terrace, near Leeson Street Bridge, for several months before the incident.

…Adane is being represented in the legal action by solicitor KOD Lyons. He came to Ireland in 2005 as an unaccompanied minor and had been homeless for several years.

Dublin tent victim Elias Adane takes fight to High Court (Colin Coyle, The Sunday Times)

Previously: “Those Tents, They Couldn’t Remain There. It Wasn’t Safe For Them”

At Leeson Street Bridge [Updated]

The scene where a homeless man suffered life-changing injuries after the tent he was sleeping in was removed by an “industrial vehicle” on January 14

Last night.

The Irish Mirror reported that a Garda investigation is continuing into the incident in which a homeless man suffering life-changing injuries while his tent was being removed from along the Grand Canal at lunchtime on January 14.

The man’s tent was being removed as part of works carried out by Waterways Ireland, which is responsible for maintenance of the canal, and Dublin City Council.

The Irish Mirror article is the first media update on the incident since the week it occurred.

The only other update came from Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar who spoke about the man during RTÉ’s Prime Time TV leaders’ debate days before the election, saying:

“We’ve been in touch with that gentleman, a housing plan is being put in place for him. Thankfully his condition, he is stable and he has asked for privacy and I don’t want to make him an issue in this debate.”

Last night, the Irish Mirror reported:

Gardaí are tracking down homeless people and pedestrians who were nearby when a man suffered life-changing injuries as he was crushed by a council lorry lift.

Detectives are piecing together the movements of the city council workers and taking statements as they gather evidence for a potential endangerment probe.

They have already taken statements from city-council-led Dublin Regional Homeless Executive outreach workers and Waterways Ireland employees.

Gardai tracking down people who were near Dublin canal when homeless man was crushed by council machinery (Irish Mirror)

Previously: “Those Tents, They Couldn’t Remain There. It Wasn’t Safe For Them”

“The Lord Mayor Should Make A Statement”