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"When injustice becomes law, revolt becomes moral duty"
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Available on RTE Radio 1 Player at this heading.
Waterways Ireland urged to postpone the scrapping of the island ferry 'Naomh Eanna'
Sam Corbett, Managing Director of Irish Ship and Barge Fabrication Company, calls for the restoration of the ferry which plied the route between Galway and the Aran Islands
What happened to her predecessor "Dun Aengus"?
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Check this link for Dick Warner's beautifully shot & narrated tale of his voyage west along the Royal Canal, aboard ex MGWR tug "Rambler".
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Turbotim10 wrote:Has anyone any update regarding the fate of the Naomh Eanna?
From the 'Save Our Ship' Facebook site.
We had our meeting with minister Deenihan on Wednesday.
I apologise for the delay in reporting however the meeting could not be described as constructive, indeed; we found the meeting quite demoralising that such were my feelings after the event I felt unable to portray it in a unbiased fashion.
We were greeted by four officials from the minister's department - also present were his senior adviser, the minister and his secretary. There was also a senior member of Waterways Ireland. Our team was myself, our financial consultant and our marine engineer & surveyor.
The Minister was most attentive and gave us a 30 minutes of his time. The meeting continued a further 30 minutes after he left.
I guess we underestimated the level of support for the heritage aspect of this endeavor in the inappropriately named 'Department of Heritage'. I understand there is some doubt in the ministers department as to the heritage value of the Naomh Eanna. As she is not yet a 100 year old 'wreck' she is afforded no protection from the minister's department.
We presented our 48 page business plan outlining the history of the ship (attached), her merits, the restoration and new businesses on board, the future revenue, cost of restoration and how we proposed to raise the money required
I think it is important to note that all contributors to the business plan gave their time voluntarily and the key contributors spent many late nights perfecting it.
The following points might summarise the meeting as I recall:
The minister was disappointed we had not secured financial backing for the restoration.(I pointed out that we have only been engaged for 6 weeks and had not the necessary time nor information to bring it to a financial institution (as a full survey could not take place without the dry docking of the ship).
The distinctly negative Waterways Ireland individual anchored the view that the ship must be scrapped. She would be allowed to roll over in the dock and be chopped up. Waterways would absolutely not cover any additional expenses incurred with the salvage of the ship. There was much debate about ownership, regardless of the fact that CIE are the registered owners in the Registrar of Shipping office in Galway. The minister reminded us of his disdain at being contacted by Councillors and TDs and the associated media pressure as he was a man to make up his own mind of these affairs.
The power of social media was also lamented by some when we highlighted the level of support we had on Facebook.
The minister's adviser reprimanded us for presuming we might have the moral support of his office. We were assured the opposite was the case. The minister's staff pointed out that we should expect to apply for planning permission to repair the ship in the dock. I wondered if Waterways Ireland had planning to do the opposite but no answer was afforded.
The group all agreed the proposed business was impressive and workable yet of little concern of theirs.
The main thread of feeling on the minister's side rested on avoiding any unnecessary expenses or responsibilities being incurred by the state.
Naomh Eanna is currently afloat in a secure dry dock, making the ship easily salvaged should she founder and the ship is inaccessible to the public.She needs no attention and could lie here unattended for years. The dock owners, NAMA are not charging for the use of the dock. We tried to make the case that there were no apparent expenses being incurred by delaying her destruction until we got our survey and then financiers on board. No more than a matter of weeks (following a positive survey). However this did not convince the senior adviser who was insistent that hidden expenses lay in store for the state
One must keep in mind that the ship has lain in a precarious shape in the dock for the full duration of Waterways Ireland's reign - 15 years - and all of a sudden they are hell bent on destroying this ship.
We were at pains to generate a feeling of positivity for this plan - a win win situation - as I see it. If the minister and Waterways just facilitated us, then with little effort or expense they could take the credit for a prominent new tourist attraction. This point did not hit home. Hence, I made the case to the minister that this project had the ability to employ 50 people and generate €250k in PRSI & PAYE. I was told this was not his concern
We were not looking to dip the department's pocket for a few shillings, we simply wanted to work with the Department and ultimately Waterways Ireland and progress both our objectives until the true condition of the ship could be evaluated.
In the end the senior adviser took on board our request that the ship should be dry docked upright under our surveyors supervision however he was at pains to point out we must undertake to cover all expenses incurred in this procedure.
We have volunteers willing to assist this operation nevertheless it is Waterways Ireland's tedious list of bureaucratic expectations regarding visitors to the dock that will cost us in the region of €6000 to fulfill. A real fly in the ointment.
Nevertheless, we are launching a public appeal to raise the funds for this essential comprehensive survey and we hope the minister will see fit to give us the opportunity to do so as we are prepared to underwrite that our group will assume responsibilities for any reasonable expenses in facilitating this.
May we finally deride that the preservation of a nation's maritime heritage should lie with the state and not with a private profit orientated company such as IS&BF. Regardless of what the public think of this company's motivation; it is a genuine pity that the preservation of these vessels lies in the hands of the private sector.
We now need to raise money and we will be setting up a paypal account for donations...more to follow
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