Call for a ban to be placed on jet-skis

Independent Councillor Des Guckian has called for a ban to be placed on jet-skis and speed boats on the River Shannon.

Independent Councillor Des Guckian has called for a ban to be placed on jet-skis and speed boats on the River Shannon.

After receiving a number of complaints from locals, Cllr Guckian also requested that speeding on the waters of the Shannon be outlawed.

The council said they have not received any complaints about speeding, jet-skis or speed boats. It was outlined that Waterways Ireland are the responsible authority within the navigation. The council advised complaints should be forwarded to Waterways Ireland.

Cllr Guckian said the council should have a role in the speed limits on the Shannon. He noted that Westmeath and Cavan authorities have banned the use of jet-skis on their lakes.

He said the speed boats and jet-skis are causing big waves, disrupting wild life and the many visitors looking for a relaxing and quiet time on the Shannon.

“Anyone who has an eye in their head will see them,” he commented, before explaining that some speed boats can reach up to 60mph.

Cllr Guckian said he believed hotels as well as Tourism Ireland would welcome the ban and it would increase visitors to the region.

Chairperson of the Carrick District Council, Cllr Sinead Guckian said the bye laws for banning jet-skis which were introduced for county councils in 2005 are specific to lakes and do not cover rivers.

Engineer, Vincent Dwyer said it was more complicated to regulate rivers as they move through a few counties, but he suggested it be sent to the Planning SPC to be discussed further and to liaise with Waterways Ireland.

Cllr Sean McGowan said fishermen and visitors could be disrupted by speed boats and suggested they meet with Waterways Ireland to discuss some sort of a compromise.

Cllr Des Guckian disagreed with a compromise, he called speeding on the water a “form of anti social behaviour.”

He said these people who are speeding on the water are “getting their kicks at other people’s expense.”

Cllr Sinead Guckian said a broad ban doesn’t make sense, but designated areas could maybe be discussed so all users could enjoy the water of the Shannon.