Shannon Navigation Act, 1990


1.—(1) In this Act—

“boat” includes any barge, vessel or other water-craft;

“the Commissioners” means the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland and references to the Commissioners include references to their servants and agents;

“land” includes any land covered by water;

“the Minister” means the Minister for Finance;

“the navigation channel” means the parts of the Shannon navigation referred to in paragraph (a) of the definition of “the Shannon navigation” in this subsection, the canals and locks referred to in paragraph (b) of that definition and the parts accessible to boats of the harbours referred to in that paragraph;

“the Shannon Act” means the Act of the British Parliament 2 & 3 Vict., c. 61, as amended or extended;

“the Shannon navigation” means—

(a) the river Shannon, the lakes from or through which it flows, and such of the rivers which flow into it or into those lakes as are or have been improved or made navigable by the Commissioners or by other persons under powers conferred by statute, within the limits standing fixed and determined for the time being under section 39 of the Shannon Act, and

(b) the canals, locks, harbours, wharfs, landing places, piers, quays, weirs and other works and land constructed by or vested in the Commissioners, whether before or after the passing of this Act, for the purpose of the use or improvement of any of those rivers or lakes, within the limits aforesaid, or the navigation thereof or any other purpose authorised by the Shannon Act;

“the vesting day” means the day appointed under section 9 to be vesting day.

(2) A reference in this Act to a section is to a section of this Act, unless it is indicated that reference to some other enactment is intended.

(3) A reference in this Act to a subsection or paragraph is to a subsection or paragraph of the provision in which it occurs, unless it is indicated that a reference to some other provision is intended.

(4) A reference in this Act to any enactment shall be construed as a reference to that enactment as amended or adapted by or under any subsequent enactment.