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Houseboats Could Help Ease Housing Crisis, Says Green Party TD

The only serviced moorings for houseboat living are in Sallins, at Shannon Harbour, and Grand Canal Dock in Dublin.

Creating more spaces for people to live on houseboats along our canals should be looked at.

There are just 32 serviced moorings across the country while Waterways Ireland has plans to add another 170 spots.

However, it could take up to seven years for planning permission to come through.

Green party TD for Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh, has criticised the length of time it could take.

The only serviced moorings for houseboat living are in Sallins, at Shannon Harbour, and Grand Canal Dock in Dublin.

Deputy Ó Cathasaigh said his cousin has lived happily in a houseboat for a number of years.

He said 15,000 people are living on boats in the UK so Ireland "can do better".

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