Fundraiser for man left homeless after his DIY houseboat was confiscated raises €2000 –

A fundraising page set up to help a Kildare man whose homemade houseboat was confiscated by Waterways Ireland had raised more than €2,000 after just one day.

nthony Hall had built the floating house during lockdown and located it at on a canal at Lowtown in Co Kildare, and after a visit from Waterways Ireland personnel on May 19 believed everything was in order.

It consisted of a cabin structure on top of large barrels for buoyancy.

Mr Hall said they complimented him on its construction and reminded him that a mooring fee would have to be paid.

But two days later a letter was stuck on the door of the houseboat by Waterways Ireland saying it was in breach of the Canals Act, and he had ten days to remove it or Waterways Ireland would remove it.

“I couldn’t believe it. Two days earlier when they had arrived they

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