Michelle McIlveen of the DUP questioned the willingness of the Republic's government to continue its share of funding for ongoing restoration work on the Clones to Upper Lough Erne section of the Ulster Canal, on 25 October 2011.
Culture minister Caral Ni Chuilin was reporting to the assembly on a recent North South Ministerial Council (NSMC) meeting on inland waterways.
The minister said she understood the matter of continued funding was under consideration in Dublin.
"We haven't been told the money isn't there," she said.
The minister said the council had also heard from Waterways Ireland about the provision of 609 metres of additional moorings and the sponsorship of 70 events to promote awareness of waterways.
In her report on the NSMC meeting on languages the minister outlined a number of projects including the ongoing development of the lecture series "Aspects of our Shared Heritage".
This included a new lecture on the languages dealing with the 17th century Flight of the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster.
MLAs were informed that the Ulster -Scots Agency had delivered music and dance tuition to over 8,000 participants.