Minister Announces Funding For Temporary Ferry Service For Dursey Island
The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced that once-off emergency funding will be made available to Cork County Council to provide a temporary ferry service for Dursey Island, according to statement published on Gov.ie.
The service ensures that Dursey Island residents and the local farming community will continue to have reliable mainland connectivity while Cork County Council repairs the existing cable car infrastructure, according to the statement published on Gov.ie, which also noted that – following an intervention by the minister – an agreement has been reached that the Department will assist Cork County Council with funding to provide a daily ferry service on a temporary basis, and, as part of the agreement, Cork County Council has confirmed that it will manage all aspects of the procurement process.
Statements By Minister Humphreys
The statement published on Gov.ie included one from Minister Humphreys, in which she said, “I know that considerable concerns have been expressed by local residents and farmers following the announcement by Cork County Council that the cable car was to close for maintenance. I have discussed the matter in detail with my government colleagues Deputy Christopher O’Sullivan and Senator Tim Lombard, and I am pleased to announce that my department will provide this emergency funding on a once-off basis, to support a temporary ferry service for Dursey Island. I know that there has been considerable concern, particularly among farmers, that they would not have access to the island to tend to their livestock. The service will ensure that […] island residents – and also the mainland-based farmers – continue to have regular access to Dursey Island while maintenance work is carried out on the cable car.”
Minister Humphreys continued, “I think a lot of stress and anxiety for the Dursey Island farmers and residents could have been avoided if consultation had taken place at an earlier stage, but, nevertheless, the most important thing is that a service will be provided, and I am pleased to confirm my department will assist Cork County Council with the funding required to put this service in place.”
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