Sinn Féin East Derry MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has welcomed the news that the Lough Foyle Ferry Company with meet with the Committee for Regional Development to discuss funding issues and a change to the legislation that would facilitate this.
Mr. Ó hOisín said,
“I welcome the fact that Lough Foyle Ferry Company will make a presentation to the Committee for regional Development on the future of the ferry service between Magilligan Co. Derry and Greencastle Co. Donegal.
“The long term future of the ferry is in doubt due to lack of funding yet I believe that this can be secured with the proper political will.
“I am aware that the Lough Foyle Ferry Company has already approached Irish Transport Minister Leo Varadkar regarding this issue and I am proposing to bring forward to the Assembly a Private Members Bill which is a pre-requisite for funding this vital piece of infrastructure.
“The securing of the ferry service will add the social and tourist economy of the entire North-West region so it is important that we resolve the issues as soon as possible.
“I have already brought this matter up on many occasions and I am gratified that the DRD Committee as well as the two Councils, Limavady and Donegal have been supportive.
“A major obstacle to development of the ferry, namely the nonsense of ‘an international Port of Entry’ and the attendant costs that this incurred was very satisfactorily dealt with by former DRD Minister Conor Murphy so I hope that Minister Kennedy can be as effective, so that the service can be assured as a regular, year-round provision for tourists, locals and industry throughout the region.”