Sinn Féin Dublin EU candidate Lynn Boylan has called on the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to urgently meet with the Irish Ship and Barge Fabrication Co. to agree a plan to save Ireland’s oldest commercial ship, the Naomh Éanna.
The Dublin EU candidate said:
“My colleague Deputy Mary Lou McDonald TD has written to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht calling on him to meet with Irish Ship and Barge Fabrication Co. to discuss their proposals for rescuing the Naomh Éanna.
“We understand that a four week grace period has been granted by the Minister before the ship will be destroyed. Minister Deenihan understands that the Irish Ship and Barge Fabrication Co. need three months to put together a business plan using private investment to restore the Naomh Éanna.
“This former Galway - Aran ferry is the last ship of its kind and on that basis it is my strong view that every effort should be made to facilitate those who wish to restore her to her former glory, at no cost to the exchequer.
“The bottom line is the Naomh Éanna is worth saving.”