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Magilligan Ferry deserving of subvention - Ó hOisín

17 October, 2012 - by Cathal Ó hOisín

Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Regional Development Committee, Cathal Ó hOisín has called on the Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy to provide assistance to the Magilligan / Greencastle ferry.

 Speaking today following the Regional Development committee which he chaired Mr Ó hOisín said:

 “The Magilligan / Greencastle ferry is an essential product for the enhancement of tourism and infrastructure in the North West. It provides a similar service to the Strangford and Rathlin Island ferries, however the difference is that there are significant levels of subvention provided by government to these two ferry services.

 “The current level of expenditure sees the Strangford ferry be granted £2.2m per annum, the Rathlin Island ferry being granted £600,000 per annum while the Magilligan ferry receives nothing from DRD.

 “The Magilligan / Greencastle ferry is only maintained by a £30,000 investment by both Limavady and Donegal County Councils.

 “This ferry service is a valuable link for both those visiting this area and local people cutting travel times and also providing local employment opportunities and boosting local businesses. 

 “At the moment it is only able to operate seasonally and I would call on the Regional Development minister to provide a subvention, similar to the other two ferry services to ensure that this service can expand and continue into the future.”

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