Council to discuss ferry crisis as service shuts down until March

Thu, Dec 01, 2016

The Galway County Council is expected to discuss the ongoing impasse over ferry services to Inis Mór at its budget meeting this morning (Thursday). Councillors are expected to be asked to reduce the passenger levy on the service from 80c to 40c per passenger, and to scrap a €5 passenger fee for permanent residents on the island.

The move follows the withdrawal of services between the island and Ros a Mhíl yesterday as a result of a lengthy dispute over the passenger levies. Island Ferries Teo, the company which operates the service, made what it said would be its last sailing of the winter at 6pm yesterday. The company said the service would be suspended until March 27.

While talks over the impasse continued yesterday there was no sign of a resolution at the time of going to press.


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