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Roaringwater Bay to Get Freight Service

20th August 2009
Roaringwater Bay to Get Freight Service
Éamon Ó Cuív TD, Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, has sanctioned a grant of €35,000 for Sherkin Island Development Society to provide a freight service for Oileán Cléire, Long Island, Sherkin Island and Hare Island. This funding will provide the use of a roll-on/roll-off ferry for 50 days annually (€700 per day) and will be the first time that these islands have had a subsidised freight service with the exception of Oileán Cléire.

Minister Ó Cuív said he was happy to continue with the Department’s strategy, which provides state subsidies for freight services to islands that are currently without these services. He also said, “this new service, which will provide reduced fares and a regular service for the four islands, will be vital in ensuring the islands’ sustainability in years to come.”

As Gaeilge:

Seirbhís Lastais do na hOileáin i Loch Trasna – Ó Cuív  

Is cúis áthais don Aire Gnóthaí, Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta Éamon Ó Cuív, TD, a fhógairt go bhfuil deontas de €35,000 ceadaithe aige do Chumann Forbartha Inis Arcáin (SIDS) chun seirbhís lastais a chur ar fáil d’Oileán Cléire, Oileán Fada, Inis Arcáin agus Inis Uí Dhrisceoil.  Gheobhaidh an tsuim seo úsáid bhád ró/ró ar feadh 50 lá sa bhliain (€700 in aghaidh an lae). Is é seo an chéad uair ariamh a raibh seirbhís lastais fóirdheonaithe ag na hoileáin seo, seachas Oileán Cléire.  

Ag fógairt an fhóirdheontais seo, dúirt an tAire Ó Cuív go raibh áthas air leanúint le straitéis na Roinne seirbhísí lastais stát-urraithe a chur ar fáil d’oileáin nach bhfuil sé acu faoi láthair. Ina theannta sin, dúirt sé, “beidh an tseirbhís nua seo, a thabharfaidh táillí laghdaithe agus rialtacht seirbhíse do na ceithre oileán, an-tábhachtach i ndáil le hinmharthanacht na n-oileán seo a chinntiú sna blianta amach romhainn.” 

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