Call for Foyle Ferry service to be subsidised

The Magilligan Ferry on its launch day. LV3-705MML
The Magilligan Ferry on its launch day. LV3-705MML

Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has called on the department of Regional Department to subsidise the Foyle Ferry service, which has ceased.

The MLA was speaking following news reported by the ‘Journal’ earlier this week the Foyle Ferry has been sold and has ceased service with immediate effect.

The directors of the company confirmed the vessel has been sold to Frazer Ferries in Carlingford and they will not be operating the Greencastle to Magilligan service in the future.

Mr O’hOisin said: “The Lough Foyle Ferry Company has operated over the past few years opening up the area to tourists and businesses. It is crucial for the development of the region that we protect the current infrastructure including the ferry service between Magilligan and Greencastle. I am calling on the Department of Regional Development to give the same consideration to a subsidy for this service that is given to the Rathlin and Strangford ferries. I have worked hard with the ferry company over the past decade to ensure it remained in place and I hope we can put in place measures that will allow the service to continue.”