A campaign has been launched to save the Foyle Ferry to “force the government to provide much needed funding” for the service.
The ‘Save the Greencastle to Magilligan Ferry’ started two days ago by Conor Duffy from Derry and the Facebook page ‘Important Information for NI’.
It petitions the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, the Transport Minister and Paschal Donohoe Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland.
So far, more 1,000 people have supported the petition.
Last week, the ‘Journal’ revealed the Foyle Ferry has been sold and has ceased service with immediate effect. The directors of the company confirmed to the ‘Journal’ the vessel has been sold to Frazer Ferries in Carlingford and they will not be operating the Greencastle to Magilligan service in the future.
The petition reads: “The cost of running the ferry has become unaffordable for the Ferry company and as a result they have now had no choice but to stop the service. This doesn’t have to be the case.
“There are a number of other ferries running in Northern Ireland that are funded by the government, such as the Strangford ferry which receives approx £2m per year and they are also due to receive a new ferry costing almost £6m, because the Greencastle-Magilligan Ferry is cross jurisdictional it apparently cannot get funding.
“This is another example of how the North West is ignored and deprived by the government at Stormont. If this service is cancelled many people will lose their jobs, not just those working on the Ferry but the businesses that are located in and around the Ferry ports.
“This petition aims to force the government to provide much needed funding for this Ferry. Together we can make a change.”
Some of the comments from those supporting the petition include: “This service is vital for the tourism industry in Inishowen & Benone, without it the northwest will face more job losses in what is already a sparsely employed area. The knock on effects will be awful.”