Ferry funding cut is an attack on rural Ireland
SIR, The Irish Government should hang its head in shame! They talk about preserving rural Ireland and yet they cut/ refuse funding to Valentia at every opportunity.
The radio station was to close, with the loss of jobs, if not for campaigning. The community hospital was to close if it wasn’t for campaigning and fundraising by the Islanders. Now the vital ferry service is to be cut regardless of the social, economic or environmental impact. The application was turned down because of Brussels bureaucracy in that boats are exempt. This is far more than a boat, a vessel, by simple definition it carries passengers and goods.
The Minister has the funds but clearly does not have the will. Another example of how the people of this small Island, and rural Ireland in general, are at the back of the queue when funds are allocated. This decision needs to be reviewed at the highest level before it is too late. Like the Swansea Cork car ferry, once its gone it’s gone forever!
Sincerely, Bill McNamara, Coaramore, Valentia (Also of England).