Ferry fund­ing cut is an at­tack on ru­ral Ire­land

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - OPINION -

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).

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