Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

Ferry Services to Inis Mór: Discussion

2:15 pm

Mr. Kevin Kelly:

There is also the scenario of the fee to be paid in future on foot of the by-laws. Those matters are all under discussion at present. I have indicated to the committee that discussions are ongoing. We have made progress and they will resume tomorrow.

Notwithstanding the fact that this scenario has occurred, I am keen to emphasise the importance of recognising that the issue of the by-laws and the 80 cent is only one small part of an overall puzzle involving the ferry service to Inis Mór. Galway County Council is involved in that part, but other aspects are being dealt with by the Department. Discussions are ongoing between the Department and the operators in that regard.