Following a response from the Minister of Infrastructure, SDLP East Derry MLA Gerry Mullan says the Magilligan Ferry is of upmost importance for local tourism in the area and has urged the Minister to table the Ferry as an agenda item at the next North/South Ministerial Council.
MLA Mullan said : “After months of uncertainty, I was glad that the decision was made to reinstate the Magilligan to Greencastle ferry which has been used by vast amounts of people, especially over the summer months.
“However, the current arrangement is short-term and there are very serious questions surrounding what happens when the contract runs out and that is why I have raised this issue with the Minister.
“The Magilligan Ferry receives no funding from the Government despite the fact that other ferry services, such as the Strangford Ferry, receives £2 million per year. In the Minister’s response, he states he does not have powers to provide funding as the Ferry operates across the border. For me, this is just an excuse as we have witnessed many different cross-border transport schemes in recent times.
“I have therefore asked Minister Hazzard to raise the Magilligan – Greencastle Ferry with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD at next North South Ministerial Council to ensure and safeguard the long term survival of the ferry service.