Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced financial support of up to £17 million for ferry operators to keep supply chains open during the Covid-19 emergency.
The financial support package, to be joint funded by the Executive and the Department for Transport, will assist ferry operators who provide critical supply routes across these islands for a two month period.
This will ensure that the supply routes which Northern Ireland relies on for food, medicines and other essential supplies continue without any interruption during this period.
Announcing today’s package, Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said: “The supply of foods, goods and medicines across these islands is vital. The Covid crisis has posed new challenges for all of our services including our ferries. I’m delighted to have secured financial support from the Department for Transport and the Executive to support our ferries through this challenging time, protecting our supply chains and by extension access to critical supplies for our communities across the North.
“This £17 million investment by the Northern Ireland Executive and the Department for Transport will ensure that the supply routes which Northern Ireland relies on for food, medicines and other essential supplies continue without any interruption during this period.
“Throughout this crisis I have been working closely with ferry operators to keep our necessary goods flowing and I wish to extend my personal thanks to these companies, for their determination to maintain our critical routes during this difficult period.
“Today we have been able to secure supplies to this part of our island, the impact of which cannot be underestimated and I am pleased to play my part. There’s more work to do – and I remain committed and focused to doing all I can to secure safeguards and support for people across Northern Ireland in the days ahead.”