The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced that her Department has agreed a contract for the provision of a ferry service to Whiddy Island in County Cork with Whiddy Island Ferry Services.

The contract, which came into effect from 1st November 2020, will run for five years, to 31st October 2025. The value of the contract is €375,000 over the 5 year term. The contract has been awarded as a result of a competitive procurement process that was advertised earlier this year.

Announcing the contract award, Minister Humphreys said:

Reliable access is hugely important for the people who live on our offshore islands and for visitors alike. Affordable, frequent and safe transport services are vital to our island communities and support many aspects of island life.

I am delighted that we have secured a long-term ferry solution for the Whiddy Island community and I congratulate the providers, Whiddy Island Ferry Services, on securing the contract. I wish the residents and those who visit the island many safe journeys over the next 5 years.

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