30/11/17

Aran Islands Passenger Service

Joe McHugh T.D., Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, announced today that his Department has awarded a contract to Aran Ferries Teo to provide a passenger service between the three Aran Islands and Ros a Mhíl on the mainland, along with a road transport service between Ros an Mhíl and Galway city for the period 2017 – 2022.  This contract is effective from 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2022.

Under the contract, return sailings will be provided between Inis Mór and Ros an Mhíl and Inis Meáin/Inis Oírr and Ros an Mhíl  every morning and afternoon, seven days a week, with additional early afternoon sailings on Sundays from May to September.  In addition, the price of a return ticket for islanders will be capped at €10 (adult fare).  The total cost of the contract is €5,900,000.

Making the announcement, the Minister of State said “I am pleased that my Department was in a position to agree this contact.  It will provide certainty for the communities on the three islands for the coming years and in particular for the Inis Mór community which has had no contracted service for some time now.”

ENDS

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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