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Councillors are to seek a meeting with the Minister for State Patrick O’Donovan in relation to the Valentia Island Car Ferry.

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The decision was agreed at a recent meeting of the Municipal District of South and West Kerry.

Valentia Island Ferries are seeking €2 million in funding to replace the vessel they’ve used for 20 years to carry passengers and their vehicles.

Manager of Valentia Island Ferries Ltd, Richard Foran, says they’ll have to replace the ship in 2018 as it will then be 53 years old.

The overall cost of the new car ferry would be €3 million.

Mr Foran says they’ve a design already produced for the new ship and have €1 million in bank loans and investments to help pay for a new vessel.

They’ve also applied for €2 million funding from Fáilte Ireland under its grants scheme for large tourism projects.

Fianna Fail Councillor Norma Moriarty who put forward the motion to meet the Minister said that the service is an integral element of the entire island experience which serves the recently lauded Skellig Coast Ring.

It was agreed a deputation would seek to organise a meeting with the Minister in relation to the car ferry.

Kerry County Council said that they are acutely aware of the importance of the ferry to the area and would support such a deputation.