« BackHealy-Rae accuses major ports of trying to stop cruise ships visiting Kerry

MIchael Healy RaeA Kerry TD is accusing the major ports in Ireland of making a concerted effort to stop proposals for Cruise ships from visiting Kerry.

Over the last 12 months a group have been working in South Kerry to have Valentia Harbour and Ballinskelligs Bay included in a Fáilte Ireland funded external report titled “All Ireland Cruise Strategy”.

In the draft report, it was stated that Valentia Island should be identified as the key destination on the South West due to its safe anchorage and access to key authentic Irish experiences available within 1 hours drive, primarily the Ring of Kerry and Killarney.

Since the draft report was completed in late 2015, it has been the topic of much consultation by the main Irish ports who according to Deputy Michael Healy-Rae “do not want this to happen”.

He went on to state that “they are making clear efforts to disregard the West Coast of Ireland and that the main ports should keep their nose out of Kerry and not interfere with efforts by people who want to bring more tourism and business to our counties.

The report is due to be completed in the coming weeks.