Meetings take place to discuss future of Jeanie

Special meetings of Kerry County and Tralee Town Councils are to be held today to discuss the proposal to sell the Jeanie Johnston. It emerged last week that the replica famine ship is to be bought by the Dublin Docklands Authority. Since last week’s announcement about the future of the Jeanie Johnston there have been several calls from both inside and outside the county for the ship to remain in the South of IrelandHowever the board claim that Kerry would not have enough year round tourists to sustain it and they say the sale to the Dublin Docklands Authority is the best way forward. Having cost almost 15 million euro to construct the ship is now to be sold for 2.7 million Cllrs at both county and town council level will no doubt have something to say about that when they meet today. As shareholders both councils are being asked to give their go-ahead to the sale and to appoint a representative to attend and vote at an extraordinary general meeting of the Jeanie Johnston Company to be held on the 8th of June