Valentia ferry group say meeting with Minister was constructive

Members of a campaign seeking €2 million in funding for a new ferry for Valentia Island say their meeting with the Transport Minister was constructive.

Valentia Island Ferries are seeking the funds to replace the vessel they’ve used for 21 years to carry passengers and vehicles.

They say the ship will have to be replaced next year as it’ll be 53 years old.

Richard Foran is the manager of Valentia Island Ferries Ltd.

He says they can source €1 million themselves but a further €2 million is needed to buy a new vessel.

Mr Foran says Minister Shane Ross seemed to appreciate their argument that the ferry isn’t just a boat, but a vital part of the infrastructure of South Kerry.