A POLITICIAN in the North has accused a Unionist Minister of snubbing a cross-Border ferry service – whilst pouring millions into other ferry routes.The Department of Regional Development dishes out the cash to ferry services in Strangford Lough in Co Down and for a link to Rathlin Island.But it doesn’t give a single penny to the link between Magilligan in Co Derry to Greencastle in Co Donegal. Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín has called on the Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy to provide assistance to the Magilligan/Greencastle ferry.Mr Ó hOisín said last night: “The Magilligan/Greencastle ferry is an essential product for the enhancement of tourism and infrastructure in the North West.“It provides a similar service to the Strangford and Rathlin Island ferries, however the difference is that there are significant levels of subvention provided by government to these two ferry services.“The current level of expenditure sees the Strangford ferry be granted £2.2m per annum, the Rathlin Island ferry being granted £600,000 per annum while the Magilligan ferry receives nothing from DRD. “The Magilligan / Greencastle ferry is only maintained by a £30,000 investment by both Limavady and Donegal County Councils.“This ferry service is a valuable link for both those visiting this area and local people cutting travel times and also providing local employment opportunities and boosting local businesses.“At the moment it is only able to operate seasonally and I would call on the Regional Development minister to provide a subvention, similar to the other two ferry services to ensure that this service can expand and continue into the future.”This year’s ferry service between Donegal and Derry ended on October 7th due to lack of funding. ANGER AT UNIONIST MINISTER’S MONEY SNUB TO GREENCASTLE FERRY was last modified: October 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ANGER AT UNIONIST MINISTER’S MONEY SNUB TO GREENCASTLE FERRY
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Brian Hawkins scored Glenn’s lone touchdown an 86-yard run in the second quarter. Bob Daily NORWALK — With an explosive offense and a crushing defense, the visiting La Mirada High School football team posted a 55-7 Suburban League victory over Glenn High School at Excelsior Memorial Stadium on Friday night. La Mirada got an early jump on Glenn, scoring 12 points in the first quarter on a pair of touchdown runs from running back George Salcido. The Matadores scored four more touchdowns in the second quarter to take an insurmountable lead. Quarterback Trevor Blood was involved in all of the second-half scoring, with two touchdown runs and two touchdown passes. La Mirada’s swarming defense simply dominated play the entire night. Josh Lomeli and Chris Dixon recovered Glenn fumbles, Brian Barr and Scott Demoss intercepted passes, and seven different Matadores accounted for tackles for losses on the night.