The islanders of Inis Mór were left stranded last Wednesday when the vital Island Ferries Service ceased operations til March due to an ongoing dispute over passenger levies. The news was met with anger and frustration and there were calls for the Irish Naval Service to step in and assist until a permanent solution could be sought.
Since then lengthy talks have taken place between Island Ferries, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs and Galway County Council. The service has now been temporarily reinstated. Island Ferries are still not satisfied with the new passenger levies but as a gesture of goodwill the ferry will run for now until 4th January.
Talks will continue this Friday in hopes to permanently resolve this issue. Island Ferries Teo are planning on presenting a number of proposals to the County Council in a bid to resolve the ongoing dispute.