Refunds no comfort to homeward bound
While full refunds will be given to passengers who were due to travel on the Fastnet Swansea-Cork ferry route over the coming weeks the news will come as little comfort to many Irish families who'd planned to get home for Christmas.
This week a High Court examiner was appointed to the ferry company which ran up a deficit of at least €10.3m since March of last year citing rising fuel costs as the main reason behind its failings.
On the week that Aer Arann ceased its Galway-UK routes this is another blow to the Irish community here. And in terms of its impact on tourism it's estimated that in the past the ferry's absence cost the Cork and Kerry regions some €50m annually.