Tuesday 24 October 2017

Carlingford Lough ferry to set sail in summer

A new ferry service linking the Republic with Northern Ireland on Carlingford Lough is due to being this summer. Stock Image
A new ferry service linking the Republic with Northern Ireland on Carlingford Lough is due to being this summer. Stock Image
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A new ferry service linking the Republic with Northern Ireland on Carlingford Lough is due to being this summer.

The long-awaited service between Greenore, Co Louth, and Greencastle, Co Down, is expected to be up and running by June, according to Paul O'Sullivan of Carlingford Lough Ferries.

The crossing over the mouth of the lough will take just 15 minutes.

Currently, it takes more than an hour to reach either side by driving.

An economic impact assessment conducted in 2013 found the ferry service could create around €10m in economic spin-off in the region each year.

"Construction work has commenced and we're planning to have the ferry service operational by summer," Mr O'Sullivan said.

Irish Independent

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