Providing a vital link between the tourism of Donegal and the Causeway Coast, the ferry operating between Magilligan and Greencastle must be maintained.
The current contract expires in June and until now there is no solution in place. Limavady Council can’t afford to keep their side of the bargain going, nor should they since statistics show most passengers pass straight through the area and onto the Causeway. Conor Murphy and his department won’t yet take responsibility for it, due to a legislation glitch which means it doesn’t technically come under their auspices, but action must be taken, most probably by Arlene Foster, Minister of Enterprise (including tourism).
The Ferry saves a 49 mile journey for those who want to keep a Causeway coastal path, and without it the areas of rural Donegal and beautiful Downhill would likely be passed by by the unsuspecting tourist.
The ludicrous security checks (which operate only on the NI side of the border) are said to cost between £80,000-£90,000 and should be scrapped immediately.
The ferry service is economically viable, whether it makes a profit or not, as it ushers in hoardes of tourists to the Causeway area, and as such should be preserved as part of a bold strategy to attract tourists as well as Donegal residents looking to take advantage of the weak pound.
Sign the petition here to save the Greencastle – Magilligan ferry service.