We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Eamonn Farrell/

Temporary ferry service to be provided while Dursey Island cable car is being upgraded

The Government will fund the ferry service, while Cork County Council will handle the procurement process.

A TEMPORARY FERRY service is to be provided while urgent and essential upgrades are being carried out on the Dursey Island cable car. 

The Government made the announcement today after locals and farmers who have animals on the island raised concerns about how they would access it while the cable car is out of action for maintenance from tomorrow. 

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys said in a statement this evening that a once-off emergency funding will be made available to Cork County Council to provide a temporary ferry service for Dursey Island.

The agreement was reached today that the Department will assist Cork County Council with funding to provide a daily ferry service on a temporary basis, after the Minister intervened.

As part of the agreement, Cork County Council has confirmed that it will manage all aspects of the procurement process.

Minister Humphreys said: “I know that considerable concerns have been expressed by local residents and farmers following the announcement by Cork County Council that the cable car was to close for maintenance.

“I know that there has been considerable concern, particularly among farmers, that they would not have access to the island to tend to their livestock.

“The service will ensure that both island residents and also the mainland based farmers continue to have regular access to Dursey Island while maintenance work is carried out on the cable car.

Minister Humphreys continued:

I think a lot of stress and anxiety for the Dursey Island farmers and residents could have been avoided if consultation had of taken place at an earlier stage but nevertheless the most important thing is that a service will be provided and I am pleased to confirm my Department will assist Cork County Council with the funding required to put this service in place.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel