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West Cork islanders left stranded for two days after cable car service was suspended

Cork County Council has apologised to the islanders for “any inconvenience caused”.

RESIDENTS OF DURSEY Island off the coast of West Cork were left stranded last weekend, after the cable car that links them to the mainland unexpectedly ceased running on Friday evening and didn’t start again until Monday morning.

Speaking to Patricia Messenger on C103′s Cork Today, a local resident named Martin detailed how the islanders are angry at the council for not ensuring that there was a service on a weekend so close to Christmas.

According to the cable car’s website, the Dursey island service is meant to run at least three times a day on both Saturday and Sunday during the winter and spring months.

The cable car is run by Cork County Council. According to CSO figures, there are less than 10 permanent residents on the island.

“The man that operates the cable car full time gave notice to Cork County Council that he was taking the weekend off,” Martin said.

The cable car finished at half five on Friday evening and didn’t start again until half nine on Monday morning.

Suspending the service was bad enough, but the lack of notification given to residents was a lot worse, according to Martin.

“Only a few of us were told, and it was on the Friday that it was shutting down,” he said.

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While there is a full-time operator, there are also three relief cable-car operators. When Martin inquired as to why none of those were available, he was repeatedly told: “There’s nobody to operate it this weekend”.

“People could have needed to see a doctor, or get a prescription,” Martin said. “It’s lucky there wasn’t an emergency on the island over the weekend.”

A Cork County Council spokesperson told “Last weekend the cable car operator took annual leave but unfortunately, given the time of year the primary relief operator or the secondary relief operator were unavailable to cover, hence the cable car was closed.”

Notices were put up on the cable car station informing the public that the cable car would be closed on Saturday and Sunday and e-mails were sent to elected representatives, accommodation providers, tourism bodies and those islanders with an e-mail address with the same message.

“Cork County Council attempted to get the message out to as many people as possible and apologises for any inconvenience caused.”

The spokesperson added that the service operated during the months of June, July, August and September.

Read: ‘It’s complete madness’: Two Dublin councillors want a cable car from Tallaght to the Hellfire Club

Read: Islanders get a Christmas reprieve as Inis Mór ferry resumes until new year

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