A decision by Irish Ferries to discontinue service between Rosslare and France next year has been greeted with shock and anger in south Wexford.
Cllr Ger Carthy is dismayed that there has been no consultation with the people at Rosslare Europe and has stated that booking options had been shut down some months ago.
“It will have a detrimental effect on the area. Irish Ferries have let down the people of Wexford once again – the people of Wexford and Rosslare -why not let some other operator take over the service? They are destroying a local economy,” said Cllr Carthy, who, although he raised the matter at yesterday’s monthly meeting of Wexford Borough District Council, was not prepared for today’s bombshell news.
“An absolutely disgraceful decision and yet another kick in the teeth for our county,” Cllr George Lawlor declared on social media.
Cllr Lawlor points out that Rosslare is the closest port to Europe with Brexit looming and this happens “despite the much hailed secretly organised visit of the Minister for Transport promising all sorts a few months back.
A SHORT STATEMENT FROM IRISH FERRIES
Information: ROSSLARE – FRANCE – 2019
Irish Ferries wish to inform their customers that they are unlikely to operate a service between Rosslare and France in 2019. We continue to keep this situation under review.
A majority of our customers have a clear preference for the more central location and easy access of Dublin. Our new W.B. Yeats ship will operate from Dublin to Cherbourg, with 20% greater passenger capacity up to 4 days per week and is now available for booking on Irishferries.com.