The government is set to announce a daily direct ferry service from Ireland to France effective from January 1st, 2021. The sailings will operate from Rosslare to Cherbourg and from Dublin to Cherbourg on alternate days.
Independent TD for County Wexford, Verona Murphy, who has been campaigning exhaustively for daily services to continental Europe has reacted to the news,
“Firstly, I welcome the news that we will have a daily direct ferry service from Ireland to continental Europe. It is something I have been calling for, for a long time and it is vital in the post-Brexit environment as a substitute for using the UK land bridge”
“Rosslare Europort is the most strategic port in Ireland in terms of shortest distance & time for ferries to the continent. It is the fastest route and Rosslare is not a congested port whereas Dublin is. Increasing services to and from Dublin port rather than Rosslare, will lead to increased congestion and higher levels of traffic on the busy roads to and from the city and port”.
“I note that these services will begin on January 1st. I am calling for these services to begin operating immediately, what is required is certainty of timeline if businesses are to survive and grow post Brexit. We must ensure that any potential issues are addressed prior to the full Brexit date of January 1st. Pre-empting problems is always better than fire-fighting afterwards.”
The Independent Deputy and former IRHA President concluded,
“It is an essential and a welcome first step. More progress needs to be made however and I will continue to advocate for greater levels of service out of Rosslare Europort, as it is the most efficient ferry route from Ireland to Europe. I am continuously engaging with some of the biggest Ro-Ro shipping providers in Europe to encourage them to open a shipping service from Rosslare to mainland Europe “.