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Cllr. Donnelly welcomes imminent return of ferry service between Cork and Swansea

9th April 2009

Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for the Carrigaline electoral area of Cork County Council, Cllr. Dominick Donnelly has welcomed the return of a ferry service between Cork and Swansea later in the year.

Cllr. Donnelly, who is an investor in the new co-operative set up to get the service going again, said: “This is wonderful news for the whole Cork region, and is a great example of people power at work.  Everyone who came together and made this campaign a success is to be congratulated.  I look forward to travelling with the Fastnetline, as the new company is now called, later in the year.”

“In years to come I am sure this ferry service will prove to be an essential part of the infrastructure for the Cork region, and beyond into the rest of Munster.  With the airline industry heading in to an inevitable long term decline due the shortage and increasing price of aviation fuel, as well as serious concerns about its effect on global warming, there will be a substantial increase in the use of ferries for international travel in the years ahead.  Cork, and the business and tourism sectors of the region, are now poised to reap the benefits of the reinstatement of this ferry service to the UK,” continued Cllr. Donnelly. 

Ban Noisy Car Exhausts via NCT Test, says Cllr. Donnelly

27th March 09

Green Party calls for ban on noisy cars with modified exhausts.

Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, the Green Party member of Passage West Town Council and candidate for the Carrigaline electoral area of Cork County Council, has welcomed proposals by the Road Safety Authority to tackle noise pollution from cars with modified exhausts.

Cllr. Donnelly said: “I’ve have been contacted by many residents suffering sleepless nights because of boy racers in noisy cars on residential roads in the early hours of the morning. Residents have to endure the loud grating sound of roaring exhausts while the dangerous drivers make donut rings on the roads.”

Fitting modified exhausts and silencer equipment is now illegal and the new NCT test is proposed to check car exhaust noise levels in order to ensure acceptable noise levels are not exceeded.

Under proposals released by the Road Safety Authority, a suggestion has been put forward to check car exhaust noise levels during the NCT. The RSA states: The nuisance caused by excessive noise from vehicle exhausts is regularly the subject of complaints received by the RSA. A new test is proposed at NCT whereby sound levels will be checked in order to ensure acceptable sound levels are not exceeded.

Cllr. Donnelly welcomes progress on Swansea Cork ferry

19th March 2009

In advance of a delegation from Finland arriving in Cork on Friday to discuss the sale of the ship Julia to the Swansea Cork ferry co-operative, Cllr. Dominick Donnelly, the Green Party candidate for the Carrigaline electoral area of Cork County Council and Passage West Town Council said:  “It is wonderful news that a delegation are coming from Finland to discuss the sale of this ship, and we hope these negotiations are successful.  As an investor in the co-operative set up to reinstate this essential ferry service, may I congratulate the efforts of all those involved, as the €3 million target has just about been reached.  I would encourage anyone who has not yet invested in this initiative to do so, if they are in a position to do so.”

Reduction in timetable for Cross River Ferry bad for harbour communities, says Cllr. Donnelly

5th March 2009

Following the introduction of a reduced timetable on the Cross River Ferry between Glenbrook and Carrigaloe earlier this week, Green Party candidate for the Carrigaline area of Cork County Council and Passage West Town Council, Cllr. Dominick Donnelly said:  “This reduction in the timetable of the Cross River Ferry is disastrous for the communities around the harbour.  The Cross River Ferry is a vital piece of local infrastructure which joins the communities on both sides of the harbour, and helps them work together.  The fact that the last ferry now runs at about 10 pm, whereas previously the last ferry went at about midnight, will cause all sorts of problems for a large number of people and organisations around the harbour.  The alternative to using the ferry to get across the lower harbour is a round trip via the Jack Lynch Tunnel of over ten miles.  I call on the owners of the Cross River Ferry to reverse this decision to reduce the timetable.”

Cllr. Donnelly continued:  “This reduced service will make it very difficult for people living on one side of the harbour to participate in evening social events on the other side of the harbour.  It will also make it very difficult for organisations with representation from both sides of the harbour to hold evening meetings.  I am involved in two such organisations, the Cork Harbour Environmental Protection Association (CHEPA) and Cork Harbour for A Safe Environment (CHASE), and having to have all meetings finished in time for people to get the last ferry at 10 pm will prove difficult, if not impossible.  This does not auger well for cross harbour cohesion, which has been a growing strength in the harbour.  This decision simply must be reversed.”

Swansea Cork Ferry is an essential piece of local infrastructure, says Cllr. Donnelly

2nd March 2009


We must all work together to reinstate the service

Commenting on the ongoing campaign to raise €3.5 million to restart the Cork Swansea ferry service, Green Party candidate for Cork County Council and Passage West Town Council in the local elections, Cllr. Dominick Donnelly said:  “It is vital that we get this service up and running again.  The co-operative that has been put together is to be applauded for all the work they have done to date, and people in the region must dig deep to ensure that they reach their target by the end of this week.  I have invested myself, and I urge others to do likewise.”

Cllr. Donnelly continued:  “With the vast majority of the world airlines not in profit, there is going to be an inevitable decline in air travel over the years and decades to come, with many airlines going out of business, and air fares will inevitably get more and more expensive.  Ferry companies have had a tough time competing with cheap air fares over the past number of years, but it will become easier over the next few years.  As an island nation on the edge of Europe, we must have adequate connectivity with our European neighbours, and this ferry service to the UK is an essential part of local infrastructure for Cork and for the whole of Munster.  If we are to have a viable tourism industry in the region, this is an essential part of the jigsaw.”

“I am not a wealthy man, but this service is so vital that I thought it important to invest.  I hope that everyone who is in a financial position to invest will at least consider investing by the end of this week, if they haven’t done so already.” Cllr. Donnelly concluded.

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