Friday, 19 March 2010

Rathlin Island Ferry Director in New Controversy

Ciaran O'Driscoll has created further controversy in Co Cork following claims he has made about the management of the replacement ferry service from Baltimore to Cape Clear. The claims and the following robust renunciation have been published in eMara News

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Julian Lucioli is no longer a Director of Thar Tonn Teo

it will come as news to the community on Sherkin Island to hear that the Spirit of the Isles previously operated a summer service to that Island

the company which resigned from the service is Tithe Saoire Chléire Teo

any impression created by the article that I, in my role as Projects Officer of Comharchumann Chleire Teo manage Thar Tonn Teo is unfounded, misleading and scurrilous

The RIFL director's sister company (TSCT) gave up the service at the end of February. Does this mean that Mr O'Driscoll will be spending more time managing the Rathlin ferry service?

I'm told that Mary O'Driscoll, one of the other RIFL directors, has recently spent time working aboard a cruise ship from Southampton to Auckland, New Zealand. I understand she was absent from Ballycastle from January 9 to February 22. Perhaps the Department for Regional Development, who subsidise the ferry service, can explain who was carrying out the managerial tasks during her absence.

New snapshot 23 Mar 2010

A Mháire a chara, when you're in a hole stop digging!! A simple apology is sometimes the best way out. By the way, it looks as if the Ballymoney and Moyle Times owes RIFL an apology:

The Rathlin ferry timetable starts on April 1.

The 'out-of-summer season' timetable starts on April 1 and the summer timetable on June 1.