The Workers’ Party has said that the loss of the temporary freight service between
Cork and Swansea had been deliberately downplayed on account of the election campaign.
Cork North Central Workers’ Party candidate Ted Tynan said that the service had been quietly withdrawn a week ago after difficulties with the ship, the m.v. Victoria, which had been chartered as a freight vessel to temporarily replace the roll-on / roll-off service.
“This is once again a huge loss for Cork. While the freight service had at least temporarily brought some of that business back to Cork port, tourism in the Cork / Kerry region has lost badly. Despite this there has been silence from the government, including the Tourism minister John O’Donovan whose South Kerry constituency has also suffered heavily”.
“After just a few months in operation this temporary freight service has been lost because the ship which had been chartered to do the job is not up to scratch. This, following on the failure to replace the m.v Superferry last year, smacks of massive incompetence and it is clear that there would have been a major outrage if this had happened in either Dublin Port or Rosslare, but here there is silence”, said Ted Tynan.