O’Neill welcomes contract awarded for build of new Rathlin Island car ferry

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Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development Michelle O’Neill has welcomed the announcement by Transport Minister Danny Kennedy that a £2.8million contract to build a replacement car ferry for service between Ballycastle and Rathlin Island has been awarded to Irish based Arklow Marine Services.

The Minister congratulates Arklow Marine Services on their successful bid and will keenly follow the progress of their work on the new ferry.

Commenting on the award the Minister said: “The people of Rathlin and visitors to the Island will benefit from the delivery of the new ferry with its increased passenger capacity. This will improve the existing service and is to be welcomed.

“My officials have been actively engaged with the people of Rathlin in helping them to develop their economic and social infrastructure as a means of providing sustainability in an isolated rural area, and the new ferry is a significant step in this direction.”