The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is planning to arrange a meeting with the people of Tory Island next week in a bid to resolve the ferry service issue.
A public meeting was held in Toraigh on Friday, 19 January, attended by Minister of State McHugh and officials from the Department.
The islanders expressed their concerns about the suitability of a replacement ferry due to come into use this April.
The ‘new’ ferry to replace the 25 years old Tormór is said to be over 40 years old and the community is concerned about the vessel’s ability to navigate the seas.
The Department issued this response following last week’s meeting:
“Having listened to what the islanders had to say, the Departmental representatives committed to giving further consideration to the concerns raised and to revert to the islanders then.
“The Department continues to examine possible options to resolve the complex issues raised, but this process is still ongoing. The Department hopes to be in a position to contact Comharchumann Thoraí to arrange a meeting next week.”