The chairman of the committee to restore the Cork Swansea ferry is to address the Welsh Assembly. John Hosford will address the Welsh parliament in May in a bid to win a grant for the service. He was invited to speak after the assembly was approached by a number Welsh members of the cooperative created to bring back the service.
The Cork Swansea ferry service ceased three years ago and it’s estimated to have cost the south west region 12 million (other estimates losses may be as high as €35m – €50m per year in Ireland and a similar sum in South Wales) in lost tourism revenue. The final stages of the acquisition of a ferry for the route are being agreed following a successful bid to raise three million euro for the service from among the Cork and Kerry business community.