Dingle boatmen claim government has left them high and dry with no support

Ferry operators in the Co Kerry tourist town, hard hit by the pandemic and the disappearance of Fungie, say the state has ignored their pleas for a concession on harbour fees

6th May, 2021
Dingle boatmen claim government has left them high and dry with no support
Jimmy Flannery, owner of Dingle Sea Safari: ‘It looks like, once again, when it comes to the marine sector, they don’t give a damn‘

For the ferry operators running tours out of Dingle harbour in Co Kerry, the past year has been tough. Between the pandemic and the disappearance of Fungie, the famous Dingle dolphin, their business model has taken a severe hit.

But the operators still have to pay thousands of euro to the government for their future use of the harbour, which is owned by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

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