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Rathlin Ferry Saga - the Mac Cormaic Letter, 14 August 2008

Rathlin Ferry Saga - the Mac Cormaic Letter, 14 August 2008

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"... it is the Department's considered view that the service provided by Tithe Saoire Cléire Teo. to Cléire rates on a par with the majority of other island ferry services subsidised by it."

This letter was released by the Northern Ireland Audit Office. It had been forwarded to the Department for Regional Development on 6 October 2008 for consideration by those tasked with investigating certain aspects of the award of the Rathlin ferry contract.

The investigators' report was published in December 2008 and, nearly two years later, the Committee for Regional Development has yet to consider its contents as well as information that has been revealed in the interim.
"... it is the Department's considered view that the service provided by Tithe Saoire Cléire Teo. to Cléire rates on a par with the majority of other island ferry services subsidised by it."

This letter was released by the Northern Ireland Audit Office. It had been forwarded to the Department for Regional Development on 6 October 2008 for consideration by those tasked with investigating certain aspects of the award of the Rathlin ferry contract.

The investigators' report was published in December 2008 and, nearly two years later, the Committee for Regional Development has yet to consider its contents as well as information that has been revealed in the interim.

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Published by: Nevin on Nov 29, 2010
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Ref: JA/TK/DRD/3669-1414 August 2008Mr. James H. Allister QC MEP09 Hollywood RoadBelfast BT4 3BEDear Deputy,I have been asked by the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Éamonn ÓCuív T.D., to refer to your letter of 28th July 2008 to him regarding the Cléire (Cape Clear)ferry service and to respond direct to you on his behalf.At the outset, I should point out that this Department does not have a remit in regard toconfirming the authenticity of the documents enclosed with your letter. I can confirm,however, that the Department has received this documentation.I can confirm also that this Department holds a contract with Tithe Saoire Cléire Teo., acompany of which Mr. Ciarán Ó Drisceoil is a director, for the provision of a passenger andcargo ferry service to Cléire. This contract, for the period 1st March 2007 to 29th February2012, was awarded following a public tender competition. Some controversy wasgenerated at the time of its award mainly, in the Department's view, due to the failure of acompany under the control of the island's community co-operative to succeed in its bid for the contract. Any complaints received in relation to the service since the award of thecontract have been investigated by the Department and, on three occasions financialpenalties have been imposed on the operator in accordance with the terms of the contract.Notwithstanding this, however, it is the Department's considered view that the serviceprovided by Tithe Saoire Cléire Teo. to Cléire rates on a par with the majority of other island ferry services subsidised by it.I trust this clarifies the position on this matter for you.Mise le measAodhán Mac CormaicAssistant Principal

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Tithe Saoire Chleire Teoranta Accounts for 2001 and 2002 Can Dublin and Belfast civil servants explain why the figures for 2001 are not identical in each for the same accounting year periods? Can DCRGA explain why this discrepancy is not reflected in its endorsement of the ferry operator?

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