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Rathlin Island Ferry Director in New Controversy

Rathlin Island Ferry Director in New Controversy

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com website were posted on eMara News** on 15 March 2010. The website is managed by Ciaran O'Driscoll, one of the directors of Rathlin Island Ferry Limited. It got a speedy reaction from Séamus Ó Drisceoil, Secretary/Manager, Thar Tonn Teo, and a followup response from the editor of eMara News. BEGINS Dear Editor, I refer to the item, Cape Clear Ferry, Under new Management published on the website of the previous ferry service to Cape Clear Island and republished on emara news on 15 March. I should like to make a number of clarifications. I have confirmed with Micheál Ó Céadagáin that he did not, as stated “email the above clarification”. I understand that he did send a brief email requesting clarification but the information and details presented are composed by the author and do not resemble in any shape or form the email that was sent. Secondly, for the record I can confirm that Julian Lucioli is no longer a Director of Thar Tonn Teo, the appropriate papers have been filed and no doubt this will shortly be reflected in the details on the CRO website. Thirdly I am sure that it will come as news to the community on Sherkin Island to hear that the Spirit of the Isles previously operated a summer service to that Island. This is in fact an entirely new development. I am sure that readers unaware of the situation will find it quite bizarre to read that Naomh Ciarán has resigned from the public service and then to be informed that the service is now to be partly operated by a company of the same name. In fact the company which resigned from the service is Tithe Saoire Chléire Teo.

Since my name has been mentioned no less than 4 times I should be grateful for your continuing indulgence in clarifying number of other matters. Apart from the above the individual facts, stated about me which are true, regrettably, the way they have been strung together seems designed to create a misleading impression damaging to my personal reputation and integrity. I am indeed a Financial/Projects Officer employed by Cape Clear Co Op on a part time basis for two days a week. The rest of my working time is my own and in the past 10 years I have worked in a wide range of enterprises, sometimes as principal and also providing consultancy type services to other businesses. I operate from my own office, provide all my own equipment and utilities and am both VAT registered and tax compliant. In recent years it is no secret that I am the Secretary/Manager of the Cailín Óir Ferry & Cruise Service operating from these same premises. Therefore any impression created by the article that I, in my role as Projects Officer of Comharchumann Chleire Teo manage Thar Tonn Teo is unfounded, misleading and scurrilous. Is mise le meas, Séamus Ó Drisceoil, Secretary/Manager, Thar Tonn Teo. ENDS (** The Item referred to is story 3636 and can be found quickly by following the News Library or Story Archive link from any page then choosing March and looking down the list) We are always glad to publish items that are sent to us as the one in question was and I am very glad to publish the comments and corrections above. I have re-read the item and it certainly does seem to suggest that the Spirit of the Isles ran a service from Baltimore to Sherkin and on to Cape Clear and the Fastnet Rock. I was certainly unaware of the Sherkin leg of the trip and I understand that the reason that the Naomh Ciaran was on occasions taken off her contracted service to do this trip in the past was that the Spirit was unable to round the Fastnet due to licence restrictions. I would be glad to publish the schedule for this new service when it becomes available and hope that the additional trips may mean more visitors for both Cape Clear and Sherkin, rather than a sharing out of the existing trade, with more disturbance and fuel use. Items on any topic, whether found or original are always welcome and will be published as long as they do not break the law or are designed to be gratuitously abusive or offensive. Ed – Editor)

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