Appeal launched to prevent Carlingford Ferry from setting sail next month

Appeal launched to prevent Carlingford Ferry from setting sail next month

An environmental campaigner from Northern Ireland has gone to court to try to prevent the Carlingford Ferry from launching next month.

Christine Gibson took a case to the Court of Appeal in Belfast yesterday in a bid to halt the Greencastle to Greenore crossing.

Last November Ms Gibson had proceedings against the granting of planning permission and a marine licence for the ferry dismissed at the High Court in Belfast.

Amid concerns for the impact on wildlife on Carlingford Lough, she claimed environmental assessments were deficient and a consultation process flawed.

At the time of dismissing the case, Mr Justice Colton said: “There is simply no expert evidence which begins to challenge the conclusions of the various environmental impact assessments which were carried out throughout the entire process.”

The ferry has arrived in Carlingford in the last few days ahead of its official launch on June 1st.

It now remains to be seen whether the appeal will delay the launch with a decision on the appeal expected shortly.

The 44 car vessel will take just 15 minutes to traverse what is traditionally more than a one hour car journey with multi-journey tickets to be sold for regular commuters.

The Scenic Carlingford Ferry will operate from 7am to 7.30pm from November to March and 7am to 9.30pm from April to October. It will operate hourly from Greencastle on the hour and hourly from Greenore on the half hour.

Tickets for the initial sailings can now be purchased on www.carlingfordferry.com

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