CalMac was affected by strike action 23rd- 25th June after talks with the RMT Union failed. The action was said to be to defend jobs, conditions and pensions. However, all this succeeds in achieving is massive disruption to locals, businesses and tourists. The dispute came as publicly-owned CalMac and private firm Serco bid for a new contract for services to the west coast islands from 2017.

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Irish Ferries is this year celebrating the 20th anniversary of its service from Rosslare to the French port of Roscoff. Inaugurated in Summer 1995, it was introduced to compliment the company’s then established services to Normandy, via the ports of Cherbourg and Le Havre and to provide passengers with a direct service to/from Brittany, a region popular amongst Irish holidaymakers. Since its introduction, the service has continued without interruption serviced in turn by the St. Patrick II, St. Killian II, Normandy and the present cruise ferry, Oscar Wilde (above).

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