Ireland’s harbors are ‘in shambles’ as ferry traffic slows to record levels
The ferries that ferry the Irish sea passengers between Cork and Galway are in shambulance after their drivers stopped working for the government due to a severe winter storm.
The storm, which hit Ireland in December and was expected to hit the southern coast of the country on Friday, left many ferry operators stranded as many as 100,000 people across the country had no reliable access to ferries.
The Government announced on Wednesday that its ships would be moved to the Shannon Islands.
It said the move would allow more time to move the country’s 1.2 million people out of the flooded city of Cork and to other areas.
The Irish coastguard has said there were more than 8,500 people on board, many of whom were unable to board ferries due to the weather conditions.
The ferry operators are now taking stock of the situation and assessing the impact.
The Coastguard says there are at least 3,000 stranded people on the islands, including at least 1,300 in the centre of the city.
Meanwhile, Irish newspapers reported that there were at least 10 deaths on the Galway coast.