Despite the combined efforts of the Scottish Parliament and the NIO, together offering an annual subsidy of £1million to the winning bid to operate a revived ferry route between Argyll and Northern Ireland for a 5 year period.. of the four ferry operators invited to tender – Harrison’s (Clyde) Ltd, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Serco Denholm and Western Ferries – none put forward a bid… and no-one else seems interested either.
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