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Ferry: We Need Action!

The PSD-M deputy to the Assembly of the Republic, Paulo Neves, said today that “for 26 months António Costa’s government has not fulfilled its ferry promise.”

In a political initiative held at the end of this morning at the port of Funchal, the deputy recalled that  on the 27th of August 2019, the then leader of the PS/Madeira, Emanuel Câmara, “announced that António Costa, four days later, would guarantee that Madeira would have an all year round ferry service. The truth is, that 26 months have passed since this promise and, as can be seen, there is no ferry, not all year, half a year or even for three months!” 

According to Paulo Neves, constitutional principles have been ignored, as well as highly positive social and economic impacts, that all these measures, had they been complied with, would have had on the lives of Madeirans and Porto-Santenses.

He further reiterated that “the deputies elected by the PSD/M to the Assembly of the Republic will continue to insist that the Prime Minister honours his promises, and that it is clear that the territorial connectivity is the responsibility of the Republic, be it air, sea or digital.”

“But here in Funchal, we look and see nothing regarding the ferry, furthermore, TAP has refused to fly to Porto Santo this winter.  It is a national shame that the population of Porto Santo is deprived of a TAP air connection, especially as the company is paid for by the people, and yet unprofitable areas are deprived of any kind of service.

Concluding, he said “we have a Republican Government that continually fails the mobility needs of Madeira and Porto Santo.”

Samantha Gannon

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