28 November 2005

MV Normandy docks in Dublin Port


27 November 2005 23:08

The Dublin Port Authority has permitted the Irish Ferries vessel, the MV Normandy, to dock in Dublin Port.

SIPTU says it allowed the docking to take place.

It is understood that a European crewmember, who is not a member of SIPTU, was injured on the ship and was in need of medical attention.

The MV Normandy was diverted from Rosslare in Co Wexford, where it was scheduled to arrive from Cherbourg.

Port workers in Rosslare had earlier reiterated their intention not to handle the ship as it berthed.

Iarnrod Éireann, which operates the port, told Irish Ferries that because of health and safety concerns, the docking of the Normandy would not be facilitated.

The company will be going with its SIPTU staff members to the Labour Relations Commission on Tuesday.

The dispute has escalated in recent days, with Irish crewmembers demanding the removal of security personnel and foreign agency workers from the company's ships.

Deck officers get control of Isle of Inishmore

Deck officers on board the Isle of Inishmore, which is stuck in Pembroke Dock, have managed to take control of the bridge on the ship.

SIPTU say that three of the deck officers, who are members of SIPTU, managed to make their way past security guards onto the bridge.

Four other SIPTU members on the ship remain barricaded in the engine room.

Meanwhile, another Irish Ferries ship, the Ulysses, remains stranded in Holyhead port.

This is the fourth day of the stand-off.

Partnership process could be affected, says Ahern

The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, has said he is concerned about the effect the Irish Ferries dispute will have on the partnership process.

Speaking in Cork, Mr Ahern said the dispute was bad for the industrial relations climate of the country and he again urged the company to accept the Labour Court's ruling on the dispute.

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