Brendan O’Hara welcomes CalMac ferry contract

Local SNP MP, Brendan O’Hara,has welcomed Calmac’s successful bid for Hebridean and West Coast ferries.

Mr OHara says: ‘I am delighted to hear that Calmac has been successful in their bid for the Hebridean and West Coast ferry contract.  Our constituency contains a great number of lifeline routes which will continue to keep our island communities connected to the mainland and present excellent value for money.  For the staff who work on these ferries day in day out, in the most challenging of conditions, this must be a huge relief.  The biggest victory in this process has been securing vital local jobs within local communities.

‘Whilst this tendering process has been fraught with difficulties and controversy, it was a process that was necessary under EU law.  However this process has proven that a publicly-owned operation can compete effectively in a highly competitive market whilst delivering value for money, investment and supporting integrated island and rural communities.  Part of this bid includes a pledge to increase traffic by 10% which can only continue to benefit those communities together with the proposed community engagement schemes.  This is a win-win for the public at large.  I agree with my colleague Michael Russell MSP that “years of under investment by previous governments have led to a situation where there are regular difficulties on all routes because of shortage of vessels and lack of flexible options” but with two new ships under construction, we are beginning to see the process unfold.

‘We should also recognise the vast support Calmac has with the wider public and to the staff who consistently provide an excellent service onboard.  Our services have been secured for the benefit of everyone and particularly our islanders for the next eight years and I look forward to continuing my constituency duties with the help and dedication of the staff at Calmac.’

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  • Perhaps Mr O’Hara and Mr Russell can apply some of their brain power to sorting out a proper service to Campbeltown or will we still be waiting in 8 years time.

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    richard May 20, 2016 12:57 pm Reply
    • Selfish Cobblers!

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      Nae Fear Here May 20, 2016 2:34 pm Reply
  • Does O’Mara realise that he and Russell are laying the blame squarely on SNP Government for “years of under investment” ?

    The SNP has been in Government since 2007.

    Keith Brown SNP MSP, was appointed Minister of Transport in 2010. In Dec 2012 he oversaw and delivered Scottish Govt’s 2013-2022 FERRY PLAN. Brown was the Minister of Transport responsible for its implementation, up to 2014, when Derek Mackay SNP MSP was appointed Minister of Transport

    The 2013 FERRY PLAN since its publication, has been SNP Govt ‘s flawed ferry policy and investment bible.

    Under investment is still a continuum of Scottish Govt’s current ferry investment programme.

    It is a refreshing change to have a SNP MP put the blame fully at Holyrood’s door, rather than at Westminster’s

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    Scotnat May 20, 2016 1:48 pm Reply
    • Thats a bit unfair, SNP has been active in pushing its vanity projects with the wee battery boats. Sure we could have had 5 or 6 more conventional vessels out delivering twice the services and mopping up the demand RET created that now can’t be fulfilled on many routes for what they spent on them but that would be boring and sensible. Don’t you know, Scotland is at the cutting edge of this stuff. Just look at Ferguson’s order book stuffed full of interest from operators around the world queuing to buy in to them. Er..

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      Jerry McIver May 20, 2016 2:54 pm Reply
      • The battery boats only work with plenty of available renewable electricity so it’s a Scottish vanity thing at present I suppose. From what I can gather the one in Skye works OK. Not sure if the Lochinvar gets time to get charged up during it’s busy daytime schedule.
        I’ve just had an idea that I might offer as a solution, it’s so simple even CMAL must have considered it, but hey..

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        Murdoch MacKenzie May 20, 2016 3:13 pm Reply
      • Self loathing cobblers.Bullied as a child? Made to eat incessant amounts of fish fingers,mnnnn?

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        Nae Fear Here May 20, 2016 3:25 pm Reply
  • We are to be subjected to a monthly propaganda article in the Campbeltown Courier from MP Brendan O’Hara . I have cancelled my subscription and urge others to do the same .

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    Regularflyer May 20, 2016 7:37 pm Reply
    • Cobblers,truth hurts,huh!

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      Nae Fear Here May 20, 2016 8:26 pm Reply
    • Actually it might be quite amusing to see how long that lasts, this week consisted of self congratulations and telling us what a good boy he’s been at westminster, from what I read he has dedicated a lot of his time to the Syria problems, it’s a shame he can’t spend the time representing his constituents, No Ferry again! apparently the weather is too bad.

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      Richard May 20, 2016 8:56 pm Reply
      • He’s an arse; he(or his office staff) don’t answer emails or letters when they might deviate from SNP party lines; I’d rather have Alan Reid’s baldy dome delivering platitudes as at least he(or his office) answered letters and emails.

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        db May 21, 2016 1:49 am Reply
      • Richard, The ferry has not been cancelled because the weather is too bad. According to Calmac she would normally have sailed in this weather, but cannot due to some technical issue,
        “Due to the underlying technical issue with MV Isle of Arran in addition to southerly winds forecast for later in the day, the 1840 sailing from Ardrossan to Campbeltown was cancelled on Friday 20th May was cancelled.

        As a result of this, the 0700 sailing from Campbeltown to Ardrossan (via Brodick) on Saturday 21st May has also been cancelled.

        The temporary repair which has been carried out to MV Isle of Arran does allow the vessel to sail, but there is a restriction which means the vessel cannot sail in as severe weather as she normally would until a long-term fix is in place.”
        It’s been apparent since when the Isle of Arran went relieving on the Uig triangle that she has some kind of issue. Her first approach to Tarbert took so long that irate letters were posted in The local papers.
        She has been at Birkenhead twice since then, probably four or five weeks in total and whatever ails her is still not remedied.
        Calmac need to tell people exactly why their services are not working. It has to be a bit more specific than “technical Issues” when your travel plans are totally ruined.
        Intending travellers must be wondering what can make a ferry safe when the weather is good but makes it unsafe when the wind rises slightly. People who value their lives will be thinking twice about using this service.

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        Murdoch MacKenzie May 21, 2016 4:14 am Reply
        • Murdoch, I think you will find that the Ardrossan Brodick ferry service is over booked, try booking a ticket!

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          Richard May 21, 2016 6:29 am Reply
        • I can’t believe that MM’s received four objections to his call for Calmac to ‘come clean’ on what ails the MV Arran.
          For a boat to be sent off to Birkenhead for a problem (what problem?) to get fixed, and then to suffer a problem within a day or two of its return, is ridiculous.
          Calmac and their government client need to get a grip, stop pretending that they can let down their customers but not spell out the problem, stop pretending that they currently have a roster of ships adequate for the task, and hire in boats to cover the Mull / Mallaig problem and to cover for pulling Arran out of service until its problem(s)? can be FIXED.
          Our politicians need to understand that this isn’t rocket science, and that persistently leaving travellers in the lurch will lead to real economic damage to the communities ‘served’.
          When, I wonder, did any Scottish politician’s travel plans last get sabotaged by an airline which failed to properly explain the cause?
          That old expression ‘let them eat cake’ springs to mind, and our elected representatives weren’t elevated to positions of authority to adopt that mindset.

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          Robert Wakeham May 21, 2016 7:04 pm Reply
          • Horlicks

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            Nae Fear Here May 21, 2016 7:20 pm
  • Unicorns back from extinction.

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    Nae Fear Here May 20, 2016 8:27 pm Reply
    • Of all the SNP shills that have stopped by to participate on this small, parochial and insignificant blog you are by far the least interesting.

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      db May 21, 2016 1:53 am Reply
      • Tory fan boys going to jail soon. Caught fiddling election. No Majority!
        Tory’s are rotten.

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        Nae Fear Here May 21, 2016 12:56 pm Reply
        • If that rambling comment refers to the transport expenses then it is fairly certain that Labour and Liberals are also in trouble – Labour twice with two buses involved.

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          Lundavra May 21, 2016 11:54 pm Reply
  • Db and the Tory ilk.

    SNP won get over it . Cal Mac won get over it.

    Away and greet with Boris and Gove.

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    No Cheese Here May 21, 2016 9:01 am Reply
    • NHC … have you forgot how to spell cobblers ????

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      Karl Hughes May 21, 2016 9:58 am Reply
      • It is ironic that a SNP troll is reduced to using Cockney rhyming slang to rubbish any contribution to FA.

        Possibly symptomatic of a poverty of intellect and/or literacy?

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        Scotnat May 21, 2016 11:41 am Reply
        • pretend ScotNat==It is ironic that a tory troll is reduced to using to rubbish the iconic word Scot when they are just low life tories in the pig swill. Oink

          Get over it guys SNP won.

          ories are in-fighting of Europe. Labour and lying dems are nowhere. Happy days.

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          No Cheese Here May 21, 2016 2:59 pm Reply
        • SCOTNAT; NHC and the other trolls have about as much to offer Scotland as Culicoides impunctatus… head for the hills eh’ LOL.

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          Karl Hughes May 21, 2016 4:14 pm Reply
          • Karl the tax avoider.

            Don’t need a waster from Iraq or is it Immingham? doing their colonial superiority bit.

            SNP won. Get used to it.

            SNP win next year. At least 2 candidates in each ward. SNP 1 & 2 OR EVEN 1,2,3. The tory indpendents will get trounced. Bye the milchman!

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            No Cheese Here May 21, 2016 5:06 pm
          • Culicoides impunctatus. Tout a fait. Looks as if flown right over the heads of all SNP trolls on FA

            Only confirms my original proposition namely a symptomatic of a poverty of intellect and/or literacy

            Love it when the SNP trolls scream at FA “SNP won. Get used to it”. Yet the same SNP tolls cant get used to the fact that the SNP lost the 2014 Independence Referendum!

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            Scotnat May 21, 2016 9:03 pm
          • Hills are good.Torys bad!

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            Nae Fear Here May 21, 2016 10:56 pm
      • kARL , tax avoider, NHC–doing this for the past year-what a funny person you are. Wee private joke! lol

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        No Cheese Here May 21, 2016 2:54 pm Reply
    • What exactly is it that CalMac have won? A tender so tied up with preconditions and requirements that there’s little or or no room to innovate? What a resounding victory for good governance in a time of budget constraint.

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      db May 21, 2016 12:37 pm Reply
  • Do you mean local SNP MP Brendan O’Hara – I thought Michael Russell was the MSP for Argyll & Bute??

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    Sian Laidlaw May 21, 2016 11:40 am Reply
    • Must be blinded by hatred when they see SNP. I see that Scotnat calls him O’Mara.
      The democratically elected MP and they can’t get his name or title right. That looks like disrespect for the choice of their fellow constituents to me.

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      Murdoch MacKenzie May 21, 2016 12:12 pm Reply
      • Murdoch, what’s happened to MV Isle of Arran? she seems to be gainfully working the Ardrossan Brodick route.
        As Calmac have been starved of new ships it looks like the Campbeltown route will be sacrificed!

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        richard May 21, 2016 12:46 pm Reply
        • Cobblers!

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          Nae Fear Here May 21, 2016 12:54 pm Reply
        • They’re basically saying your seas, south of Arran, are too rough for their worn-out old girl.
          Either that or they’re pulling your chain, while they shift all the traffic queuing up for a wild weekend on Arran.
          There are some restrictions that can be placed by only operating a certain distance from a port, say if some equipment wasn’t working, but I didn’t know the weather was a factor. Maybe that’s a company safety factor that they have added. It would be better if they just told everyone what the problem is.

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          Murdoch MacKenzie May 21, 2016 3:02 pm Reply
          • MM,weather is good apart from a thunder storm so I suggest that our MP and MSP start asking questions, not only do the SG agree a totally useless timetable but they have left Calmac under resourced which will lead to cancellations.
            They had better start looking at chartering to get through the summer.

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            Richard May 21, 2016 4:58 pm
          • She’s been running the Arran booze cruises all day, that’s where the money is, not running empty to Campbelltown. They need to pay for the repairs somehow.

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            Murdoch MacKenzie May 21, 2016 5:20 pm
          • Hey Richard! get down to the harbour, they are coming in as I type, and give them what for. Tell them I sent you.

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            Murdoch MacKenzie May 22, 2016 6:33 pm
      • MM

        Don’t be silly. No disrespect. FA in its re-vamp lost the blog’s editing function to .

        The basis fact remains that Argyll and Bute’s SNP MP and SNP MSP both agree that blame for “years of under investment’ in the CHFS network lies squarely on SNP Government at Holyrood.

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        Scotnat May 21, 2016 2:28 pm Reply
        • The union is Cobblers. Tory’s are despicable,labour are useless and Libdems are liars.
          Desperate stuff from the bitters on here.defend Cameron’s pig farm!

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          Nae Fear Here May 21, 2016 4:12 pm Reply
      • MM. Only a few weeks ago, a number of your fellow SNP supporters here on FA were deliberately calling Alan Reid by the name “Reith”. A former democratically elected MP and they can’t get his name right. That looks like disrespect to me as I am sure you will agree.

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        Alex McKay May 21, 2016 9:23 pm Reply
        • Bollards

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          Nae Fear Here May 21, 2016 10:07 pm Reply
        • Well, I’m not condoning the behavior but there is a subtle difference. Mr Reid had been de-selected at the time and in his speech on selection as the Holyrood candidate he attacked the SNP from beginning to end. This obviously drew flack from SNP members.
          Scotnat has admitted he made an error that he couldn’t edit and Newsroom has corrected the mistake in the article about Mr O’ Hara being an MSP. My opening line on this issue was a bit OTT and I apologise to both.
          If I remember correctly only one person called Alan Reid by the name Alan Reith (not sure who Mr Reith is?), I wasn’t sure at the time if it was deliberate or in error, but probably deliberate being in the election run up.

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          Murdoch MacKenzie May 22, 2016 7:54 am Reply
          • How would you suggest newsroom amends your own reference to a democratically elected MP as “The Honourable PM Piggy”!?

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            John M May 22, 2016 9:31 am
          • Why would anyone want to amend something based on the truth?

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            Murdoch MacKenzie May 22, 2016 12:47 pm
  • A little bit off topic here but the unionist press conference regarding the offensive behaviour act next week,will be intriguing,to say the least.
    After the disgraceful scenes at the national stadium,the SNP have been proved correct. Some,in our society,have much to learn about acceptable behaviour.
    It looks like the Tory’s pathetic move to scrap the bill,will leave them looking stupid and clueless.No change there then!

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    A.Salmon May 21, 2016 7:26 pm Reply
    • With respect, the only pathetic thing is your lack of understanding on the act and why it is so irrelevant and patently bad legislation – but don’t take my word for it, speak to the legal profession.

      It reminds me of the person who refused to debate the problems with the Named Person bill just because it concerned children and that deemed it not up for debate…hang on – wasn’t you was it?

      You need to do your homework Mr Salmon!

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      JB May 21, 2016 9:29 pm Reply
    • A Salmon, only in Scotland.

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      richard May 22, 2016 10:34 am Reply
    • Do you think James Kelly MSP will be holding the flare casing (set off at the Rangers end) and a bit of a goalpost from the Hibs end saying ” its no fair – .

      Greens and others will take a subtle step back saying —we need to understand what went wrong and we cant rush into this in light of cup game. Abstensions all round. SNP win

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      No Cheese Here May 22, 2016 5:51 pm Reply
  • Given their totally predictable responses to any article, I reckon that NFH and NCH are actually no more than automated trolling “bot” things. Therefore … we can just ignore them … because we wouldn’t be responding to real people at all.
    No point.

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    ClootieDumpling May 21, 2016 8:44 pm Reply
    • Tory cobblers

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      Nae Fear Here May 21, 2016 10:08 pm Reply
    • I’ve been desperately searching for a translation of ‘cobblers’ but it doesn’t seem to be Gaelic, or something from the old Lowlands Scots dialect – and neither is it some sort of Shetlands Norse word, as far as I can see, so presumably it’s a reference to the BBC Good Food and Food websites (that’ve recently been in the news) mention of ‘Cobbler’ – ‘easier than pie and heartier than crumble’.
      As such, the polite reply to NFH would be ‘Yumyum’.

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      Robert Wakeham May 21, 2016 10:19 pm Reply
      • Boring Tory cobblers!

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        Nae Fear Here May 21, 2016 10:49 pm Reply
      • Clearest translation of “cobblers” is that it’s abbreviated rhyming slang, “cobblers awls” for “balls” as in “a load of”.

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        Murdoch MacKenzie May 22, 2016 3:15 am Reply
      • Cobbler, a shoemaking guild or profession ?

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        Karl Hughes May 22, 2016 9:21 am Reply
    • poor clattie dumpling, cant accept over 1000000 folk voted snp.

      The tory trolls will be attacking each other after the EU referendum. Good fun for the rest of us.

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      No Cheese Here May 21, 2016 10:44 pm Reply
    • Tory boys,like control,loosing it. Good for Scotland.

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      Nae Fear Here May 21, 2016 10:51 pm Reply

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