City based Galway County council have decided that local Aran island tour operators are obstructing tourists when they get off the ferries, so they have decided to stop them parking too near the ferry disembarkation area.. How , with their beloved yellow lines ! Barbed wire, Concrete bollards and tank traps are eventually inevitable ? Think Boor ok rassie ! A cost evaluation study has been commissioned with the prestigious Thailand consultancy firm Ho Chi Minus Travels World Wide International Inc . Special consideration will be given to policing the potential offenders, a special branch warden will be located, overlooking the Harbour, in the proposed new "Oifig na Timáni Olc" (saving the cost of commmuting each day from the Mainland), (a four wheel drive will also be provided along with a designated parking space on the Pier) a specially designed uniform has been designed to give high visibility to wayward operators. Salary, bonus, removal expenses, out of mainland living expenses and overtime during the 9 month peak season have yet to be agreed. At the ceremonial " painting " of the new yellow lines the Chairman welcomed the new initative which will provide badly need jobs on the island along with protecting the tourists from the locals. The County Council engineer advised that they were considering an extention to the contract with the provision of treble lines along the edge of the pier to highlight to motorists and pony and traps of the potential danger of driving over the side. However this would be sometime in the future because of the current overspend on the €1,387,598.02 budget.
Bye Bye nostalgia. post script: click on the images !