CORK County Council is to hire and train extra staff to operate the Dursey Cable Car, a meeting of the Municipal District of West Cork was told.
And one councillor said he would ‘run it himself’ if somebody trained him.
Following complaints that the service wasn’t operating on New Year’s Day, Council official Mac Dara Ó h-Icí confirmed to councillors that they have been talking to personnel in Cork County Council about recruiting and training people from within its own staff.
Mr Ó h-Icí added there are a lot of training and health & safety procedures involved for someone to operate the cable car. A local man currently operates the cable car but there have been occasions where others who can operate it are not available on certain days, when cover is needed.
Cllr Danny Collins (Ind) raised the issue at the meeting and said Cork County Council aren’t providing a proper service for Dursey Island.
‘It wasn’t operating on New Year’s Day when a group of people who rented a house on the island couldn’t get back to the mainland and last Wednesday it was closed and people are asking what’s wrong with using relief operators?’ said Cllr Collins.
‘If you want to, you can train me and I’d run it myself no problem. We need two or three operators to run the cable car,’ added Cllr Collins.