Thousands of people's holiday plans have been affected after Irish Ferries cancelled numerous summer sailings due to an issue with a new ferry.


The people were due to travel to France this summer, but there has been an issue with the German shipyard where the ship is being built.


It is understood that there has been a delay in the delivery of the WB Yeats ferry, which may not arrive in time for the busy summer season in July.



Irish Ferries have cancelled sailings between July 12 and July 29. The passengers that have been affected by the cancellations have been informed about them.


Andrew Sheen, who is the managing director of Irish Ferries, said the company is sincerely sorry for the major disruption and they are working hard to re-book the passengers, “We will contact you and offer you a space we have held for you on the MV Oscar Wilde close to your booked sailing date.”


However, the passengers may have to alter their trips slightly if they chose to travel on the Oscar Wilde.



If there is no room for those affected, passengers will be given a full refund. Passengers have also been offered a €150 voucher to use on future sailings.

Irish Ferries explained to RTÉ that the delay has not yet been officially confirmed, but they decided to cancel the bookings "in the interests of minimizing the level of potential disruption to our customers".



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