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Ferries to Ireland are axed.

THE Liverpool to Dublin high-speed ferry service has been axed with the loss of 150 jobs.

Staff on the Irish Sea Express were told the service was losing pounds 100,000 a week mainly because of rising fuel costs.

They were given the news yesterday when the ship was in Bidston Dock, Birkenhead.

On Monday it was announced the service was being reduced to five sailings a week.

But today Gary Hinks, director of Irish Sea Express, said: "The cost of fuel has doubled in the past year and the business just couldn't keep up.

"This is a long-term decision and it is not likely that we will be able to salvage anything from the firm."

NorseMerchant Ferries continue to operate sailings from Birkenhead to Belfast and Dublin
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 12, 2005
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