A spokesperson of Island Ferries Teoranta has said that as a gesture of goodwill ferry services for Inis Mór will resume from 5pm today.

Island Ferries Teoranta, ended the service for the winter on Wednesday, following a dispute over levies with the local authority.

The spokesperson said the ferry company met the Department of Art, Heritage, Regional, Rural, and Gaeltacht Affairs and Galway County Council this morning, when a number of issues that require further consideration and discussion were identified.

The parties have agreed to engage further in order to seek a resolution to all of the issues.

The spokesperson said the resumption of services is a gesture of good will to the islanders and will remain in place until 4 January, and will be kept under review as discussions continue.

Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs and Natural Resources Seán Kyne earlier said he wanted to see a boat running by this evening.

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Alternative operators would be considered if the dispute cannot be resolved, the minister said.