Residents on Clare Island have won their battle for an improved ferry service to and from the island.

Currently, there are two sailings per day between Clare Island and Roonagh Pier near Louisburg, but islanders have been calling for this to be increased to 4 sailings per day, to improve connectivity to the mainland, and their quality of life.

A new contract for the ferry service will come into operation from the start of next month.

The Minister for Rural & Community Development Heather Humphreys has today confirmed that a preferred bidder has been identified and says it's expected that an improved service, with a minimum of four daily sailings, will be in place from the 1st July.

The Minister met with a delegation from the island yesterday, in a statement today , Minister Humphreys says she's glad to be in a position to ensure Clare Island has the kind of ferry service that will serve the needs of local residents and tourists.

Ian McCabe, chairman of the Clare Island Development Group, has welcomed the Minister's announcement.