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Society to fight Sunday ferries

Caledonian MacBrayne is to consult on the idea of Sunday sailings

Opponents of Sunday sailings between Lewis on the Western Isles and the mainland said they were preparing a legal challenge against the move.

The Lord's Day Observance Society disputes claims Caledonian MacBrayne is in breach of European law by not running the service.

The society claimed the ferry operator had refused to make public the text of legal opinion it received last week.

CalMac is due to hold discussions on the Sunday service.

Last week, the company said it had been told it would be unlawful to refuse to run a service because of the religious views of just part of a community.

Pro-sailings campaigners sought advice from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Sources at CalMac told BBC Alba the service was now "inevitable".

After seeking its own legal opinion, the ferry operator said its advisers warned it could be unlawful to refuse running a service on account of the beliefs of a section of the community.

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