SNP MSP for na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan, has today welcomed the news that an agreement has been reached in talks between Calmac and trade union representatives.

Alasdair Allan commented: "The news that the talks have reached a successful conclusion will be welcomed by everyone in the islands, not least by the traveling public, business and the tourist industry.

"I am glad that it has been possible to reach this stage without further industrial action.

"The Scottish Government has been working to bring both sides closer together, and there now seems to be a shared understanding of the guarantees that will apply to staff contracts regardless of who eventually wins the tender.

"I hope that business can now return to normal on these vital lifeline routes."