Funding Boost for Clare’s Coastguard Services – BREEN.

January 4th, 2012 - Pat Breen

Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen T.D. has welcomed the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport , Leo Varadkar T.D.’s commitment to protect funding for the Coast Guard and RNLI at existing levels for 2012.

Minister Varadkar confirmed that the Coast Guard will receive €4.37 million again this year, which does not include the helicopter service and the RNLI annual grant of €150,000 will also be retained in 2012.
Deputy Breen said that “Minister Varadkar’s committed to protect Coast Guard and RNLI services “particularly good news for our services here in County Clare. New vessels have already been allocated to our Coast Guard Stations in Doolin and Killaloe.”

“In addition, Minister Vardakar has re-confirmed his commitment to proceed with the development of a new Coast Guard Centre in Doolin within the life of the capital expenditure programme, which gives certainty to the Doolin Unit. I understand from speaking with Minister Vardakar that Doolin is not yet ready to go to tender as the Office of Public Works are still working on the transfer of ownership of the land and other issues, however, I understand that Doolin will go to tender next.”

“Last year, the rescue crews at the Irish Coast Guard’s Helicopter Search and Rescue Service based at Shannon Airport featured in a six part RTE series. Known as Rescue 115, the series showed how these crews battle every day to save lives. At the end of this month, CHC (Ireland Ltd) who were awarded a ten year contract in July 2010 to p