Breen welcomes approval of new coast guard station for Doolin

January 16th, 2013 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael Clare TD and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs, Pat Breen, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the news that a new volunteer coast guard station is to be built in Doolin. Deputy Breen praised the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, for giving approval to the project, which was first promised by Fianna Fáil nine years ago.

“It’s very positive news for the local community and all of those involved in the running of Doolin coast guard, that a new station is to be built this year. The project, which will be overseen by the Office of Public Works, will be tendered within a matter of weeks and construction is expected to start by May.

“Doolin Volunteer Coast Guard unit is one of the busiest units in the country, operating a cliff rescue team, a boat unit and shoreline search team. The twenty four member team are supported by seven additional volunteers located on nearby Inisheer. The service they provide is invaluable to the local community; indeed for many people living locally and further afield, they are heroes.

“I would like to commend Minister Varadkar for giving the go ahead for this project, which was never delivered by the previous Fianna Fáil Government. As far back as 2004, I was told by the then Minister for the Marine, Dermot Ahern, that the purchase of a site had been agreed for the project. And yet through all the years of the boom it was never built.

“The decision by the Government to give the new station the green light is clear recognition of the invaluable work carried out by coast guard volunteers in Doolin. Coast guard units throughout the Country and volunteers helped more than 2,500 people and saved 161 lives last year. They deserve our support.

“The new station at Doolin will provide a garage area for the storage of boats, cliff rescue, personal equipment and transport, as well as changing facilities and an operations room. It will provide a great boost to the Doolin unit, which was recently featured on the RTE programme ‘Ireland’s Search and Rescue’.

“I am delighted that the project has been given the go ahead, and I wish all of the volunteers involved the best for the year ahead.”