Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has welcomed the news that construction is set to begin on provision of permanent facility to house the Doolin Coastguard describing it as a fitting tribute to the Doolin Coastguard Volunteers.
Earlier this year, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar T.D. gave the green light for the construction of the new facility.
“This is great news for the Doolin Coastguard and their volunteers who have had to work in difficult conditions over the years whilst putting their lives on the lines every day to save others. The construction of this new facility finally comes after years of campaigning and I would like to pay tribute to the Doolin Coastguard, their volunteers and the local Community and I am delighted that their rescue work is now being recognised through the provision of this new headquarters.
The upgrading of the Coastguard facility is also good news for the entire area. Over 3,000 tourists visit Doolin every summer and with a number of tourist amenities on its doorstep, Lahinch, Ailwee Caves and the Cliffs of Moher, this infrastructure is badly needed.
The new station 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.
I am delighted that construction is beginning and I wish all those involved in the running of the Doolin Coastguard the very best going forward.”