Construction must get underway immediately on much needed Coastguard facility in Doolin – BREEN.

September 10th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen has welcomed the news that Clare County Council have granted planning permission for the construction of €1.9m Coastguard facility at Doolin.

“After a lengthy battle to get this much needed coastguard facility constructed in Doolin, I welcome the news that Planning Permission has now been granted.

The volunteer coastguards in Doolin put their lives on the line every day to save others and the very least they deserve is to have a permanent facility built to cater for their needs and up to now they have been forced to operate out of a building that is no bigger than an average Garden Shed.

Now that Planning Permission has been granted, the Minister for Transport and Marine Noel Dempsey must make the €1.9m funding which was earmarked for this project available immediately so that construction can start straight away.

The last piece of the infraststructural jigsaw which needs to be put in place in Doolin now is the construction of a new sewerage scheme. Over 3,000 tourists visit Doolin every year and the entire area is dependant on the successful completion of this sewerage scheme. That is why I was extremely annoyed that the construction of a sewerage scheme for Doolin and Ballyvaughan Schemes was not included in the Water Services Investment Programme for 2010-2012. I would now ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley to review this programme and prioritise a sewerage treatment scheme for both villages.