Doolin Coastguard – BREEN to demand answers.

January 12th, 2010 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael’s Deputy Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Clare T.D. Pat Breen is to demand answers from the Minister for Transport and Marine Noel Dempsey T.D. regarding the future of a permanent Coastguard Station at Doolin when the Dail resumes next week.

Doubts emerged again this week regarding the project and whether or not the €1.5 million which was promised was ring fenced by the Department of Transport and Marine to build a new permanent Coastguard Station at Doolin.

Deputy Breen has reiterated his contention that the Government have been “dragging their heels in providing a permanent home for the Doolin Coastguard adding that “Back in 2004, I was told by the then Minister for the Marine Dermot Ahern that a purchase of a site had been agreed and yet six years down the road there is no permanent home for the service. It is simply not good enough.”

“In the meantime, the Doolin volunteers risk their lives everyday for others and they are continuing to operate out of a building that is no bigger than an average garden shed.”

“When the Dail resumes next week, I will be tackling Minister Dempsey on this matter and demanding answers. €1.5m was earmarked for the development of this project and the provision of this facility should not fall victim to any budgetary cutbacks.”