Funding for construction of new coast guard station in Doolin approved

Fine Gael National Press Office
Senator Martin Conway

Wednesday, 16th January 2013

Conway welcomes approval of funding for construction of new coast guard station in Doolin

Fine Gael Clare Senator Martin Conway, welcomes the announcement today (Wednesday) by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, that funding has been approved for the construction of a new volunteer coast guard station in Doolin, Co. Clare. The project will be overseen by the Office of Public Works and will be tendered within a matter of weeks with construction expected to commence by May.

“I am delighted that the funding has been sanctioned for this project. The new station will provide a garage area for the boats, cliff rescue and personal equipment and transport as well as changing facilitates and an operations room.

“Having lobbied successive governments and Ministers for Transport to get this facility built in the interests of public safety I am delighted to see that this is now about to be realised.

“As one of the busiest coast guard units in the country, this new facility will be of huge benefit to the Doolin Coast Guard Unit, whose volunteers risk their lives on a weekly basis, carrying out search, rescue and recovery operations off the coast of County Clare.

“The building in which these volunteers have worked in for the last twenty years can only be compared to a garden shed and were wholly inadequate, with volunteers even storing essential rescue equipment in their own homes. They had no washing or changing facilities and nowhere even to make a cup of tea.

“This new facility should have been constructed years ago and I am glad that it is finally being delivered by this Government. I would like to pay tribute to the tireless work of Mattie Shannon and the volunteers who selflessly give their time to help others in some of the most appalling weather conditions.”




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