Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
Éamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
Question 377: To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when a decision will issue on an application by the coast guard for a site for a new coast guard station at the new airstrip at Cluain Leacht an Abba near Cleggan, County Galway, in view of the need to ensure the best use of resources and the need for a coast guard station in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7882/12]
Jimmy Deenihan (Minister, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Kerry North-West Limerick, Fine Gael)
While some preliminary discussions have taken place between my Department and the Irish Coast Guard, no formal application has been received in relation to the provision of a site for a new coast guard station. Planning permission has been granted in relation to the provision of terminal buildings at Cluain Leacht an Abba, An Cloigeann, Co. Galway and a new management contract for the airstrip will commence on 1 March 2012. This matter will be discussed further with the management company and with the Irish Coast Guard when the new management arrangements come into effect.