Written answers

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Coast Guard Stations

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if it is intended to seek tenders for the provision of a site for a Coastguard station in the Cleggan area of County Galway; and if it is, the reason that the Coastguard do not use the site at Cluain Leacht an Abba, An Cloigeann that is already in the ownership of the State and has an airstrip and car parking built on it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [57730/12]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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The Cleggan Volunteer Coast Guard Unit, which is designated as a shoreline search unit, is currently operating out of an old Coast Guard station, sometimes called the Rocket House. It is one of a number of Coast Guard Units around the coast operating from Rocket Houses that have been identified for upgrade.  

Funds are not available for the Cleggan upgrade in the current capital envelope as the building projects at Killybegs, Doolin and Greystones will take priority. The current site of the Unit and the Cleggan BIM Ice Plant have been deemed unsuitable for development by the Office of Public Works (OPW).  The identification of an appropriate site can be progressed when there is more certainty about when funds may become available.


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