Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Irish Coast Guard Issues
Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the immeasurable contribution made by the Irish Coast Guard Volunteers in the provision of the State's Search and Rescue Service.
In relation to the question at hand, I refer the Deputy to my response to PQ Ref: 34648/16 on 15thNovember 2016, which outlined the legislative provisions that underpin the activities of the Irish Coast Guard. I am satisfied that the current operations of the IRCG; search and rescue, pollution response, and voluntary activity generally, are well supported by the State. That being said, we are seeking additional staffing resources to support the IRCG in delivering its service on our coast.