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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Irish Coast Guard Issues

Photo of Robert TroyRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail)
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307. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the location of each of the 58 Coast Guard stations which are operational; if they have Internet access, running water and bathroom facilities; and the Coast Guard stations that have been identified for upgrades in tabular form. [12623/19]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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The Irish Coast Guard, a Division of my Department, has 44 Units based in 58 coast guard stations.

The Coast Guard building programmes are managed by the Office of Public Works on behalf of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, from planning design to build and on-going maintenance. These projects are funded by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

The Coast Guard in conjunction with the Office of Public Works design new station houses and the OPW engage in discussions with the Local Authorities in respect of certain key issues. The rate of progress on these projects will depend on the timelines required for the various phases, the capital funding and other resources available; matters are being overseen and closely monitored by the Coast Guard personnel in my Department. As new build projects are completed, additional projects are put on the IRCG Building Programme.

Medium sized build projects, costs estimated at over €750,000, are managed by OPW Property Management Section and are overseen by an OPW Senior Architect; the medium sized projects currently being undertaken include new IRCG Stations in Westport, Greystones and Kilmore Quay; there are a number of other projects in the initial stages included in this programme, all on green field sites.

Smaller upgrading and renovation projects are managed by OPW Property Maintenance Section and undertaken by the Regional OPW offices, where feasible, on the current footprint of existing IRCG Volunteer Stations. These projects include the updating and improving of Unit facilities including toilets and running water.

The Office of Public Works has undertaken the assessment of IRCG Rocket Houses, to ascertain where current basic facilities can be upgraded to include toilets. These Rocket Houses have long been identified as being in need of more suitable facilities and are now mainly in use as secondary Unit buildings. Due to the nature, design and footprint of these Rocket Houses, it is not always feasible to extend. A trial project for the inclusion of compostable toilets in these circumstances is currently being undertaken.

The IRCG and Maritime Services Division are currently undertaking a review of broadband provision in all Unit and Sub-Unit Buildings.

Please see the following list of the coastguard stations that have been identified for upgrades in tabular form.

Unit name/Grid RefCountyType of unitRunning water, bathroom facilitiesBroadband - Internet FacilitiesIdentified for UpgradeWith OPW District Inspectors

for assessment of facilities installation
Doolin CGUClareMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
Kilkee CGUClareMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes Yes
Killaloe CGU ClareMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes Yes
Castletownbere CGUCorkMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
Crosshaven CGUCorkMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
Goleen CGUCorkMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
Toe Head CGUCorkMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes Yes
Schull Coast Guard Unit CorkMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
YoughalCorkMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
Oysterhaven CGUCorkMain Unit Building Has facilities No internet facilities
Bunbeg CGUDonegalMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
Greencastle CGUDonegalMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
Killybegs CGUDonegalMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
Mulroy Bay CGUDonegalMain Unit Building Has facilities YesYes
Dun Laoghaire CGUDublinMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
Howth CGUDublinMain Unit Building Has facilities YesYes
Skerries CGUDublinMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
Costello Bay CGUGalwayMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
Dingle CGUKerryMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
Iveragh KerryMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
Ballybunion CGUKerryMain Unit Building Has facilities No internet facilitiesYes
Glenderry CGUKerryMain Unit Building Has facilities No internet facilitiesYes
Drogheda CGULouthMain Unit Building Has facilities YesYes
Greenore CGULouthMain Unit Building Has facilities YesYes
Achill CGUMayoMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes Yes
Killala CGUMayoMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes Yes
Westport CGUMayoMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes Yes
Bonmahon CGUWaterfordMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes Yes
Tramore CGUWaterfordMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
Dunmore East CGUWaterfordMain Unit Building Has facilities YesYes
Ardmore CGUWaterfordMain Unit Building Has facilities No internet facilities
Curracloe CGUWexfordMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
Rosslare CGUWexfordMain Unit Building Has facilities Yes
Ballycotton CGUCorkMain Unit Building - Rocket House Has facilities No internet facilitiesYes
Old Head of Kinsale CGUCorkMain Unit Building - Rocket House Has facilities No internet facilities
Castlefreke CGUCorkMain Unit Building - Rocket House No running water or bathroomNo internet facilitiesYesYes
Guileen CGUCorkMain Unit Building - Rocket House No running water or bathroomNo internet facilitiesYesYes
Cleggan CGUGalwayMain Unit Building - Rocket House No running water or bathroomNo internet facilitiesYesYes
Clogherhead CGULouthMain Unit Building - Rocket House No running water or bathroomYesYesYes
Ballyglass CGUMayoMain Unit Building - Rocket House No running water or bathroomNo internet facilitiesYesYes
Courtown CGUWexfordMain Unit Building - Rocket House No bathroomNo internet facilitiesYesYes
Fethard-on-Sea CGUWexfordMain Unit Building - Rocket House No running water or bathroomNo internet facilitiesYesYes
Kilmore Quay CGU WexfordMain Unit Building - Rocket House No running water or bathroomNo internet facilitiesYesYes
Greystones CGUWicklowMain Unit Building - Rocket House No running water or bathroomYes YesYes
Greenore CGU Rocket HouseLouthSecondary storage building - Rocket HouseN/A - Storage buildingN/A - Storage building
Mulroy Bay CGUDonegalSecondary Unit Building N/A - Storage buildingN/A - Storage building
Glenderry CGU Rocket HouseKerrySecondary Unit Building N/A - Storage buildingN/A - Storage buildingYes
Iveragh KerrySecondary Unit Building - Rocket House N/A - Storage buildingN/A - Storage building
Crosshaven RHCorkStorage building - Rocket HouseN/AN/A - Storage building
Seven Heads CGU - Amalgamated with Castlefreke CGUCorkSub - Unit - Rocket HouseHas facilities No internet facilities
Summercove CGU - Amalgamated with OysterhavenCorkSub - Unit - Rocket HouseHas facilities No internet facilitiesYes
Glandore CGU - Amalgamated with Toe HeadCorkSub - Unit - Rocket HouseNo running water or bathroomNo internet facilitiesYes
Tory Island CGU - Amalgamated with Bunbeg CGUDonegalSub - Unit - Rocket HouseNo running water or bathroomNo internet facilitiesYes
North Aran CGU - Amalgamated with Costello Bay CGUGalwaySub - Unit - Rocket HouseNo running water or bathroomYesYes
South Aran CGU - Amalgamated with Doolin CGUGalwaySub - Unit - Rocket HouseNo running water or bathroomNo internet facilitiesYes
Carnsore Point CGU - Substation of RosslareWexfordSub - Unit - Rocket HouseNo running water or bathroomYesYes
Arklow CGU - Substation of CourtownWicklowSub - Unit - Rocket HouseNo running water or bathroomNo internet facilitiesYes
Wicklow CGU - Substation of GreystonesWicklowSub - Unit - Rocket HouseNo running water or bathroomNo internet facilitiesYes

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