Written answers

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Coast Guard Service

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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44. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason the cliff rescue services that was provided by the Irish Coast Guard has been terminated; and if he will consider undertaking a review of the entire Irish Coast Guard service in order that a vision for the future can be forged. [17779/21]

Photo of Hildegarde NaughtonHildegarde Naughton (Galway West, Fine Gael)
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The Irish Coast Guard continues to work towards resuming Cliff Rescue operations at the 17 locations around the coast, which have been affected by the temporary suspension which arose from a cross-functional assessment carried by the Coast Guard. This assessment evaluated necessary actions relating to procedures, equipment, training and the oversight and assurance mechanisms necessary to ensure the continued safety of its personnel. As a matter of priority, the Irish Coast Guard is actively working on addressing all issues now identified and reinstating the provision of Cliff Rescue services as quickly as possible.

Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) Management acting within the Department of Transport’s organisation structure and accountability framework, and in response to the recommendations as listed within Reports, No. MCIB/266 and the AQE - Review of the Oversight of Search and Rescue (SAR) Aviation Operations in Ireland (2018), has embarked upon an extensive programme of reform. Doing so affords the IRCG the opportunity to demonstrate to all those who partake and/or avail of its services, that its operations and supporting activities are being managed in accordance with best practice and legislative requirements.

Darren O'Rourke (Meath East, Sinn Fein)
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45. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding the suspension by the Irish Coast Guard of cliff rescue teams; the reason for this; when this will be resolved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17792/21]

Photo of Hildegarde NaughtonHildegarde Naughton (Galway West, Fine Gael)
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The Irish Coast Guard continues to work towards resuming cliff rescue operations at the 17 locations around the coast affected by the temporary suspension. Safety matters are currently being addressed to facilitate the lifting of the temporary suspension of the operations.

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