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Varadkar, Leo

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Air Services Provision

Was asked: his intentions with regard to the State's holding in Aer Lingus; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Taxi Regulations

Was asked: if he has met with the Department of Justice or An Garda Síochána to discuss the enforcement of taxi regulations and to aid in the crackdown on illegal drivers, cloned licences and other such offen...More Button

Was asked: his plans for taxi branding; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the rationale for the continuation of the sitting of the SPSV licence entry test in view of the oversupply of SPSV drivers on the road currently.More Button

Was asked: if he will consider further financial incentives to increase the number of wheelchair accessible vehicles in the State’s taxi fleet. More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the concerns of a number of taxi drivers (details supplied) regarding the recommendations for the taxi industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when it is expected to be announced the recommendations of the Taxi Regulation Review Report that will be implemented and the level of engagement that has taken place with taxi operators; and if he...More Button

Regional Airports

Was asked: if he has examined the competitive impact of the Shannon Airport support package on neighbouring airports such as Ireland West Airport Knock and on the region it serves; his national aviation prior...More Button

Was asked: his plans to deliver on proposals by Ireland West Airport, Knock to create 500 new jobs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will report on discussions with the management of Ireland West Airport, Knock County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 26 and 45 together. More Button

Plans for the development of the privately-owned regional airports, including Knock Airport, are a matter for the management of those airports. However, both I and officials of my Department hav...More Button

I have rationalised the system of State support for the privately-owned regional airports and the Government now has a settled policy in relation to those airports. In line with the recommendati...More Button

In his recent Budget speech, the Minister for Finance announced that he will be putting in place measures to facilitate the construction of hangars and ancillary facilities that will be key to at...More Button

With regard to existing supports for Knock Airport, it should be noted that the Airport, along with the other regional airports which are not owned by the State, has been supported over the years...More Button

In a wider context, I should point out that the development of a new civil aviation policy was initiated at a conference earlier this month and will be pursued through 2012, leading to the adopti...More Button

Tourism Industry Issues

Was asked: the way he will help put in place a viable hotel industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the extent to which the tourism sector is projected to develop and expand in 2013; the degree to which any such expansion is likely to impact on the economy as a whole; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: the total number of persons employed directly and or indirectly in the tourism sector; the potential for improvement in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 362 and 370 together.  More Button

The Government recognises the key role that the tourism industry will play in our economic recovery and has put in place a range of programmes and measures to support tourism, enhance competitive...More Button

In terms of our main tourism priority, the Gathering Ireland 2013 will be the biggest tourism led initiative ever held in Ireland. The event aims to attract an extra 325,000 overseas visitors to...More Button

In seeking to grow overseas visits to Ireland, our objective is ultimately to generate jobs.  The Central Statistics Office (CSO) does not measure tourism employment as such, but does measure "Ac...More Button

Drawing on an alternative approach, Fáilte Ireland’s estimate of all direct jobs in tourism and hospitality businesses in 2012 (full-time, part-time, seasonal/casual and not confined to "main job...More Button

Using The Gathering Ireland 2013 as our centrepiece for 2013 and through continued collaboration between Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and the Irish tourist industry, I am confident that we can...More Button

North-South Ministerial Council

Was asked: if he will provide an update on discussions held at the meeting of the North-Ministerial Council in tourism sectoral format on 28 November 2012 in Armagh, including discussions regarding Tourism Ir...More Button

Penalty Point System

Was asked: the changes he plans to make to penalty points; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Transport Policy

Was asked: the implication for transport policy in view of the fact that the proportion of commuters using cars to travel to work has risen from 57% to 69% over the past 30 years; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Was asked: in view of the most recent data from the Central Statistics Office which show continued and marked increases in numbers commuting by car for both workers and school students, the measures he intend...More Button

Other Questions (Resumed)

Was asked: if he will provide a detailed breakdown in terms of amount received, location, and names of the clubs in disadvantaged areas who received funding in the 2012 round of the sports capital programme; ...More Button

Was asked: when the next round of funding will be available under the sports capital programme; the amount to be allocated; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of the clubs and organisations who do not own their own land and or do not have a long term lease who received funding in the first round of the sports capital programme ...More Button

Public Transport Provision

Was asked: if CIE has received the €36 million subvention announced in July 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he has considered expanding the Leap card to allow it to be used for the Dublin bikes schemes; if he will bring this proposal to the National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council; and if ...More Button

Rail Services

Was asked: if he will provide an update on works being carried out on the Luas BXD project; the total spend on the project so far and current estimate for the cost of the completed project. More Button

Was asked: his plans to put in place measures to increase the capacity of the Luas to deal with high volumes of passengers at the Heuston stop such as building a link between the Red Line and Green line filte...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding a train service (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The scheduling and timetabling of train services is an operational matter for Irish Rail in conjunction with the National Transport Authority and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the compa...More Button

Cycling Facilities

Was asked: the funding that is being provided by the National Transport Authority for the expansion of Dublin Bikes this year and in follow on years; if he will be supporting the further expansion of the sche...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide an update regarding his plans for developing cycle routes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Roads Maintenance

Was asked: the measures he will take to ensure the up keep of the State’s road network to maintain safety and quality conditions in view of cutbacks in Budget 2013.More Button

Was asked: the amount spent by the National Roads Authority on the M50 for the years 2009, 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012 on grass cutting, litter picking, road markings, road maintenance and so on; and if he...More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individ...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which his Department continues to identify accident black spots on local, regional or national routes; the extent to which he expects to provide funds to alleviate such problems in 20...More Button

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993.  The carrying out o...More Button

In July, the National Roads Authority (acting on behalf of the Department) invited applications from local authorities for funding in 2013 under the Low Cost Safety Improvement Grants Scheme in r...More Button

Under the Low Cost Safety Improvement Works scheme the criterion for approval and grant allocation is based on accident data, discussions between the local authority and the National Roads Author...More Button

Tourism Promotion

Was asked: if he will provide details of any new projects he expects to receive funding from the €56 million provided for tourism product development between 2013 and 2016; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Was asked: the way he plans to reduce the tourism marketing fund by 5%; where he expects the savings to come from; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The question relates to the allocation for the Tourism Marketing Fund in 2013.More Button

The overall provision for tourism services in 2013 is approximately €140 million across a diverse range of activities. Within this, the Tourism Marketing Fund has a provision of over €37 million....More Button

While the Tourism Marketing Fund itself has been reduced slightly, it should be noted that the major focus of overseas promotion next year will be on The Gathering Ireland 2013, the biggest ever ...More Button

Was asked: his plans to drive tourism through local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department's role in relation to tourism is primarily concerned with national policy and the State Tourism agencies, under the aegis of the Department, deal with the operation and administration...More Button

Was asked: if he will request Fáilte Ireland to support and provide funding to Puck Fair and Summerfest festivals in County Kerry, if he will ask Fáilte Ireland to take into consideration the importance of th...More Button

The matter raised is an operational one for Fáilte Ireland.  I have referred the Deputy's question to Fáilte Ireland for direct reply.  Please contact my private office if a reply is not received w...More Button

Was asked: his plans to introduce an Irish language-Gaelic tourism strategy for County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The matter raised is an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland.  I have referred the Deputy's Question to Fáilte Ireland for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a re...More Button

Was asked: his plans to introduce a singular tourism strategy for County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The matter raised is an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland.  I have referred the Deputy's Question to Fáilte Ireland for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a re...More Button

Departmental Funding

Was asked: if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the way the €7million allocated for the Gathering in the 2012 Budget will be spent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Departmental Budgets

Was asked: if he is satisfied regarding the adequacy of the budget for his Department to meet in full the projected requirements in the coming year; the extent if any to which any unforeseen expenditure will ...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide in tabular form, a detailed breakdown of his Department’s funding for sports in Budget 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Road Safety Strategy

Was asked: if he will report on the upcoming new road strategy for 2013 to 2020; the measures that he believes should be included in the new strategy; if this will include roadside drug testing measuresMore Button

Departmental Agencies Funding

Was asked: in view of the fact that he plans to reduce Fáilte Ireland’s budget from €63.3 million in 2013 to €53.2 million by 2015, his views on whether this will have a negative impact on the tourist industr...More Button

Tourist Accommodation

Was asked: the measures he will take to assist the hotel industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Sale of Aer Lingus

Was asked: if he or any State agency has tendered for an adviser in relation to the State's 25% shareholding in Aer Lingus; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he is kept up to date on matters appertaining to the future development of Aer Lingus including possible takeover offers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

In relation to the future of the State's shareholding in Aer Lingus a Steering Group has been established to examine the potential options for the disposal of the shareholding and the issues that m...More Button

The position in relation to the recent Ryanair offer for Aer Lingus  has been considered by me and by the Government and is being kept under review. The Offer is currently the subject of a Phase...More Button

At the Government meeting on Tuesday, the matter of the State's shareholding in Aer Lingus was discussed. The Government is committed to the sale of the stake in Aer Lingus at the right time und...More Button

Question No. 370 answered with Question No. 362.More Button

Road Tolls

Was asked: the amount of money collected from road tolls to date in 2012; the amount of this money taken in by the State; if he will provide a breakdown based on the road the tolls were collected from and the...More Button

Aviation Sector

Was asked: his plans for aviation in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Shannon Airport Facilities

Was asked: if he will clarify his statement regarding Shannon Airport when he welcomed enormous possibilities for additional military flights; the kind of military flights he was referring; his views on the u...More Button

Search and Rescue Service

Was asked: if he will provide an update on his action plan to address concerns regarding maritime transport and marine emergency response; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Public Transport

Was asked: if he will provide an update in installing wi-fi on public transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.More Button

In the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), funding for the implementation and development of public transport infrastructure projects, such as the installation of wi-fi on both buses and trains, is provid...More Button

Outside of the GDA, my Department provides funding directly to Irish Rail for the implementation and development of public transport infrastructure projects, such as the installation of wi-fi on ...More Button

Nevertheless I have also referred the Deputy's question to Irish Rail for direct reply to provide the full details specifically in relation to the installation of wi-fi on trains outside of the G...More Button

Please advise my private office if you don't receive both replies within 10 working days.More Button

Sports Capital Programme

Was asked: if he will provide details of the sports capital grant in terms of the total amount in new funding; the amount allocated thus far; the amount of funding still to be allocated; and if he will make a...More Button

Was asked: in view of the fact that €12.5 million has been allocated for capital spending on sport for 2013 and that this represents a fall of €5.5 million 30% on the 2012 allocation, if he will provide detai...More Button

Proposed Legislation

Was asked: when the proposed new Road Traffic Bill will be published; the main new measures comprised in the Bill including any proposed new penalty point offences, including reduced thresholds for learner dr...More Button

The Government approved the General Scheme of the new Road Traffic Bill for formal drafting on 11 December 2012. The next step is for the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel to examine the General...More Button

The Bill will address a range of issues. These include creating a new category of Novice Drivers who will have to display an 'N' plate, and reducing the threshold for automatic six months disqua...More Button

I am also including measures arising out of the penalty points review conducted earlier this year. This involves adjustments to the penalty points applying for a number of offences. Penalty poi...More Button

The Bill will also include a number of minor and technical amendments.More Button

Sports Capital Programme Applications

Was asked: if any additional funding will be made available to support some of the clubs which were not allocated money under the 2012 sports capital programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the criteria used to determine the way the €26 million of funding for sports capital grants was allocated to sports clubs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of all applications from County Donegal to the sports capital programme in tabular form and include the amount applied for and the reason the application was approved or ...More Button

Was asked: the reason a club (details supplied) was deemed unsuitable for any funding from the sports capital programme despite the fact they fulfilled the criteria to receive funding; and if he will make a s...More Button

Was asked: the way the successful sports capital grant projects were selected; if he will provide the details of the procedures that were used in selecting successful projects; and if he will make a statement...More Button

All applications received under the 2012 Sports Capital Programme were first checked to ensure eligibility and then eligible applications were initially assessed against the following criteria (the...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide for each county in tabular form the number of applications received under his Department's 2012 sports capital grant programme; the number that were deemed invalid and the number...More Button

 The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the table.

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Was asked: if he will confirm when organisations who had applied under his Department's 2012 sports capital grant programme were officially informed that their application was invalid; if he will confirm the ...More Button

EU Funding

Was asked: if he will outline his involvement in developing the transport element of the connecting Europe facility; if he will state the specific projects that he is likely to fund through the various financ...More Button

The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) was published by the Commission on 19 October 2011. The CEF forms part of the Multi Annual Financial Framework for 2014 to 2020 and the proposed Regulation sets...More Button

In Ireland's case, elements of our transport network form part of one of these corridors. Inclusion here, however, is no guarantee of funding from the EU or any other source. It is simply a means...More Button

The final outcome of negotiations with the European Parliment and Council on CEF is dependent on the outcome of the Multi Annual Financial Framework negotiations. Both CEF and TENT are key prior...More Button

Road Improvement Schemes

Was asked: the position regarding the upgrading of the N22 Ballyvourney to Ovens Road, County Cork; if he envisages that this road will be constructed in the foreseeable future; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual ...More Button

Generally, in relation to the capital funding of the national road network, it must be emphasised that progress on individual road schemes, including any improvement works on this route, will ver...More Button

Notwithstanding the above, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NRA for direct reply in relation to this route.  Please advise my private office if you don’t receive a reply within 10 wor...More Button

Was asked: the position regrading special improvement road grant (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Deputy will appreciate that the improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads, in its area, is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of section...More Button

Was asked: if funding will be allocated to Monaghan County Council in 2013 to finalise the preparatory work on the N2 Clontibret to the Border road; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individ...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide funding in 2013 for the Kenmare relief road, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads in its area, is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act, 1993.  Work...More Button

Earlier this year, the National Roads Authority (NRA) invited applications (on behalf of the Department) for consideration for funding under the Specific Improvement Grants Scheme in respect of r...More Button

I will announce the 2013 regional and local road grant allocations early in the new year.More Button

Was asked: if he will ensure that funding is provided to Cavan County Council for the 2013 road works scheme; if he will outline the progress of the proposed major upgrading of the East/West route from Cooteh...More Button

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads, in its area, is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act, 1993.  Wor...More Button

Earlier this year the National Roads Authority (NRA) on behalf of the Department requested information from local authorities in respect of Strategic Regional and Local Road schemes.  Cavan Count...More Button

I will announce the 2013 regional and local road grant allocations early in the new year.More Button

State Agencies

Was asked: if he will provide a detailed account of the plans to merge Shannon Development’s functions with Fáilte Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Government decided in May 2012 to restructure Shannon Development and to transfer its enterprise support functions to Enterprise Ireland and the IDA, and its tourism functions to Fáilte Ireland...More Button

This decision was confirmed by Government on 27th November as part of the broader decision to grant Shannon Airport full independence from the Dublin Airport Authority and merge the airport with ...More Button

It is envisaged that the tourism functions of Shannon Development, together with the associated staff, will transfer to Fáilte Ireland in the first few months of 2013.  Provison will be made in m...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he expects the various bodies under his aegis to be in a position to make a sizeable or important contribution towards economic recovery in the coming year; if he has identified...More Button

The Programme for Government sets out the measures which the Government are taking to achieve economic recovery. The Programme places a heavy emphasis on tourism as one of the key areas for the gen...More Button

I announced my priorities for 2012 and also my medium and longer term priorities on my Department's website.  Early in the new year, I  will both be reporting on the achievement of the 2012 prior...More Button

Transport demand, on the other hand, is primarily derived from the outputs of other economic sectors. One would expect increases in demand and employment within the transport sector to result fro...More Button

Taxi Ranks

Was asked: the work he is doing to ensure the best integration of taxis into the Dublin transport network in advance of the development of the LUAS BXD project, including ensuring sufficient ranks are provide...More Button

Following the establishment of the National Transport Authority (NTA) on 1st December 2009, the provision of infrastructure projects in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), such as Luas Broombridge, now ...More Button

The construction of the Luas Broombridge project (also referred to as the Luas BXD Project) was approved by An Bord Pleanála in August of this year and advance works will commence next year.More Button

Every effort has been made to minimise the construction impacts of Luas BXD on all road users, including pedestrians, and on businesses in the city centre area. A Traffic Forum has been establish...More Button

I understand from the NTA that as part of that project certain taxi ranks will require relocation along the path of the scheme, some on a temporary basis and others on a permanent basis. The Envi...More Button

Ministerial Responsibilities

Was asked: his key priorities for 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I expect to finalise priorities for 2013 over the coming days in consultation with Ministers of State Kelly and Ring.  The priorities, which flow from the Programme for Government, the Department's...More Button

State Airports

Was asked: the average number of passengers per week in Dublin Airport, Cork Airport, Ireland West Knock Airport and Shannon Airport for the years 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

The matter raised by the Deputy in relation to the average number of passengers at Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports falls within the operational responsibilities of Dublin Airport Authority and I ...More Button

Air Accident Investigations

Was asked: if the air accident investigation unit has completed its investigation into the heavy landing by the Air Corps air ambulance on 19 June 2012; the results and recommendations on foot of this investi...More Button

Following the accident which occurred to an Irish Air Corps air ambulance helicopter on the 19th   June 2012 near Borrisoleigh Co Tipperary, the Minister for Defence reque...More Button

Emergency Vehicles

Was asked: if obsolete equipment including redundant emergency vehicles from Shannon Airport were made available to voluntary groups along the Shannon Estuary since July 2012; if the airport received expressi...More Button

The matters raised by the Deputy are ones that fall within the operational responsibilities of Shannon Airport Authority and I have referred the question to the company for direct reply.  I would a...More Button

Local Improvements Scheme

Was asked: his plans to allocate funding in 2013 to local authorities for local improvement schemes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Local Improvements Scheme provided funding for the maintenance and improvement of private roadways which are, in the first instance, a matter for the relevant landowners.  More Button

State grants available to supplement expenditure by local authorities on the maintenance of regional and local roads have been reduced significantly and there will be further cuts over the next f...More Button

In making adjustments to the regional and local roads allocations the primary aim has been, as far as is possible, to protect previous investment in the road network and use the  available fundin...More Button

The feasibility of providing funding to assist with maintenance of private roads will be reviewed in the context of the monies available under the 2013 grant allocations for regional and local ro...More Button

I will announce the 2013 regional and local road grant allocations early in the new year.More Button

Transport Costs

Was asked: the extent to which transport costs have been identified in the context of the implementation of national economic recovery; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Government's plans to address the economic difficulties facing all elements of the economy are set out in the Programme for Government and place a heavy emphasis on the delivery of effective tr...More Button

The predominant element of transport costs is fuel. My Department has no direct control over this cost but keeps under review all costs over which we do have an influence, including the cost of ...More Button

In general, transport demand is primarily derived from the outputs of other economic sectors. One would expect increases in demand and employment within the transport sector to result from incre...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he intends to highlight issues affecting transport costs here during Ireland’s presidency of the EU; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The Presidency Programme on Transport is very ambitious and will focus on delivering key legislative dossiers as we enter final 18 months of current Commission and European Parliament. There are o...More Button

The key dossiers in this context are the Connecting Europe Facility and the Trans-European Transport Network Regulation - both of which are intended to address bottlenecks and missing links acros...More Button

In addition, I am very keen to see progress in implementing the Maritime Labour Convention, launching important debates on issues such as Passenger Ship Safety and taking the next step in relation ...More Button

Sporting Events

Was asked: the extent to which he expects to utilise sport as a medium to protect a positive national image at home and overseas in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he and his Department expects to be in a position to utilise high profile sporting fixtures as a means to boost economic recovery and the national image; and if he will make a s...More Button

National Transport Authority

Was asked: the full extent of the budget at the disposal of the National Transport Authority; the way the authority prioritises its work projects; the various agencies, statutory or otherwise the authority co...More Button

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.  The National Transport Authority (NTA) was established on 1st Dec...More Button

Given the Authority's responsibility in this regard, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you don't receive a reply within 10 wor...More Button

  Question No. 364 answered with Question No. 361.More Button

Hospitality Industry

Was asked: the extent to which he has continuous dialogue with the hotel and catering sectors with a view to identifying the issues most commonly regarded as impacting positively or negatively on the industry...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he has investigated the effect of debt on the hotel, catering and consequently the tourism sector over the past two years; the degree to which provision has been made to address...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 365 and 366 together.More Button

I am in regular contact with stakeholders in the tourism industry and indeed I met, at their request, with the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) most recently just prior to the Budget and the issues ...More Button

The issue of credit availability is primarily a matter for the Minister for Finance. I am informed by him that the Government has imposed SME lending targets on the two domestic pillar banks and...More Button

In relation to the issue of debt burden on the sector, I have examined and discussed with the IHF their recent report on this matter, including their proposals to address the issue.  The proposal...More Button

Coast Guard Stations

Was asked: 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 Clua...More Button

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 ...More Button

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 ...More Button