Since 2008, €168,000 has been spent on capital works and building maintenance projects at the Marine Rescue co-ordination station at Malin Head. In addition, new communications systems are currently being installed in the Malin Head station, which has been closed since May, as part of a general upgrading of communications infrastructure in the Coast Guard. It is expected that the upgrade work will be complete next month and the Malin station will reopen at that time. This work will cost in the region of €100,000 and covers communications architecture and associated preparatory work to enable the equipment to be installed. It also includes refurbishment and a general clean up of the station.
The work on enhancing the communications infrastructure in the three Coast Guard rescue co-ordination stations is essential for the on-going operation and maintenance of the service. Very old equipment that has passed its operating life has to be replaced now irrespective of any decisions that might be taken in the future regarding the operation of any of the stations.