Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (283)

Gerry Adams


283. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 752 of 12 February 2013, if he will give consideration to the provision of a D Class RNLI-built boat for the volunteer coastguard unit based in Clogherhead, County Louth; the cost to the State for the provision of such a boat and the appropriate training required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35598/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Primary maritime search and rescue services in the Clogherhead area are provided by the Clogherhead RNLI All Weather Lifeboat.  This service is supplemented for inshore cover by two Coast Guard Boat Units based in Drogheda and at Greenore. In addition, there is a shoreline search unit Volunteer Coast Guard Unit based in Clogherhead . The area is also serviced by the Dublin Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116.

Having regard to resources already available, provision of a D Class boat for the Clogherhead unit is not considered a priority at this time. The Coast Guard continues to keep the situation under review and if it is considered that another inshore boat is required in the future then the necessary discussions would take place with the RNLI in the first instance.

Basic set up costs to establish a D Class RNLI boat, excluding on-going operating, maintenance, training and inspection costs, would be in the region of €65,000 for the boat, with a further €30,000 for personal safety and protection equipment and €35,000 for towing vehicle, i.e. some €130,000 in total. The lead time for crew training would be of the order of 12-18 months estimated at €1,500 per person.

Questions Nos. 284 and 285 answered with Question No. 282.