Thursday, 28 March 2019

Questions (150)

Willie Penrose


150. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when the €1.5 million development at a college (details supplied) in County Donegal will be approved for construction in view of the fact that the project is ready to proceed to construction; the status of the sea survival training unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14721/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

This project is currently under review by my Department in the wider context of the provision of existing professional sea survival training facilities within the State and the cost, both construction and operational, of such a facility. The professional sea survival training facilities based at the National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, are unique in Ireland and designed both for fundamental safety training and specialised survival training, to increase survival ability in emergency situations.

At the present time, there are no plans to proceed with this project and funding has not been provided in Bord Iascaigh Mharas's (BIM) Vote in 2019, for this proposed additional sea survival training development.