Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Questions (242)

Anne Rabbitte

Question:

242. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of financial support provided to the Galway search and rescue unit in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25736/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

There are two Coast Guard volunteer units in Galway - Costello Bay and Cleggan. My Department provides funding through the Coast Guard volunteer support programme for training, exercising and equipment for all Coast Guard Units on an on-going basis as needed. This funding is not disaggregated by unit. My Department also provides funding for the refurbishment and maintenance of the Coast Guard facilities. This programme is managed through the OPW. Costello Bay unit was a new build in 2011 at a cost of €700k approx. Cleggan Unit is being considered in context of a new build over the coming 3 years, subject to feasibility, planning and other requirements.