Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (226)

Pearse Doherty


226. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a funding application has been received from Bord Iascaigh Mhara for the construction of a new sea survival centre at the National Fisheries College in Greencastle, County Donegal in 2020; and if the necessary funding as announced in 2016 will be provided. [47903/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

This proposed project by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) is currently under review 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 existing 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. Those purpose built facilities are available for the provision of all necessary and required training for fishermen.

At the present time, there is no provision or plans to proceed with this additional project and funding has not been requested by Bord Iascaigh Mhara for 2020, nor has it been provided, for this proposed additional facility within the State.