Boost for Irish Coast Guard
FIANNA Fáil TD for
Donegal Charlie McConalogue says a new bill brought
forward by his party will see coast guard services
protected and enhanced.
This will provide a welcome boost for the six units
across County Donegal. The Irish Coast Guard
Authority Bill 2018 brings the Irish Coast Guard in
line with other frontline emergency services by
placing it on a statutory basis and affording it the
representation, recognition and protection that it
Greencastle Coast Guard crew members
on a practice run.
commented, “The work of the Irish Coast Guard cannot
be underestimated. These men and women go above and
beyond to protect our coastline, our coastal
communities and the people who use our seas. Donegal
has the longest coastline in the country, making the
services our Coast Guard provides even more vital".
“Despite the Coast Guard providing blue light
services along with the Gardaí, the National
Ambulance Service and the Fire Service, it is not
protected by statutory legislation. This means that
it is not on an equal footing. This must be changed
and this bill is designed to do that".
“We must fully recognise the work that our Coast
Guard undertakes and allocate them the proper
support and resources. It is a frontline emergency
service and should be treated as such. This bill
will ensure that this goal is achieved”.