Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has congratulated local communities across Donegal who fought to keep Malin Head Coastguard Station open and has said the fight must continue until the Government commits to resources for the facility.
“It’s a major relief that Malin Head Coastguard Station will now be kept open. I want to pay tribute to all the people locally who made their voices heard on this issue and highlighted just how important this service is to Donegal and the North West region,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.
“While I am relieved that the imminent threat to Malin Head now seems to be gone, I find it regrettable that this saga was allowed to go on for so long creating so much distress and concern locally. This is a red line issue for people in Donegal who recognise that Malin Head provides and essential service to this region.
“Too much has been invested in this facility recently to allow it go to waste. The €800,000 that has been pumped into the station and its equipment has ensured that the Malin Head service is well placed to play a pivotal role in the coastguard service nationally.
“We need clarity from the Government now that Malin Head will not be downgraded any way. I am calling for a firm commitment from the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar that there will be no under-handed cuts to resources for the station. Opening hours and staffing levels must be maintained and there must be no sneaky attempts to cut the service,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.