Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Robert Troy TD has said that this afternoon’s reports of the examination into the provision of search and rescue services in Ireland, exposes the existing confusion relating to duties and oversight that the Minister must address.

Commenting this afternoon, Deputy Troy said, “If today’s reports of the review carried out of Ireland’s search and rescue services are accurate then it is obvious that there is an absence of understanding regarding responsibilities.

“The effectiveness of our search and rescue services should be a primary concern of the Government. The Department of Transport has been negligent in ensuring who has what responsibility.

“It’s imperative now that every effort is made to remove any degree of ambiguity surrounding duties and operations. Clear demarcations must now be made and if legislation changes are necessary they need to be prioritised in the forthcoming Dáil term. I am happy to work with the Government to ensure this happens.

“The Minister needs to publish this report in full in order for it to be examined in detail and to outline the timeframe for implementing the report’s recommendations,” concluded Troy.