Valentia Island Coast Guard Station in doubt as Government parties split over having report on its future debated by Oireachtas Committee

Labour TDs and Senators sign letter to have issue debated at Oireachtas Committee however Fine Gael refuse to sign letter circulated by Senator Mark Daly

Senator Mark Daly’s recent petition to have the authors of the Fisher report along with senior Coast Guard personnel questioned before an Oireachtas Committee has not been signed by Fine Gael TDs and Senators in Kerry and Donegal,.Their Labour colleagues, Arthur Spring TD along with Senators Marie Maloney and Jimmy Harte have signed the petition with Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and Independent TD’s and Senators in Kerry and Donegal.

Senator Daly has praised the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan for his continued work on the issue at cabinet level.

Senator Daly led the campaign to prevent the closure of the station when the 2007 Feron report was published by the Department ” the debate in the Transport Committee in 2008 was critical to ensuring the Valentia station stayed open, the same level of scrutiny and transparency is now required again”.

As a result of the last campaign the engine room has been recently upgraded, and new computerised equipment is currently in storage awaiting installation.

The SOS (Save Our Station) Group on Valentia Island is campaigning to retain the country’s busiest marine rescue station. Valentia Coast Guard radio station, say they are increasingly worried about the future of the Kerry facility.

A decision is due to be taken on the future of Valentia and Malin station by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar in October.

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