Senator Mark Daly stated at Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications that the Director of the Irish Coast Guard, Mr Chris Reynolds is not fit to hold office. This follows a 4 hours hearing today where the latest report, commissioned by the coast guard to consider the future of Valentia and Malin coast guard stations was scrutinised by Senators and TDs of all parties from Kerry and Donegal. During the meeting Senator Daly said that “given the changes of the first draft of the Fisher report following representation by senior management, Fisher can not be accepted as creditable. The first draft was hugely critical of senior management however the final report which was presented to the Minister had all reference to criticism of management deleted”.
“Also the first drafts did not recommend the closure of Malin and Valentia however the final draft contained the option of closing one of the 2 stations.”
The meeting was chaired by Tom Fleming TD, following a proposal by Senator Daly it was agreed that the authors of the Fisher report would come before the committee prior to any decision being made by the Minister on the future of Valentia and Malin Coast Guard Stations.