Senator Mark Daly welcomes the retention of Valentia and Malin Coast guard centres. Senator Daly reiterated the statements he made in the 4 hour long transport committee that debates the topic that head of the Coast Guard Mr Chris Reynolds was not fit to hold the position.
Today the Minister for Transport said “,after careful consideration of the various options available, I will be proposing that the three centres will remain open and that none will be closed, I will be proposing that the three centres will be more closely aligned and integrated. Therefore the current structure of three Coast Guard Centres in Dublin, Malin and Valentia will continue to provide their current service but will be required to deliver new efficiencies in how these services are provided. ”
Mr Reynold’s evidence to he committee was disturbing he had no satisfactory answers as to why new communication equipment which is critical to coordinating rescues was allowed to sit in boxes for over 2 years while the existing equipment in Malin and Valentia, was according to the manufacturer subject to ‘catastrophic Failure at any moment’ . In fact motorola issued ‘a death certificate ‘ on the equipment and despite this the head of the coast guard took no action.
Senator Daly and other Oireachtas Members from Kerry and Donegal have called that both the External consultants who are undertaking work on the details of the delivery of new efficiencies at the 3 stations and Mr Reynolds come again before the committee to discuss the new Action Plan.