THE long awaited Coast Guard station for Killybegs has been given the green light by the Office of Public Works. The current station is over 20 years old and is no longer deemed to be suitable. A new multi-million euro station will be built at the Rough Point, Killybegs. It will consist of a 3-storey building with a boat house and pollution control centre.
Minister of State at the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Dinny McGinley, said on Sunday: “I am delighted that this vital community service has been approved by Minister Varadkar. Construction is expected to commence next spring. The entire north west coast had been lobbying for this for many years and I am delighted that the Minister has given approval for this Coast Guard station. This service will benefit the entire fishing fleet of the north west.”
Killybegs Coast Guard is a voluntary organisation with 25 members, serving one of Ireland’s busiest ports. Killybegs Coast Guard also operates as a mountain and cliff rescue service.
On November 23, the Minister responded to a question on the issue from Donegal North East TD Charlie McConalogue. The Minister said: “Providing a suitable building for the Irish Coast Guard volunteer unit in Killybegs to enable it to operate in a safe and efficient manner remains a priority for my Department. Every effort will be made within the context of the funding provided to the Department in the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme 2012 to 2016 to complete the development.”