Fine Gael TD for Donegal North East, Joe McHugh, has called today’s news that both Malin Head and Valentia Island Coast Guard stations are to remain open “a victory for common sense”.
Deputy McHugh, who has consistently campaigned for the retention of Malin Head station, said:
“Minister Leo Varadkar’s confirmation today that he will recommend the retention of Malin Head and Valentia Island in the national Coast Guard stations network is a victory for common sense.
“The retention of Malin Head and Valentia Island Coast Guard stations will preserve the long-standing relationships between fishermen and the Malin Head and Valentia Island stations, which are a vitally important element in delivering the high quality Coast Guard services on which Irish fishermen and the Irish marine industry rely.
“I brought Minister Varadkar to Malin Head Coast Guard station on July 27 last, so that he could see first-hand the quality of the service it provides. I also met with Minister Varadkar in his office at the Department of Transport on two occasions to emphasise my belief that any changes to Irish Coast Guard services should strengthen the roles of Malin Head and Valentia Island Coast Guard stations. I also participated in a public meeting at Malin Head Coast Guard centre on this matter on October 5.
“In these difficult times, it is not possible to win every political battle. Thankfully, common sense has prevailed in the review of Coast Guard services.”