Emergency coordination centre officially opening in Ballyshannon

A 999 coordination centre will be officially opened in Ballyshannon this afternoon, almost fuve years after it was first announced.

Tánaiste Mary Coughlan will, this afternoon, launch the Emergency Call Answering Service. The centre, which is being operated under contract by BT Ireland will employ 33 people, and is one of three centres which will process up to four million emergency calls every year.

The facility was first announced by the then communications minister Noel Dempsey in December 2005.

Graham Sutherland is CEO of BT Ireland. He says in time, the centre may be used for other purposes, which could lead to more new jobs being created, but for now, it's operating at full capacity.......