Fate of Malin Head Coastguard Station to be known by October

The Government has said that no predefined decision has been made in relation to the future of Malin Head Coastguard, and a decision will not be made until October.

A report published last week by Fisher Consultants on the marine emergency response regimes proposed that Malin be closed.

Under the proposals presented to government, Dublin would be made the main coastguard centre with reduced functions at Valentia and  Malin becoming obsolete.

Raising the issue in the Dail last night, Donegal North-East Deputy Charlie McConalogue said the Government had to reassure the people of the Northwest about the stations future:

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And fellow Donegal North Deputy Padraig McLochlain said that the people of the Northwest would fight tooth and nail to save Malin Head if it was faced with closure:

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Responding on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Tourism & Sport, Junior Minister Alan Kelly said that a decision had not been made in relation to Malin Head Coastguard.

But he did say tough decisions lay ahead:

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