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South East TDs agree united front to seek guaranteed retention for Waterford-based Search and Rescue Service

18 January, 2022 - by David Cullinane TD, Johnny Mythen TD, Martin Browne TD

TDs and Senators for Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary met today to agree a united front to seek guarantees from the Minister for Transport for the retention of the Waterford-based Search and Rescue Service.

The Oireachtas members present* at the meeting expressed unanimous support and optimism for retaining the Rescue 117 service in Waterford. They agreed to write to the Minister for Transport to seek an urgent meeting to press their case.

Teachta Cullinane said:

“It is essential for the south east that the Rescue 117 Search and Rescue Service is retained in Waterford – that was agreed unanimously by members who attended the meeting.

“We have written to the Minister seeking a meeting and a guarantee that the existing four bases will be specified in the next tender phase.

“I am hopeful that this can be agreed and optimistic that the service in Waterford is not under threat.

“While the contract will be awarded as part of an independent tendering process, it is vital that the contract specifies four bases and that the voice of the south east is properly heard.”

*The following attended the meeting and have signed their name to this press release:

  • David Cullinane TD
  • Sen. Malcolm Byrne
  • Mary Butler TD
  • Johnny Mythen TD 
  • Martin Browne TD
  • Mattie McGrath TD
  • John McGuinness TD
  • Malcolm Noonan TD
  • Matt Shanahan TD
  • Brendan Howlin TD
  • Verona Murphy TD
  • Marc Ó Cathasaigh TD
  • Sen. Garret Ahearn
  • Jennifer Murnane-O’Connor TD
  • Sen. John Cummins
  • Michael Lowry TD
  • James Browne TD

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