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Sinn Féin welcomes Seanad debate on Malin Head and Valentia Rescue Centres

5 December, 2007

Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has today welcomed the Seanad’s agreement to hold a debate before Christmas on the relocation of the Marine Rescue Coordination Centres at Malin Head and Valentia and the resulting job losses.


The Donegal Senator said:


“When I first raised this issue at the beginning of November in the Seanad it was dismissed. I raised it again, and as late as last week the leader of the Seanad stated that there would be no job losses as a result of this decision.


“However I welcome that Seanad has now woken up to the realities of the relocation for workers and now there appears to be cross-party support on the issue opposing the decision of the Minister for Transport to relocate the two centres.


“The impending job losses will have a serious impact on the two communities involved. 


“It is also worth noting that this relocation decision is a reversal of a commitment given in 2003 by the then Minister that these two centres would be developed leading to increased number of those employed.


“It does not make sense to build two new Marine Rescue Coordination Centres when we already have two – they just need to be upgraded – the cost involved would be minimal in comparison to building two new centres.” CRÍOCH

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