Co. Clare, Ireland — 11 Feb. 2008 — Doolin, County Clare, 11th February 2008 – Minister of State and Clare T.D., Mr. Tony Killeen has expressed optimism that agreement on a site for the proposed new Doolin Search and Rescue Headquarters could soon be reached.
Minister Killeen confirmed that a meeting between the Office of Public Works, Clare County Council and the Irish Coast Guard is scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 28th next.
“I have been informed by my colleague Noel Ahern, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Finance, with special responsibility for Office of Public Works, that the provision of new accommodation for the Coast Guard Services in Doolin continues to be a top priority for the Office of Public Works. The Department of Transport, meanwhile, has also expressed its desire to see the project progressed”, explained Minister Killeen.
He continued, “The view of the OPW is that the location of the new Coastguard facilities should tie in with Clare County Council’s preferred option for the development of a new pier and ticket office in Doolin. Following my intervention with Minister Eamon O’Cuiv last November, the EUR10m pier development is being progressed.”
Minister Killeen said he was confident that the construction of the new Headquarters would follow quickly once a suitable site had been acquired.
“The OPW has repeatedly stressed that the construction process, including building design, planning permission application and tendering, will be proceeded with as quickly as possible. I am hopeful that the upcoming meeting of the relevant parties will move the process forward through the resolution of any outstanding issues”, concluded the Minister.
Notes to Editor:
– Tony Killeen T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government and Communication Energy and Natural Resources with special responsibility for Environment and Energy, is available for interview and further comment on 0035387-2525304. Alternatively please contact Mark Dunphy of Dunphy Public Relations on 00353868534900 or [email protected]
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