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Donegal coastguard closure call a nonsense, says MLA

By Donna Deeney

A Donegal coastguard station that has saved the lives of hundreds of people from Northern Ireland must be saved, an Assembly member has said.

Malin Head yesterday became one of the best equipped stations worldwide after a £500,000 upgrade — despite a consultant’s report recommending that the Irish government closes it.

The base at Ireland's most northerly point has been instrumental in the search and rescue of hundreds of people from both sides of the border.

But a ‘value for money’ report published in the Republic last month recommended that the station is closed and that all rescues are directed from a single station based in Dublin.

East Londonderry MLA John Dallat said: “Malin Head coastguard station is indispensable to (Northern Ireland) and yesterday was a proud day (as the coastguards) officially took over their newly fitted-out station.

“What a tragedy ... and a nonsense it would be if this best example of a seamless cross-border body ... was to be uprooted and relocated,” he added.

A decision on the station’s future is expected in October.

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