Transport Minister Paschal Donoghoe is in County Clare today to officially open the new Doolin Volunteer Coast Guard station.
The state of the art facility, which has been operational since August, was constructed at a cost of €1.9 million. The coast guard station was designed by Dominic Stevens Architect in association with Dorman Architects.
The 24-volunteer Coast Guard unit is one of the busiest in the country.
For many years, the unit operated from a shed at a carpark in Doolin, which was problematic due to the site’s distance from the pier. Traffic issues on the approach road to the pier also made it difficult for volunteer service members to transport the unit’s boat to the Pier during emergency call-outs.
The new Coast Guard station will be complemented this summer when construction on the new €6m pier completed.
A public open day will be held at the new Coast Guard station next month.