20 jobs could be created in €500m coast guard deal

ALMOST two dozen posts could be created in the Irish Coast Guard’s search and rescue teams as part of a major €500 million deal signed by Government.

Under the plans, announced by Transport Minister Noel Dempsey, the system’s 130-strong workforce could increase by 20.

The contract with CHC Helicopter will involve leasing “new generation” Sikorsky S 92 aircraft.

CHC, which holds the current contract, will have the rights to provide the equipment until 2022, with an option to extend to 2025 on a year by year basis.

Mr Dempsey said that the firm had “an excellent record in delivering search and rescue (SAR) services to our coast guard” and that the 10-year deal will ultimately prove money well spent when improved safety is taken into account.

“The contract provides for helicopters that will fly to the scene of the mission faster.

“They find the vessels or persons in the water more efficiently using better search, surveillance and tracking tools. This will provide better medical facilities on board and return people in danger to safety in the shortest possible time,” he said.

Among the other benefits of the new contract are improved services for island communities, remote community medical evacuations, mountain rescue, and emergency aero-medical transfer in support of existing HSE services.

While the Department of Defence had been consulted in the lead-up to signing the new contract, Mr Dempsey said the Air Corps was “not in a position to deliver a contract by 2012”.

If the Air Corps became involved, he added that €350m would have to be made available to buy new aircraft.


Dr Sarah Miller is the CEO of Dublin’s Rediscovery Centre, the national centre for the Circular Economy in Ireland. She has a degree in Biotechnology and a PHD in Environmental Science in Waste Conversion Technologies.‘We have to give people positive messages’

When I was pregnant with Joan, I knew she was a girl. We didn’t find out the gender of the baby, but I just knew. Or else, I so badly wanted a girl, I convinced myself that is exactly what we were having.Mum's the Word: I have a confession: I never wanted sons. I wanted daughters

What is it about the teenage years that are so problematic for families? Why does the teenage soul rage against the machine of the adult world?Learning Points: It’s not about the phone, it’s about you and your teen

Judy Collins is 80, and still touring. As she gets ready to return to Ireland, she tells Ellie O’Byrne about the songs that have mattered most in her incredible 60-year career.The songs that matter most to Judy Collins from her 60-year career

More From The Irish Examiner