The uncertainty surrounding this had been a cause of considerable concern for political
representatives across the South East.
Teacha Browne said:
“I welcome the decision by ministers to specify in the next tender phase that all four Search and
Rescue bases be retained as they go to the tender process.
“I had joined with political colleagues from across the political spectrum in the South East calling for
certainty that all four bases, including search and rescue services in Waterford (117 Service) be
“There had been fears that the tender process could see the scrapping of one of the four bases.
“Thankfully, those concerns have now been allayed.
“I now look forward to seeing that commitment included in the tender document.”