Ireland’s ability to deal with a major pollution incident:
- Staff in the IRCG have the requisite knowledge in dealing with pollution but the absence of a dedicated team assigned to the area has resulted in a poor state of preparedness and response capability, including insufficient auditing and exercising of the national, regional and site specific pollution response plans and strategies.
The management and training of volunteer Coast Guard teams around the country:
- Enhanced support for the 1,000 volunteers located nationwide in 50 coastal based rescue units are proposed, particularly in the areas of improved training courses, oversight and supervision, day to day management, and risk and quality control
The backlog in enacting maritime transport legislation dating back to 1972:
- Ireland does not have a complete legislative base to fulfil its national, EU and international obligations for maritime safety, pollution prevention and control. This threatens shipping operations, seafarer employment opportunities and ports’ rights to trade freely.
The effective deployment of the Coast Guard and Marine Survey Office resources:
- To ensure that they have the best capability to save lives, protect the marine environment and regulate the marine transport sector effectively. Significant gaps in IT systems to support both the delivery of services and the development of management and accountability systems across the maritime safety services.
Irish Coast Guard Value For Money Review April 2012 (pdf)
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