The opening of the long-awaited fire station for South Connemara has been confirmed for September. Galway County Council was responding to queries from Fine Gael TD for Galway West and Mayo South Seán Kyne.
A long term lease has been signed between the County Council and Údarás na Gaeltachta and contractors have been appointed to carry out conversion works on the facility based in An Cheathru Rua. The contractors will shortly be announced following a standard two-week period following the completion of a tender agreement.
A firm supporter and campaigner for the much-needed facility, Deputy Kyne commented: “I am delighted to see the progress on this vital issue for the communities for South Connemara. The lack of a fire station in the area is an issue which I’ve raised constantly in the Dáil and with government ministers.
“It is very encouraging to see Galway County Council working closely with Údarás and using funding from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to establish this service. The lack of a fire station and the extra demands placed on Clifden and Galway city meant that South Connemara had been a black spot in terms of fire safety. The new station will end this and bring a vital, life-saving service to the communities.
“The eleven prospective fire-fighters – of which nine will serve – have undergone training in Clifden and will shortly begin the breathing apparatus training course which is the most important aspect of the training.
“I’d like to commend the County Council, Údarás, the former Environment Minister, Phil Hogan and the local campaign group, Choiste Chearta Chonamara, for their work in overcoming the failure of previous governments and securing this vital service for Connemara,” concluded Deputy Kyne.