The Workers’ Party
have condemned the government’s decision to downgrade the Waterford Coastguard helicopter rescue service saying the
decision will cost lives.
Party Councillor Davy Walsh said that the decision, which will save the government a mere €1 million a year, was an
utter disgrace and he believed that the decision will not only endanger lives but will also have serious implications for
“Cutting a vital
life-saving service such as the Waterford Coastguard for the sake of a miniscule fraction of what this government is throwing
at the banks and developers is a scandal. It is an insult to those brave
men and women who have given sterling service to saving lives off our coast over the past decade or more, including the four
who lost their lives at Tramore a few years ago. This is a ruthless decision
which will come back to haunt the Cabinet ministers who agreed to it”, said Cllr. Walsh.
The Workers Party
councillor said that the decision was a major blow for Waterford Airport and he said it puts into serious question the present
government’s commitment to the South East. “This is not only
a decision that will put lives at risk, it will also damage the local economy and shows the contempt with which the present
Fianna Fáil / Green Party government has for the Waterford / South east region”, said Davy Walsh.