#Coastguard - Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has met with cabinet approval to the re-organisation of maritime safety and marine emergency which will combine the Irish Coast Guard (ICG) and Marine Survey Office (MSO).
According to today's Irish Times, the plan involves establishing a new body, the Irish Maritime Administration (IMA), which will direct the ICG and MSO.
The ICG is primarily responsible for emergency response to incidents on water, while the MSO monitors safety standards on boats and in ports.
However, the overhaul to allow for more civil servants involved in policy will have staff implications on the technical side, according to sources.
The ICG's radio station staff will be reduced from three-man to two-man watches, as 46 watch officer positions have fallen to 39. Retired staff may have to be hired on an ad-hoc basis, if budgets permit.