Defence Minister Scrambles Air Corps To Fight Fires In Donegal


Firefighters in West Donegal are trying to control a large gorse fire. The N56 is closed between Dungloe and Gaoth Dobhair.

Locals had called for the Minister for Defence to deploy army helicopters and troops hours ago. That was to help them contain the blaze at Loughanure.

Councillor Mícheál McGiolla Easpaig says volunteers have been risking their lives helping in the fight to stop the fire.

At least eight sections of Donegal Fire Service have been fighting the blaze since early morning.

Local TD Pat Gallagher also called on the Minister for Defence to deploy the Air Corps and soldiers in an effort to halt the spread of the fires.

Defence Minister Paul Kehoe, has since scrambled Air Corps helicopters and Army personnel.

According to BN, TD Pat Gallagher blasted the minister for how long it has taken him to make a decision on the matter.


“The Minister has just called me to confirm the approval has been given for a helicopter to travel to Annagry and that Army personnel are also being sent to assist Donegal.”