Northern Ireland

NI Executive 'doubles' funding for search and rescue organisations

The Mourne Mounains
Image caption The department of justice made the announcement on Friday

Seven voluntary organisations providing search and rescue services will have their overall funding doubled.

Over £90,000 will be made available for the 2015/2016 financial year, an increase from £46,000.

The Northern Ireland Practitioners Group had bid for funding to allow the groups to continue.

The organisations include the North West Mountain Rescue Team, Foyle Rescue and the Mourne Mountain rescue team.

The department of justice made the announcement on Friday.

Funding has been allocated for the following organisations:

  • North West Mountain Rescue Team £25,000
  • Mourne Mountain Rescue Team £18,000
  • Irish Cave Rescue Organisation £11,682.50
  • Search and Rescue Dogs Association £10,480
  • Lough Neagh £4,560
  • Foyle Rescue £3,108
  • SkyWatch £1,280

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