The Save Our Station group on Valentia Island has welcomed this afternoon's announcement that the island's Coast Guard station is to remain open.

Speaking to RTÉ News, spokesman Anthony O'Connell said they were overjoyed with the news.

There were fears for the future of the country's busiest marine rescue station, which is situated off the coast of Co Kerry.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar had confirmed that a review of services was under way and that tough decisions would have to be made.

Mr O'Connell said: “Once again, common sense has prevailed."

He added that he hoped that this would now be the end to any threat to the future of the Valentia and Malin stations, which "are vital to sea-going people along some of the most treacherous waters in the world".

Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson on the Marine Martin Ferris has welcomed the news.

Deputy Ferris, who is a TD for Kerry North-West Limerick, said: "I am delighted that the station is to remain open.

"It was ludicrous that the station was under threat in the first place given that it is the busiest station in the country. I am relieved that common sense has prevailed.”