The appointment of the former director of the Workplace Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey to mediate and try to resolve issues involving the Doolin Coast Guard station in Co Clare has been welcomed.

The station was closed earlier this month.

Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton has asked Mr Mulvey to intervene and try and resolve the issues that have arisen in the unit.

The Department of Transport stood down the unit at Doolin on 1 November, after six of the 18 volunteer staff resigned.

It followed an acknowledgement by the Irish Coast Guard of what it described as irreconcilable divisions that had unfortunately existed within the unit for a number of years.

The Inis Óirr Coast Guard Unit, which comes under the management of the Doolin unit, continues to be operational and working in the area covered by the north Clare team.

The issue had been raised in the Seanad where Fianna Fáil Senator Timmy Dooley had called for an independent external expert in human resources to be appointed to find a resolution.

Welcoming the appointment, Senator Dooley said Mr Mulvey will bring "immense experience" to the role and said he hoped "all sides will engage".

It is understood that Mr Mulvey has invited those affected to meet early next week.

Minister Naughton requested all parties involved to cooperate fully with Mr Mulvey in the mediation process.

An independent association, the Irish Coast Guard Volunteers Representative Association ICGVRA, was recently established to represent the concerns of existing and former volunteers.

It has not yet been confirmed if it will be involved in mediation talks.