A cross-party group of 17 TDs and senators from the south east are seeking guarantees from the Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan for the retention of the Waterford-based Search and Rescue Service.

At a meeting today, there was said to be "unanimous support" for retaining the Rescue 117 service.

The group, representing politicians from Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary, is to write to Mr seeking an urgent meeting.

Sinn Féin's David Cullinane said: "It is essential for the south east that the Rescue 117 Search and Rescue Service is retained in Waterford. That was agreed unanimously by members who attended the meeting."