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Marine Gallantry Awards
This award is called the Michael Heffernan Medal for Marine Gallantry
1. GOLD MEDAL
The Gold Medal may be awarded for a rescue or act of a singular exceptional and outstanding nature in the saving of life, where it can be demonstrated clearly that the rescuer acted with courage, heroism, skill and initiative of the highest order and in perilous circumstances. Consideration may be given to the degree of peril in which the rescuer committed themselves to, the level of danger of the rescued person(s) and to the selflessness of the actions.
2. SILVER MEDAL
The Silver Medal may be awarded for an act of gallantry for a rescue or act of an outstanding nature where it can be demonstrated that the rescuer acted with courage, heroism, skill and initiative of a very high order. Consideration may be given to the peril in which the rescuer found himself/herself and to the selflessness of the actions.
3. BRONZE MEDAL
The Bronze Medal may be awarded for an act of gallantry of a very high order where it can be demonstrated that the rescuer acted with copious skill and initiative of a very high order.
Marine Meritorious Service Awards
1. MARINE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL
The Marine Meritorious Service Medal will be awarded for meritorious service where exceptional dedication to duty can be shown for outstanding meritorious service to the Irish Coast Guard or its remit demonstrating dedication to duty coupled with skill and initiative in the execution of its service.
2. LETTER OF APPRECIATION
The Marine Ministerial Letter of Appreciation will be awarded for meritorious service where outstanding dedication to duty over a career of service can be shown or for an act of particularly meritorious dedication demonstrating dedication to duty coupled with skill and initiative which is not of an order for receipt of a meritorious medal.
WHO CAN MAKE A NOMINATION?
It is open to any agency, organisation, service, or individual to make submissions and recommendations for Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Awards. These submissions will initially be collated by the Irish Coast Guard so far as is reasonably practicable, and together with any other relevant information, supporting documentation and a recommendation be submitted to the Committee. A person cannot nominate themselves. Decisions shall be based on the nomination and supporting evidence only.
WHO CAN RECEIVE A GALLANTRY AWARD?
Any person undertaking, or assisting in, a marine emergency incident:
within the State and its emergency response responsibility zones
to or on an Irish vessel anywhere in the world
by a declared Coast Guard resource anywhere in the world
any Irish person undertaking or assisting in a marine emergency response anywhere in the world
WHO CAN RECEIVE A MERITORIOUS AWARD?
any person who has given meritorious service to the Irish State in the execution of its marine emergency management remit
any Irish person who has given meritorious service to the cause of search and rescue or marine emergency management anywhere in the world
NOTE: Meritorious Awards are normally confined to IRCG full time staff and its volunteers, contract facility staff, members of Coast Guard chaired Committees and representative groups, foreign Coast Guards and members of declared resources. However, the Committee may make this award to any person in exceptional circumstances.
Terms of Reference
1. Composition of the Marine Awards Committee
The Marine Awards Committee shall be composed of one Chairperson and at least thirteen ordinary members appointed by the Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport.
The Assistant Secretary General of the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport with responsibility for the Irish Coast Guard and the Director of the Irish Coast Guard will be permanent standing members. The Committee shall nominate a Deputy Chairperson.
The remaining members and the Chairperson shall be chosen by the Minister for their involvement in the commercial (shipping, fishing & offshore), leisure, safety and rescue sectors of Irelands maritime community.
A quorum of 50% of the Committee is required.
Members shall serve a maximum of seven years in total on the Committee, excluding the standing members.
The Deputy Director (Chief of Operations) of the Coast Guard or his nominated alternate will be the Technical Advisor to the Committee. The Coast Guard will provide the necessary administrative support.
2. The Marine Awards Committee is the responsible body for adjudicating and agreeing upon all recommendations for the granting of Marine Gallantry and Meritorious Service Awards. The Committee will meet to discuss recommendations for awards submitted to it. The Committees decisions are final and no open to appeal.
3. Frequency: The awards shall be made at least biennially from 1st June to 31st May in any two-year cycle.
4. The Committee may consider nominations for awards from outside this two-year cycle in exceptional cases, but may not consider a nomination for an event more than 5 years old from start of the two-year cycle.
5. In exceptional circumstances, these awards can be made to groups rather than individuals.
The date for the next Marine Awards Ceremony has not yet been finalised. However, you may submit nominations now and they will be held in readiness.