The Irish Seal Sanctuary (ISS) is a professional marine wildlife rescue organisation entirely run by volunteers from a private back garden. To carry on and expand their rescue and rehabilitation work, a purpose built facility is urgently needed. Funding for the new Marine Conservation and Education Centre has been identified, the site and planning permission have been approved and the plans have been drawn up. Now all that remains is for Fingal County Council to confirm their financial contribution to the project. Recent signals however suggest that the Council is reconsidering to withdraw from their former commitments, which would blow the project.ISS has started a petition, which will hopefully change the course of events. The Marine Conservation and Education Centre would continue the rescue and rehabilitation work of the ISS and also provide opportunities for further education, research, conservation projects and community outreach. For more information, please visit the ISS website.