An image from Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands.  Island residents have called on the Minister for the Gaeltacht  to reconsider the decision to award the air service contract for the islands to a helicopter firm in  east Galway. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Aran Island residents have called on Minister for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh to reconsider the decision to award the State’s air service contract for th(...)

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh will meet an Aran Islands delegation on Tuesday over his decision to award the State’s air service cont(...)

Aer Arann Islands owner Pádraig Ó Céidigh said he was ‘devastated’ at the decision and said it represented a blow to the islands. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, has agreed to meet an Aran Islands delegation next Tuesday over his decision to award the State’(...)

Joe McHugh: said Executive Helicopters Ltd had been selected as the “preferred tenderer” for the Aran Island air service contract for the next four years

Aer Arann Islands airline owner Pádraig Ó Céidigh has said he is “devastated” and “disappointed” at a Government decision to award the State’s air ser(...)

Pádraig Ó Céidigh: set to create 30 jobs with expansion of nursing home. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Pádraig Ó Céidigh, who founded Aer Arann, plans to expand a nursing home he bought in Westmeath with €4 million of financing from Ulster Bank. The San(...)

An Aer Arann ATR 72 with 50 crew and passengers on board had to fly into a weather cell  before approaching the runway after congealed sea salt obscured the windscreen. File photograph: Aer Arann

An Aer Arann flight with 50 crew and passengers on board had to fly into a rain belt after sea salt obscured the windscreen and prevented the pilot fr(...)

Ireland fans get a grip on the RBS Six Nations Trophy as the rugby team arrive back to Dublin Airport. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 2:52

The victorious Ireland rugby team arrived back into Dublin Airport on Sunday afternoon to an ecstatic welcome after their Six Nations win. Hund(...)

Ryanair and Aer Lingus are planning to proceed with cases against the Government demanding that it repay them millions of euro in travel tax. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Ryanair and Aer Lingus are likely to continue suing the Government in separate rows over travel tax following a European court ruling on the now-de(...)

Ryanair planes at Dublin Airport . Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

The European Commission will relaunch an investigation into claims that the Republic’s travel tax was illegal State aid in a ruling that could further(...)

Michael O’Leary, chief executive officer of Ryanair. Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg

Since the Government axed it last year, the air travel tax seems like a distant memory, while the extra routes and passengers to which the move seems (...)