Ciaran Smith

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A report into civil search and rescue flights has found a ‘disconnect’ between agencies with regards to whois responsible for safety and legal oversight. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) should be “formally and clearly” assigned responsibility for legal and safety oversight of civil search and rescue (...)

An Irish Coast Guard helicopter flying over the funeral of Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, one of the four  members of the Rescue 116 crew who died last year. The crew  will be commemorated on two new stamps. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The commissioning of new stamps to pay tribute to the Irish Coast Guard, as well as two stamps commemorating the sitting of the first Dáil, has been (...)

Debris from Rescue 116 is taken from a trawler at Blacksod pier in Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

State agencies have failed to ensure independent oversight of air-sea search-and-rescue operations, according to an interim statement on an Irish Coas(...)

The scene of the search last year for missing the Coast Guard helicopter crew at Blacksod, Co. Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Dublin-based Irish Coast Guard crew of Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Capt Mark Duffy and winch crew Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith was tasked to provide “t(...)

Former President Mary McAleese addressing the Voices of Faith conference in Rome. Photograph: Patsy McGarry

A Catholic priest has urged fellow clergy and members of the faithful not to take part in the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass because it is a celebration of(...)

The scene of the search last year for missing the Coast Guard helicopter crew at Blacksod, Co. Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Five white wreaths cast onto a turbulent Atlantic off the north Mayo coast on Wednesday remembered five lives recently lost within the Irish Coast Gua(...)

Cyclists taking part in the Ballyglass Coast Guard Rescue 116/Caitríona Lucas cycle from Dublin to Blacksod, Co Mayo, near Bellacorick, Co Mayo, on Sunday. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Pedalling across the island in two days, a group of 77 cyclists arrived at Blacksod lighthouse in north Mayo last night to mark the first anniversary (...)

Four Irish Coast Guard air crew – Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Capt Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith – died when their helicopter collided with Blackrock island off the Mayo coast

A preliminary inquest hearing into the deaths of the four Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter crew has been deferred until later in March due to t(...)

Four Irish Coast Guard air crew – Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Capt Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith – died when their helicopter collided with Blackrock island off the Mayo coast on March 14th last year.

Preliminary inquests into the deaths of the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter crew a year ago when their aircraft crashed off Mayo are due to be(...)

Four Irish Coast Guard air crew – Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Capt Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith – died when their helicopter collided with Blackrock island off the Mayo coast on March 14th last year

The Air Accident Investigation Unit’s final report into the crash of the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 helicopter off the north Mayo coast last March i(...)

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