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The hulk of the ‘Betelgeuse’ lies at the oil Jetty at Whiddy Island in Co Cork on January 9th, 1979. File photograph: Pat Langan/The Irish Times

Successive Irish governments have been accused by the son of a victim of the Whiddy Island disaster of treating Irish workers as second-class citizens(...)

Explosion at the Gulf Oil terminal at Whiddy Island, Bantry, Co Cork, in which 51 people died as the French tanker The Betelgeuse unloaded its cargo. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Michael Kingston had just celebrated his fourth birthday the day before his father, Tim, was killed in the Whiddy Island terminal disaster on January (...)

The hulk of the Betelgeuse tanker lies at the oil Jetty at Whiddy Island following the disaster. Photograph: Pat Langan

A survivor of the Whiddy Island oil terminal disaster in Bantry Bay, west Cork, yesterday spoke of the impact the tragedy continues to have on him (...)