Joe Mchugh

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Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh: says it is intended “to commence a fresh tender process for the air service”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Aran islanders have welcomed a decision by Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh to cancel the controversial tender for a new air link to (...)

The Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh has cancelled the tender procedure which could have awarded the Aran Island air service to a helicopter company from October

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh has cancelled the tender procedure which could have awarded the Aran Island air service to a helicop(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with Mary Fitzpatrick, who won automatic selection last week to be the sole candidate in her Dublin constituency, and Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil’s strict application of its gender quota rules has resulted in another two women gaining selection as general election candidates witho(...)

 Kilronan, Inis Mór: Save Our Air Service Committee to host public meetings. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A cross-party delegation of politicians is due to visit the Aran Islands today to discuss the future of its air service, as a row continues over the(...)

An Aer Arann plane at Inverin airport, Co Galway. Photograph: Dan Griffin

The Department of the Gaeltacht has offered Aer Arann a four-month extension on its Aran Islands contract until Executive Helicopters takes over. The (...)

An Aer Arann Islands plane at Inverin airport, Co Galway. Photograph: Dan Griffin

Aran Islands residents are to meet Minister for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh on Thursday morning to discuss the ongoing controversy over the islands’ air (...)

Michael J Carney on the Great Blasket Island, Co Kerry, where he was born in 1920. He died in August in Massachusetts at the age of 94. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Mike Carney, the oldest surviving native of the Blasket Islands, died last week in Massachusetts at the age of 94. He lived a slightly longer life tha(...)

The protest in the Connemara Coast Hotel in Furbo, Co Galway, against the helicopter replacement of the plane service to the Aran Islands. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

“That’s where you get weighed,” says the woman at the desk at Aerfort na Minne, pointing to a scales on the floor. “It tells us where we have to put y(...)

Minister  Joe McHugh says competition for the State’s Aran Islands air-service contract remains ‘live’

Minister for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh said competition for the State’s Aran Islands air-service contract remains “live” as hundreds of islanders cal(...)

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(...)

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