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Incoming IAA chair Rose Hynes was unable to say if she filed a return to the Standards in Public Office Commission recording the call with Mr Varadkar, which would have been required had she been lobbying Mr Varadkar. Photograph: iStock

Incoming Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) chairwoman Rose Hynes confirmed that she contacted the then taoiseach Leo Varadkar after learning that she was(...)

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, who died, along with Capt Mark Duffy and winch team Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith,  when the Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky helicopter crashed at Blackrock island, 13km west of Blacksod, Co Mayo, in March 2017. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Concerns were raised about a small island not appearing on a warning system that alerted pilots to dangerous terrain nearly four years before Rescue 1(...)

 Debris from the helicopter is  taken to the pier in Blacksod, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /

It was 9:40pm when the call came into a marine rescue centre in Malin Head, Co Donegal on March 13th, 2017. A man on a fishing boat 140 miles off the(...)

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

The family of Capt Dara Fitzpatrick have said the crew of Rescue 116, who were killed when the Irish Coast Guard helicopter crashed in 2017, were “bad(...)

A Navy vessel off Blacksod Lighthouse in March 2017, where the search for Rescue 116 took place. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

A long-awaited report into the crash of Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 that killed all four crew members has criticised several navigational (...)

Capt Duffy died alongside fellow crew members Captain Dara Fitzpatrick and winch crew Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith when their aircraft collided with Blackrock Island off the coast of Mayo in the early hours of March 14th.  Photograph: Ken Finegan

The widow of helicopter pilot Captain Mark Duffy who died in the Coastguard Rescue 116 crash in 2017 has welcomed the pending publication of an offici(...)

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick: ‘It hit me that the book was like the goodbye I never gave Dara,’ says her sister Niamh Fitzpatrick, author of Tell Me the Truth about Loss.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“‘Vicious. Violent. Visceral.’ They were the words I wrote in Notes on my phone, when we were being driven to Mayo. They were the words that had come (...)

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick (pictured), Capt Mark Duffy and winch team Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith all died in the Rescue 116 helicopter crash.

A review board is to be established to re-examine certain findings of the report of the investigation into the crash of the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 1(...)

CThe tragic factors that led to a fatal helicopter crash off the Mayo coast in 2017 still exist, an organisation representing pilots in Ireland has claimed. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The factors that led to a fatal helicopter crash off the Mayo coast in 2017 still exist, an organisation representing pilots in Ireland has claimed. (...)

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 (...)

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