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Dooley seeks Ryanair safety investigation

CLARE TD and Fianna Fáíl Spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley has written to the chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Transport looking for an investigation into Ryanair, following allegations on a recent Channel 4 documentary.

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No guarantee of NRA funds for ‘ugly mile’

THE National Roads Authority (NRA) have said they cannot guarantee funds will be available for safety works on a stretch of road dubbed “the ugly mile” this week after the latest in a spate of incidents there.

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The first female search and rescue crew of Capt Dara Fitzpatrick and Capt Carmel Kirby at the Shannon base. Photograph by Chris Copley

Ladies take control for Search and Rescue debut

  LAST Friday saw the Shannon based Search And Rescue Helicopter fly its first missions while the aircraft had both a female pilot and co-pilot. The women in question were Captain Dara Fitzpatrick and Captain Carmel Kirby. Captain Fitzpatrick is based in Waterford and was on transfer to Shannon to build up flying hours on the Sikorski S92 helicopter, which is due to replace the S61 in Waterford next month. Captain Kirby is scheduled to become the manager flight operations for all the helicopter search and rescue bases later this year. It was a historic occasion for the Coast Guard and the women carried out two missions on their shift. One of these was a cardiac case in West Cork, who was brought to Cork University Hospital, and the second was an aero-medical transfer from Cork University Hospital to Temple Street of a critically ill five year old child. Coast Guard statistics show a 45% rise in the number of …

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IAA figures show some recovery

FURTHER evidence of an element of recovery at Shannon has been provided by the latest statistics from the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

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Airport flying high

FOR the first time in five years, Shannon recorded year-on-year growth in June and figures released this week showed July was an even better month.

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Bunratty haulier welcomes toll holiday

BUNRATTY haulier Eoin Gavin has welcomed the decision of Transport Minister Leo Varadkar to provide a one-month toll holiday for HGVs on seven tolled routes across the country.

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Shannon visit for world’s largest passenger aircraft

THE A380, the largest passenger aircraft in the world, brought Shannon to a standstill on Tuesday morning.

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New aircraft builder for Shannon?

THE creator of a revolutionary light aircraft, the Speedtwin Comet 1, has said he is working closely with the Shannon Airport Authority with a view to establishing a manufacturing base for the aircraft at Shannon.

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