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Thursday 23 February 2017

Call for Air Corps rescue service to be reinstated

Fergus Black

Published 21/06/2010 | 05:00

A FORMER head of the Air Corps, Brigadier General John O'Brien, has called for the service to be formally asked to resume vital maritime search and rescue missions

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Air Corps helicopter pilots and crew last flew maritime search and rescue missions in 2004 and the work has since been carried out by civilian operators.

A lucrative new search and rescue contract worth €500m is about to be signed with a private company amid claims that it would cost a further €300m if the Air Corps resumed the role.

But Brig Gen O'Brien described the €800m estimate as "off the wall".

Irish Independent

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