Friday 9 December 2016

Aran islanders left flying in the face of adversity

Wayne O'Connor hears of Inis Mór residents' fears as their vital airplane service is replaced by helicopter link that could add 52km to their journey

Published 05/09/2015 | 02:30

An Aer Arann flight lands in Connemara with Inis Mor in the background.
An Aer Arann flight lands in Connemara with Inis Mor in the background.
Agnes and her Dad Martin Joe Conneely on Inis Mór

The hunt for All-Ireland tickets was in full swing in Galway this week but for residents on the Aran Islands, the golden ticket in future could be one of eight seats on a daily air service to the mainland.

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Locals are reeling after the Government made plans to replace the current plane link between the islands and Galway's coast with a helicopter service.

Gaeltacht Minister Joe McHugh's announcement that the Public Service Obligation (PSO) contract will go to a helicopter company also means inconveniencing locals who would be diverted to another airport 52km out of their way.

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