Thursday, 19 November 2020

Questions (106, 112)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

106. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport the date on which the final report into the Rescue 116 crash will be published. [37466/20]

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Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

112. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Transport when the final report into the tragic aircraft accident of Coast Guard rescue helicopter R116 will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37498/20]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 106 and 112 together.

The draft Final Report of the investigation into the accident involving Rescue 116 at Black Rock, Co Mayo on 14 March 2017 is the subject of a re-examination by a Review Board. 

The Review Board has been established in line with ‘Statutory Instrument (SI) No 460 of 2009: Air Navigation (Notification and Investigation of Accidents, Serious Incidents and Incidents) Regulations 2009’.  I have appointed Senior Counsel Patrick McCann as the Chairperson and sole member of the Review Board.  The Review Board is independent in its work in accordance with the 2009 Regulations and the timeframe for the Board to carry out the re-examination is a matter for the Chairperson to determine. 

The Regulations provide that on completion of the re-examination the Chairperson of the Review Board shall make a report to me.  That report should contain a summary of the proceedings of the re-examination hearing and either confirm, dismiss or vary, in whole or part, those findings and conclusions of the draft Final Report which were the subject of the re-examination.  I have not yet received a report from the Chairperson.