35th anniversary of Skifjord tragedy


A Donegal man whose family has been denied access to the Lost at Sea scheme despite a 2009 recommendation from the Ombudsman says he may return to the European Parliament to press his case.

35 years ago this week, Danny Byrne's father Francis, brother James and three other crew members drowned when the Skifjord sank off Burtonport.

In 2001, a Lost at Sea scheme was introduced, but it's claimed it wasn't publicised and only select people were informed. The Byrne family were not told about the scheme, and their application was deemed ineligible when it came in.

They appealed to the Ombudsman, who found in their favour in 2009, but that was rejected by the then government.

Danny Byrne says the situation remains unresolved...