People of the Year

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    The crew of Rescue 116 and volunteer coastguard member Caitríona Lucas are being honoured with a People of the Year Award.

    Captains Dara Fitzpatrick and Mark Duffy, and winch team Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith lost their lives off the Mayo Coast last year.

    While Caitríona Lucas, died during a search operation off the coast of Kilkee, Co. Clare six months previously.

    Receiving the award today, Search & Rescue Operations Manager, Gerard O'Flynn, hopes today's award shows their families that their loved ones work and dedication is recognised.

  • The failure of the Catholic Church to intervene in the controversy that continues over what should happen to the more than 800 infant remains, found buried in an unmarked grave in the grounds of the former Mothers and Babies Home in Tuam has been highlighted today by campaigner and historian Catherine Corless.

    Catherine was among a number of west of Ireland recipients last night of the 43rd annual Rehab National People of the Year Awards.

    She was recognised for her work in uncovering the secretive burials.

    Catherine took the opportunity last night, and again on Midwest News today, to highlight the need to have the remains exhumed and identified and buried in consecrated ground. She insists it would be part of the healing process for all of the families involved and said the only thing stopping a full exhumation is money.

     She said all of these children were baptised and she believes it's everyone's right to have a Christian burial and asked why the Church has not intervened in insisting for the same.

  • Unsung heroes will be honoured this evening at an event in the capital.

    The People of the Year Awards take place in the Mansion House in Dublin.

    The event was postponed earlier this year due to Storm Emma.

    The crew of Rescue 116 and volunteer coastguard member Caitríona Lucas are being honoured with a People of the Year Award.

    Captains Dara Fitzpatrick and Mark Duffy, and winch team Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith lost their lives off the Mayo Coast last year.

    While Caitríona Lucas, died during a search operation off the coast of Kilkee, Co. Clare six months previously.

    Search & Rescue Operations Manager, Gerard O'Flynn says he hopes the award shows their families that their loved ones work and dedication is recognised.

    Martin Grant from Rehab - the organisation behind the awards - says all those receiving awards later this evening are worthy winners.