HSE awards contract for Helicopter Service to Tory Island

HSE Media Release: 16 December 2020

The HSE has a long-standing arrangement in place to provide a helicopter service for transporting the GP, Public Health Nurse and other HSE primary care staff to the island for planned healthcare provision.

This requirement will now be met by Executive Helicopters Maintenance ltd. A licensed holder operating for over 23 years, the company has a long track record for its safety, reliability, discretion and customer service.

The new contract will come into effect from 1st January 2021. The helicopter will be stationed at Falcarragh. The HSE prioritised Tory Island in ensuring minimum disruption to services following the UK's exit from the European Union.

John Hayes, Chief Officer, Community Healthcare Organisation Area 1 (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo) stated:

"Tory Island is Ireland's most remote inhabited island, with a population of approximately 150 people.  As an island, its remoteness presents daily challenges not just for the inhabitants, but for the HSE in its ability to deliver quality health services to the island population. We are fully committed to continuing to rise to the challenge and serving the health needs of the residents of Tory Island.  We are delighted that  Executive Helicopters Maintenance ltd will enable the continued provision of planned healthcare to the residents. and we look forward to working with them to provide this essential service". 

Last updated on: 16 / 12 / 2020