Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin says the victims of the Tuskar Rock tragedy, in which 61 passengers and crew of Aer Lingus flight EI 712 died, will never be forgotten.  Today marks the 50th anniversary of the disappearance of the plane, which left Cork bound for London.

Deputy Martin commented, “Today we remember the 57 passengers and four crew members of the St. Phelim, which disappeared into the sea near Tuskar Rock off the coast of Wexford.  This tragedy saw the largest loss of life in the history of Irish civil aviation.

“Those on board were not only Irish, there were passengers from Switzerland, Britain, the U.S., Sweden and Belgium, and many of their relatives have maintained a link with Ireland, returning here to pay their respects to their loved ones year on year.

“Ceremonies to mark the 50th anniversary are taking place in Wexford and Cork this weekend.  Relatives are travelling to Cork to attend a special mass tomorrow in the Church of the Assumption near Ballyphehane.

“The passengers and crew of this tragedy will never be forgotten; their memories live on through those left behind and it is very heartening to see so many of the relatives taking part in ceremonies to mark the 50th anniversary of the tragedy this weekend”.