Eamon Ryan tells search and rescue crews his department has no role in future employment contracts

Bristow sparked concerns among some helicopter crews after it told a trade union representing staff that the ‘new contract is fundamentally different'

The Department of Transport announced in August that it had signed the contract with Bristow Limited for the operation of the search and rescue service

The Department of Transport has said it has no role in determining whether all existing search and rescue helicopter crews will be employed by a multinational firm which has just taken over the €800 million contract.

A total of 85 coast guard pilots and winch operators last month sought assurances from Eamon Ryan, the transport minister, that they will not lose their jobs after Bristow, a global helicopter company, signed a contract for a 10-year ...