Donegal family finally get closure from Lost at Sea Scheme

A Donegal family who was denied access to the Lost at Sea scheme are set to receive compensation after a lenghty campaign.

In November 1981, Francis Byrne and his 16-year-old son Jimmie and three other crew members drowned when their boat 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’s application was deemed ineligible when it came in.

The then Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly ruled in their favour in 2009, but that was rejected by the then government, leading to a lenmgthy campaign at home and in Europe.

Speaking to Ocean FM News, Danny Byrne said it has been a long fight for justice…