Families of Laois men injured in Czech Republic received no consular help claims daughter

Conor Ganly

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Aircraft crash prague portlaoise

Two Laois men seriously injured.

A family member of on of the two Laois men badly injured in an air accident in the Czech Republic say they have received no support from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The daughter of one of the men was extremely dissatisfied with Government authorities in Ireland. She said they were informed by Czech authorities approximately one hour after the plan crash took place earlier this week.

Ms Elaine Doody informed the Leinster Express that she had to make contact with the Irish Embassy in the Czech Republic but  still received no consular assistance.

She said they have not received any help in contacting with the hospital nor have was any assistance given in getting to the Czech Republic or from Prague to the hospital. It is claimed that no translator was provided.

"Only through the support of our friends and family we would not have been able to even make it over," said Ms Doody.

In reply the Department of Foreign Affairs told the Leinster Express that the Embassy of Ireland in Prague and officials from the Department’s Consular Division in Dublin have been liaising with the nominated contacts of both families on a continuous basis since we received notification of the accident on Wednesday morning.

It said an official from the Embassy in Prague has been in extensive contact with the families designated representative throughout today (Friday) and has been on an ongoing basis since both families arrived in the Czech Republic. 

It says a list of the types of consular assistance we offer citizens in distress abroad on our website at the following link:  https://www.dfa.ie/travel/ know-before-you-go/what-we- can-and-cannot-do/

Ms Doody's  father Ger was flying with his business partner and fellow partner Ned McEvoy when their light aircraft came down near Prague.

Mr Doody works in well known Portlaoise car dealership Downey's Autostop on the Dublin Road.

Both men have suffered serious injuries. 

The men are partners in Ridge Aviation a light aircraft business based in Eyne Airfield, Portlaoise. They are lifelong aviation enthusiasts and pilots and were on an aircraft related business trip. 

The Leinster Express has made unsuccessful efforts to contact Aviation and Police Authorities in the Czech Republic to establish some of the facts around the incident