By Patrick Flynn
A holiday flight was diverted to Shannon Airport this afternoon after the crew declared a medical emergency.
Ryanair flight FR-7126 was travelling from Dublin to Las Palmas on the Spanish Island of Gran Canaria at the time.
The flight was less about an hour into its journey when the crew alerted controllers to their emergency soon after 3pm.
It is understood that a male passenger fell ill and was reported to have been drifting in and out of consciousness.
The Boeing 737-800 turned around and routed to Shannon where ambulance paramedics and airport authorities were standing by. The flight landed safely at 3.45pm.
The passenger was assessed on board before being removed to University Hospital Limerick for treatment.
The flight continued its journey shortly after 4.30pm.