Members of the Garda Under Water Unit who took part in the search at Skerries harbour after a fishing boat sank. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Rescue operation began after small fishing boat sank off north Dublin coast on Friday

Local RNLI lifeboat crews are searching for a man missing since a fishing boat sank   100m off Skerries harbour this afternoon.

Many people in and around Skerries harbour in fine warm weather witnessed the incident

The  ‘LÉ Eithne’ rescue operation in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Diplomat says ‘bureaucracy’ was reason for delay in deploying Naval ship to Mediterranean

A “health check” of the Atlantic ocean by the State’s marine research ship Celtic Explorer (above) has found an increased penetration of man-made chemicals in the deeper ocean over a 20-year period. Photograph: Robert Bunn/Marine Institute

Team of scientists took samples between Newfoundland and Galway over past four weeks

The RNLI Arranmore lifeboat located the vessel on anchor and towed it to Burtonport. File photograph.

Vessel began taking in water on way to Sligo

 Ciarán Smith’s family  arrive at a church in Oldtown, Co Dublin, for his memorial service. Photograph:  Garrett White

Hundreds of mourners attend memorial service for Ciarán Smith in north Dublin

‘Significant’ children’s remains were found at a mother and babies home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Catherine Corless welcomes move to consider best practice in event of full excavation

Opportunists who see the monetary value of the Irish language will do more to save it than experts engaged in a “discourse of despair,” an NUI Galway academic has said.

Senior lecturer in Irish says language will be saved if opportunists see monetary value

Ballyglunin railway station, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Ballyglunin group has plans for an arts centre in building used in famous movie

A sunfish on the surface of the sea near Melmore Head, Co Donegal, last September. Sunfish are the world’s largest bony fish and can weigh up to a tonne. Photograph: Dearn McClintock

Research finds ocean sunfish, up to 3m in length, are regular visitors to Irish coast

Smouldering gorse on the Seanafeistin Road close to Cloosh Valley in Connemara following recent gorse fires. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Satellites being used to monitor illegal fires set by landowners, Minister of State says

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said the aim of the expertise was to advise on options and best international practice. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Development on identifying remains welcomed by historian Catherine Corless

Irish Coast Guard Dublin-based helicopter Rescue 116 on a call-out with the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team in Co Down on May 29th, 2016. Photograph: Mourne Mountain Rescue Team

Annual report says 12 voluntary teams participated in 405 emergency call-outs last year

The LÉ Aisling was sold to a Dutch ship-broking agency in March for €110,000 and is now being advertised for $750,000 (€676,000).

Former Naval Service vessel sold for €110,000 in March is back on sale for up to $750,000

The LÉ ‘Niamh’: was under orders from “Dublin” not to proceed within 16 nautical miles of the Libyan coast for safety reasons.

Trial of alleged traffickers in Sicily hears defence of LÉ Niamh role in 2015 rescue

A file image of the LE Aisling taking part in a Tall Ships flotilla off Dún Laoghaire.

Ex-Naval Service vessel sold for €110,000 but is said to be back on market at €685,000

The LÉ Niamh had informed the Italian coastguard it was too dangerous to proceed to the vessel as it was too close to the Libyan coast, according to extracts of recordings cited in evidence during a trial in Palermo, Sicily.

LÉ Niamh told Italian coastguard of ‘orders’ to stay beyond Libyan coast for safety of crew

More than 10,000 people turned out for Darkness into Light in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

Communities come together for international suicide awareness event

As many bereaved families know, the waters around these coastlines are particularly unforgiving. A targeted shore search has been continuing for the bodies of Ciaran Smith and Paul Ormsby, winch crew on Rescue 116. Photograph: Getty Images

Matthew Bryce’s body temperature was 37 degrees. The Irish Sea was 10 degrees. How did he survive?

Josie Colí Óg Ó Cualáin  and Padraig Willie Ó Fatharta prepare the plaque for fitting at the new memorial at Lochán Beag, Indreabhán, in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Nine men were killed almost a century ago after a ‘strange object’ was towed ashore

NUI Galway has confirmed that legal proceedings taken against the university by four female lecturers over alleged gender discrimination have been adjourned to allow for mediation.

Four female lecturers took legal proceedings against the university over promotion round

Andrew Lowe, director of Element Pictures, in the Palace Cinema in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fianna Fáil councillor disappointed €9.5m project transferring to private operator

Strapped and bound: filming at Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa  Army barracks of the Murdair Mhám Trasna hangings. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Almost 135 years after the event, chilling scene is filmed at Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa barracks

A woman and her dog enjoy the restored beach at Dooagh on Achill Island. Photograph: Sean Molloy

Ocean deposits thousands of tons of sand at Dooagh, recreating the strand

 A Lion’s Mane jellyfish. File photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Urine, seawater and ice packs said to be useless for jellyfish stings

 Former president Mary Robinson:  said Ballina would benefit from having a centre that could attract visitors and academics and could promote issues  such as human rights, women’s leadership and climate justice. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Presidential archive was originally to be housed in former family home in Ballina

Former US special envoy for Northern Ireland George Mitchell has said that the return of a hard Border  would be ‘extraordinarily harmful’. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Former US envoy also says Brexit will ‘prove to be a huge error’ during Co Mayo lecture

Kate Ruddock of Stop Climate Chaos with sisters Laoise (8), Aisling (6) and Róisín Ó Moráin, from Sandymount, supporting environmentalists who gave Minister for Energy Denis Naughten’s draft climate action plan an “F”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Scary maps and scary statistics won’t tackle global food security threat, conference told

Vera Cusack and Bernie Naughton during a wreath-laying ceremony on Sunday at the Blacksod Harbour helipad. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sister of Rescue 116 winchman pays tribute to helicopter crash recovery effort off Mayo coast

The “shared space between words and land” is the theme of an exhibition by visual artist Dolores Lyne in the Black Gate cultural centre. Photograph: Getty Images

Key environmental issues will be discussed at week-long literary event in Galway

Divers are searching the western perimeter of Blackrock island for missing Irish Coast Guard airmen Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Club divers join Naval Service and Garda water units at Blackrock island, off the Mayo coast

A Coastguard helicopter taking part in the search for the missing crew members of Rescue 116. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Survey thought to be largest dive exercise of its type in efforts to find R116 winch crew missing for six weeks

From left, Daniel O’Connell, Aran Islands RNLI crew member, family member Sean Flaherty, Margaret Jackie Gill, John and Mary Harwood with the vellum, Tony Hiney, RNLI community fundraising manager, John O’Donnell, Aran Islands RNLI coxswain and John Mulkerrin, Aran Islands RNLI mechanic.

Aran lifeboat volunteer recognised after helping to save 12 lives

The wreckage of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 on April 5th. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Two-day search of north Mayo’s Blackrock island taking place for two missing airmen

Blackrock Island, 13km west of the Mayo coast, where the Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S-92 helicopter crashed with the loss of four crew on March 14th. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Army personnel and Garda experts to take part in two-day mission on Blackrock Island

An Irish Coast Guard helicopter takes part in a search for missing crew members of Rescue 116 at Blacksod, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ialpa says releasing transcript only satisfied a thirst for sensationalism

Members of the Irish Coast Guard return to base after recovering parts of the crashed helicopter off the Co Mayo coast. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick expressed belief in cockpit that Blackrock a ‘small little island’

The wreckage of  Rescue 116 on a flat bed truck after the aircraft was recovered from the seabed near Blackrock.  Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Findings from the Air Accident Investigation Unit’s preliminary report

Irish flag unfurled at North Pole:  Wicklow climbers Bill Roberts and Myles Campion complete their difficult trek.

Bill Roberts and Myles Campion plant the Tricolour after gruelling trip to North Pole

 Debris from the helicopter being taken to the pier in Blacksod, scene of the search for missing Coast Guard helicopter crew at Blacksod, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Route guide appears to have lacked vital information on the north Mayo coast

Helicopter crew (clockwise): Capt Dara Fitzpatrick , Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby.

‘Come right now... We’re gone’: last words recorded from crew before helicopter hit rocks

President  Michael D Higgins: “Universities must re-dedicate themselves to originality of thought and a commitment to humanistic values in teaching.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New O’Donoghue centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance opened at NUI Galway

Irish Lights ship the ‘Granuaile’ has left Blacksod Bay to return to Galway, and it is expected that the Naval Service will also redeploy its patrol ship. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Garda confirms it will keep looking for two airmen as ‘Granuaile’ leaves Blacksod Bay

Fishing boats prepare to join the search for missing Rescue 116 crew members Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby at Ballyglass Pier, Belmullet, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/ Phocus

Official says there is ‘no scaling back’ of the recovery effort as more debris is found

The Granuaile arrives back into Blacksod, Co Mayo, with wreckage from Coastguard helicopter Rescue 116 onboard. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sea search fans out from Blackrock island after appeal by Ciarán Smith’s sister Orla

Coast guard personnel viewing the Rescue 116 wreckage recovery operation at Blackrock, on April 2nd. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Search for missing airmen goes on as fleet of fishermen set out on a co-ordinated mission

The Granuaile (left) arrives back into Blacksod, Co Mayo, with wreckage from Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 onboard. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Dozens of fishing boats to join effort to find winchmen Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby

The Granuaile arrived back into Blacksod, Co Mayo with wreckage from CoastGuard helicopter Rescue 116 onboard earlier this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

‘A massive response’ to the appeal made by the sister of missing airman Ciarán Smith

Rescue 116: the Irish Lights ship Granuaile carrying wreckage from the Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘Granuaile’ also back at Irish Coast Guard helicopter crash site as fishing vessels prepare to join sea search

Fishing vessels will converge on north Mayo’s Blackrock island at first light on Saturday. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/ Phocus

Vessels responding to appeal by Orla Smith, sister of missing winchman Ciarán Smith

The wreckage of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter  leaves Galway harbour on a flat bed truck. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Large section of engine, rotor head and gear box taken to accident investigation facility

The Granuaile arriving in Blacksod, Co Mayo, with wreckage from Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 onboard. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Only experienced seafarers wanted for weekend search by fishing fleets

Angler Jim Clohessy  holds a 4.5kg (10lb)  sea bass which was tracked  in Cork harbour. Photograph: Dr Tom Doyle

Study of species in Cork harbour finds species is both ‘charismatic’ and ‘parochial’

Orla Smith appeals for help from the fishing industry in the search for her brother Ciaran.

Missing crew member’s family appeals for help in the search for two-man winch team

Hazardous conditions: search has been focused on a narrow channel off Blackrock island, 13km west of Blacksod, where the helicopter crashed on March 14th.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus

‘We will continue as long as there’s hope,’ pledges Supt Healy of Belmullet gardaí

 An Gearoidin which is being used by Naval divers and the LE James Joyce taking part in the Rescue 116 Wreckage Recovery at Blacksod, Belmullet, Co. Mayo on Saturday. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/ Phocus

Helicopter had ‘no mechanical anomalies’ before it crashed off Mayo coast AAIU finds

Irish Lights Vessel Granuaile anchored off Black Rock Island Co Mayo last week as the Rescue 116 recovery operation continues. PHotograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

‘Disappointing’ weather hampers efforts of salvage team hoping to lift helicopter from seabed

The search continues along the coastline near Blacksod for  the two missing crew members of the ill-fated Rescue 116 helicopter. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

‘Absolute priority’ to find missing air crew members Paul Ormbsy and Ciaran Smith

An Irish Coast Guard helicopter  at Blacksod, Co Mayo in the search for the missing men.  Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Boat will lift five-tonne part of the helicopter, aided by camera, in search for the two men

Granuaile anchored off the shore of Blackrock Island and an Irish Coast Guard helicopter continuing its search last weekend. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA

Irish Coast Guard winch team remain missing after incident off the Co Mayo coast

Coast Guard operations manager Gerard O’Flynn said “all options have been and are being considered”.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘Hugely challenging’ sea conditions hampering work on crashed Coast Guard helicopter

A search effort is under way for a helicopter with five people on board that has gone missing over the Irish Sea. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

UK Coastguard conducting search in Irish Sea off Welsh coast for privately-owned aircraft

Garda Water Unit divers were worked around Blackrock island on Tuesday, and air, sea and shore searches are continuing. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

‘Hugely challenging’ conditions for Naval Service divers trying to attach airbag

The body of Captain Mark Duffy is brought ashore at Blacksod Co Mayo on Sunday. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Airbags attached to engine and gear-box in order to tilt wreckage in search of airmen

The body of captain Mark Duffy is driven in a hearse along the seafront accompanied by a guard of honour at Blacksod Co Mayo, Ireland, on Sunday. Photograph: PA

Search for two missing Coast Guard helicopter crew suspended off Blacksod for night

The body of Capt Mark Duffy is driven in a hearse along the seafront accompanied by a guard of honour at Blacksod, Co Mayo. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Rescue 116 tragedy: Body of co-pilot Capt Mark Duffy recovered by Naval Service divers

The remains of Capt Mark Duffy one of the missing crew of the Rescue 116 helicopter is brought away from Blacksod Pier, Belmullet, Co. Mayo. Photograph : Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Divers recover co-pilot’s remains from the wreckage of Irish Coast Guard helicopter

The sun sets behind Irish Lights vessel Granuaile, anchored off Black Rock  in Co Mayo, where dive teams are searching the wreckage of  Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116: the tragedy has brought back painful memories of  other losses at sea. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Recent deaths of those who work on the sea are remembered as more lives are claimed

Members of the search-and-rescue team return to the quayside at Blacksod, Co Mayo overnight as dive teams continue searching the wreckage of an Irish Coast Guard helicopter. The body of one missing crew member has been located late on Friday night. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Search area to be extended off Mayo coast as recovery of black box called ‘significant’

Members of the Naval Service leave the LE ‘Samuel Beckett’ aboard a small boat. The rsearch for the remains of the three missing crew members resumed on Friday. Photograph: Collins

Flight recorder said to be in good condition with no external damage

Lieut Cdr Darragh Kirwan of the LÉ ‘Samuel Beckett’, briefs Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe and Minister of State for Regional Economic Development Michael Ring along with Jurgen Whyte of the Air Accident Investigation on the bridge of the vessel in Blacksod Bay. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Naval Service hopes to access helicopter in effort to find three missing coast guard airmen

Family members of the three missing crew members of Rescue 116 return from the LE Eithne to Blacksod Pier on Wednesday evening. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Underwater vehicle deployed as efforts to locate three missing air men continue

Family members of the three missing crew members of Rescue 116 return from the LE Eithne to Blacksod pier on Wednesday after they were brought  to Blackrock lighthouse to survey the scene of the helicopter crash. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Diving team hopes sea conditions will have eased by early Friday to allow search

A camera “eye” has  beamed back images of the main fuselage of the helicopter lying upside-down on the seabed. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

‘Hopefully we will be successful in recovering the three missing crew members’

Blackrock Lighthouse off the Mayo coast: Attempts are to be made by the Irish Lights ship Granuaile early on Wednesday morning to deploy a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in the continued search for three missing Irish Coast Guard air crew. Photograph: John Eagle

Families of missing crew Capt Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith have been informed

Blackrock Lighthouse off the  Mayo coast:  the Granuaile ship  will steam out to the island at first light  in the continued search for three missing Irish Coast Guard air crew. Photograph:  John Eagle

Ship to deploy remote-control vehicle off Blackrock island in bid to locate missing three

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is briefed by Tom Doyle of Westport Coastguard about the search for Rescue 116 during a visit to Blacksod, Co Mayo. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins

Taoiseach visits Blacksod and says it is vital to determine fate of helicopter and crew

The Naval Service vessel LÉ Eithne (rear) and search vessel Granuaile in Blacksod Bay, Co. Mayo. Photograph: PA

Naval Service ready to use remotely operated vessel if ‘weather window’ opens this evening

Members of the Garda Underwater Unit and the Coastguard leave Blacksod  as part of the search. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Faint ping from black box recorder still audible on Sunday evening

Irish Naval ship and specialist boats near Blacksod lighthouse, Co Mayo, as the search continues for the missing Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

Irish Coast Guard helicopter supporting transfer of fisherman with damaged thumb

The Granuaile near Blacksod, Co Mayo, as the search continues for the Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Enda Kenny expected to meet relatives of the airmen on a visit to Blacksod on Monday

Irish Coast Guard helicopter crash: Capt Dara Fitzpatrick of Rescue 116. Photograph: Patrick Browne

The Rescue 116 tragedy has stunned the community who make our island safer

Bob Quinn: “I realised that climate change, rather than war, is the main driver of migration.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The veteran Irish film-maker is as angry as ever. Ireland is complicit in US violence, politics is corrupt, and he’s so frustrated(...)

Searches continue on the beaches of Belmullet, Co Mayo for the missing Coast Guard Helicopter crew yesteday. Photograph: Keith Heneghan / Phocus

President Higgins due to attend funeral of Capt Dara Fitzpatrick in Dublin today

Search team  members on the beach at Belmullet, Co Mayo, as efforts to locate missing the Coast Guard helicopter crew continue. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Search for data device hampered by winds and currents but faint ping still audible

An Irish coastguard helicopter near to Blacksod Lighthouse, Co Mayo where the search continues for debris from Rescue 116. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Items from Rescue 116 have been retrieved from the shore after Tuesday’s crash

Captain Dara Fitzpatrick:    funeral will take place in Glencullen. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Poor weather hinders search for three missing Coast Guard crew off Mayo coast

Blackrock lighthouse, Co Mayo: it is the last known position of the helicopter, some 13km west of the Mullet peninsula. Photograph: John Eagle

Irish Coast Guard hopes weekend weather will allow recovery of helicopter’s ‘black box’

A Navy vessel off Blacksod Lighthouse, where the search for Rescue 116 is being concentrated. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Conditions very challenging and water ‘like a washing machine’ due to outcrops of rock

The scene at Blacksod in north Mayo, where air, sea and shore searches continue for three Coast Guard crew members missing since Tuesday morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

No plans to ground fleet of Sikorsky S-92s, says Shane Ross as he visits Blacksod, Co Mayo

Air, sea and shore searches continue for the three crew missing from the Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S-92 helicopter which crashed off the north Mayo coast. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Confirmation that signal from the helicopter’s black box had been picked up came quickly

Irish Coast Guard operations manager Gerard O’Flynn  and Garda Supt  Tony Healy speak to the media as air, sea and shore searches continue on Wednesday  for the three crew missing from the Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S-92 helicopter  off the north Mayo coast. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

‘Weak’ transmission picked up during continued search for three missing crew

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick: her body was located and flown to hospital. She was confirmed dead on arrival. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

In southwesterly winds and moderate visibility, a rescue mission ended in loss of life

Helicopter crew (clockwise): Capt Dara Fitzpatrick and the three crew members still missing, Mark Duffy,  Ciarán Smith    and Paul Ormsby.

Searches resume for three missing crew members as investigators examine wreckage

Debris from the helicopter being taken to the pier in Blacksod, Co Mayo, scene of the search for the missing Coast Guard crew. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A fleet of ambulances arrived pierside, but it became evident they would not be required

An Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S92 helicopter at its launch at Weston Airport, Lucan, Co Dublin, in February 2014. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Coast Guard has five Sikorsky S92 helicopters with a top speed of 185km/h

Dara Fitzpatrick, who was one of four crew on board the helicopter. The three crew still missing have  been named (L-R) as Mark Duffy (top right) ,  Paul Ormsby (bottom left) and Ciarán Smith  (bottom right).

First victim named as Dara Fitzpatrick while Mark Duffy , Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby remain missing

The site of the mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home in Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Paper for HSE says deaths recorded at Cork home saw big fall with adoption legislation

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “Everything must be done to enable the truth to emerge.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Catherine Corless welcomes comments on Tuam home by Archbishop Michael Neary

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