Former minister for communications, energy and natural resources, Pat Rabbitte, at the announcment of details of the Eircode, the national postcode system. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Irish language commissioner gets over 70 complaints about postal code roll-out

 Former president Mary Robinson was critical of the Remain campaign’s concentration on a “fear factor about the economic implications”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former president appeals to EU to remember its core values

Sean O’Donoghue, CEO of the Killybegs Fishermens’ Organisation. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leaders fear Irish access to 40 stocks shared with Britain could be reduced after Brexit

Jeremy Corbyn: English man Pete Ball, a long-time Labour supporter who now lives in Connemara, says he is very disappointed by the British Labour Party leader. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

English living in Ireland disappointed with David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn

A mudslide of hundreds of tonnes of peat has closed the N59 Galway-Clifden road, some 8km  east of Clifden town in Connemara. Source: Google maps

N59 expected to closed for part of Friday after hundreds of tonnes of peat slide to close road

20-year-old man’s name not being released until relatives informed

US Vice President Biden enjoys a round of golf , with the taoiseach Enda Kenny, at Castlebar Golf Club, in Mayo. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny basks in glory as he shows VP around his Mayo

Members of the Irish Naval Association, veterans of the Irish Navy, after the decommissioning of the Irish Naval Service vessel LÉ Aisling at Galway Docks on Wednesday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Ship aided Air India recovery and capture of IRA gun-runner over 36 years of service

Mayo welcome: Locals turn out to greet US vice-president Joe Biden, as he walks down Garden street, home of his ancestors, at Ballina, Co Mayo. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Kenny compares visit by Bidens to pilgrimage to Ireland undertaken by Kennedy clan

Seal  near Dalkey Island in Dublin bay. Previous dumping has already had an impact on the integrity of the area. Photograph: Nigel Motyer

Underwater Council warns contaminants could damage special area of conservation

Large numbers of dead fish were reported over a kilometre of one of the tributaries of the Clare river. Photograph: Graham Horn/Geograph.ie

Inland Fisheries Ireland says pollution of Yellow river caused by silage effluent

Times past: The original Oireachtas 1913 group photograph outside the Town Hall in Galway

Future presidents and Proclamation signatories among Gaelic League Oireachtas 1913

Johnny Cloherty harvesting seaweed near Carna, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The decision to sell a local firm to a Canadian company has shocked some in the industry

Eamonn Gilmore: he said Labour made the right decision in selecting Brendan Howlin as leader. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Former Labour leader receives honorary doctorate at NUI Galway

Two construction companies have had charges brought against them following a fatal workplace incident almost three years ago at the Corrib gas tunnel project in Co Mayo. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Two construction firms face trial over fatal workplace incident at Co Mayo project

 University Hospital Galway has postponed non-urgent elective procedures due to pressure on its emergency department. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Hospital says it is at ‘full capacity’ due to pressure on its emergency department

Francis O’Donnell said Ireland has one of the largest and biologically fish-rich sea areas, but has been allocated quotas for 18 per cent of the total catch.   Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

North Atlantic states should form union, says head of Irish Fish Producers Organisation

The fire at the  Sacre Coeur hotel in Salthill, Galway. Photograph: Matt Redman/Twitter

Fire brigades attend to incidents at Quay Street restaurant and Salthill hotel

Dr John Waldron played a crucial role in the campaign to establish a family planning clinic in Galway in the late 1970s. File photograph: Johnny Ryan Photography

Doctor and horse breeder’s car struck another vehicle in Borrisokane, Co Tipperary

Nesting puffins on Skellig Michael have exacerbated the problems of rock slides. Photograph: Mark Hannaford/AWL/Getty

Puffins and other seabirds stripping back weather-damaged vegetation

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Seán Kyne. Photograph: Alan Betson

Deadline for tenders extended by a fortnight

Humpback whale off Cork. Photograph: Pádraig Whooley/IWDG

We asked coastal cognoscenti for the inside track on the best lesser-known sights and activities dotted around Ireland’s 7,800km c(...)

It is understood that the inquiry was initiated after a recent report to the Garda, and parishioners have been informed. Photograph: iStock

Bishop Martin Drennan confirms stepping aside of cleric from regular duties pending outcome

Casper, ‘probably a new genus of octopus’

Irish expert opinion called for after the discovery of ‘Casper’, a strange kind of octopus filmed at a record ocean depth

The rare Arctic bowhead whale normally frequents far cooler waters below polar ice

Bowhead renowned for its singing prowess and repertoire of songs

A 72-year-old man, Francis Smith, from Salisbury in England, died in the capsizing of a  6m dory craft, the Jillian, on August 29th, 2015, near the Saltee Islands, above. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Francis Smith (72) died in incident involving 6m craft near Saltee islands in August 2015

Grace Kenneally (centre), who has died after suffering from Neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive children’s cancer, singing Christmas carols with  school friends from Gaelscoil Dara at the live crib outside Galway Cathedral in late 2014. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Neuroblastoma tumour claims life of Galway schoolgirl whose attitude inspired many

Participants in GMIT’s outdoor education course. Photograph courtesy of GMIT

Rebel leader’s ‘progressive ideas’ again to the fore as to what might have been possible

Galway hooker: Pádraig and Johnny Bailey aboard Capall. Photograph: Joe St Leger

A documentary by Joe St Leger tells the dramatic history of the workboats and their sailors

Myles Joyce, who was hanged in Galway in 1882 and is widely accepted as being innocent of the Maamtrasna murders. Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Three Irish speakers were condemned to death – in a language they did not understand – for the murder of a family in Maamtrasna in(...)

British Ambassador to Ireland Dominick Chilcott said the opinion polls showed “a very close race” in the Brexit referendum. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Changes for migrants if Brexit vote fails but Brussels uncertain about Irish exemption

 Artist Joanna Kasinska. “I was 21 and I just came for a bit of a break, a bit of adventure.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Moving to Atlantic seaboard has brought opportunities – and plenty of rain

A task force led by Prof Jane Grimson, former vice-provost of Trinity College Dublin, was set up by the university early last year, after a landmark Equality Tribunal case was won by botanist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington.

NUIG has the lowest representation of women at senior levels in Irish universities

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh: welcomed the consideration of Galway’s Merlin Park campus being  used as a location for a new hospital. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Existing hospital should be considered for ‘developments into future’, says Saolta chief

Former minister for the marine Simon Coveney: set up a  taskforce which initiated the Atypical Working Scheme for Non-European Economic Area Workers. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Migrant rights group expresses concerns about scheme to protect non-Europeans

Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in  Star Wars, arrives at Belfast International Airport this morning. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Risk to visitors from further rockfalls has passed, says OPW

Robert Kenny said if everyone with a spinal cord injury was able to live independently “it would save the Government money in the long term”. Image: Screenshot from Spinal Injuries Ireland video.

Robert Kenny believes more carers needed to support those suffering from injuries

Ictu general secretary Patricia King: not in secret talks. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

States’s public contract terms contributed to recent disputes, union conference told

Some employers still “cling” to a 19th century model of workplace relations that refuses to recognise union representation, according to the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) general secretary Steve Fitzpatrick. File photograph: Getty Images

CWU general secretary to say workers experience ‘oppressive and intimidating disciplinary procedures’

The company behind Galway’s long-delayed arthouse cinema have said it is hoping to avert a threat by Galway City Council to pull out of the €8 million project. File photograph: Steve Bonini/Stone/Getty

Local authority delivers ultimatum on the long-delayed €8m arthouse development

Inishbofin Island, Co Galway, which is famed for its “pirate presence” of Grace O’Malley . Photograph: Frank Miiller/The Irish Times

Birdwatching among activities that helped secure prize

Gary “Ted” Sargent: setting sail in a Laser dinghy which is just over twice the size of a bathtub

Gary ‘Ted’ Sargent to sail around island in dinghy in aid of ChildVision charity

The Comeraghs: “rugged, rocky and inspiring”. Photograph: Helen Lawless

Mountaineering Ireland says community group misled by local authority

A willow rattle woven by Co Galway basketmaker Ciaran Hogan has turned up on the British royal princess Charlotte’s official toybox list. Photograph: Courtesy of Kensington Palace/Handout via Reuters

Willow toy made in An Spidéal, Co Galway has made the princess’ official toybox list

Members of the public affected by the norovirus are asked not to visit. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Visitors urged to make essential visits only to the St Mary’s and St Teresa’s wards

Canine therapy has been used in colleges in recent years to help calm stressed-out students. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

NUI Galway tries to calm students’ frazzled nerves with new stress-busting initiatives

 Archeological volunteer Rithie Jones at the cairn on the top of Turlough Hill. Photograph: Eamon Ward

Evidence of 160 huts and two labyrinthine enclosures for spiritual or ritual gathering

Some 8,592 migrants were rescued last year by the LÉ Eithne, LÉ Niamh and LÉ Samuel Beckett. Photograph: David Jones/Irish Defence Forces/PA Wire

Naval Service patrol ship sails on Sunday as part of a bilateral arrangement with Italy

Chef Michael O’Meara  in Oscar’s Seafood Bistro, Galway: agrees that “overfishing”  a much misunderstood term. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Many fishermen find it harder to make a living because of regulations, says expert

Sinn Féín  expressed opposition to the commemoration of Constable Patrick Walsh with Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh describing it as ‘inappropriate’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin expressed opposition to the event in memory of Constable Patrick Walsh

Galway Harbour Company’s decision after the Buncrana deaths to limit access to its slipway has aroused criticism from water users.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

NUI Galway professor calls for centralised standards for treating marine algae

Fine Gael councillor Pádraig Conneely called for the immediate removal of the stone, saying it had no planning permission and that it was “republican propaganda”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

City manager says some Mervue residents want memorial stone to be retained

The HSE has shelved plans to relocate a service for disabled children in the Connemara Gaeltacht due to language issues. Photograph:   Brenda Fitzsimons

Relocation of Gaeltacht service for children stalls over lack of Irish language speakers

Alice L and Alice N, from the production ‘Alice M’ by Guerilla Aerial. The production, which features a fusion of opera, aerial acrobatics and immersive design, is being staged as part of the Galway Theatre Festival 2016. Photograph: Andrew Downes

‘Alice M’ by Guerilla Aerial among productions lined up for event later this month

Andrew Lydon  with his wife Sally and chilren Molly  and Seosamh: The HSE has agreed to keep in him in hospital for three more weeks until supports are in place.

Andrew Lydon is in intensive care in University Hospital Galway after a tracheotomy

Alex Ellis-Roswell: Walking the length of the Irish and British coastlines in aid of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. He has already raised €18,000. Photograph: Olga Leszczynska

Alex Ellis-Roswell on four-year coastal walk in bid to raise cash for RNLI lifeboat stations

Worshippers wearing the Montserrat national dress of 'Irish tartan' attend mass in the town of Lookout. Customs officers stamp shamrocks in the passports of visitors to this tiny West Indies island. Photograph:Frank Miller

With many islanders claiming Irish ancestry, Montserrat is proud of its 'green history' - even if it defies the notion of the 'nic(...)

Pete Ball at home near Clifden: “By trying to steal the Ukip vote and keep right-wing Tory backbenchers happy, Cameron has been clever, but the British taxpayer is paying for all this political manoeuvring.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Brexit: ‘It’s a political trade-off for David Cameron’

Fr Martin McNamara with the stolen paintings which were returned to Kiltullagh Church in east Galway on Wednesday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Evie Hone paintings taken almost three years ago found on waste ground in Co Offaly

Hilary Dully: “We were never actually told that they wouldn’t show it, and it was kind of suggested that they would – but not then.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The maker of a 1994 documentary about three Irish women’s abortion stories says some in RTÉ were worried that the women ‘didn’t sh(...)

Archaeologist Michael Gibbons at the shipwreck remains in Fahy Bay in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Vessels from 18th- and 19th-centuries found in bays that were renowned for smuggling

Debris following an explosion and fire on a boat on which two men were sailing close to Rinville near Oranmore on Saturday. Photograph: Gearóid Walsh

Authority also involved in rescue of two men whose yacht exploded and caught fire

Iseult Ní Chuláin and Ruadhán Ó Culáin,  great-great-great grandchildren of James Connolly. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Scoil Sailearna has drawn up its own proclamation as part of celebrations

Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh defended his decision to sanction a grant of €485,000 to restore a theatre in Gaoth Dobhair, Co Donegal, against the advice of Department officials. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Department of the Gaeltacht said €485,000 for Co Donegal theatre would be ‘dangerous’

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney secured Government approval to send LÉ Róisín on humanitarian rescue duty in the southern Mediterranean. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney says ship will be despatched for humanitarian rescue ‘within next month’

Members of the Irish Navy vessel LÉ ‘Eithne’ as they rescue refugees on a   humanitarian mission in the Mediterranean in 2015.  Photograph: David Jones/Irish Defence Forces/PA Wire

Minister recommends LÉ ‘Róisín’ be sent to Mediterranean to help rescue migrants

The Marine Institute’s lease application form lodged seeks to deploy up to three “devices” at any one time on the site, including up to three wind turbines of 60 metres in height.  Photograph: Ben Curtis/PA

Institute says ‘mistake’ in 35-year foreshore lease application form being corrected

The wind turbines would be visible from land, with the nearest shore point 1.27km away

Marine Institute seeks 35-year lease for trial offshore electricity generating station

 Tara McCarthy , chief executive of Bord Iascaigh Mhara.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

With challenges on all fishery fronts, new CEO at BIM Tara McCarthy has a lot on her plate

Brian Dowling in his hurley workshop in Kilkenny. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

British researcher warns up to 95% of Irish ash trees could be lost as a result of insect

A seal underwater in Dublin Bay near Dalkey Island. Photograph: Nigel Motyer

Irish Underwater Council calls on Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw permit

Corp Richard King of Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa, Renmore Barracks, Galway, salutes during the playing of the National Anthem at the Athenry 1916 Centenary Commemoration on Easter Monday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

‘Asgard’ gun part of live Raidió na Gaeltachta broadcast from Pearse cottage at Ros Muc

Liam Mellows, who was executed by Free State forces in 1922

Three ceremonies held at statue of Liam Mellows, who led largest rising outside Dublin

The slipway alongside Buncrana Pier, which is now closed for public admittance. Photograph: Trevor McBride

Experts also believe the tide could have contributed to Co Donegal drowning

Rathlin Island is a Special Area of Conservation and a nature reserve for guillemots, fulmars, kittiwakes, razorbills and a fragile population of tiny sea parrots

The Manor House on the L-shaped island off the north coast has been refurbished and now the Rathlin Development and Community Asso(...)

A century ago this month, as Europe was at war and plans were being made for an Irish rebellion, a motley multinational group of adventurers led by Ernest Shackleton  was stranded in ice thousands of miles away on the Antarctic. Photograph: Scott Polar Research Institute/University of Cambridge/PA.

100 years on from voyage, Dominick Chilcott says Irish adventurer still has ‘resonance’

 The Marine Renewables Industry Association says there are still “technical challenges” to be overcome offshore. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Report advises co-operation with Scotland to avoid unnecessary duplication

Yvonne Corcoran-Loftus, curator of the Michael Davitt Museum, said politicians of all political stripes had been approached about funding, with no success. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

In a year of 1916 commemorations, there is no State funding for Mayo museum devoted to influential Land League founder who split w(...)

Irish Water has advised some 4,700 people dependent on the public supply in Carraroe to boil their water until further notice. Archive photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

Boil water notices issued to 15,000 people and businesses in Connemara and east Cork

Under threat: Baloo’s Youth Centre, Gráine Hassett’s most recent project in Calais, while it was being built

Gráinne Hassett has designed key structures at the Calais migrant camp, including a women and children’s centre. Their destruction(...)

Newly elected Independent TD Catherine Connolly, a committed cyclist, leaving the Galway West count centre last weekend. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway West had no female TD for decades until Connolly and Naughton’s success

Fianna Fáil’s Nioclás Ó Conchúbhair: ‘The word I am hearing is that we did better than expected, and why would we blow that now?’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Former senator Nioclás Ó Conchúbhair predicts FF and FG will not let process drag on

Currently only people aged 14 and older can avail of support, examination and treatment at adult sexual assault and treatment units. Photograph: Thinkstock

HSE fails to find €212,000 to maintain only treatment unit for children under 14

Galway West: Fourth TD elected of five

Galway West: Second TD elected of five

Galway West: Third TD elected of five

Hildegarde Naughton. Although not a gender quota candidate, she has welcomed the initiative. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Galway West: Fifth TD elected of five

 Eamon O’Cuiv

Galway West: First TD elected of five

Éamon Ó Cuív (centre) said said Fianna Fáil’s first port of call would be people with whom they had ‘no philosophical differences,’ with.

Éamon Ó Cuív says party’s first port of call should be people ‘closest to Fianna Fáil’

Independent one of two women elected beside Éamon Ó Cuív, Seán Kyne and Noel Grealish

Will Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) and Fianna Fáil Micheal Martin end up forming a government? Senior Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil sources were  privately conceding on Saturday  that a coalition between  the two parties was  the likely outcome of the general election.

Rotating taoiseach arrangement not being ruled out by FF sources if coalition agreed

Prof Micheline Sheehy Skeffington: equality and diversity appointment made after it was found she had been discriminated against in being passed over for promotion by NUIG. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Post one of four major proposals after Micheline Sheehy Skeffington bias ruling

St Patrick’s Boys’ National School in Galway city ran their own unofficial plebiscite, hosted by sixth class. Image: Google Streetview

Mars Bar bribe swings St Patrick’s Boys’ National School vote leaving Ó Cuiv in cold

Niall Ó Tuathail, Social Democrat candidate for Galway West, canvassing in Shop Street in Galway city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Children of internet age – and recession – in late push for votes

Multinationals competing to meet global demand for seafood must not displace small-scale fisheries, Dr Rebecca Metzner  said, and new UN voluntary guidelines aim to promote a sustainable approach. File photograph: Getty Images

UN expert explains goal is to combine cutting edge research with local knowledge, practices

Garda Margaret Byrne escorts a ballot box to the residents of Inishfree Island off Co Donegal, ahead of Friday’s general election. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Islands Federation critical of lack of interest in their issues as shown by political parties

Garda Margaret Byrne  with Inishfree Island resident Hans Schleweck, as she prepares to escort a ballot box to Inishfree Island off the west coast of Ireland, on February 25th, 2016. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Residents criticise lack of interest shown by most political parties in their future

“Mainport Cedar”: The vessel, registered in the Marshall Islands, was built in Malaysia in 2013 for the Cork-based shipping company Mainport as a seismic support, tug and supply vessel.

Ship was carrying humanitarian supplies to Yemen for the World Food Programme

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