Patricia Burke Brogan at the sculpture by Mick Wilkins to the Magdalene women at Forster Street in Galway city early last year. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Patricia Burke Brogan says ‘memory of those who suffered’ in former laundry must ‘never be forgotten’

The Mayo News was founded in 1892 by nationalist PJ Doris, espousing an ethos of “independence and progressiveness, while serving the local community”. Photograph: www.mayonews.ie

Family-owned publication wins award for second time

Mary Heanue, Inis Turk; John Walsh, Bere Island; Simon Murray, Inis Boffin; Aisling Moran, Sherkin Island and Mairtin O’ Mealóid, Cape Clear met to discuss a move by two government departments to temporarily avert funding cuts for development offices. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

English-speaking islands off Irish coast may lose community development offices

   Plastic bottles, aluminium cans, cigarette butts, fishing litter such as ropes and nets and “sewage-related” litter such as cotton bud sticks are among the main items collected, an Taisce’s coastal programmes manager Annabel FitzGerald told the “Clean Coasts” symposium today in Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / THE IRISH TIMES

An Taisce presents ‘Ocean hero’ awards to groups that tackle marine litter

Rural group water schemes ‘in limbo’ with Irish Water

A 40m gas flare from the Ocean Guardian drilling rig during a well production test at the Corrib field, 80kms off Co Mayo. Photograph: Shell E&P Ireland Ltd

Company has informed residents that flaring from 40m flare stacks could be ‘noisy’

The edible Irish seaweed Dilisk. The global market for farmed seaweed for human consumption is currently worth €6 billion.

Cultivating four types of seaweed could generate up to 200 jobs, BIM conference told

Dr Diarmuid O’Donovan, director of public health for the HSE West: “sensationalist” media reporting of the current Ebola outbreak is fuelling irrational fears about the virus.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

HSE West public health director volunteered to work for two months with victims in Nigeria

Garry Hynes, artistic director of Druid Theatre, which is said to be looking at expanding its premises in Galway. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Award-winning Galway company aims to build 200-seater venue

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