A  stock picture of the privately owned twin squirrel red helicopter that crashed in north Wales  with five people on board. Photograph: High Level/Rex/Shutterstock/Guardian Service

Police say crash site is in ‘very difficult’ terrain and identities of deceased not being released

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

Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary said the inquiry should focus on the relationship between Church, State, local authorities and society generally. File photograph: Joe O’ Shaughnessy

Archbishop Neary apologises for the hurt caused by the failings of the church

Ballycastle couple Genevieve and Brian McLernon have been hired to run the Manor House hotel on behalf of the island. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

When Rathlin Island advertised for someone to run its 18th century Manor House, Genevieve McLernon and her husband applied

Shrine on part of the site of the former Mother and Baby home in Tuam. “Exhumation would cause a lot of upset.” Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

FG councillor says archbishop ‘premature’ in suggesting reinterment of infants’ bodies

Former minister urges people to give information to mother and baby homes commission

Caroline Gormley from Tuam looks through construction hoarding covering the Tuam babies burial ground. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Saw Doctor Leo Moran and artist JoJo Hynes among Tuam natives responding to scandal

A shrine in Tuam, Co Galway erected in memory of up to 800 children who were buried at the site of the former home for unmarried mothers run by nuns. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Galway County Council reviews files related to construction on grounds of former home

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

Move comes after discovery of the remains of a ‘significant’ number of babies in Tuam

JP Rodgers at the site of the mother and baby home in Tuam where he lived until he was six. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Writer recalls being ‘terrified most of the time’ as a child in mother and baby home

Engineers Ireland’s director general Caroline Spillane: “The statistics in Ireland are stark: if you are in a room with 10 engineers, the likelihood is just one will be female.”

Survey identifies societal barriers as being major factor to lack of women in sector

Joanne Byrne, from Finglas, with her daughter Róise (18 months) at the sixth annual ‘Flowers for Magdalenes’ remembrance event at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister says Garda involvement is likely after the discovery of remains at Tuam home

The shrine in Tuam, Co Galway, erected in memory of up to 800 children who were allegedly buried at the site of the former Mother and Baby Home, before excavations began. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Tuam residents express their upset at the Mother and Baby Home revelations

Shrine to babies in Tuam: people in the  estate on the site of the  home have mixed feelings about reinterment, saying a graveyard kept by the community  had been blessed several times. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Dr Neary says it was ‘a time of great suffering and pain for the little ones and their mothers’

Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary has said he is “horrified and saddened” to have learned of the large number of children buried in the “graveyard” at the former Bon Secours mother and baby home in the town. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Commission ‘another necessary step on the path to the truth’, says Archbishop

Ecologically sensitive: a common spotted orchid near Merlin Woods, Galway. Photograph: Colin Stanley

It has been designated Europe’s most environmentally friendly small city, but campaigners say worrying developments are a threat (...)

 The   remains of a significant number of babies and infants of up to three years old have been found at the site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Tuam resident recalls appalling treatment of ‘home babies’ who lived in local institution

 Picture Palace  in Galway city: Element Pictures, which runs the Light House Cinema in Dublin, has taken over project management of the cinema. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Charities Regulator inquiry at Picture Palace ‘not in itself finding of any wrongdoing’

An aerial view of Galway city. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The city became the first Irish area to receive the European Commission title last June

Fr Paddy Mooney after he administered ashes on a tractor driver outside Glenamaddy Church on Ash Wednesday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Hundreds blessed on foreheads from their cars at Glenamaddy church

Arts archive: Carmel O’Sullivan of UCD Library; Prof Andrew Deeks, UCD president; and Brendan Flynn, founder of the Clifden Arts Festival.  Photograph: Jason Clarke.

Clifden Community Arts Festival donates 40-year ‘sociological record’ of the arts

 Méabh Ní Ghionnáin from Galway with Kaitlyn Dow from Connecticut, who launched the 1.5m sail boat across the Atlantic. Photograph: Andrew Downes

US student’s model yacht found by Galway girl after social media tip-off to local pubs

Former Galway city mayor  Pádraig Conneely: “I don’t think any decent, hardworking people  should have to endure unacceptable behaviour.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Former mayor Pádraig Conneely says negative comments are ‘informed by reality’

Niall Greene of Salmon Watch Ireland: there is general consensus that the impact of those factors over which man has some direct influence should be addressed with “some urgency”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Conference highlights impact of climate change, fish farming and non-target catching on Irish stocks

Dublin Port says it aims to handle increased shipping, with a particular focus on the south side of the Liffey

Concerns raised over plan’s impact on traffic as water users welcome better river access

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has called on the Taoiseach to outline his intentions regarding the Fine Gael leadership. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister says current situation is ‘distracting and destabilising’ for party and country

Novena Mass in Galway Cathedral. Fr Clement MacMánuis, one of a team of Redemptorists celebrating the nine-day festival, said he was struck by the number of people going to confession. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Priests at Galway novena describe resurgence of sacrament as ‘listening ear’

Independent TD Catherine Connolly: supported the protesters with Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh and several city councillors.

Galway Housing Action Group seeks freeze on repossessions due to mortgage difficulties

 Jeanie Johnston being floated in dry dock at Dublin Port: it is the last ship in the port’s graving dock, which is being  filled in as part of a €230 million project. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Campaigners reiterate call to save Georgian working docks in Grand Canal Basin

Microbeads from an exfoliating daily wash. Use of the plastic particles in products is outlawed in Canada, and is due to be prohibited in Britain and the US this year

Cosmetics, toothpastes and cleaning agents use plastic particles which can harm the marine environment

Road leading to Letterfrack, Co Galway. Forum Connemara, based in Letterfrack, said it had been devastated by the loss of a key community programme for the area. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Loss of eight jobs in Letterfrack equivalent to large factory closure in city, group says

Archaeologist Seán Gibbons at a shipwreck recently exposed at Thallabawn Strand, Co Mayo. Photograph: Michael Gibbons

Research also finds possible monastery or Bronze Age fortress on Kid island

 The remains of Pascal Whelan are brought across the sands at low tide to Omey Island in Connemara for burial following funeral Mass in nearby Star of the Sea Church in Claddaghduff, Co Galway. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Funeral of stunt actor Pascal Whelan told he relished adventures and lived life on edge

The Government’s system of permits for migrant fishing workers is “legitimising slavery”, a trade union official told a meeting in Liberty Hall. File photograph: Getty Images

Workers’ federation plans to highlight situation at European Parliament this month

Connemara’s Omey Island: stuntman Pascal Whelan, the last permanent resident of the island, has passed away

Connemara stuntman Pascal Whelan gave swordfighting lessons to actor Peter O’Toole

The first wild salmon of the year has been caught on the Munster Blackwater river in Co Cork.  File photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Inland Fisheries Ireland confirms first catch of 2017 was on the Munster Blackwater river

Dutch human rights researcher says the notion Ireland is the safest place to have a baby could be “seriously contested”.  Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Belief that Ireland is safest place to have baby can be ‘seriously contested’, says legal expert

Céide Fields: Dr Whitefield contends that the low, straight heaps of stone are “indicative of the land having been cleared for ploughing”

Prof Seamus Caulfield claims PhD research a ‘silent ambush’ of his life’s work

The Céide Fields, the “oldest enclosed landscape in Europe”, may actually date from the later Bronze or Iron Age, rather than from the late Stone Age.

NUI Galway archaeologist Andrew Whitefield disputes age of ancient north Mayo site

Cathal Groonell, managing director of Iasc Mara Teo, at Ros-a-Mhíl Harbour: catches handled by his firm are sold to markets across Europe, north Africa and the Caribbean. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Expulsion of EU vessels from British waters may prompt targeting of Irish fishing zones

Caitríona Lucas, the Coast Guard volunteer who died during a search and rescue operation in Kilkee, Co Clare, last year.

Caitríona Lucas died during a search and rescue operation off the Clare coast last year

A man died in a workplace accident in Co Galway on Sunday.

Irish Coast Guard flies second injured man to hospital after incident involving pontoons

Michael Creed: committed to legislation allowing northern and southern fishing vessels reciprocal fishing rights within the island’s territorial waters. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for the Marine intends to legislate for one-island inshore fishing rights

Fishing boats tied up at Castletownbere, Co Cork: “Brexit should be used as an opportunity to renegotiate the entire Common Fisheries Policy.”

Uncertainty on future causing jitters and highlighting existing concerns over fishing ports

Atlantic Dawn: the value of its  fishing assets was increased substantially by the European Commission’s decision to hinder the efforts of owners of other Irish vessels to upgrade their fleet

Supertrawler Atlantic Dawn sold a decade ago but deal works against smaller operations

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten was held overnight for tests at Portiuncula Hospital in Co Galway, which has been on “full capacity protocol” for several days. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister transferred to Galway University Hospital for test but due for release on Wednesday

Portiuncula Hospital in east Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Minister for Communications taken to Portiuncula Hospital after being hit by a car

Jimmí Chearra with his grandson Pádraic Ó Griallais, founder of Poitín Mhicíl. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘Liquid dynamite’ distilled by Cearra family near Spiddal now a cocktail ingredient

The Iver Ability in Dublin Bay, where it is anchored with a crew of 13. Photograph: David O’Brien/Afloat

Gibraltar-registered vessel has been in the bay since August due to ‘issues’ with cargo

An Island Ferries boat carries passengers from Inis Mór. Photograph: David Sleator

Island Ferries Teo had suspended services in row over unpaid passenger levy monies

Irish Coast Guard volunteer Caitriona Lucas who died after the rescue boat capsized off the coast of Kilkee in Co Clare

Caitríona Lucas (41) died during a search off the Clare coast in September

Letting in the light:  Newgrange has been the subject of much archaeological debate for decades. Photograph: Alan Betson

Archaeologist disputes theory accurate capturing of winter solstice was 5,000 years old

A stream of golden sunlight passes through the window box and along the passage way leading into the burial chamber of Newgrange during the  winter solstice. Photograph: Alan Betson

Evidence solstice monument was Iron Age ‘Hiberno-Roman cult site’ was ‘underplayed’

Honorary French consul Catherine Gagneux  and Mayor of Galway Noel Larkin during the presentation of the patchwork version of the Irish Tricolour at Galway City Hall. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Flag presented to three Irish men on visit to France 168 years ago sowed seeds of Republic

NUI Galway: Prof William Wijns has paid tribute to “excellent facilities and world-class researchers” at the university

NUIG earmarked €5m for cardiac research project

Negotiations are still continuing over the winter ferry service provision for the largest island of Inis Mór.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Negotiations still continuing over winter ferry service to Inis Mor

A file image showing a fishing boat out of the Co Dublin port of Howth. Photograph: Alan Betson/THE IRISH TIMES

‘Gentleman’s’ agreement allowing all Irish boats reciprocal rights may be formalised

David Roynane, chief executive  of Mainport, with the Mainport Cedar  docked at Albert Quay, Cork. File photograph: Darragh Kane

Tug and supply ship operator expands from Cork base into global marine business

 The Georgian graving docks, at the Grand Canal Basin, Ringsend, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Waterways and business groups want Georgian graving docks and lock gates kept

Ana Maria Alves Caiado, Olivia Rocha dos Santos and Joyce Correa da Silva in Gort: women are among the estimated 400 Brazilians living in the Galway town. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘These people are worse off than asylum seekers in direct provision,’ says doctor

Fishing boats are seen in Cobh harbour in Co Cork. Fishermen’s representatives have called for a review of EU fishing rules. Photograph: Getty

Analysis: Ireland should use Brexit as basis to to renegotiate EU fish policy, industry says

 A fishing boat out of Howth is seen fishing off the coast of Dublin. Irish fishermen have secured a larger quota for next year. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Industry welcomes 233,500 tonnes quota, an increase of 6% on 2016, and worth €280m

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