Dutch Supertrawler ‘Annelies Ilena’. It was among a fleet of Dutch vessels working some 100 nautical miles northwest of Tory Island when approached by a joint Naval Service/Sea Fisheries Protection Agency patrol on November 22nd, 2013.

Boarding almost routine except vessel was seven times tonnage of fishery patrol ship

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney  said  a new €241 million investment programme in the seafood industry will increase the sector’s annual value to €1 billion by 2020. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney claims new investment programme will increase sector’s annual value

The research, supported by the Irish Sailing Association, will examine what motivates sailors, how often they go to sea, their experience and training, awareness of potential hazards and use of safety procedures and equipment. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Over 620 recreational sailors rescued by Irish lifeboat crews in last five years

Caitriona Moorish (above) eported the water contamination last week at Moyola Park in Newcastle, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Warnings over kerosene in tap water issued to 75 homes five days after first complaint

The Big Cat trawler which hit rocks on Valentia Island in January 1989 is pounded by waves. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

Lusitania and Air India disasters among incidents over the past 100 years which were handled by radio station which ‘never sleeps’(...)

A training exercise of a simulated helicopter crash in the National Maritime College of Ireland. The college in Ringaskiddy and SEFtec in Carrigaline have worked together to design, manufacture, develop and operate the Grupo Stier training centre in Las Palmas. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Offshore survival training a joint venture with Cork-based simulator manufacturer

Siptu members at NUI Galway have been instructed not to cooperate with the university’s new gender equality taskforce as the union  believes it will result in a ‘whitewash’. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Academics directed not to work with group as union presses for ‘independent’ inquiry

Up to 80 supporters from Galway handed in a petition yesterday as part of a new ‘Save Forum Connemara’ campaign. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Protest by Forum Connemara over impact on marginalised communities

The Galway bypass scheme relies mainly on road options cutting through the city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Galway N6 Action Group opposes revived plan involving demolition of up to 120 homes, and says transfer of responsibility for bypas(...)

Photo showing  the total eclipse of the sun taken from an aircraft out in the mid-Atlantic.  Photograph: Trinity College Dublin handout/PA Wire

Galway Bay’s clear skies drew hundreds of spectators for the astronomical event

Hundreds are gathered at Trinity College Dublin to see the solar eclipse. Not quite the show they were hoping for as clouds block the view. Photograph: Dick Ahlstrom

Daylight levels return to normal after moon obscures sun up to 95% in skies over Ireland

Former minister of state for the Gaeltacht Dinny McGinley

Sale to Canadians subject to a 10-year confidentiality clause

The suspension comes days after Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney announced a €500,000 grant for the fish factory. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Investigation follows allegations that weighing scales were tampered with in Dingle, Co Kerry

The International Salmon Farmers’ Association report describes farmed salmon as “feed conversion champions”, with one kilo of feed producing one kilo of fish, compared with 10 kilo of feed for one kilo of beef. Photograph: Alan Betson

Land farming alone cannot feed the world, salmon farmers claim

A local vessel employed by the Corrib gas project locates the project’s dislodged outfall pipe in Broadhaven Bay.

Erris Inshore Fishermen’s Association queries why EPA has not sent officials to inspect

Revenue assumed responsibility for collecting the Household Charge, which has  been replaced by the Local Property Tax, in July 2013, when all outstanding liabilities increased from €100 to €200.  File photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Charges against Westport builder Tony Keegan for failing to make declaration withdrawn

The EPA says it does not believe there are any pollution risks from a pipe from the Corrib gas project has surfaced from the seabed in north Mayo, saying the pipe was transporting “mainly rainwater”. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Environmental Protection Agency says pipe was transporting ‘mainly rainwater’

The Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association has said highly trained doctors are being “driven out”. File photograph: Getty Images

Culture of ‘intention to migrate’ across all six of State’s medical training schools

Writer Joseph O’Neill. A reading by O’Neill is one of the events announced for this year’s Cúirt literary festival in Galway. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images

Sara Baume and Colm Tóibín will also take part in this year’s literary event in Galway

Attempts to counteract English “spin” across Europe that the 17th century Irish were “barbarians” is the theme of this year’s Micheál Ó Cléirigh summer school in  Donegal. Above, Old Library, Trinity College.

Event looks at monks’attempts to change 17th century idea of Irish as ‘barbarians’

Members of the NUI Galway Medical Orchestra with Carl Hession and Mary McPartlan. NUIG’s medical orchestra was founded in 2011, and is open to students in the schools of medicine, nursing, midwifery and health sciences. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

Orchestra focuses on ‘healing power of music’ and ‘essential role of the arts in medicine’

Minister of State for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: Government moving to prohibit discrimination against tenants in receipt of rent supplement. Photograph: The Irish Times

Successful asylum seekers caught in direct provision due to housing crisis

Emerging from direct provision is only the start of a struggle towards a “new Irish” life, according to several successful asylum applicants. Photograph: The Irish Times

Mother of four children aged five to 15 spent seven years in system prior to residency

NUI Galway  is critical of the “narrow” focus on road options

Light rail and variety of other public transport options should be explored – university

The Saw Doctors

Mayo band involving Corrib gas terminal staff to fill the breach

Some 68% of votes were in favour of the legalisation, cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for adults.

Nearly 1,800 votes supported the motion, while 838 were against

The  “blue moon” year and the 150th anniversary of the birth of poet WB Yeats will be marked by 30 young harpists giving a free performance in south Galway on Thursday night

Yeats poetry to be displayed on London Underground

Shauna O’Neill, who was previously awarded a Clipper round world race bursary and now works for the Children in Crossfire charity. File photograph: Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

Training with Clipper round world yacht race crew to be held off southern England

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Spokesmen for 1st Independent Mayo, based in the Taoiseach’s political base, has said the campaign aims to promote community-based politics across the State. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

1st Independent Mayo say they are ‘not quite Ireland’s answer to Syriza’

 Stephen Hamilton and Róisín Hanley are among the performers taking part in the Galway Bailando documentary that highlights the city’s dance culture.

State’s most multicultural city offers ‘alternative to drink culture’

 Galway Bahá’i  community member Sahar Rahmani (right), who spoke at the screening of the documentary ‘To Light a Candle’,  with her daughter Amelia Chah and her mother Mitra Rahmani. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Call for Irish universities to recognise ‘illegal’ qualifications of persecuted minority

A runner battles through a heavy snow shower in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Forecasters say cold air from Canada will bring more rain, sleet, snow and ice

Professional surfer, Connor Maguire from Bundoran, Co Donegal catching one of the biggest waves of the day at Mullaghmore. Photograph: Finn Mullen

Surfers in the west brave the cold for the ‘scary, big waves’

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington: last year’s Equality Tribunal discrimination ruling in favour of the scientist led to the establishment of the taskforce on gender equality. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Siptu repeats call for independent equality audit and criticises lack of consultation

NUI Galway  said on Friday  the occupational health questionnaire for  prospective employees was not an employment form and that its use was in line with standard practice in many companies.

University to review pre-employment health screening after accusation of ‘invasive’ question

 John Wilson: said prohibition never worked. File Photograph: Courts Collins

NUIG student societies advocating legalisation in referendum next week

Archaeologist Michael Gibbons and local historian Michael Moylan who found the new panel of rock art on the Boheh stone near Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan.

Prehistoric ornamentation may have been inspired by ‘rolling sun’ phenomenon

Galway GP Dr Mary Rogan  has said that the human rights of the elderly are being breached on a regular basis due to inadequate staffing levels in public hospitals. File photograph: Getty Images/Stockphoto

Dr Mary Rogan says inadequate staffing levels are impacting on older patients

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington taking part in the demonstration to highlight gender inequality at the Quadrangle at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Demonstration supported by Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, who won an equality case against the university

A cruiser on the Erne. Work is expected to start on the waterway linking the Erne and the Shannon in April.

Some €2m will be spent on a section of the Shannon-Erne waterway

Cuvier’s beaked whale. Photograph: Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit

Marine scientists worried about 80% spike in Cuvier’s beaked whale strandings this winter

Apple says  it will use renewable energy in Athenry which it will purchase  from a provider, as opposed to building a windfarm. Photograph: Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images

The only byproduct of the tech giant’s plant will be ‘hot air’ produced on the Coillte site

Repair work is carried out on the stern of Galway hooker Naomh Bairbre which sailed from Chicago across the Atlantic in 2006. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Lost boatbuilding skills providing buoyant hope in docklands

 Minister for the Environment, Community  Alan Kelly:   backing proposed Dublin-Galway greenway as part of a national cycle network.   Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Compulsory purchase orders opposed by IFA and ICSA

Unknown: Waterford, 2012 from Asylum Archive produced by visual artist and researcher Vukasin Nedeljkovic. The exhibition runs until March 20th

Asylum Archive opens at Galway Arts Centre combining photography and video works

St Angela’s College, Sligo: there are almost 60 full-time academic staff at the college, most of them female, and all currently hold the position of lecturer.  Photograph: Pat Langan

St Angela’s College staff will have ‘teacher’ posts following merger with NUIG

Postmortems were carried out on the sister and brother at University Hospital Galway, with results being “inconclusive, pending toxicology reports”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Garda says foul play not suspected and various avenues will be pursued, including possible carbon monoxide poisoning

The LE Samuel Beckett escorted two British trawlers to Cork harbour after they were detained off the Kerry coast. Photograph: Irish Naval Service

Detention of vessels follows joint Naval Service and fisheries protection body inspection

Former Galway mayor and Independent Cllr Catherine Connolly has questioned why light rail was not considered by the planners. Photograph: The Irish Times

Lost revenue of up to €120m feared if any of four possible routes chosen for construction

An image of ‘Astrid’ taken by Jakub Walutek, winner of the Costal Heritage category of the Clean Coasts Photography Awards 2013. Photograph: PA

Astrid was carrying 30 when it altered course for ‘The Gathering’ photo opportunity

Gardai have sealed off a house in Coogan Park in the Westside area of Galway after the bodies of a man and woman were found on Wednesday afternoon.

Gardaí pursue several lines of inquiry including carbon monoxide poisoning

Gardaí have arrested four men in connection with the armed robbery of a jewellery shop on Shop Street, Galway.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Gardaí are investigating the armed robbery of shop on William Street

Dr Nata Duvvury, global women’s studies director at NUI Galway: “Violence in society further pulls down an economy’s capacity to recover from crisis.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Economic effect trails in wake of social impact, says leading NUI Galway authority

The ‘Dean Leanne’ was carrying one more person than it was certified for or had safety equipment for, the Marine Casualty Investigation Board report  found. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Emergency beacon’s failure to activate led to global recall

Outgoing head of Shell E&P Ireland Michael Crothers has said that the Irish planning system is ‘adversarial’, and mediation could replace ‘resorting to the courts.’ File photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Outgoing Michael Crothers also says Corrib gas project needed better ‘engagement’

Tony Mangan (57) pictured at Machu Picchu during his 50,000 km journey

Dubliner who ran around the world awarded along with kitesurfer Jade O’Connor

Say hello, wave goodbye: the Stena Explorer arrives in Dún Laoghaire for the first time, in 1996. Photograph: Joe St Leger

The end of the ferry service could expedite a master plan for the harbour – although it will face stiff competition from Dublin Po(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Dr Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway, at The Human Right to Health meeting at NUIG on Friday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Right to health the focus of President Higgin’s ethics initiative conference at NUIG

Thoor Ballylee, near Gort, Co  Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Thoor Ballylee group targets €1 million for project

 French ambassador Jean Pierre Thébault. The ambassador thanked Galway and the west of Ireland for their support following the Charlie Hebdo attacks after receiving a book of condolences.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Jean-Pierre Thébault in Galway to receive book of condolences for Charlie Hebdo

 Erkan Gursoy, the 68-year-old Turkish-Canadian sailor, was adopted by the Aran islanders late last year. He  has just reached his destination of Istanbul after a nine-month solo voyage from Vancouver through the Northwest Passage on a  boat he built in his back garden.

68-year-old was trapped in Northwest Passage and caught in Hurricane Gonzalo

Transgender woman Dr Lydia Foy, who led the legal challenges on gender recognition in Ireland, has welcomed the Bill, but has said it includes ‘unnecessary obstacles’. File photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Dr Lydia Foy expresses concern over exclusion of young people

Work is carried out by Galway County Council at An tSeancéibh in Spiddal. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway council’s storm-relief work criticised for ‘unsightly’ extension and restricting boats

President’s ethical initiative inspires conference

 The LÉ Aoife, the longest serving vessel in the Naval Service fleet, has been decommissioned. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Naval Service ship involved in recovering the Air India Flight 182 black box in 1985

Cross-town traffic: near the busy junction at the Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Rising population and busy hinterland means the city is pondering a €750m project

The protest at NUI Galway  during the meeting of the Governing Authority of the college. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington says ‘concrete action’ required

Capt Sinéad Reen: security at sea, substandard ships, changing weather patterns, pollution and the trend towards “criminalisation” of ship’s captains are among issues which she will be addressing as president of the master mariners’ representative organisation

Sinéad Reen has navigated world’s shipping routes at helm of supertankers and cruise ships

The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has added its voice to demands for an independent external review of gender equality in NUI Galway (NUIG).

Female academics have filed action against university over failure to be promoted

Residents of the Connemara community of Rosmuc have accused Údarás na Gaeltachta of trying to “airbrush” 1916 Rising leader Pádraig Pearse out of plans to build a cultural centre close to his former cottage

Criticism for proposed name of new centre close to Pearse’s Connemara cottage

Pádraig MacLochlainn TD, chairman (front), and Derek Nolan TD, vice chairman, Oireachtas Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions, visiting  the Great Western House direct provision centre in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Direct provision centres in Galway and Co Limerick visited by Oireachtas committee

The Kemp’s Ridley turtle has been described as the world’s smallest and most endangered sea turtle. Photograph: Aoife Flynn

Foot-long marine turtle did not survive landing on rocks of Rossnowlagh beach

Ted O’Donovan, Liam Hegarty, Fachtna O’Sullivan and John Hegarty lay a plank on the Ilen.

Annual trainees awards due to be presented in Dublin today

Galway East Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney has called for an investigation into the leaking. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Politicians express fears about attempt to close east Galway unit

Councillor Catherine Connolly questioned why an “accountancy firm” had been hired to “review hospital procedures”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Councillor asks how hospital group reassured public while ‘serious situation’ developed

An Bord Pleanála’s oral hearing into the proposed expansion of Galway Harbour has finished its sixth day. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

An Bord Pleanála hears planned harbour expansion breaches national ports policy

The new dam runs from the Spanish Arch to the Wolfe Tone bridge, pictured here. Photograph: Keelan Goonan/Twitter.

Water-filled tubes installed at Spanish Arch to prevent Corrib flooding in Spring tides

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, in response to Mr MacLochlainn’s question over the Western Development Commission, said “we are in a new space in which they all must apply under the Public Appointments Service”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Sinn Fein TD Pádraig MacLochlainn says appointments “smack of cronyism”

The British Maritime and Coastguard Agency deployed a rescue helicopter from Stornoway to save the five-man crew after the 23-metre wooden vessel Iúda Naofa  started taking water on Monday.  Screengrab: British Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Helicopter saves five men from fishing vessel ‘Iúda Naofa’ after it started taking water

Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington before addressing students, including members of the NUIG Feminists Society, at the Siobhan McKenna Lecture Theatre. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

New movement endorsed by Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington

A British Coastguard  helicopter from Stornoway airlifted two of the crew to a sister Aran island vessel, the Star of Hope,  and the other three crew members were taken  to hospital

British Coastguard helicopter airlifts fishermen to safety in ‘great achievement’

A booley or summer cattle grazing settlement found recently in the Partry mountains of south Mayo by archaeologist Michael Gibbons

Midden deposits in Roundstone among areas damaged

Dr Orla McGarry, visiting research fellow at the Unesco  Child and Family Research Centre, School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway.

Sociologist finds sport is sole means for some to meet people of different backgrounds

Fan Nóiméad, a Galway County Council public art commission, realised for the town of Headford

Patrick Connolly teams up with an artist to build a ‘pavilion’ as a public art commission

Professional surfer Andrew Cotton rides a large wave at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo. Photograph: Finn Mullen

Andrew Cotton describes ‘exceptional’ week of surf at Mullaghmore

Galway harbour. The first phase of the proposed €126 million port expansion into south Galway Bay involves reclamation of almost 27 hectares of foreshore and seabed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Flood and climate change factors accounted for, harbour company tells Bord Pleanala

Waves crash against the Kerry coast in Dingle. Photograph: Gerald Horgan

Flooding, school closures and power outages as status red warning remains in place

Galway Harbour: Fears about the impact of the development on fragile stocks of wild Atlantic salmon, European eel and birdlife were also expressed by Inland Fisheries Ireland and Birdwatch Ireland

Harbour company scientist says habitat at stake is not of ‘high intensity’ at second day of oral hearing

 Bernie Ní Fhlatharta participating in a Croí Back to Fitness class with physical activity specialist Caroline Costello. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Croí heart and stroke centre in Galway is the first of its type in the State

The former Supreme Court Judge Catherine McGuinness: believes there should be an amnesty for people who have been living long term in direct provision. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Lobbying for illegal Irish in US contrasted with approach to immigrants here, retired judge says

The oral hearing into the first phase of a proposed €126 million expansion of Galway harbour is expected to run for at least three weeks. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

First phase of €126m plan offering compensation for loss of fragile environment

NUI Galway: staff in administration, catering, cleaning and other areas were  represented at the  meeting hosted by NUIG academics affiliated to Siptu

Women passed over for promotion challenge college; one has already got back pay to 2009

 Grainne Ní Dhómhnaill outside Galway University Hospital. She  was with her sister in the Emergency departmert at the hospital for over 30 hours. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Woman waited 29 hours for bed in University Hospital Galway

Lecturer says he may stand in election and would be interested in talking to Lucinda Creighton

A woman protests outside the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service at Burgh Quay. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An attempt to transport people back to Nigeria abused their rights, it is claimed

Passengers tell of their bad experiences

“Hawo” recalls that when she was being taken to the plane, she had “a few belongings, my wheelchair and €60 that my husband had given me”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Somali refugee was taken to airport after day spent in hospital with husband

Lakagh Strawboys warm up backstage before taking part in the juvenile competitions at the Galway Mummers Festival in New Inn, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

German supermarkets, family tensions and water charges among themes at New Inn festival

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