Martin von Hildebrand: spearheading what may be the world’s largest protected area extending across the Amazon basin from the Andes to the Atlantic. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Climate change is not just ‘a white man’s project’, Martin von Hildebrand tells Galway gathering

Ten nurses  refused to take up duty in University College Hospital Galway’s acute psychiatric unit early on Wednesday morning in protest over inadequate staffing. File photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Nurses experienced 36 assaults in acute psychiatric unit since January, says union

Poet Martin Dyar and Cúirt festival director Dani Gill unveil a plaque at the east bank of the Salmon Weir Bridge in Galway city which recalls time spent there by WB Yeats, George Moore and Edward Martyn. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

New plaques celebrating Yeats, ‘The Kasbah’ and Ó Conaire to be unveiled in Galway city

Britain’s Prince Charles is to visit Sligo in May, almost 20 years after the first trip to Ireland by the heir to the British throne.

Trip may include Mullaghmore where Lord Mountbatten died in an IRA bombing in 1979

Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. The airlink involves subsidising islanders’ use of three daily return flights to and from Inis Mór on weekdays and two return flights at weekends

Government treating subsidised transport as ‘charity’ rather than a ‘right’ , say islanders

The dead sea eagle found in her nest only weeks before laying eggs. It’s the 13th poisoning to have occurred since the birds were reintroduced to Connemara

Toxicology tests confirm 13th such poisoning since the re-introduction in 2007

Retired NUIG lecturer Micheline Sheehy Skeffington. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Retired NUIG lecturer Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington asked to destroy personal data or have her email access removed Europe’s director of trust and safety Annie Mullins said that children “writing to themselves” has become the “biggest” cyber-bullying issue that the network faced. Photograph: Danny Martindale/Getty Images.

Trend not yet identified as serious risk in Ireland

 Leo Varadkar: initiated review after ‘Tit Bonhomme’ tragedy in 2012.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Report on ‘Tit Bonhomme’ sinking leads to new ‘999’ response procedure

Workers stage a picket outside a Dunnes Stores outlet. Impact trade union expressed solidarity with Dunnes staff who were allegedly punished for taking part in the industrial action.

Motions also call for recognition for female staff who experience miscarriage

The Irish Financial Services in Dublin. An economist said there was no guarantee Facebook, Google and other Silicon Valley companies would be in the country in 10 years time.

Value of a ‘social wage’ requires more public discourse, Impact education conference told

NUIG initiated a task force in January in response to an Equality Tribunal finding in favour of scientist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington late last year

Task force ‘needs to be effective’, says Jan O’Sullivan

Claire Keaveney, divisional executive committee, and Harold Hislop, Chief Inspector, Department of Education and Skills, at the Impact education division conference at the Clayton Hotel in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Low Pay Commission needs to address ‘no pay’, NUI Maynooth academic says

A Croí  programmes manager said some 90 per cent of heart disease and stroke occurrence is due to risk factors such as smoking, diet and weight and physical activity levels - which means 90 per cent of it is preventable.

Croí targets ‘new Irish’ group due to increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has told an Impact trade union conference that she intends to tackle working conditions for special needs assistants (SNAs) in schools. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Jan O’Sullivan says Coalition will act on low hours contracts if study finds it is necessary

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan: to address Impact members on Thursday. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Impact chairwoman warns of need for ‘recovery of income for all workers’

University management should give “serious consideration” to the “very disappointing” outcome for women seeking senior lecturerships, noted a report by a group representing NUIG’s arts, business and law faculties last September. Photograph: Getty Images/ File photo

Greater transparency called for in appointing professorships

Nicholas Grubb, who owns the Dromana fishery on the river Blackwater, says recent trials in Scotland show the beaver’s potential for improving river habitats.  Photograph: Bill Flynn

Dam-building, tree-felling skills improve river habitats

Testing sensors for Norwegian-funded project designed and built at NUI Galway

Fine Art Printmaker Margaret Irwin at work in her studio at Claddaghduff, Connemara, Co. Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Retrospective exhibition opens in Dublin on April 16th

Jojo Hynes: ‘If it wasn’t for the support and encouragement of peers, friends, family and my community, I don’t think there is any way I would still be an artist.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Jazz art band member Jojo Hynes says artists need to speak out about juggling jobs

 Tánaiste Joan Burton meets striking Dunnes Stores  workers and union representatives on the picket line at Henry Street in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Public expresses sympathy at several city branches

Irish Water lifts ‘do not use’ notices lifted following kerosene contamination

Simon Coveney at the helm of his yacht ‘Wavetrain’ during Tuesday’s racing at Cork Week. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

Fianna Fáil raises concerns only one firm involved in plan for Haulbowline island

Retired NUIG lecturer Micheline Sheehy Skeffington. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Data is available on university website, says retired lecturer

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

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