Daithí Ó Cearbhalláin  at work with the Irish Coast Guard, Shannon, Co Clare. Photograph:  Brian Arthur/ Press 22

Daithí Ó Cearbhalláin is a member of the Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter senior crew In conversation with Lorna Siggins

Irish naval ship LÉ Eithne arrives with rescued migrants at the Palermo harbor in Italy on Tuesday, June 30th, 2015. Photograph: AP/Alessandro Fucarini.

Naval Service ship has rescued 3,376 people since May deployment in Mediterranean

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney one of three Ministers who have flown to Malta to pay tribute to the crew of the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Eithne. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Navy vessel has rescued more than 3,300 migrants in Mediterranean mission

In an open letter to the HSE an NUI Galway medical graduate has said students are unable to complete their medical training in Ireland as a result of the high demand for “intern” positions this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

International students unable to complete training due to high demand for ‘internships’

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney should take a “leadership” role in State management of fragile habitats, Coastwatch has said. Photograph: Eric Luke

Coastwatch urges Minister to take ‘leadership’ role in managing fragile marine habitats

A section of the Corrib gas line at Aughoose, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Revised atmospheric and marine emissions licence one of final authorisations

JK Rowling founded Lumos after reading about children being kept in caged beds. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

JK Rowling committed to ending institutionalised care of children

Statistically, most drownings occur during bathing or walking along coastlines, according to a review for IWS. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times/ File photo

Irish Water Safety warns swells, surges and rip tides, not ‘freak waves’, pose danger

Bríd McGarry, a  Mayo landowner, and Mary Corduff, wife of jailed farmer Willie Corduff, after five Mayo farmers were  jailed  in 2005 for refusing to give an undertaking not to obstruct the construction of the Corrib gas pipe line. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A rerouting of the pipeline and greater public awareness of how Ireland treats its natural resources were among the positive outco(...)

Some members of the crews taking part in a circumnavigation of Ireland to raise awareness of sailing for people with disabilities. Front row: Gary Crothers (skipper of yacht Kind of Blue and committee member of Foyle Sailability. He lost the use of his left arm after a car crash) and Aideen Corr (Kind of Blue crew and Foyle Sailability committee member who has Parkinson’s disease). Back row, from left: Ken Curry (Kind of Blue crew), Luke Farren (Dream Machine crew), George McCormick (Dream Machine skipper), Kim Banks (Aaraura crew) and Vicki Smith (Aaraura crew). Photograph: Trevor McBride

44 mixed-ability skippers and crew aim to highlight equality on water

Corrib legacy: Reynagh Keane from Belmullet, an operating engineer at Shell’s gas terminal in Erris. Photograph: Statoil/Shell

A decade ago the Rossport Five were jailed over their opposition to a pipeline linking the offshore Corrib gas field to Shell’s in(...)

Gay Byrne, the ‘cranky 81-year-old who used to live in Howth’; and businessman Harry Crosbie on Dublin’s Great South Wall. Photograph: Eric Luke

The pair have hatched a plan to make the Great South Wall in Dublin safer as a walkway, after a friend fell and broke her nose the(...)

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney: has been told he must “up his game” to ensure EU commitments  on fish stocks are met. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Preparations for next year’s EU quotas are already under way, says Birdwatch Ireland

A submerged vertical cliff some 800 metres below the sea surface and carpeted in coldwater coral has been discovered.

UCC-led marine researchers confirm coldwater reef on edge of Porcupine Bank canyon

Barna postmistress, Seona O’Fegan intends to stand in the Galway West constituency as a member of the Community and Post Office Candidates Group. Photograph: Pat Moore

Seona O’Fegan of Barna pledges to fight for communities threatened by ‘privatisation’

The Marine Institute has recommended that offshore salmon farms should be capped at production of 7,000 tonnes. Photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

Bord Iascaigh Mhara awaiting ‘guidance’ from licensing body on project application

 Cáit Curran gathering herbs in her garden. “People think you are out of your mind but look at how the moon has an influence on our tides.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Kerry woman Cáit Curran certified in biodynamic farming

The Apple logo. A group of Galway residents have objected to the planned location of a new Apple data centre near Athenry. File photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Group of locals oppose planned location of new €850 million complex near Athenry

One of the cannons uncovered at Streedagh, Co Sligo, from the wreck of the Spanish Armada ship La Juliana, which sank in 1588. Photograph: Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht/PA

Underwater archaeology unit recovers material at Streedagh which dates back to 1588

Crew members boarding the LÉ Samuel Beckett. The Government did not charge Disney Lucasfilm for use of the vessel during filming of the new Star Wars movie on Skellig Michael.    File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Disney Lucasfilm utilised Naval Service and Air Corps during Skellig Michael filming

Druid Theatre artistic director  Garry Hynes. Ms Hynes has said that the passing of the same-sex marriage referendum was an ‘extraordinary event’ during an address at NUI Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

Druid Theatre director also criticises lack of ‘civic morality’ in society in NUIG speech

University Hospital Galway has one of the busiest emergency departments in the State. Photograph: Eric Luke

Impact warns hospital the move would risk breaching Hiqa standards

Image of a 3D animation of a  3.7km high underwater mountain, which is more than 140km long, on the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The image is part of a survey of the Atlantic Ocean conducted by the State’s research ship, the MV Celtic Explorer.   Photograph: Marine Institute

Iceberg footprints and underwater mountain among findings by MV Celtic Explorer

Walter Murch in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Editor and sound designer Walter Murch, who worked on Apocalypse Now, The Godfather Part II and the upcoming Tomorrowland, thinks (...)

Skellig Michael.  Star Wars filming may return to the Skelligs this year, following last summer’s controversial use of the Unesco world heritage site. Photograph: David Sleator

Irish Film Board refuses to deny discussions on use of Unesco world heritage site in film

Bríd Cummins, who was found dead in 2004 in the house she was to be evicted from

Julie Grace has written a book about what she believes was an abuse of power by Galway City Council in their move to evict a vulne(...)

 Birds and other marine life are mistaking cotton buds or condoms or other items for food – with potentially fatal consequences. Photograph: Getty Images

Cotton buds, cigarettes, plasters and condoms the most common ‘high risk’ items

Drugs, dialysis and surgery are the main treatments for diabetic kidney disease, but all are costly and provide limited protection. Photograph: University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust /PA Wire

EU-funded project will involve clinical trials next year in three countries

James Morrissey at the Four Courts to represent Denis O’Brien on Tuesday. Morrissey was ‘always going to back the winning horse,’ according to one friend.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Former journalist James Morrissey has taken a combative approach to his role representing Denis O’Brien in the media

A Drascombe Lugger Roamer. Retired English schoolteacher Douglas Perrin died after his 6m Drascombe Lugger sailing vessel capsized off Schull, Co Cork last August. File photograph: Wikimedia Commons (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Drascombe_Lugger_Roamer_Starboard_tack.jpg)

Marine Casualty Investigation Board look into death of sailor in west Cork

Classical pianist Finghin Collins. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Free classical music concert to be held to thank people of Oughterard

Emergency services from Mayo and Galway were last night battling a major fire which broke out at an agricultural machinery business in Ballinrobe, south Mayo

Fire units from Mayo and Galway manage to contain blaze with no casualties reported

Late former  minister  Sean MacBride (right) with his mother Maud Gonne MacBride and his son Tiernan, photographed in 1948. File photograph: The Irish Times

Funds to be used for WB Yeats’s old summer home at Thoor Ballylee in south Galway

Prof Michael O’Flaherty of NUI Galway at Palmyra Park in Galway city. He says the shelter Europe is offering refugees now is a shadow of what they did 20 years ago. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

EU resettlement quota too low, says Irish Centre for Human Rights director

Irish marine research vessel RV Celtic Explorer has been deployed from Newfoundland to map the seafloor between Canada and Ireland.

Survey will focus on area where first trans-Atlantic cable laid in 1857

Assistant State Pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster carried out the postmortem at Mayo General Hospital. Photograph: Daragh MacSweeney/Provision

Toxicology tests expected to determine cause of death of Ann Murphy (49)

A postmortem is expected to be carried out on Monday on a 49-year-old woman who was found dead in unexplained circumstances in south Mayo on Sunday.

Remains of woman in her forties found at house near Glencorrib on Sunday

Sinéad Diver from Belmullet, Co Mayo, has just been confirmed on the Australian team for the IAAF world contest in Beijing.

Novice contender: Erris native Sinéad Diver took up competitive running four years ago

Peadar King with Richard Murphy in Sri Lanka: a series of interviews with Murphy will be screened at the inaugural Inish festival on Inishbofin on Saturday evening.  Photograph: Dave Brandt

Peadar King’s love of Inishbofin is clear from the weekend’s schedule of stimulating events

A solider takes a moment to remember Private Caomhán Seoighe time before the unveiling of a memorial in his memory today on Inis Oírr on Friday. Pte Seoighe was kidnapped in 1981 in the Lebanon aged 20. His remains were never recovered. Photograph: Cormac Coyne.

Pte Caomhán Seoighe from Inis Óirr disappeared in April 1981 while on UN mission

Auctioneer Colm Farrell dressed as WB Yeats at Thoor Ballylee near Gort, Co Galway. Farrell will auction a number of items at the tower, which is the former residence of the poet, on Sunday, May 31st, to raise funds to re-open the tower. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The 15th-century Norman tower Thoor Ballylee was home to the poet and his family for 12 years. An auction is planned to raise fund(...)

HSE West has approved the appointment of a permanent nurse to the Co Mayo island of Inishturk, which had no basic medical cover from September 2014. File photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Aran island post will depend on air service with ‘uncertain future’, says co-op manager

Portmarnock is one of six beaches that  have achieved dual  Blue Flag and Green Coast status. Photograph: Collins

Six beaches conferred with ‘dual’ Blue Flag and Green Coast status

Vanessa Nee, sister of the late Pte Hugh Doherty who was killed with Pte Caomhán Seoighe in Lebanon in 1981. Neither body has ever been found. Photograph: Declan Doherty.

Body of UN peacekeeper Caomhán Seoighe from Inis Oírr was never found

Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages claimed viruses associated with farmed salmon could have ‘infected’ the bay. File photograph: AlexRaths/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Galway Bay may be ‘infected’ by farmed salmon carcasses found in the area

Martin von Hildebrand graduated from University College Dublin, in that restless year of 1968, and in the early 1970s he took paddle and kayak to the Amazon. Photograph: Gaia Foundation

Championing an environmental corridor from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean

Ecstatic cheers in Blue Note bar for former Fianna Fáil justice minister Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

President Michael D Higgins says public cultural spaces are an important aspect of citizenship. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

He says State has moved away from supporting public parks and libraries

Turnout on the coast was low and slow up until tea time, with some estimates as low as 20 per cent, but a late flurry of activity  pushed it over 50 per cent in several stations. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Flights to the three Aran islands off Galway were disrupted by weather

From left: the Very Rev Arfon Williams, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Mary McAleese, Martin McAleese, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, at  WB Yeats’s grave. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Relatives of victims of the August 1979 Mullaghmore and Warrenpoint bombings attend ecumenical service with royal couple in Drumcl(...)

Sarah Phelan (6) with Lighthouse Keeper Gerald Butler from Galley Head lighthouse in The National Maritime Museum of Ireland Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Twelve working lights from Down to Cork refurbished under European Union-funded initiative

Caitriona Yeats, granddaughter of WB Yeats with Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Photograph: EPA

Mullaghmore tragedy helped him understand the widespread suffering, he says

Prince Charles on the Burren shakes hands with local farmer Oliver Nagle with his father Pat (right) during his visit to the locality. Photograph: Getty Images

Peace and reconcilation comprises abiding theme on the first day of royal couple’s visit

Britain’s Prince Charles with Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams. Photograph: Sean Curtin Fusionshooters

Prince agrees to meeting after a request by Sinn Féin president

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams and the North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness will meet Prince Charles in Galway on Tuesday. Photograph: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images.

Private meeting scheduled to take place in Galway on Tuesday

The Chinese premier, Li Keqiang, and his wife, Madam Cheng, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Garvey’s farm Gortbrack, Co Mayo. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Security is tight as Li Keqiang visits dairy farm and attends Irish music performance

Britain’s Prince Charles and his partner Camilla Parker-Bowles will visit Mullaghmore harbour, where the prince’s great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten died in an IRA bombing almost 36 years ago. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Reuters

The British royal couple will visit the grave of poet WB Yeats, NUIG, and the Burren

The taskforce was set up after last year’s Equality Tribunal ruling  found botanist Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington had been discriminated against in a 2008-2009 promotion round at NUIG.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

UL’s Prof Pat O’Connor airs ‘serious reservations’ on make-up of NUIG committee

The LE ‘Eithne’ will take one week to reach the Mediterranean and will be on station for eight weeks before returning to Ireland

LE ‘Eithne’ leaves Cork today equipped to rescue up to 400 people at a time

Singer Justine Nantale from Uganda with students Jane Egan and Lea Cutaya, guest speaker Sakhile Heron from South Africa, and student Caroline Okonkwo at  the Afri Conference. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Afri event also marks publication of mini-plays on global justice themes

 Prince Charles.

Great-uncle Lord Mountbatten died in IRA bombing off Co Sligo harbour in 1979

James (Tex) Callaghan  after receiving details yesterday that his home at Menlo will be seriously affected by the proposed bypass. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Racecourse, university and residents disappointed at €500m ‘preferred route corridor’

Project manager Eileen McCarthy speaking at the announcement of the preferred route of the  Galway N6 bypass route. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Residents affected by €500 million project say they are devastated by chosen route

Actor Cillian Murphy and NUI Galway (NUIG) professor Pat Dolan have criticised the “negative” use of children and their welfare in the current debate about the same-sex marriage referendum. Murphy is a patron of the NUIG Child and Family Research Centre.  Photograph: Matt Carr/Getty Images.

Same-sex marriage vote relates to a human right for adults, actor and NUIG professor say

Scaffolding surrounds the 16th century O’Flaherty Castle on Ballynahinch Lake in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

16th century structure on Ballynahinch Castle Hotel estate owned by Denis O’Brien

An view from the air of construction in Galway city. A €500 million bypass option to relieve traffic congestion in the city would involve a new bridge over the river Corrib and two short tunnels on the city’s east side.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy/The Irish Times

City transport team’s ‘preferred route’ may also require demolition of 50 houses

 An Taisce’s clean coasts ambassador  and  pro surfer Easkey Britton launching  this year’s  Clean Coasts Week. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

An Taisce project backed by surfer Easkey Britton

A recent meeting at NUIG heard of difficulties associated with lack of permanence, such as an inability to apply directly for research funding and problems getting mortgage approval.

University confirms 239 staff on indefinite contracts, while parents say they were not consulted over new creche management

Everest avalanche survivor Paul Greenan back home in Shankill, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Adventurer home after breaking pelvis, ribs and hand in snow-fall that claimed 17 lives

NUIG president Jim Browne: Said he “led and pushed” the move in 2013, despite “genuine concern at governing authority level” that such an affirmative action programme could be challenged. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

Jim Browne maintains many changes effected since acknowledged low point of 2009

Students with the Columbanus Life and Legacy Project, Moore Institute, NUI Galway working on remains of a Romanesque church recently uncovered within the Basilica di San Colmbano in Bobbio, Italy, where Irish saint Columbanus founded a monastery in the early 7th century. Photograph: Moore Institute, NUI Galway.

Archaeology students find remains of medieval church beneath basilica in Bobbio

Sinker sunk: the wreck of U-20, the U-boat believed to have torpedoed the Lusitania off the Old Head of Kinsale. Photograph: Bain/Library of Congress

Germany claimed that a cargo of munitions made the Cunard liner a legitimate target for its U-boats, but the wreck’s owner, Gregg (...)

Dawa Chhiri Sherpa: “Our houses are gone and my 16-year-old son is not sleeping well, but I have no information at all about my family back at home”

People ‘coping far better than we westerners could’, says Irish mountaineer

Charles Flanagan:  Ireland is responding “to the best of our ability” with humanitarian aid  “up to €1 million”

Two Irish citizens believed to be in region still not accounted for

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

NUI Galway lecturers lodge challenges over lack of promotions on two occasions

 A man carries a bicycle salvaged from a destroyed building as another carries a canister of gas in Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Nepal. The number of people killed in the earthquake in Nepal passed 5,000, according to official figures. Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA

Nepal-Ireland Society president who witnessed earthquake appeals for support

Paul Devaney at Everest base camp in Nepal, two hours before the earthquake and subsequent avalanche. Photograph: Paul Devaney

Government makes contact with six in region as climber recounts Everest avalanche

 Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan: call for her to effect a European Commission recommendation on improving pay transparency which would help close the gender pay gap. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

University Teachers group seeks ‘clear and detailed public statement’ from Minister on NUIG gender issue

GMIT student Luke Morgan’s short film is about ‘empty nest syndrome’

A rescue helicopter is shown at the Mount Everest south base camp in Nepal a day after a huge earthquake-caused avalanche killed at least 17 people, in this photo courtesy of 6summitschallenge.com

Writer and climber Dermot Somers says focus must be on people of Nepal

 Capt Derek Furniss (32) (l) and Cadet David Jevens (22), who were killed when their training plane crashed at Cornamona, Co Galway. Mr Jevens’s parents have won the right to amend a military court report into the incident. Photograph: Billy Doyle/Defence Forces/PA Wire

Cadet David Jevens’s parents challenged inquiry into plane crash that killed their son

 International Federation of the Red Cross  workers carrying an injured person in Kathmandu, Nepal,  April 25th, 2015. Photograph:  EPA/Carl Whetham/IFRC/EPA

Dublin climber Paul Greenan one of several climbers evacuated from Everest base camp

 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

Ask.fm 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’

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