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’

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

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