Some 14 per cent of work permit breaches on fishing vessels    related to ‘working without permission’. Photograph: Getty

Workplace Relations Commission starts five prosecutions where ‘compliance’ not secured

Irish Coast Guard Dublin-based helicopter Rescue 116 on a call-out with the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team in Co Down on May 29th, 2016. Photograph: Mourne Mountain Rescue Team

Settled conditions help MFV Westbound search for crew Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith

Artist Ana Maria Pacheco at the opening of the exhibition of her work in the Festival Gallery, as part of the Galway International Arts Festival. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Syrian conflict and mother and baby homes among political themes in the two events

Helicopter crew (clockwise): Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby. It is four months since their helicopter crashed off the north Mayo coast with the loss of all four crew members

Helicopter winch crewmen Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith now missing four months

Helicopter crew (clockwise): Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby: It is four months since their helicopter crashed off the north Mayo coast with the loss of all four crew members

Aviation consultant calls on helicopter operators to confirm if data updated since crash

Coast Guard personnel view the Rescue 116 wreckage recovery operation, from Belmullet, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

‘Prime Time’ report raises questions over authority’s role in relation to terrain data

Bertie Ahern said: “I wouldn’t like to be a John Hume over there [in the US] now trying to get attention, whether it was [for] Turkey, Syria, Angola or Sudan...” File photograph: Getty Images

Ex-taoiseach pays tribute to Nobel Peace Prize winner at documentary screening

 Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan: said Garda members were trained to expect different versions of the same events being relayed as evidence. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Leo Varadkar does not think Public Accounts Committee is appropriate forum to discuss case

Gardaí engage in a shoving match with protesters outside the Corrib gas terminal site in Ballinaboy, Co Mayo. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Shell sells stake marking milestone in project beset by problems and court cases

Pelican coated in heavy oil wallows in the surf in 2010 on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana, after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

For all his experience of environmental disasters, expert Terry Garcia is optimistic

The project to pump gas ashore from the Corrib field 80km off north Mayo was pioneered by Enterprise Ireland from 1996 and sold to Royal Dutch Shell in 2002

Rossport Five member Willie Corduff says it is ‘16 years too late’

The North-South “voisinage” agreement on reciprocal fishing rights within the zero to six-mile limits dates back to the 1960s. Photograph: Alan Betson

UK withdrawal from London Fisheries Convention has ‘raised temperature’, committee told

 Migrants disembark a boat after they were rescued by Libyan coastguard in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast, in Guarabouli, east Tripoli, Libya, on July 8th. Photograph: EPA/Stringer

Dáil to debate motion on Defence Forces joining operation to neutralise migrant routes

Spinnakers flying high at this week’s West of Ireland Off-Shore Racing Championships in Aran. Photograph: WIORA

Up to 40 yachts competed in sailing race named after Progressive Democrats founder

A map indicating the potential impact of Brexit on Irish fisheries. EEZ areas are exclusive economic zones  Image: Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation

Government expected to review position on legislation for cross-Border fishing rights

A humpback whale off Union Hall, Co Cork. Photograph: Padraig Whooley/Cork Whale Watch

Whales now arriving here as early as April, rather than the traditional autumn months

Borough Market in London. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

British plans to control access to its waters and set quotas a big worry for Irish fishing

Alcohol ‘impacts’ on ability to give consent, participants in NUI Galway research say

Some 33% of the 30 workers interviewed by the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland had experienced ‘verbal and/or physical abuse’. File photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

Government’s scheme has made conditions worse and boats unsafe, committee told

Chris Baldwin, performance director, curator and writer, who has been appointed creative director for Galway City of Culture 2020. Photograph: Galway City of Culture 2020

Chris Baldwin appointed creative director with immediate effect

Seagulls gather around a boat unloading their catch in Killybegs. Photograph: Brian McDaid

Michael Gove’s shot across the bows brings Ireland’s ‘challenges’ into sharper focus

Galway twins Conor and Eoin Dodd with their parents, Enda and Valerie,  in the background

Animated language learning programme devised by family at NUI Galway campus company assisting children with autism

 The 53-year-old London Fisheries Convention grants rights to six neighbouring coastal states to fish within six to 12 nautical miles of each others’ coasts. File photograph: Leon Neal/Reuters

Groups express concern of Britain’s planned withdrawal from London Fisheries Convention

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar gives a high-five  to flyboarder Beau Weston  at SeaFest 2017 in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Taoiseach voices support for Asgard II replacement while attending SeaFest 2017

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar finds himself in a bit of a knot after he was greeted by the Port of Galway Sea Scouts during  SeaFest at Galway Harbour.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Varadkar promises more scope in Fine Gael for free votes on ‘case-by-case’ basis

Minister for the Marine Michael Creed said  fisheries must be treated as part of the wider trade negotiations with Britain – and not “isolated” as a sector. Photograph: Alan Betson

Michael Creed appeals for ‘united’ front from EU states on negotiating fisheries deal

Galicia from the air, on the Cantabrian coast. Photograph:  Xurxo Lobato/Cover/Getty Images

Review: Europe’s Atlantic Fringe links the western seaboards of Ireland, Spain and Portugal

Sarah Nicholas of NUI Galway. She was part of a nine-week expedition researching trace elements emitted from a large hydrothermal vent or underwater volcano

NUI Galway scientist part of team exploring trace elements in remote parts of the Pacific

Leo Mansfeld outside his Conn O’Mara’s shop in Clifden, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway businessman alleges corporate bullying over move to block his ‘friendly’ logo

Family and friends of Paul Ormsby arrive at St Matthew’s church in Ballyfermot, Co Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Hundreds attend memorial service for winch-operator Paul Ormsby in Dublin

Danny Sheehy (Domhnall Mac Síthigh), Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, Breandan Moriarty and Liam Holden after a charity rowing event in 2015. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Accident that caused death of Danny Sheehy occurred near mouth of river Minho

Galway businessman John McNamara (Doctor of Laws), Fintan O’Toole of the Irish Times (Doctor of Laws), Dr Kristina M. Johnson who was Under Secretary of Energy to former US President Barack Obama (Doctor of Science) and Professor Jane Grimson, first TCD female engineering graduate. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Former Obama energy under-secretary ‘optimistic’ in spite of Trump climate decision

Galway businessman John McNamara (Doctor of Laws), Fintan O’Toole of the Irish Times (Doctor of Laws), Dr Kristina M. Johnson and Prof Jane Grimson. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

NUI Galway hears how writer’s work shows how power functions through ‘creation of alternative facts’

A window  was broken at the Masjid Maryam on the Old Monivea Road in Ballybrit, Co Galway on Tuesday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Academics say blaming internet is a cop out and urge State to introduce empathy classes

 Claire Casey and Clare McMorrow, trainees from Ulster Wildlife’s living seas team, collecting marine litter during a snorkel at Rossglass, Co Down.

Call for authorities North and south to introduce ‘deposit on return scheme’ for drinks containers

Some of the people who took part in the protest at the Cúl Trá halting site at Lower Salthill in Galway on Tuesday. Ten families have received notice to leave the site. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Protesters at Salthill halting site call on church to honour memory of bishop Eamon Casey

A window broken by a stone at the Maryam Mosque on the Old Monivea Road in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

‘We have had small incidents with kids who were just being naughty, but nothing like this’

Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich outside the house he built on a truck in Baile na bPoc. Locals in the west Kerry Gaeltacht are finding it almost impossible to get planning permission. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Natives say they cannot build houses in their own county, as tourism comes first

Teresa McDonagh: family devastated after her death due to dog bites

Incidence of dog bite cases in Ireland much higher than in other European countries

A woman called to a relative’s house at Knockarasser, in the Furbo electroral district on the Moycullen road, Co Galway. It is understood she was set upon by two dogs, described as Bull Mastiffs, like that pictured above. File photograph; iStockPhoto

Teresa McDonagh was visiting a relative when fatally attacked by two bull mastiffs

 Minister for Health Simon Harris: Dr Peter Sloane has written to him to say people will die needlessly in rural areas if more resources are not provided for ambulances and emergency equipment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Rural lives at risk due to ambulance delays and oxygen tank scarcity, claims doctor

Winchman Gary Robertson (right) of the Sligo Rescue 118 helicopter was presented with the Billy Deacon search and rescue memorial trophy

Gary Robertson of the Sligo Rescue 118 helicopter was presented with the Billy Deacon search and rescue memorial trophy by the Duk(...)

   Inis Mór the largest of the Aran Islands.  “What we need now is two weeks of constant rain on the islands to replenish supplies,” said Ger Greally of Irish Water. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish Water ‘very worried’ about supplies on islands

Hannah Kiely is a  former president of Galway Chamber of Commerce and former board member of the Galway Arts Centre.  “I’m hoping Galway will set the gold standard for this title in Europe.”

Hannah Kiely handling €45.75m budget for European Capital of Culture programme

Skerries harbour during the search: the boating accident occurred at about 1pm last Friday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Garda divers located body of young Skerries fisherman Jamie McAllister on Saturday

Members of the Garda Under Water Unit who took part in the search at Skerries harbour after a fishing boat sank. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Rescue operation began after small fishing boat sank off north Dublin coast on Friday

Local RNLI lifeboat crews are searching for a man missing since a fishing boat sank   100m off Skerries harbour this afternoon.

Many people in and around Skerries harbour in fine warm weather witnessed the incident

The  ‘LÉ Eithne’ rescue operation in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

Diplomat says ‘bureaucracy’ was reason for delay in deploying Naval ship to Mediterranean

A “health check” of the Atlantic ocean by the State’s marine research ship Celtic Explorer (above) has found an increased penetration of man-made chemicals in the deeper ocean over a 20-year period. Photograph: Robert Bunn/Marine Institute

Team of scientists took samples between Newfoundland and Galway over past four weeks

The RNLI Arranmore lifeboat located the vessel on anchor and towed it to Burtonport. File photograph.

Vessel began taking in water on way to Sligo

 Ciarán Smith’s family  arrive at a church in Oldtown, Co Dublin, for his memorial service. Photograph:  Garrett White

Hundreds of mourners attend memorial service for Ciarán Smith in north Dublin

‘Significant’ children’s remains were found at a mother and babies home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Catherine Corless welcomes move to consider best practice in event of full excavation

Opportunists who see the monetary value of the Irish language will do more to save it than experts engaged in a “discourse of despair,” an NUI Galway academic has said.

Senior lecturer in Irish says language will be saved if opportunists see monetary value

Ballyglunin railway station, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Ballyglunin group has plans for an arts centre in building used in famous movie

A sunfish on the surface of the sea near Melmore Head, Co Donegal, last September. Sunfish are the world’s largest bony fish and can weigh up to a tonne. Photograph: Dearn McClintock

Research finds ocean sunfish, up to 3m in length, are regular visitors to Irish coast

Smouldering gorse on the Seanafeistin Road close to Cloosh Valley in Connemara following recent gorse fires. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Satellites being used to monitor illegal fires set by landowners, Minister of State says

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said the aim of the expertise was to advise on options and best international practice. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Development on identifying remains welcomed by historian Catherine Corless

Irish Coast Guard Dublin-based helicopter Rescue 116 on a call-out with the Mourne Mountain Rescue Team in Co Down on May 29th, 2016. Photograph: Mourne Mountain Rescue Team

Annual report says 12 voluntary teams participated in 405 emergency call-outs last year

The LÉ Aisling was sold to a Dutch ship-broking agency in March for €110,000 and is now being advertised for $750,000 (€676,000).

Former Naval Service vessel sold for €110,000 in March is back on sale for up to $750,000

The LÉ ‘Niamh’: was under orders from “Dublin” not to proceed within 16 nautical miles of the Libyan coast for safety reasons.

Trial of alleged traffickers in Sicily hears defence of LÉ Niamh role in 2015 rescue

A file image of the LE Aisling taking part in a Tall Ships flotilla off Dún Laoghaire.

Ex-Naval Service vessel sold for €110,000 but is said to be back on market at €685,000

The LÉ Niamh had informed the Italian coastguard it was too dangerous to proceed to the vessel as it was too close to the Libyan coast, according to extracts of recordings cited in evidence during a trial in Palermo, Sicily.

LÉ Niamh told Italian coastguard of ‘orders’ to stay beyond Libyan coast for safety of crew

More than 10,000 people turned out for Darkness into Light in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

Communities come together for international suicide awareness event

As many bereaved families know, the waters around these coastlines are particularly unforgiving. A targeted shore search has been continuing for the bodies of Ciaran Smith and Paul Ormsby, winch crew on Rescue 116. Photograph: Getty Images

Matthew Bryce’s body temperature was 37 degrees. The Irish Sea was 10 degrees. How did he survive?

Josie Colí Óg Ó Cualáin  and Padraig Willie Ó Fatharta prepare the plaque for fitting at the new memorial at Lochán Beag, Indreabhán, in Connemara. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Nine men were killed almost a century ago after a ‘strange object’ was towed ashore

NUI Galway has confirmed that legal proceedings taken against the university by four female lecturers over alleged gender discrimination have been adjourned to allow for mediation.

Four female lecturers took legal proceedings against the university over promotion round

Andrew Lowe, director of Element Pictures, in the Palace Cinema in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fianna Fáil councillor disappointed €9.5m project transferring to private operator

Strapped and bound: filming at Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa  Army barracks of the Murdair Mhám Trasna hangings. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Almost 135 years after the event, chilling scene is filmed at Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa barracks

A woman and her dog enjoy the restored beach at Dooagh on Achill Island. Photograph: Sean Molloy

Ocean deposits thousands of tons of sand at Dooagh, recreating the strand

 A Lion’s Mane jellyfish. File photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Urine, seawater and ice packs said to be useless for jellyfish stings

 Former president Mary Robinson:  said Ballina would benefit from having a centre that could attract visitors and academics and could promote issues  such as human rights, women’s leadership and climate justice. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Presidential archive was originally to be housed in former family home in Ballina

Former US special envoy for Northern Ireland George Mitchell has said that the return of a hard Border  would be ‘extraordinarily harmful’. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Former US envoy also says Brexit will ‘prove to be a huge error’ during Co Mayo lecture

Kate Ruddock of Stop Climate Chaos with sisters Laoise (8), Aisling (6) and Róisín Ó Moráin, from Sandymount, supporting environmentalists who gave Minister for Energy Denis Naughten’s draft climate action plan an “F”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Scary maps and scary statistics won’t tackle global food security threat, conference told

Vera Cusack and Bernie Naughton during a wreath-laying ceremony on Sunday at the Blacksod Harbour helipad. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sister of Rescue 116 winchman pays tribute to helicopter crash recovery effort off Mayo coast

The “shared space between words and land” is the theme of an exhibition by visual artist Dolores Lyne in the Black Gate cultural centre. Photograph: Getty Images

Key environmental issues will be discussed at week-long literary event in Galway

Divers are searching the western perimeter of Blackrock island for missing Irish Coast Guard airmen Paul Ormsby and Ciaran Smith. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Club divers join Naval Service and Garda water units at Blackrock island, off the Mayo coast

A Coastguard helicopter taking part in the search for the missing crew members of Rescue 116. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Survey thought to be largest dive exercise of its type in efforts to find R116 winch crew missing for six weeks

From left, Daniel O’Connell, Aran Islands RNLI crew member, family member Sean Flaherty, Margaret Jackie Gill, John and Mary Harwood with the vellum, Tony Hiney, RNLI community fundraising manager, John O’Donnell, Aran Islands RNLI coxswain and John Mulkerrin, Aran Islands RNLI mechanic.

Aran lifeboat volunteer recognised after helping to save 12 lives

The wreckage of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 on April 5th. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Two-day search of north Mayo’s Blackrock island taking place for two missing airmen

Blackrock Island, 13km west of the Mayo coast, where the Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S-92 helicopter crashed with the loss of four crew on March 14th. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Army personnel and Garda experts to take part in two-day mission on Blackrock Island

An Irish Coast Guard helicopter takes part in a search for missing crew members of Rescue 116 at Blacksod, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ialpa says releasing transcript only satisfied a thirst for sensationalism

Members of the Irish Coast Guard return to base after recovering parts of the crashed helicopter off the Co Mayo coast. Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick expressed belief in cockpit that Blackrock a ‘small little island’

The wreckage of  Rescue 116 on a flat bed truck after the aircraft was recovered from the seabed near Blackrock.  Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Findings from the Air Accident Investigation Unit’s preliminary report

Irish flag unfurled at North Pole:  Wicklow climbers Bill Roberts and Myles Campion complete their difficult trek.

Bill Roberts and Myles Campion plant the Tricolour after gruelling trip to North Pole

 Debris from the helicopter being taken to the pier in Blacksod, scene of the search for missing Coast Guard helicopter crew at Blacksod, Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Route guide appears to have lacked vital information on the north Mayo coast

Helicopter crew (clockwise): Capt Dara Fitzpatrick , Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby.

‘Come right now... We’re gone’: last words recorded from crew before helicopter hit rocks

President  Michael D Higgins: “Universities must re-dedicate themselves to originality of thought and a commitment to humanistic values in teaching.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

New O’Donoghue centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance opened at NUI Galway

Irish Lights ship the ‘Granuaile’ has left Blacksod Bay to return to Galway, and it is expected that the Naval Service will also redeploy its patrol ship. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Garda confirms it will keep looking for two airmen as ‘Granuaile’ leaves Blacksod Bay

Fishing boats prepare to join the search for missing Rescue 116 crew members Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby at Ballyglass Pier, Belmullet, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/ Phocus

Official says there is ‘no scaling back’ of the recovery effort as more debris is found

The Granuaile arrives back into Blacksod, Co Mayo, with wreckage from Coastguard helicopter Rescue 116 onboard. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sea search fans out from Blackrock island after appeal by Ciarán Smith’s sister Orla

Coast guard personnel viewing the Rescue 116 wreckage recovery operation at Blackrock, on April 2nd. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Search for missing airmen goes on as fleet of fishermen set out on a co-ordinated mission

The Granuaile (left) arrives back into Blacksod, Co Mayo, with wreckage from Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 onboard. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Dozens of fishing boats to join effort to find winchmen Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby

The Granuaile arrived back into Blacksod, Co Mayo with wreckage from CoastGuard helicopter Rescue 116 onboard earlier this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

‘A massive response’ to the appeal made by the sister of missing airman Ciarán Smith

Rescue 116: the Irish Lights ship Granuaile carrying wreckage from the Irish Coast Guard helicopter. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

‘Granuaile’ also back at Irish Coast Guard helicopter crash site as fishing vessels prepare to join sea search

Fishing vessels will converge on north Mayo’s Blackrock island at first light on Saturday. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/ Phocus

Vessels responding to appeal by Orla Smith, sister of missing winchman Ciarán Smith

The wreckage of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter  leaves Galway harbour on a flat bed truck. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Large section of engine, rotor head and gear box taken to accident investigation facility

The Granuaile arriving in Blacksod, Co Mayo, with wreckage from Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 116 onboard. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Only experienced seafarers wanted for weekend search by fishing fleets

Angler Jim Clohessy  holds a 4.5kg (10lb)  sea bass which was tracked  in Cork harbour. Photograph: Dr Tom Doyle

Study of species in Cork harbour finds species is both ‘charismatic’ and ‘parochial’

Orla Smith appeals for help from the fishing industry in the search for her brother Ciaran.

Missing crew member’s family appeals for help in the search for two-man winch team

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