Former Galway city mayor  Pádraig Conneely: “I don’t think any decent, hardworking people  should have to endure unacceptable behaviour.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Former mayor Pádraig Conneely says negative comments are ‘informed by reality’

Niall Greene of Salmon Watch Ireland: there is general consensus that the impact of those factors over which man has some direct influence should be addressed with “some urgency”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Conference highlights impact of climate change, fish farming and non-target catching on Irish stocks

Dublin Port says it aims to handle increased shipping, with a particular focus on the south side of the Liffey

Concerns raised over plan’s impact on traffic as water users welcome better river access

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar has called on the Taoiseach to outline his intentions regarding the Fine Gael leadership. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister says current situation is ‘distracting and destabilising’ for party and country

Novena Mass in Galway Cathedral. Fr Clement MacMánuis, one of a team of Redemptorists celebrating the nine-day festival, said he was struck by the number of people going to confession. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Priests at Galway novena describe resurgence of sacrament as ‘listening ear’

Independent TD Catherine Connolly: supported the protesters with Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh and several city councillors.

Galway Housing Action Group seeks freeze on repossessions due to mortgage difficulties

 Jeanie Johnston being floated in dry dock at Dublin Port: it is the last ship in the port’s graving dock, which is being  filled in as part of a €230 million project. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Campaigners reiterate call to save Georgian working docks in Grand Canal Basin

Microbeads from an exfoliating daily wash. Use of the plastic particles in products is outlawed in Canada, and is due to be prohibited in Britain and the US this year

Cosmetics, toothpastes and cleaning agents use plastic particles which can harm the marine environment

Road leading to Letterfrack, Co Galway. Forum Connemara, based in Letterfrack, said it had been devastated by the loss of a key community programme for the area. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Loss of eight jobs in Letterfrack equivalent to large factory closure in city, group says

Archaeologist Seán Gibbons at a shipwreck recently exposed at Thallabawn Strand, Co Mayo. Photograph: Michael Gibbons

Research also finds possible monastery or Bronze Age fortress on Kid island

 The remains of Pascal Whelan are brought across the sands at low tide to Omey Island in Connemara for burial following funeral Mass in nearby Star of the Sea Church in Claddaghduff, Co Galway. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Funeral of stunt actor Pascal Whelan told he relished adventures and lived life on edge

The Government’s system of permits for migrant fishing workers is “legitimising slavery”, a trade union official told a meeting in Liberty Hall. File photograph: Getty Images

Workers’ federation plans to highlight situation at European Parliament this month

Connemara’s Omey Island: stuntman Pascal Whelan, the last permanent resident of the island, has passed away

Connemara stuntman Pascal Whelan gave swordfighting lessons to actor Peter O’Toole

The first wild salmon of the year has been caught on the Munster Blackwater river in Co Cork.  File photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Inland Fisheries Ireland confirms first catch of 2017 was on the Munster Blackwater river

Dutch human rights researcher says the notion Ireland is the safest place to have a baby could be “seriously contested”.  Photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Belief that Ireland is safest place to have baby can be ‘seriously contested’, says legal expert

Céide Fields: Dr Whitefield contends that the low, straight heaps of stone are “indicative of the land having been cleared for ploughing”

Prof Seamus Caulfield claims PhD research a ‘silent ambush’ of his life’s work

The Céide Fields, the “oldest enclosed landscape in Europe”, may actually date from the later Bronze or Iron Age, rather than from the late Stone Age.

NUI Galway archaeologist Andrew Whitefield disputes age of ancient north Mayo site

Cathal Groonell, managing director of Iasc Mara Teo, at Ros-a-Mhíl Harbour: catches handled by his firm are sold to markets across Europe, north Africa and the Caribbean. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Expulsion of EU vessels from British waters may prompt targeting of Irish fishing zones

Caitríona Lucas, the Coast Guard volunteer who died during a search and rescue operation in Kilkee, Co Clare, last year.

Caitríona Lucas died during a search and rescue operation off the Clare coast last year

A man died in a workplace accident in Co Galway on Sunday.

Irish Coast Guard flies second injured man to hospital after incident involving pontoons

Michael Creed: committed to legislation allowing northern and southern fishing vessels reciprocal fishing rights within the island’s territorial waters. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for the Marine intends to legislate for one-island inshore fishing rights

Fishing boats tied up at Castletownbere, Co Cork: “Brexit should be used as an opportunity to renegotiate the entire Common Fisheries Policy.”

Uncertainty on future causing jitters and highlighting existing concerns over fishing ports

Atlantic Dawn: the value of its  fishing assets was increased substantially by the European Commission’s decision to hinder the efforts of owners of other Irish vessels to upgrade their fleet

Supertrawler Atlantic Dawn sold a decade ago but deal works against smaller operations

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten was held overnight for tests at Portiuncula Hospital in Co Galway, which has been on “full capacity protocol” for several days. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister transferred to Galway University Hospital for test but due for release on Wednesday

Portiuncula Hospital in east Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Minister for Communications taken to Portiuncula Hospital after being hit by a car

Jimmí Chearra with his grandson Pádraic Ó Griallais, founder of Poitín Mhicíl. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘Liquid dynamite’ distilled by Cearra family near Spiddal now a cocktail ingredient

The Iver Ability in Dublin Bay, where it is anchored with a crew of 13. Photograph: David O’Brien/Afloat

Gibraltar-registered vessel has been in the bay since August due to ‘issues’ with cargo

An Island Ferries boat carries passengers from Inis Mór. Photograph: David Sleator

Island Ferries Teo had suspended services in row over unpaid passenger levy monies

Irish Coast Guard volunteer Caitriona Lucas who died after the rescue boat capsized off the coast of Kilkee in Co Clare

Caitríona Lucas (41) died during a search off the Clare coast in September

Letting in the light:  Newgrange has been the subject of much archaeological debate for decades. Photograph: Alan Betson

Archaeologist disputes theory accurate capturing of winter solstice was 5,000 years old

A stream of golden sunlight passes through the window box and along the passage way leading into the burial chamber of Newgrange during the  winter solstice. Photograph: Alan Betson

Evidence solstice monument was Iron Age ‘Hiberno-Roman cult site’ was ‘underplayed’

Honorary French consul Catherine Gagneux  and Mayor of Galway Noel Larkin during the presentation of the patchwork version of the Irish Tricolour at Galway City Hall. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Flag presented to three Irish men on visit to France 168 years ago sowed seeds of Republic

NUI Galway: Prof William Wijns has paid tribute to “excellent facilities and world-class researchers” at the university

NUIG earmarked €5m for cardiac research project

Negotiations are still continuing over the winter ferry service provision for the largest island of Inis Mór.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Negotiations still continuing over winter ferry service to Inis Mor

A file image showing a fishing boat out of the Co Dublin port of Howth. Photograph: Alan Betson/THE IRISH TIMES

‘Gentleman’s’ agreement allowing all Irish boats reciprocal rights may be formalised

David Roynane, chief executive  of Mainport, with the Mainport Cedar  docked at Albert Quay, Cork. File photograph: Darragh Kane

Tug and supply ship operator expands from Cork base into global marine business

 The Georgian graving docks, at the Grand Canal Basin, Ringsend, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Waterways and business groups want Georgian graving docks and lock gates kept

Ana Maria Alves Caiado, Olivia Rocha dos Santos and Joyce Correa da Silva in Gort: women are among the estimated 400 Brazilians living in the Galway town. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘These people are worse off than asylum seekers in direct provision,’ says doctor

Fishing boats are seen in Cobh harbour in Co Cork. Fishermen’s representatives have called for a review of EU fishing rules. Photograph: Getty

Analysis: Ireland should use Brexit as basis to to renegotiate EU fish policy, industry says

 A fishing boat out of Howth is seen fishing off the coast of Dublin. Irish fishermen have secured a larger quota for next year. Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Industry welcomes 233,500 tonnes quota, an increase of 6% on 2016, and worth €280m

The cuts proposed by the EU include a reduction of 68 per cent for Celtic Sea cod, 28 per cent for megrim and 20 per cent for pollock. Photograph: Chris Furlong/Getty Images

Reducing quotas could cost Irish whitefish fleet €15 million next year, says Minister

Fourth class pupil Rory Gavin (10) displays some of the story books handwritten and illustrated by classmates at Scoil Iognáid in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Rory Gavin (10) inspired by radio broadcast on Focus Ireland to ‘help make a difference’

Arsenic can occur naturally in certain rock types and thereby affect groundwater. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

NUI Galway study finds ‘elevated’ levels of the element in sources for drinking water

Jimmy McGovern, NUIG Students’ Union president; Hazel Wolstenholme, CCAFS; Dr Jim Browne, NUIG president; Colm Duffy, CCAFS auditor; Aoife Kervic, CCAFS;  Brendan Hallahan, CCAFS

Galway move follows Trinity College Dublin commitment

A circus performance on Eyre Square during Galway Arts Festival. Photograph: Colm Hogan

Council and developers in talks ahead of year as European Capital of Culture in 2020

RTÉ reporter Teresa Mannion reporting from Salthill in Galway during Storm Desmond. Picture: RTÉ/YouTube

RTÉ journalist Teresa Mannion still laughing over her weather report from Salthill

Traffic disruption on the M7 motorway. Increase in car ownership and commuting during the boom  was highest in the greater Dublin area. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Research finds Galway employees also hit by high expense of travel to work

Sligo grandparents Richard and Betty Gray, centre, graduate with PhDs from NUI Galway

Retired couple with combined age of 142 years say they embraced student life

Island Ferries Teo spokesman, Jason O’Sullivan, said that trips would resume from Kilronan on Inis Mór on Friday evening at 5pm until January 4th as a gesture of goodwill. Photograph: Getty

Suspension of services would ‘never have happened if we had been listened to’

Aran islanders on Inis Mór face a second day without a passenger ferry. File photograph: Getty Images

Three-way talks due in bid to resolve impasse over levy as islanders stage protest

John Fallon writes that arrival of Pat Lam, a New Zealander of Samoan descent, provided the inspiration for this year’s Pro12 final win over Leinster. Photograph: The Irish Times

Former manager and journalist John Fallon’s book tracks highs and lows of province

Barbara Walsh (33), known locally as Babe Dara Aindriú, vanished from the family home at Roisín na Maithníoch (Rusheenamanagh) outside Carna, Connemara,   in the early hours of June 22nd, 1985.

Mother-of-seven Barbara Walsh (33) disappeared 31 years ago from Carna family home

Some 900 residents on the largest of three islands at the mouth of Galway Bay are affected by the cut to the winter service provided by Island Ferries Ltd in a row over passenger levies. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien /The Irish Times

Several hundred protest suspension of ferry service between Inis Mór and Connemara

The row between Island Ferries and Galway County Council arises from a bylaw passed by the council in 2011, stipulating that passenger levies must be collected to pay for the harbour development at Inis Mór

Sinn Féin calls for Naval Service patrol ship to assist 900 living on largest Aran Island

The debris left after an explosion on a yacht on which two men were sailing close to Rinville in Galway Bay last April. Photograph: Gearóid Walsh.

Marine investigators’ report says no gas alarm on vessel which sank with two men on-board

Dr Louise Firth on  the causeway to Mutton Island in Galway Bay. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

An eco-engineering project in Galway shows how fragile coastal habitats can be renewed

Island Ferries says it has no problem with harbour dues, but the levy makes its winter service unsustainable. Photograph: The Irish Times

Cutbacks to take effect for largest Aran island due to impasse over levies sought by council

Mary Robinson has confirmed her archive will be ’gifted to NUIG, with Mayo County Council having full access to any part of the collection which is required to support the mission of the centre in Ballina’, it said.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Former president says she will not avail of €1.2m tax relief for donation which will be given to NUI Galway

“At any moment I could be taking to the Salthill promenade with my sleeping bag.” Photograph: Michelle McMahon/Getty Images/Flickr Open

‘I always thought homelessness was something you’d be singing carols for,’ says one

The  Ross Sea: A 35-year agreement  to safeguard the area puts it  beyond the reach of even Donald Trump, according to  the Antarctic Ocean Alliance.

A deal to conserve the Ross Sea sets a high standard for global water biodiversity

The flooded quayside at Kinvara, Co Galway, during the 2013-2014 winter storms. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Storm Darwin’s devastating impact may have been due to a ‘sting jet’, expert says

Graduate Maitiú Quinn watches Aoife King tying Damien Graham’s tie ahead of the  ceremony. Photograph: Andrew Downes/Xposure

Galway 2020 Capital of Culture participation in sight for artists with intellectual disability

Preliminary results of a survey conducted has found that drink containers constitute the most widespread type of litter  on the Irish coastline. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘Snapshot’ study on 3.5% of the Irish coastline regards erosion as greatest threat to shore

Betty and Mairtín Ó Reilly talk to Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the opening of the  Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh in Rosmuc, Co Galway. Photograph: Seán Ó Mainnín

Taoiseach praises Pearse’s role as Irish language activist at opening of cultural centre

Inishturk offered refuge for Americans who were “terrified” at the prospect of Donald Trump becoming first citizen.

Residents of Mayo island to light bonfire in honour of new American leader

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board  is investigating the death of an Egyptian crewman on board an Irish fishing vessel off the southwest coast. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Marine Casualty Investigation Board launches inquiry after crewman’s death

An example of a palm oil ball which can be toxic to dogs found on Fistral beach in Cornwall. Photograph: Dave Meredith

Putrid smelling globules may be linked to pollution at sea, says Coastwatch Europe

Minister of State Seán Canney said the aid scheme was primarily for residential properties flooded last winter and in previous years. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Once-off targeted scheme to make contact with homeowners before end of year

 River Shannon Protection Alliance member Donal Whelan at Dromineer Harbour on Lough Derg. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

See the proposed route, field by field.......

An Irish Water pipeline is to be laid underneath lands belonging to local dairy farmers. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish Water’s €1.2bn Shannon-Dublin pipe plan to affect more than 500 landowners

 Parteen Weir on Lough Derg. Oireachtas members will be invited to a presentation on the “final preferred route” from Parteen Basin through Tipperary and Offaly to Peamount in south Dublin. File photograph: Alan Betson

The 170km pipe has faced opposition, will cost €1.2bn and affect more than 500 landowners

Hot flushes are caused by declining oestrogen levels.

Men with testosterone deficiency can also experience hot flushes due to andropause

Dismantling a section of the Corrib gas line at Aughoose, Co Mayo. When Seán Lemass signed the State’s first exploration agreement in 1959, the Irish subsidiary of Messman-Rinehart was given exclusive rights to both onshore and offshore drilling – for a sum of £500. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Amanda Slevin’s study of our energy policy pre- and post-Corrib is a must for policymakers

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

150 jobs, welcomed by Enda Kenny in 2013, never materialised

The site in Derrydonnell near Athenry, Co Galway, where Apple plans to  build its  €850 million data centre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fine Gael councillor Peter Feeney says march not intended to influence High Court

Anne Byrne with her daughter Una. Of being honoured by her alma mater, she said: “Honoured, excited, nervous, but I will take it all as it comes”

Anne Byrne made her first recordings in 1954 using a tape recorder she had bought in New York

People take part in a candlelit vigil in memory of the residents of  the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam.  Photograph: Ray Ryan

Test excavation on possible burial site at Bon Secours institution enters final stage

The young Anne Gannon on her graduation from NUIG and as she is now – the mature centenarian.

Anne Gannon left university during Europe’s darkest hour, as tide of fascism was rising

Michael D Higgins photographed cutting the ribbon to launch the Picture Palace cinema in Galway in 2009. Lelia Doolan is also pictured. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Project has been plagued by difficulties since it was first proposed in 2004

President Michael D Higgins (centre) with  his wife Sabina (far right) and  Mayor of Galway Noel Larkin (left) and atlas co-authors Paul Walsh and Jacinta Prunty at the launch the Irish Historic Towns Atlas of Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Michael D Higgins says words used about migrants similar to those used during Famine

Hector Ó hEochagáin at the launch of TG4’s autumn schedule in August at the Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. Photograph: 1Image/Bryan Brophy

Irish television station hailed as ‘most significant sign of our self-esteem as a nation’

Gerard Hanberry with Joyce Redmond, for whom Steve Earle wrote ‘Galway Girl’, a the launch of Hanberry’s book ‘On Raglan road: Great Irish Love Songs and the Women Who Inspired Them’. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Gerry Hanberry’s book, ‘On Raglan Road’, tells the story of the women who inspired great Irish love songs by Mick Hanly, Christy (...)

John Breslin, director of the programme: “Most people think that innovation happens by accident or serendipity, but we aim to apply team work and training to allow for this also.”  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

TechInnovate uses MIT model of ‘disciplined enterpreneurship’ to come up with new ideas

Róisín Tyrell, James Riordan and Johanne Webb of Macnas ahead of the Halloween parade ‘Savage Grace’ in Galway. Photograph: Declan Monaghan

Balmy weather sees over 45,000 people turn out for annual Halloween pageant in Galway

A new direction for Gaelscoileanna in the Gaeltacht?  Kilronan, Inis Mór. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Scheme to include full immersion for infants and all post-primary subjects through Irish

More than 2,00 gardaí are refusing to  use Pulse, the Garda’s internal computer system for a period of 24 hours.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

AGSI members boycotting Garda Pulse system today in work-to-rule action

The Ferry seen  at Kilronan on Inis Mór, Aran Islands. The company said it would cut the service from November 2nd due to Galway County Council’s insistence on charging a passenger levy to pay for the redeveloped harbour.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Island Ferries Teo says it will withdraw the service unless there is an amicable solution

Truck driver Joe Druhan: ‘We don’t use service stations on motorways in France any more, as  traffickers are taking people up and down in minibuses,  looking for Irish- and English-registered vehicles.’ Photograph: Kathleen Harris

Migrants in France still at risk from people traffickers, say truck drivers

Irish and fellow European scientists tracking European eels have found the nocturnal sea animals stagger their swim to the Sargasso Sea in the western Atlantic, where they breed before they die. File photograph: Getty Images

Research shows mysterious migratory routes far more circuitous than thought

 Ossian, the legendary Scottish bard, may not even have existed. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Researchers link mathematical properties of ‘epic’ texts to hero tales of Fenian cycle

An aerial view of part of the Aran island of  Inis Mór. Residents of the island have called on the Government to take urgent action over the impending loss of the sole ferry link with Galway over the winter months. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Island Ferries in dispute over over by-law seeking levies from islanders and tourists

 Travellers protest in Ballinasloe: “If we just had a basic upgrade, we’d be happy. But it’s as if the county council has forgotten about us.”Photograph: Galway Bay FM/Galway Traveller Movement

Different gradients of ‘terrible’ housing conditions as families stage protest in Co Galway

Connacht Rugby Head Coach Pat Lam, who was conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Arts at NUI Galway on Monday, pictured with Dr Jim Browne, President of the college. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Connacht head coach receives honorary doctorate at NUI Galway with “heavy heart”

A flyover by the Air Corps at the docks in Galway during the naming and commissioning of the Naval Services newest vessel the ‘LÉ William Butler Yeats’. Photograph: Andy Newman

Latest patrol ship ‘LE William Butler Yeats’ commissioned in Galway ceremony

 Lily-Mae Morrison at the opening of the Baboró International Arts Festival for Children at NUI Galway. Lily-Mae will play “Little Alice” in Youth Ballet West’s performance of Alice Underground during the festival. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Now three years cancer free, Galway schoolgirl will dance cameo role in ballet

The road leading to the Yeats Tower at Thoor Ballylee in Co Galway, which is flooded in areas by up to six feet of water. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

State-backed scheme to be limited to cases where no engineering solution possible

JG O’Donoghue’s artist impression of Rathcroghan Mound: the mound was where the kings and queens of Connacht were inaugurated in a ritual “mating” with the local Earth goddess

Archaeological technology is uncovering new information about one of Ireland’s most significant but least appreciated sites, in (...)

It is understood that theatre space had been booked for a patient who was due to have several toes amputated in one procedure.

Review is under way at University Hospital Galway into why procedure was not in theatre

Davitt Walsh, who rescued a child from drowning off Buncrana pier in March, with his mother Siobhán, as  he received the Michael Heffernan gold medal for bravery at Farmleigh, Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Davitt Walsh who swam out to car where five drowned among those honoured in Dublin

Barbara Fitzpatrick, the first Irish woman to sail through both the Northeast and Northwest passages, with  Contance Difede on the ‘Northabout’. Photograph: Polar Ocean Challenge

‘Northabout’ completes circumnavigation in seven weeks highlighting polar ice melt

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