Babies play “under the sea” during a sensory class run by Lisa Mooney in the Clybaun Hotel at Knocknacarra in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Bubbles and balls, puppets and parachutes – what’s not to love about baby sensory classes?

“This is not, nor ever was, an issue between the settled community and Travellers” – former Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Former Fine Gael MEP stands over remarks supporting actions of farmer Pádraig Nally

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina listen as Theo Dorgan recites his poem, Waystation, which is part of the Letterfrack Poetry Trail which the President opened. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

New poetry trail in Letterfrack acknowledges history of former industrial school

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan:  said the aim was to “move towards a system where educational supports and needs of children would be provided”.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Education to meet teaching unions next week on Junior Cert impasse

The Cinémobile, Ireland’s ‘pop-up’ picture house on wheels, is twinning with four other countries to bring independent film to some of northern Europe’s farthest corners. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Ireland and European partners extend independent film shows to marginal regions

Yvonne Miles and Matthew Hawkins preparing  Leon the loggerhead turtle for tagging in Galway, prior to her return to the ocean

Female loggerhead due to be returned to warmer breeding grounds

Hassan Taiwo (15) had just scored his second goal for Merlin Woods FC in a match against Salthill-Devon at Doughuisce on Sunday afternoon when he collapsed. Photograph: Facebook

Bonfire to be held in memory of Galwau student who collapsed at soccer match

Minister for Marine Simon Coveney who is developing the Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth strategy for the marine sector. Photograph: The Irish Times

Maritime sector: Specifics will be in place for next year’s budget, says Coveney

Bishop John Kirby. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

“Tough regime” at boarding school described in new documentary

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