A 40-metre gas flare from the Ocean Guardian drilling rig during a well production test at the Corrib field in 2014.

Two State Investigations initiated into how odourless gas was released into the system

Head chef Craig Naughton in the kitchen of the Yew Tree in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Investigation will examine manner in which safety concerns were communicated

Shell’s gas terminal in Erris

€400,000 worth of gas burned off and safe supply restored to some customers

Last year An Bord Pleanála  approved a wind farm at Bellacorick in north Mayo which was reduced from 112 wind turbines to 61 turbines. File  photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Reduction in wind generation in north Connacht removes need for contentious scheme

A screengrab from a video showing ‘flaring’ at the gas terminal at Ballinaboy in Co Mayo where odourless gas is being burned off.

Supply switched off after technical fault led to odourless gas being pumped into system

Shell E&P Ireland has been burning off or “flaring” the odourless gas  at the Corrib gas refinery since early Thursday morning

Gas Networks Ireland issues warning after pumping problem with Corrib supply

Senator Paul Gavan said he was aware of two cases of alleged trafficking of fishing crew that had been referred to the Garda. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

‘Penny dropping’ on protection of employment rights, WRC head tells Dáil committee

Artistic interpretation of archaeological dig on Inishlyon also on Clifden festival programme

The Irish Underwater Council and divers with the Protect Dublin Bay group have objected to use of the Burford Bank for dumping any spoil as the sea area from Rockabill to Dalkey island is now a special area of conservation. Photograph: Getty Images

Devices to monitor impact of spoil dumping on marine mammals during Alexandra Basin redevelopment

Twins Clara  and Maria Harrington from  Westport flying the flag for Mayo ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland football final against Dublin. Photograph:  Paul Mealey

Chocolate, prayers, US vice-president wishes and a trip or two up Croagh Patrick for Mayo

Mayo football Fan and world champion uilleann piper Eamonn Walsh pictured in the Dublin Mountains. Photograph: Tom Honan

Congolese-Castlebar supporter Kany Kazadi gets her golden tickets as excitement in county grows

Mannin beach between near Ballyconneely in Connemara Co Galway. Several US colleges have based their ‘study abroad’  modules in the wider area as a partnership with the Connemara Wes, community development organisation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Community initiative seeks to build a €2.5m education centre to boost visitor numbers

Clifden Arts Festival: President Michael D Higgins said young people who discover they have a talent can still expect this to be “welcomed and celebrated”

Clifden Arts Festival also pays tribute to artist and writer Tim Robinson

Former Galway city mayor Pádraig Conneely said he understood that EU funding of some €1.7 million may also be drawn down for the centre. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Mixed reaction from politicians as Galway City Council to take ownership of building

Joe Biden  embraces Fionnuala Kenny, wife of former taoiseach Enda Kenny, who is greeted by Martina Jennings of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation, at the sod turning for the new hospice facility in Castlebar, Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Former US vice-president turns sod on Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation project

 Former President Mary Robinson. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Mayo council pays €510,000 for property, hailing ex-president’s work on climate change, women’s rights

Caitriona Lucas, the Irish Coast Guard volunteer who died when a rigid inflatable boat flipped during a search operation at Kilkee, Co Clare

‘Much concern’ about the Irish Coast Guard’s management of its Kilkee unit

Peter Tyndall with his grandson Ethan Walsh on his fishing boat ‘Shenandoah’ at Galway Docks. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The good news is there is still a considerable resource left to protect, according to new research by Irish marine biologist Dr Pe(...)

Members say the coach addressed senior squad swimmers at the club on August 28th, the date the suspension was due to come into effect. Photograph: Getty Images

Pearse McGuigan suspended from ‘all activities’ at Galway club until end of October

SS Tuskar was three miles west of Eagle island, above, in north Mayo when it was sunk by a mine launched from a German submarine. Photograph: Gareth McCormack/garethmccormack.com

Ten men from Donegal, Derry and Antrim and Scotland died in attack on SS Tuskar

Karen Weeks taking in the sights at Lake Victoria on her solo cycling trip across Canada.

Irish sports psychologist Dr Karen Weekes talks about mental struggles of 6,400km cycle

Galway senior  captain David Burke with Joe Canning as they hold aloft the Liam MacCarthy cup to supporters in Ballinasloe. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Many renditions of The West’s Awake as a minor and senior double is celebrated

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

Search-and-rescue pilots on 24-hour duty will no longer have to do patient transfers

A young supporter at the party on Mainguard Street. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway hurling fans without tickets and bemused visitors enjoyed the spectacle together

Naomi and Ciaran Flynn with their daughters Ella and Amy and son Dara at their home in Knocknacarra. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

‘Nobody is filling the glasses yet,’ says ‘Horse’ Regan

The rescued ewe and two lambs from Inishark with Chris Heneghan, Michael Murray, Peter Anthony Lacey and Thomas Lacey. Photograph: Marie Lacey

‘I went down on a rope about five metres, took up one at a time,’ says Connemara man

Rooftop support for the Galway hurlers at the general store in Oranmore village outside Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Big screen for minor and senior matches in Eyre Square as ticket scramble continues

Swim Ireland imposed a two-month suspension on Pearse McGuigan, head coach with Galway Swimming Club, after it was claimed that he loudly rebuked a 14-year old swimmer at a contest. Photograph:  Press 22

Two-month suspension imposed after it was claimed the coach loudly rebuked swimmer

Chief of staff Mark Mellett

Organisations must also allow for mistakes in order to learn, says chief of staff Mark Mellett

The LÉ Aisling taking part in a Tall Ships flotilla off Dún Laoghaire

Conversion could cost $10million and multiply value of ship sold for €110,000 by State

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Capt Mark Duffy, Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith

Helicopter dips its nose and circles the Cootehill fields amid applause

Witnesses claim a man went into cardiac arrest at University Hospital Galway after falling. Photograph: The Irish Times

Witnesses claim it took several minutes to get resuscitation trolley after man’s head struck floor ‘with unmerciful smack’

Prof Tony Lewis: “It is a matter of balancing use of the marine environment for energy, fishing, aquaculture and tourism – to everybody’s satisfaction.”

Prof Tony Lewis is optimistic about Ireland’s ocean power as a major source of energy

A Connemara community, Loch Con Aortha, is recording placenames for its website as population declines

Loch Con Aortha residents say they have given up hope of being saved as population plummets

Winters Property management says it  has been in discussions with Bibby Maritime to lease “high end” barges like the one above. This one, the  Bibby Stockholm, has  222 en-suite bedrooms. Photograph: Bibby Maritime Ltd

Two ‘high end’ barges available if mooring location and permission can be secured

Britain’s Prince William said the loss of the four Irish Coast Guard air crew who died when Rescue 116 crashed off north Mayo is “a tragedy that reaches far beyond the community” in which the four “so gallantly served” and they “will never be forgotten”.

Memorial for the Irish Coast Guard air crew takes place in Co Cavan on Friday

A file image of a sheep and her lambs. Image: iStock.

‘They would have died long ago if it wasn’t for the rain which kept the grass growing,’ farmer says

Woodford farmer Patrick McGann on one of the hut circles found on his land, which archaeologist Dr Christy Cunniffe believes  marks temporary camps of the Ultachs – Catholic refugees who fled persecution in Ulster in the 1790s

‘Ultachs’ sold poor land after being forced south in sectarian linen industry war

 University Hospital Galway. File Photograph: Eric Luke

Inquiry into discovery of woman’s body in Galway hospital toilet

Photograph: Getty Images

‘What we need, if European politicians have the courage to do it, is planned immigration and resettlement in places like this . . (...)

The stump of a 7,500-year-old tree, part of  a drowned forest  exposed by storms at Spiddal, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Research by scientists on coastal stumps revises estimates for rise in sea level

“The most obvious manifestation of the crisis are the numbers of people who can be seen bedding down in shop doorways in the city centre at night time.” Photograph: Getty Images

Fifty sleeping in doorways every night, up to 100 children in emergency accommodation

A team of up to 20 gardaí from across the Galway division were joined by fire service units to search for the boy. Photograph: Getty Images

Two-year-old discovered three hours after the alarm was raised in south Galway

Jenny, Claire, Maeve and David O’Halloran on Inis Mór

New series: How our offshore islands are fighting depopulation and neglect

Chef and restaurant owner JP McMahon in his Aniar restaurant in Galway. He says it was beyond embarrassing to be serving food to visiting north Americans while people vomit outside the door. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Chef tweeted the promise last year, while criticising ‘abusive’ race week customers

Johnaí “Dubh” Clochartaigh harvesting seaweed near Carna, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Now that seaweed is big business, industry is wading in to the lives of traditional harvesters

The ‘Solenosmilia variabilis’ deep sea coral filmed at depths of 1,600 metres at the Porcupine Bank on the fringes of the Atlantic Ocean. Photograph: Marine Institute

Scientists on board ‘Granuaile’ identify reef habitats at depths of 1,600m

Helicopter crew (clockwise): Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Capt Mark Duffy, and winch team Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby. The bodies of the two winch crew have still not been found

Garda superintendent says ‘we have covered everything we aimed to’

Experienced fisherman Patsy Kelly (68) was wearing his automatic inflatable lifejacket when he fell into the water off Tawin island in Galway bay last September

Fisherman who had been wearing lifejacket was unable to reach emergency beacon underneath oilskins

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

Garda says good weather allowing exploring of ‘pockets that may have been missed’

An example of a previous work done by Olivier Grossetete

Artist Olivier Grossetete calls for public help to destroy his model of NUI Galway’s Aula Maxima

Joseph Gagnon and Brian Conville before they set off from Canada on a challenge to be the youngest pair to row west-east across the Atlantic.  Photograph: Claire Martin/PA Wire

Mother of Irish oarsman hails ‘great escape’ from ocean

Canadian Joseph Gagnon (left) and Dubliner Brian Conville before they set off from Canada in effort to be the youngest pair to row west-east across the Atlantic. Photograph:  Claire Martin/PA

Brian Conville and Joseph Gagnon winched to safety 165 miles off west Cork coast

Paloma Aparecida Silva-Carvalho with Karin and Jorg Muller at their home near Moycullen on Thursday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Brazilian tourist tells of being brought from airport to Dóchas women’s prison

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

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