The Health Information and Quality Authority has published two reports on the nursing home - Áras Cois Fharraige, a 42-bed facility near Spiddal - which  note concerns about complaints procedures, the nutritional needs of residents not being well met and the privacy afforded to residents in shared rooms being unsatisfactory.

Inspectors have expressed concern about staffing levels and how the health and social care needs of residents at a Co Galway nursing home have been ha(...)

Derek Nolan, centre: told the Dáil the level of anger on the streets of Galway about Irish Water was off the scale. Photograph: David Sleator

Government backbenchers expressed concern in the Dáil yesterday about Irish Water and the charges to be implemented. Sean Kyne (FG) said he wished he(...)

Hospital waiting lists continue to grow, despite the HSE forecasting an overspend of at least €510 million this year, according to a new report. A to(...)

Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath is in the process of rebuilding his panel. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

The logic of the situation inherited by Derek McGrath when he took over as manager of Waterford last year has been playing out in the past week or so(...)

Jennifer Coady Murphy of Beautilicious in  Waterford at the National Women’s Enterprise Day conference in Galway. Photograph: Andrew Downes

Research continuously, nurture “good people” and don’t be afraid to fail – was the advice given by women to women at the National Women’s Enterprise(...)

Macnas performers Helen Gregg, Yvette Picque and Debbie Wright in Galway’s Quay Street in preparation for the Halloween parade Symphony for the Restless. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Wild and wicked “welding, hammering, gluing, shaping and dreaming” is gathering pace in the west, as Macnas prepares to terrify the townspeople of Gal(...)

Rose Hynes:  chairwoman of  Irish Water

Irish Water Rose Hynes (chairwoman) Ms Hynes is the chairwoman of both Ervia (formerly known as Bord Gáis) and Irish Water, to which she wa(...)

Galway West coroner Dr Ciaran McLoughlin was told that a year later a party of six hunters was returning to the Lough Inagh Lodge in Connemara when they found a body in a wood near the lake. Above: a facial reconstruction  of Arno Schmitz.

A German man who came to Ireland to start a new life died less than a month after arriving here. He lay under a tree in a wood for a year before his (...)

Car sales are proportionally much stronger outside of Dublin so far this year.

We are used to the point of apathy of hearing that the Irish economy is Dublin-centric. Familiar, too familiar by far, with the calls and complaints t(...)

Dr Jim Browne (centre), president of NUI Galway, with Charlie Byrne, founder and owner of Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop in Galway, and playwright, poet and painter, Patricia Burke Brogan, both of whom were conferred with  honorary Masters of Arts degrees  at NUI Galway yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Bookseller Charlie Byrne, writer and former novitiate Patricia Burke Brogan, and composer and musician Carl Hession have been awarded honorary degrees(...)