Turnout on the coast was low and slow up until tea time, with some estimates as low as 20 per cent, but a late flurry of activity  pushed it over 50 per cent in several stations. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Same sex marriage referendum votes have been cast on 12 offshore islands extending from Donegal to Galway on the Atlantic coast.Some 2,100 registered (...)

Galway harbour. The first phase of the proposed €126 million port expansion into south Galway Bay involves reclamation of almost 27 hectares of foreshore and seabed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

State wildlife experts have “key outstanding concerns” about the implications of the Galway harbour expansion plan, an oral hearing has heard. (...)

A 40m gas flare from the Ocean Guardian drilling rig during a well production test at the Corrib field, 80kms off Co Mayo. Photograph: Shell E&P Ireland Ltd

Shell E&P Ireland has begun two months of testing at its north Mayo onshore refinery in preparation for next year’s scheduled production from the (...)

Humanist Association of Ireland’s  Dick Spicer: says the clear increase in demand for humanist services   is proof of the need to continually survey the educational needs of parents.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State has witnessed a 100 per cent increase in humanist ceremonies over the past 12 months, with some 1,000 events taking place this year.Most of (...)

Palestinian Ambassador Ahmad Abdelrazek and his wife Rania Abdallah with Lisa Nolan from Kinvara during their visit to the farmers’ market in the Co Galway village, where a ban on Israeli goods is in place in opposition to the killing of children in Gaza. Photograph:Joe O’Shaughnessy

Palestinian ambassador to Ireland Ahmed Abdelrazek visited the south Galway village of Kinvara yesterday to thank the community for their boycott o(...)

Galway Heritage Officer Dr Jim Higgins with two stone axe heads, thought to be more than 5,000 years old, found on the Galway coastline. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Archaeologists have identified yet more historic material thrown up by the new year storms on the Atlantic seaboard, including a pink granite q(...)

NUI Galway students Sarah Carthy and Shane Flynn on a section of the new greenway at the Fisheries Field in Galway city yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Government has allocated €2 million towards the first “greenway” for commuters rather than tourists along the track of the former Connemara rai(...)

Junior Transport Minister Alan Kelly launches a new part of the Western Greenway. Taoiseach Enda Kenny cited the trail as a rural success story. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Financial help for struggling rural towns, and greater collaboration between Government departments and agencies, are among the recommendations(...)

Western and southern counties have experienced serious flooding in recent weeks. This undated handout photo issued by Defence Forces Ireland of flooding along the river Shannon near Ballinalose. File photorgaph: Defence Forces Ireland/PA Wire

Galway County Council has requested help from the Defence Forces to assist five families who are struggling to access their homes in the Ardrah(...)

Dr Padraic Kenna of school of law at National University of Ireland Galway: “Today, an eviction represents the collision of basic human rights with property rights . . .” Photograph: Aengus McMahon

The pace and extent of evictions from housing across 28 EU member states is to be measured in a €1 million research project led by a Galway law lectur(...)