The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Perceived differences over direction college taking said to be at heart of ‘dispute’

DesignPro Renewablees has received EU Horizon 2020 funding for its project that aims to generate  energy from river and estuary flows  to a commercial scale

DesignPro Renewables will now test turbine to generate energy from river and estuary flows in France or Germany

Galway city centre. Due partly to the number of third-level colleges, Galway has one of the highest tenancy rates in the State.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Only tourists can afford to rent in Galway city, housing debate hears

Adults who have low self-esteem or high levels of psychological distress may seek to use the social media platform to fulfil attachment needs. Photograph: iStock

NUIG study finds adults with low self-esteem use social media to fulfil attachment needs

Looking over Lough Tay, with Luggala Mountain on the right. It has been noted that  'private property' signs have been appearing around the Co Wicklow estate in recent weeks. Photograph: Mountaineering Ireland

Mountaineering Ireland makes call ahead of scattering of Garech de Brún’s ashes at the site

Physiotherapist Emma Houlihan with recovering patient Tom McCarthy in the new gym at Cancer Care West’s support centre in Westside, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Amid growing evidence that exercise is beneficial during and after cancer treatment, Cancer Care West has opened a purpose-built g(...)

A vast under-water canyon extending to a depth of 3,000m has been mapped on the edge of Ireland’s Continental Shelf.

Research expedition charts 1,800sq km of seabed using remote controlled submarine

Ms humphreys said the plan is ‘very important for those people in remote areas that the commercial providers don’t go to’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill /The Irish Times

Minister says Government is ‘absolutely committed’ to providing rural broadband

Tropical reefs  face an ‘existential threat’ from man-induced climate change despite their ability to ‘bounce back’ from previous major climate events, researchers say. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Partnership’ with algae has helped corals to survive previous global climate events

Éamon Ó Cuív.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil TD declines to comment on presidential intentions

Galway: EU report says the city’s 2020 Capital of Culture project is “not being well-managed”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Report urges city to integrate ‘Brexit and refugees’ in European Capital of Culture plan

A separate survey found that 44.6 per cent of male students and more than 11 per cent of female students watch pornography a few times a week. Photograph: Istock

NUI Galway research shows majority of students find sex education unsatisfactory

Minister for Rural Development Michael Ring is to undertake a review of the rural action plan. File Photograph: Eric Luke

Administration of Leader programme cost €4.4m for first half of 2018, while just €2.7m was paid out

An OpenHydro turbine in Orkney in Scotland. During 2017 the group, with operations in Ireland, Scotland, Canada and Japan, sustained about €160 million in losses

French parent of Irish tidal energy company employing 100 cites ‘deterioration’ in market

Noel Hanna at the summit of K2 earlier this month. Photograph: Facebook

Noel Hanna has climbed Everest eight times but ‘Slieve Donard never gets any easier’

K2 summiteer Jason Black from Letterkenny, Co Donegal, with a plaque he took to the K2 base camp in memory of the first Irishman on the K2 summit: Ger McDonnell of Kilcornan, Co Limerick.

Donegal athlete one of first two Irish mountaineers to make safe descent of hazardous peak

Dr Heather Lally of GMIT with a  drone

Galway-Mayo IT will use unmanned devices in water project backed by EPA

Beautiful coral species form a colourful garden at 2000m off the west coast of Ireland. Photograph: Marine Institute

A type of “black coral” identified may be an entirely new species, says Marine Institute

Artwork depicting Tom Molineaux at the exhibition in Galway City Museum. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Boxing champion Tom Molineaux was buried 200 years ago in unmarked grave

Jason Black, who is a “global endurance” athlete, made his first attempt on K2 two years ago. Photograph: Evan Logan.

Noel Hanna and Jason Black make ascent 10 years after loss of first Irish K2 summiteer, Ger McDonnell

President Michael D Higgins was speaking at the Galway International Arts Festival.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘How should construction be financed? What mix of housing tenure do we collectively believe is appropriate?’

Archaeologists work with Dr Clíodhna Ní Lionáin at the passage tomb site at Dowth Hall, Co Meath. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Brú na Bóinne finds have captured public’s imagination, and raise questions for the State

The European Court of Justice: The EU says that it has a “number of concerns” about the independence of members of Ireland’s Marine Casualty Investigation Board. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland referred to EU Court of Justice over failure to uphold EU law on impartiality

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he did not see any merit in “a Garda sitting behind a desk in a rural area on his own or her own”. Photograph: Aoife Moore/PA Wire

Minister for Justice opens new Garda regional headquarters in Galway

A sea bird amongst the Atlantic waves in Kerry. The Irish Atlantic coastline has some of the most energetic waves in Europe. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Offshore wind is seen as the current ‘most immediate’ contributor to meeting Ireland’s 2030 renewable energy targets

Paul Ormsby, Winchman on Coast Guard Rescue 116 Helicopter. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Gardaí seek confirmation that helmet and lifejacket found at sea belong to Paul Ormsby

Full moon in Galway? Photograph: Galway International Arts Festival/Facebook

Eyre Square to be transformed into a ‘festival garden’ with series of events lined up for city

Áine Morgan, a singer from Loughrea

Áine Morgan believes immunotherapy drug Pembrolizumab can offer her a lifeline

Dr Liam Morrison of NUI Galway, who has led a new study on the impact on human health of arsenic in seaweed used for animal feed, collecting samples of Ascophyllum Nodosum seaweed on the shoreline.

NUI Galway scientist leading joint study recommends further research on kelp

Minister for Agriculture  Michael Creed, Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar and  Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring are pictured in Westport, Co Mayo at the announcement of a rural regeneration plan. Photograph: Maxwell Photography.

Varadkar and Ministers present €1bn rural regeneration plan during visit to Co Mayo

 Fr Tony Flannery who chaired the Association of Catholic Priests’  public regional meeting in Tuam, Co Galway, ahead of the Papal visit. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Need to atone for Magdalene laundries and mother and baby homes, Tuam meeting hears

Prawns at the fish auction at Ros-a-Mhíl. Sale at Iasc Mara Teoranta has been described by Fianna Fáil Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív as a “major blow”. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

State policy on protecting coastal communities at odds with reality, manager says

President Michael D Higgins has confirmed he is to offer himself for a second seven-year term in Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph:   Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Oireachtas members begin co-ordinated efforts to field a rival presidential candidate

Jim Warny in a cave in Co Clare. Photograph: Cathal Mullane

Jim Warny, who lives and works in Ennis, helped set new Irish-British record for caving

 President  Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life in Turlough, Co. Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

President says he has energy for job and there will be no reason for campaign to be 'dirty'

Martin Green has been asked to advise the Galway European city of culture 2020 team. He was in charge of Hull’s British city of culture designation  last year.

Move, after resignation of event’s creative director, questioned by leading arts manager

Johnny Clochartaigh harvesting seaweed near Carna, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Revised application to harvest seaweed on west coast may take ‘over a year’

Jason Black. Photograph: Evan Logan.

Jason Black has placed plaque at base camp in memory of Ger McDonnell who died on K2

The EU sent a mission to Ireland in mid-March, as part of what it describes as a routine audit. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Investigation also to focus on tuna caught by commercial and recreational vessels

 Tony O’Callaghan, in Killybegs. Photograph: Brian McDaid

A journalist and PR man who once became the story

The “Folkehuset Absalon”, a Danish “living room away from home” in Copenhagen. Photograph: Susanne McIntyre

An Irishwoman’s Diary: The businessman put 10 million Danish kroner on the table when the Danish culture minister decided to close(...)

A side view of the Pálás Cinema in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Pálás cinema is selected in two categories for World Architecture Festival Awards

Galway 2020: the city beat Dublin, Limerick and the Three Sisters cities of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford to become European Capital of Culture

First Galway 2020’s creative director quit; now funding questions are being asked

Irish Water Safety  says it is not changing its protocols for lifeguards on treating jellyfish and weever fish stings. Photograph: Getty Images

Rapid rise recorded in temperature of the sea and river Shannon

Tom Halloran shearing sheep at Lettercraff in Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘Unprecedented’ period of dry weather not yet a crisis, Minister for Agriculture says

The Commissioners of Irish Lights said on Thursday that a new rotating lantern on the lighthouse will have the same character as the existing light. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport courtesy of Baltimore RNLI

Unesco world heritage status may be applied for amid west Cork tourism fears

Former  president of Ireland Mary Robinson: “I never had to consider evacuation of a country” like certain developing countries threatened by rising sea levels.   Photograph:  Jason Clarke

Ireland ‘has to go a lot further’ former president tells Galway ocean wealth conference

Kathryn Sullivan: the scientist was undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere. Photograph: Steven Voss

Astronaut and oceanographer Dr Kathryn Sullivan to speak at SeaFest in Galway

‘A west-coast based Irish seafood company  may have to register with British revenue’

West-east trade including landbridge to Europe critical for agrifood and seafood sectors

Lion’s mane jellyfish  off Newquay, Co Clare earlier this month. Photograph: Tom Doyle

Several swimmers in the west have received hospital treatment for Lion’s mane stings

West Cork residents protesting outside the Dáil last March over the approval of a  a licence authorising the mechanical extraction of  kelp in Bantry Bay. Photograph: Alan Betson/he Irish Times

Department say no legal obstacle to plan to use extracted kelp in place of pig antibiotics

The 18-bed Galway Hospice   in Renmore has been seeking more space to provide palliative care for some years. File photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Community group says it is disappointed hospice not seeking alternative location

Chris Baldwin: stepped down as  creative director of Galway 2020. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

British theatre director Chris Baldwin left post last month by ‘mutual agreement’

A sponge garden at nearly 2,000 metres below sea level.

Sponge gardens and skate egg nursery at almost 2,000m recorded by expedition

Dín Aonghasa, a prehistoric fort on Inis Mór, one of the Aran Islands. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Gaeltacht minister Joe McHugh to meet islanders next week over latest transport row

Celebrant Fr Colm Gallagher recalled how if Joey Murrin had something critical to say of a politician in public, he had always made contact with same politician beforehand to alert them. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fishing industry leader’s contribution recalled at his funeral in south Donegal

A concert at Eyre Square: the ‘public realm’ plan would extend west from the square.

City’s hiring of urban planners mirrors similar Dublin strategy in 2008

An Taisce’s Ian Lumley says he has no objection in principle to a documentary but questions the use of a drone for close camera work when puffins and other birdlife are nesting on the Skellig islands.   Photograph: David Sleator

Department of Culture says wildlife documentary work will be ‘strictly supervised’

A file photgraph, dating from 2000, of Joey Murrin on the quay at Killybegs, Co. Donegal. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Murrin came to prominence during Ireland’s EU accession and served with a number of sector organisations

There is a view that the outcome will not have done Eamon  Ó Cuív any harm, with a far less crowded field in the No camp.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fianna Fáil TD reflects: ‘It is not the first time that Cornamona didn’t share my view’

Historian Catherine Corless holds a list of the names of missing children from the Tuam mother and baby home. Photograph: Reuters/Peter Nicholls

‘There is the possibility that death certificates were falsified’, says Galway historian

Minister for the Marine Michael Creed: “Extremely disappointed.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Statutory instrument on points for serious fishing offences annulled in Dáil vote

Chris Baldwin, who was appointed to the €110,000 post last July, leaves the organisation ‘by mutual agreement’, Galway 2020 said. Photograph: Galway City of Culture 2020

Chris Baldwin leaves European Capital of Culture organising body ‘by mutual agreement’

Galway 2020 chief executive Hannah Kiely was invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday of Galway City Council’s strategic policy committee with responsibility for the arts but was unavailable.

Questions raised about creative director position amid reports of resignation

The Connemara greenway is set to run between Galway and Clifden. The 6km Athry to Cloonbeg section (marked in green),  near Ballynahinch Castle north of Roundstone,  opened on Monday.

The 76km cycle route between Galway and Clifden has been held up by land access issues

A group of wheelchair users from Holland enjoy a busker playing in the sunshine in Galway city centre. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway Buskers’ Community opposes law to prohibit amplification in city before 6pm

Students of St Nathy’s College in Co Roscommon who have formed the St Nathy’s BMW Coalition

Pupils from St Nathy’s College in Co Roscommon to address Oireachtas members

Messages are left at a memorial to Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Savita Halappanavar’s friend says result reflects a resounding trust in women

 Presiding Officer Carmel McBride and Garda Alan Gallagher carry the polling box for the abortion referendum on Inishbofin. Photograph: Photograph: Reuters

Galway Together for Yes spokeswoman says ‘prejudices about rural areas don’t stand up’

Belfast architect Dawson Stelfox (left), who reached the 8,848m summit of Mount Everest on May 27th, 1993, is pictured with his deputy leader on the climb ,Frank Nugent (right). File photograph: Brian Hayes

Irish Nepalese Educational Trust and Barretstown charity to benefit from events

Colleen Ui Fhioruisce with her two-year-old daughter Saoirse, at the ballot box as she votes on Gola Island, off the Donegal coast. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

A third of Inis Oírr’s electorate voted by 7pm

The Celtic Mist was donated by the Haughey family to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. Photograph: Dave Meehan.

Vessel’s 4,000km voyage to share research on humpbacks with colleagues in Iceland

 Garda  Pat McElroy helps presiding officer Nancy Sharkey carry a ballot box as they walk to the local polling station  in Gola Island, off Donegal, on Thursday. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

On Mayo’s Clare island, polling clerk Padraic O’Malley said 20 of 120 voters had cast ballots by lunchtime

Carrying the ballot box for Gola Island, off the west coast of Donegal, to the polling station on the island to commence the voting on the Islands in the 2016 general election. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil legislation aims to allow all islands to vote on same day as rest of State

 Willie Penrose. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Study recommended raising the rail track by 1.2 metres at a cost of €10 million

Minister for Marine Michael Creed has warned that Ireland faces large fines  if Fianna Fáil continues to oppose the Government’s legislation on penalty points for serious fishing offences. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister says Ireland could lose €37m in EU fund if Fianna Fáil motion is passed

A third interim recommendation, for helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky, related to a software issue in data recording. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Transport Shane Ross gives two-month deadline for international team

President Michael D Higgins and his friend Tom Murphy about whom Mr Higgins spoke affectionately. Photograph: The Irish Times

Over 600, including big cross-section from theatre and arts , attend humanist service

Dancer Emma O’Sullivan performs to music from her small amplifier while busking in Galway city centre. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Galway businesses express concern about loss of revenue as result of persistent noise

Come spring, exams done, we got the call. Guillemots and gannets and Manx shearwaters dove and dodged through the light swell, as we headed west on his rigid inflatable.

On a night passage from the Aran Islands east, it took all our energies to maintain a compass bearing

Donegal woman Winifred Byrne’s husband Francis, her 16-year-old son Jimmy, and three other crew died when their fishing vessel ‘Skifjord’ sank in 1981. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Winifred Byrne who lost family members in 1981 succeeds in 14-year dispute over payment

Thousands of people turned out for Darkness Into Light at Galway this morning.

Coffee keeps the Salthill crowds going but there’s no sign of Ed Sheeran

David Gavin (26) from Moneen, Castlebar, was reported missing after he failed to surface when swimming with friend near Kinbasket lake, a reservoir on the Columbia river some 260km west of Calgary. Photograph: Facebook

David Gavin failed to return to surface while swimming in British Columbia last June

Family of Cpt Dara Fitzpatrick, Mary and John Fitzpatrick and their daughter Niamh,     after the inquests into the deaths of the crew members of Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter 116. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Death certificates issued for all four air crew, including the two missing winch crew

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Minister for European Affairs Helen McEntee: ‘The country simply did not have the resources at that stage to commit to that level of investment’, a spokesman for Mr Varadkar said. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Including west and northwest projects in Ten-T could have exposed State to ‘majority of costs’

Leo Varadkar. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fine Gael colleague warned minister intervention could close off EU financing ‘for good’

President Michael D Higgins with John Joyce, great-grandson of John Joyce, a victim of the Maamtrasna murders; Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan  and Mr Higgins’s wife, Sabina Coyne. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Myles Joyce was one of three Connemara men hanged for 1882 murder of Galway family

Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, visited the Circle of Life Garden in Salthill on Tuesday after he was conferred with an honorary degree at NUI Galway.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Brexit and European elections reflect ‘void’ left by governments and international entities

Cathal Goan will discuss whether the 16th century song Róisín Dubh represented the story of Ireland or  of a Franciscan struck by a woman’s beauty. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Former RTÉ director general Cathal Goan keynote speaker at annual event in Donegal

Galway 2020 chief executive Hannah Kiely

Project is under strain amid signs Galway County Council is no longer committed to it

Re-enactment of the hangings of three men for the Maam Trasna Murders, filmed at Galway’s Renmore barracks: Micheál Ó Dubhghaill as Pat Joyce, Conall Ó Céidigh as Pat Casey and Dara Devaney as Myles Joyce. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A dramatisation of the 1882 ‘Maamtrasna murders’ examines the case for exoneration

The Government’s decision to recommend a posthumous presidential pardon for Myles Joyce

‘I had hoped to see this in my lifetime’ -great grandson of one of family of five killed

Michael Coyne at Tigh Chadhain in Connemara. The pub will not be opening on Good Friday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

One Connemara publican says: ‘This change alone is not going to save the rural pub’

Bairbre Ní Fhloinn, UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore, and Linguistics, with retired Howth fisherman Raymond Moore and his wife Anna Caulfield.

Mention of pig, priest, fox, hare or red-haired woman made skippers head for home

Minister of State for the Islands Joe McHugh says a new ferry will be provided in the long term as part of the Government’s Project 2040 plan.

Gardaí notified of ‘heated’ dispute after mediated proposal carried by narrow margin

The King of Tory Patsy Don Rodgers outside the Dáil last month with fellow Tory Island residents calling for an a new ferry to service the island off Donegal. Photograph: Alan Betson

Tory islanders vote in favour of compromise proposals welcomed by Minister of State Joe McHugh

Representatives for the islanders have threatened to leave the island unless the Government provides a suitable ferry for the 15km sea crossing between Tory and Machaire Rabhartaigh.

Mediator’s report proposes provision of fast ferry and extended helicopter service

First images of the spectacular deep-waters corals found on the “Theresa” carbonate mound in the Porcupine Seabight, southwest of Ireland. Images: Southampton Oceanographic Centre

Four-year study by UCC scientists videoed entire mosaic of coral off Kerry coastline

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