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

Joe Loughnane of Galway Anti-Racism Network speaking in Galway in January during a march and rally calling for an end to Ireland’s Direct Provision system. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Group claims asylum seeker was asked to leave centre on eve of Storm Emma

 Research by the University of Tasmania and Curtin University found that air gun signals commonly used in marine petroleum exploration can cause a two to three-fold increase in mortality of adult and larval zooplankton.

Fishing industry calls for review of seismic surveying in Irish waters in light of Australian study

Debris from Rescue 116 is taken from a trawler at Blacksod pier in Co Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Interim report into fatal crash identifies weaknesses in flight safety systems

The scene of the search last year for missing the Coast Guard helicopter crew at Blacksod, Co. Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

How four Coast Guard crew lost their lives off the Mayo coast and what happened since

Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S-92A Helibus Aircraft. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

AAIU is working on final report, Garda and Health and Safety Authority inquiries ongoing

The scene of the search last year for missing the Coast Guard helicopter crew at Blacksod, Co. Mayo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Congregation of 300, including close relatives, friends and colleagues of the air crew, attend ceremony

The  Oranmore Maree Coastal Search Unit combing the shore for clues  on the shore in Galway Bay. Photograph: Sean Green, OMCSU

A meeting in the local library led to the establishment of the Oranmore Maree Coastal Search Unit, which has the names of 370 volu(...)

Irish boats catch nearly half of the total value of annual quotas in British waters, and Britain is one of the most important markets for exports.  Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Joey Murrin says comments by Theresa May on fishing rights have ‘serious implications

Cyclists taking part in the Ballyglass Coast Guard Rescue 116/Caitríona Lucas cycle from Dublin to Blacksod, Co Mayo, near Bellacorick, Co Mayo, on Sunday. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

‘Miles in their Memory’ event in Mayo marks loss of four Coast Guard air crew

Crash site: coastguards watch the wreckage-recovery operation in Co Mayo. Photograph: Keith Heneghan/Phocus

Life is still on hold for many, and questions remain, a year after the helicopter crew’s loss

Prof Eilionóir Flynn, director of NUIG’s Centre for Disability Law and Policy, expressed serious concern about the lack of awareness of the position of people with disabilities in the current debate.

‘No evidence’ 12-week rule leads to abortions in cases of disability, seminar hears

Marc Stanley  at Tibohine Flying Club, Frenchpark, Co Roscommon, says maintaining a positive outlook  helps a lot, as heart disease is both a mental and physical condition. Photograph:  Brian Farrell

At 36, Marc Stanley was forced to radically alter his lifestyle – and mindset – after he discovered he had a condition called dila(...)

A maritime lawyer has appealed to the Taoiseach and the Irish lighthouse authority to save the original Fastnet lighthouse beam off west Cork. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport courtesy of Baltimore RNLI.

Light of west Cork coast should be kept as a memorial to lives lost at sea, lawyer argues

The Sikorsky S-92 helicopters are equipped to fly in sub-zero conditions, as they have a rotor ice-protecting system which heats the helicopter blades.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Three-month old baby and six year-old child airlifted by helicopter during storm

High tide on the Dart line at  Seapoint in south Dublin on Saturday morning.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tomorrow will ‘not be a normal Monday in many areas’, public warned

In the beginner close-up category is Joe Fitzgibbon’s photograph of a Devonshire coral.

A focus on biodiversity and plastics in oceans at national gathering of divers in Limerick

 A snow gloo outside a house in Clondalkin, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Snow reported to be waist deep in Meath, while all roads are impassable in Tipperary

Michael Kelly feeding ewes and newborn lambs in the snow on Thursday at his farm in Ardrahan, Co Galway. Photograph: Micheal Kelly.

‘There will be a lot of hungry foxes out there . . . we are working round the clock’

Emergency departments throughout the region remain open but report that they are “busy”

Snow falls in west lead to cancellation of many bus services but Knock airport is open

The 1940-built Piper aircraft

The pilot took off again in the aircraft despite ‘substantial damage’, investigation finds

Four Irish Coast Guard air crew – Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Capt Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith – died when their helicopter collided with Blackrock island off the Mayo coast

Hearing into deaths of four helicopter crew set for later date in Belmullet, Co Mayo

The stigma associated with dementia in particular is the theme of Headspace 2018, a two-day symposium in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) on March 2nd and 3rd

Symposium in Trinity will look to discuss creative ways of treating illness

A 1989 photograph of the Fastnet Rock lighthouse during the Fastnet race. Photograph: Peter Thursfield/The Irish Times

Commissioners of Irish Lights move comes amid concerns over installation of LED replacement that will reduce beam

If you have not been up a mountain previously, Carrauntoohil may not be the recommended starting point. Photograph: Getty Images

A group rescued from Ireland’s highest mountain last week did not have the recommended ratio of guides to walkers

Only remaining residential site was once owned by prominent Salthill family with links to Galway’s Seapoint ballroom, which hosted(...)

A side view of the new Palas Cinema behind the Galway City Mueum.  Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy. 21/2/2018

€9.5m build went over time and budget after original contractor went into liquidation

Jon Sigfusson, the Icelandic director of the Planet Youth project,    said imposing guilt on children and penalties on suppliers does not decrease substance abuse amongst teenagers.

Pilot scheme would involve 7,000 young people in Galway, Roscommon and Mayo

Three billboards: John Bhaba Jeaic Ó Conghaíle at the tribute to Martin McDonagh. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Local hero Martin McDonagh gets Gaeltacht tribute after Bafta wins

 The Project Ireland 2040 plan was “largely silent on digital infrastructure” for the northwest, Galway Chamber of Commerce said.

Galway Chamber welcomes development plan but underlines need for infrastructure

A rescue team came across a woman in her late 30s in difficulty, after she had suffered what was described as a bad head gash.

Snow on Carrauntoohil creates difficulties for descending hikers

R is for the recycling “myth”. Only 6 per cent of new plastic material comes from recycling. Photograph: Getty Images

Households should set realistic targets to minimise single-use plastic

The four siblings from Castlebar, Co Mayo, were unsuccessful in complaints heard by the Workplace Relations Commission

Four siblings aggrieved over handling of complaints about NUI Galway

Fastnet Rock:  a famous mark in yacht racing. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport/courtesy Baltimore RNLI

Battery-powered LED beam due to replace three diesel generators

Fishmonger Stefan Griesbach with a golden redfish at his stall at the Saturday market in Galway city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Climate change and plastic debris among factors but scientists need more data

At Galway event artistic director Garry Hynes drew parallels with Irish society as depicted in John B Keane’s play, Sive, saying some of the issues affecting women are “still prevalent” today. Photograph: Leon Farrell/ Photocall

Doctors for Choice co-founder Dr Peadar O’Grady addresses Galway campaign launch

Marie Cadden: accomplished poet and teacher

‘A poet of the physical world, a poet of the senses’

Ninety thousand people are expected to visit Galway Cathedral over the days of the annual  novena which begins on Monday, February 19th.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Redemptorist leader anticipates 90,000 at nine-day event next month

Four Irish Coast Guard air crew – Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, Capt Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith – died when their helicopter collided with Blackrock island off the Mayo coast on March 14th last year

Air Accident Investigation Unit hopes to issue interim statement on inquiry before first anniversary

Pupils from St Nicholas’ Parochial School in Galway putting their message across at Eyre Square during the launch of Galway Plastic Free Week on Monday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

City major targets single-use plastics in week-long event

Two men look on as a road was covered by a landslide in Derrybrien, Co Galway in October, 2003. File photograph: Joe Shaughnessy

Second referral to Court of Justice of the EU over south Galway wind farm

“Severe bullying” is more likely to be experienced by women, by staff of all genders in organisations with more than 250 staff, and by those in the 25-to-34 age group. Photograph: Getty Images

Study finds public staff in Ireland five times more likely to experience violence than those working in other sectors

Hundreds attended a rally  organised by the Galway Anti-Racism Network  on Saturday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Several hundred attend Galway rally calling for end to direct provision

A social media depiction of the  Cárna-Caiseal GAA team   of 2005. Over half the players have left the area and their faces  are  blanked out – two further team members have left since those blank-outs were made. Photograph: Sportsfile

Hopes for Údarás na Gaeltachta plan for marine park

435-million-year-old fossil starfish: the Crepidosoma doyleii brittlestar measures about 15mm across

‘Crepidosoma doyleii’ hailed as ‘key piece of evidence in hunt for past life’

 Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland chairwoman Kathleen O’Toole said common themes at meetings included demands for “more visibility, more boots on the ground, and more resources”. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Kathleen O’Toole says commission got numerous complaints but also compliments about force

Chief Justice Frank Clark at NUI Galway. Photograph: Aengus McMahon/NUIG

‘No magic bullets’ but more resources required, NUI Galway seminar told

 Archaeologist Frank Coyne (left) and     sections the   13th century stone castle built for the de Burgh family on what is now Quay Street, Galway.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Archaeologists unearth sections of ‘Bungalvy’, believed to be city’s oldest building

Badgers foraging in a woods. File photograph: James Warwick/Getty

Badgers to be vaccinated to stamp out TB in cattle

The “Ilen” workers: (front row) Br Anthony Keane, John Hegarty, Mary Rose Hegarty; (back row) Gary Mac Mahon, Gene O’Neill, Donal O’Sullivan, Paddy Hegarty, Fachtna O’Sullivan, Ted O’Donovan, Mike Harris, Liam Hegarty, Colm O’Cuilleanain, Mary Jordan. Photograph:  Gary Mac Mahon

The ‘Ilen’ was built 92 years ago for Falkland islanders by an Irish round-world yachtsman

Partners in the project include two tank-based salmon smolt production units in Co Donegal. File Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Scientists from NUI Galway and Athlone Institute of Technology involved in two year-project


City is choking with excessive traffic but bypass not expected before at least 2024

In all, some 3,600 inspections took place at sea, inshore and on landings of both Irish and foreign vessels in 2017.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

More than 580 vessels from states other than Ireland inspected at sea by Naval Service

Rescue 116: the Sikorsky S-92 search-and-rescue helicopter that crashed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Regulator admits lighthouses mislocated and symbols obscured on maps

Declan Davitt (26), from the Carrowniskey area near Louisburgh, Co Mayo, drowned in the early hours of Christmas Day after a  4x4 in which he was travelling entered a swollen waterway at about 2.30am.

Third man escapes to raise alarm after 4x4 enters river in early hours of Christmas Day

A one-day census conducted by Cope in November recorded 187 homeless households in Galway, comprising 114 families, including 165 children, in emergency accommodation.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

In Galway, one charity is helping rough sleepers who opt not to use emergency beds

High Court also directs Minister for Transport Shane Ross to rectify breach

Star Wars on  Skellig Micheal: visits on a permit system are meant to be capped at 11,100 annually  but  increased to 16,000 in 2017. Photographs: Lucasfilm

Unesco world heritage site in Kerry now ‘Disneyesque theme site’

Galway Bay.  Over 500 submissions and observations were submitted to Damien  English’s department, formerly Environment, when the Marine Institute initiated its plan to upgrade the Galway Bay  test site first established in 2006.  Photograph: Getty Images

Robust site conditions reflect community concerns, says Minister

‘Catching small waves and that feeling of weightlessness must be akin to what my little baby felt as she cruised the amniotic seas of my womb’

Katie McAnena: ‘My baby won her first paddleboard title at 14 weeks gestation’

Dr Mary Rogan agrees that Fempi cuts had affected many GPs, and two doctors who had retired near her in Headford, Co Galway, had not been replaced. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Minister for Health ‘should have consulted GPs’ and told to bring fairness into the system

Local historian Catherine Corless at the site of the Tuam mother and baby home: she said the  Bon Secours should pay for further investigation. “There has to be accountability.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Survivors’ network calls for further investigation at former mother and baby home

Quota deal: overall package is worth €266 million to the Irish fleet. Photograph:  Annie Sakkab/Bloomberg

Fianna Fáil marine spokesman warns of impact of Brexit on fishing industry

Marine Scotland says artisanal hand cutting, or picking, wild seaweed has far less environmental impact than mechanised harvesting. File photograph: Getty Images

BioAtlantis says mechanical system suited to sustainable environmental management

One of the projects awarded funding was an initiative hoping to develop an agritech centre of excellence. Photograph: iStock

Regional development projects secure more than €30 million in State funding

Steve Conneely of the Maria Magdalena III fishing vessel, with Ernest Okutu. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland survey says some foreign workers are ‘severely underpaid’

Allan Daly (left), who opposes the proposed Apple data centre in Athenry on grounds of  environmental concerns,  with  campaigners who support the project, in Derrydonnell last Tuesday. Photograph: Nuacht TG4

US environmental engineer Allan Daly says he has been ‘called all sorts of things online’

Noel Doherty of Athenry Bring Back Apple says his interest is ensuring the town became an industrial hub. Photograph: Getty Images

Support groups for Apple differ over ‘tactics’ being employed

Sean-nós dancer Thomas Connolly performs with musician Seamus the Busker in Galway city centre during the Galway Buskers’ Community all-day performance to highlight opposition to new busking regulations. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Bylaw would ban buskers from performing in any one place for more than two hours

 Freya Hennessy (9 months)  and her father, Michael, from Knocknacarra, Galway, meet Santa at the sensory-friendly grotto at the NUIG school of psychology. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Psychology students create calm festive site for children with developmental issues

Joyce Correa da Silva, originally from Brazil, is now living in Gort, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Report says State may be losing €41m in tax by not regularising migrant workers

 Up to 300 staff and students attended the  SolidariTEA support event for four academics pursuing legal action over lack of promotion at NUI Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Irish and British academics support solidarity event

David Corbett (centre) arriving at the Circuit Criminal Court in Castlebar, Co Mayo with his wife Mary and his barrister  Bernard Madden SC.  Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Judge discharges jury on sixth day of court hearing in Castlebar, Co Mayo

The Spanish Arch with the Corrib river and Wolfe Tone Bridge in the background: A wifi “hotspot” activates a notification system if the user is in this area for any length of time between 10pm and 6am. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

GPS technology offers support to people in exposed area of Corrib riverbank at night

Brendan O’Kelly: an inspirational public servant, pioneering businessman and  Irish Olympian

Father of the modern Irish fishing industry

Puffins are so exhausted when they return to their coastal burrows that they only lay one egg and struggle to feed one chick, the study found. Photograph: Dr Mark Jessopp

International study tracked Irish flights of up to 4,700km

View from Ballycroy, Erris, Co Mayo: New Minister for Heritage Josepha Madigan said the expansion addressed a long-standing strategy to “align key environmental assets”. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Expansion will allow for link to Great Western Greenway extending north to Bangor Erris and Ballycastle

SafeTrx device adopted by search and rescue agencies from Netherlands to Australia

 Ian and Enda Quinn arriving at Castlebar Court for the start of the trial of David Corbett. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Galway man faces three charges relating to alleged threats and harassment charge

Fr Peter McVerry addressed conference which was told of myriad problems confronting the Traveller community, including rat infestation and tainted water at a transient Galway site. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Travelling community told at conference to ‘demand of bishops that they stand by you’

The remains of Richard III. The last Plantagenet monarch.

Exhibition, including three-dimensional image of remains, set to run for three days

Eyre Square big wheel: Galway firefighters during Friday night’s rescue. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Electrical fault stalled Eyre Square wheel; up to 20 people stranded in cabs

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