Arved Fuchs: 65-year-old German marine engineer has seen climate change first hand. Photograph: Uwe Rattay

Explorer Arved Fuchs tries to engage people emotionally with what he has seen

 Poet Mary O’Malley who, with colleague Rita Ann Higgins, is calling for artists to take charge of the programming. “I have had the sense for some time that even to question the arts bureaucracy is regarded as a failure of loyalty, and a lot of artists feel very isolated,” she says.

Two Aosdána poets calling for artists to take over cultural capital project’s creative leadership

Presidential candidate Peter Casey visits Cabra Bridge in Co Tipperary on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Presidential candidate claimed President had objected to Traveller halting site in 1968

Poet Rita Ann Higgins said the west coast was ‘coming down with artistic expertise’   and a team of artists could provide a creative lead which the project urgently needed.

Higgins calls for team of local artists to be appointed to provide creative lead

Galway Simon and Cope Galway have highlighted the growing problem of homelessness across the west. Photograph: iStock

Preliminary postmortem results rule out any suspicious circumstances in death of Martin Carroll (29)

Uncertainty over the island service dates back more than three years.

Proposal emerges to maintain vital link if no deal in talks with existing service provider

The long-promised insurance scheme  could open up greater access to uplands for walkers. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Scheme to protect farmers from claims by walkers with Attorney General

There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and the aim of the pilot project is to allow communities themselves to come up with ideas, Mr Ring said . Photograph: Eric Luke

Ballinrobe, Banagher, Boyle, Callan, Cappoquin, Castleblayney selected for pilot project

Dr  Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, said  we are now the fourth or fifth richest country in Europe, “and we can’t provide for families”.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon criticises State reliance on private rental sector

The Celtic Explorer: has steamed over 380,000 nautical miles and  conducted 595 science surveys during its 21 years of service.

Ship expected to be commissioned next year

 Michael Mackey in Galway: ‘There may be more money for emergency accommodation, but it is homes that need to be built.’  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Cope Galway’s figures shows homelessness increasing in western capital

Celebrations in July 2016 when it was announced Galway was to be the 2020 European Capital of Culture. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

‘We didn’t come out dancing, but we didn’t come out crying,’ says spokeswoman

 The Garda during a search of Skerries harbour after Jamie McAllister’s fishing boat sank in May 2017. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Investigatory body urges campaign about dangers of intoxication while at sea

Kerry farmers meet Galway counterparts to work on trail repair and erosion management issues as part of the new national uplands initiative supported by the Heritage Council Photograph: Siobhan Bennett

‘Need for voice of the uplands to be heard’ says national co-ordinator Mary Mulvey

Máire Geoghegan Quinn resigned from Galway 2020 three weeks ago. File photograph Nick Bradshaw

Organisation said former EU Commissioner left due to unavailablity for board meetings

Richard on the final leg of his round-Ireland journey.

Richard Hayes circumnavigated Ireland solo in a tiny dinghy to raise funds for cardiology equipment in memory of his mother

The National Association of General Practitioners has described as “profoundly shocking” reports that children were abusing valium in the city. Photograph: Istock

Children as young as 13 buying drugs illegally online, says Niall McNelis

  Celebrations in July 2016 when it was announced Galway was  to be the 2020 European Capital of Culture. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Confirmation of resignation of John Crumlish follows Druid’s withdrawal of flagship production

 Garry Hynes, the Druid Theatre’s artistic director, says the theatre company had been forced to pull out due to the Galway 2020 project’s “loss of time, significant budget cuts and communication issues”. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Loss of planned project with writer Colm Tóibín for Inis Meáin a significant blow

A file photograph from July 2016 shows the then minister for arts Heather Humphreys with members of the Galway team who won the European Capital of Culture for 2020. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Concern about capital of culture project mounts among artists

The proposed route involves a new bridge and viaduct over the river Corrib.

Proposed route advanced by planners includes 18km link between east and west of city

Men with stout sticks, women and children were spellbound as he spoke from the ‘gig rig’

 Sean Gallagher said the presidency should be as ‘transparent as possible because after all, it is taxpayer’s money’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Businessman says presidency should be as ‘transparent as possible because it is taxpayer’s money’

July 2016: then minister  for arts Heather Humphreys  with members of the Galway team who won the European Capital of Culture for 2020. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Key people have left, only half its budget is in place, and its vision is unclear. What went wrong?

Prof Orla Hardiman, Prof Peter Bede, Sally Lydon and Dr Rangariroyashe Chipika at the launch of the late Connemara-based computer programmer Andrew Lydon’s  scholarship.

Funds come from unspent money raised for care of Andrew Lydon who died of condition

A report into civil search and rescue flights has found a ‘disconnect’ between agencies with regards to whois responsible for safety and legal oversight. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Transport Shane Ross says he ‘accepts in full’ all 12 recommendations

Gerry Barrett is seeking the public’s view on a proposed new urban quarter at Ceannt station off   Eyre Square (pictured) in Galway,   at an estimated cost of about €450 million.

Project Ceannt on CIÉ lands will be one of State’s biggest-ever urban regeneration schemes

Elvira Ferraii had come to Ireland last month to study English.

Elvira Ferraii was in a caravan when it was overturned and swept into the sea near Clifden

A man looks at debris at the scene in Claddaghduff, near Clifden in Co Galway where a woman died after her caravan was blown off a cliff in Storm Ali which has brought gusts of 91mph. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

President Higgins expresses condolences over woman’s death in Claddaghduff

Gardaí from Clifden Garda station survey the wreckage from the caravan that was washed into the sea at Claddaghduff. Photograph: Conor Mc Keown

Storm force 11 winds batter Ireland amid orange alert

UHG’s centre of excellence treats cancer patients right along the Atlantic seaboard from Donegal to north Clare. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

HSE funding shortfall could delay project

Minister for Health Simon Harris: has been asked  to close the €109 million funding gap in the health service’s capital budget to ensure an “essential” Galway cancer treatment unit is built. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Lack of medical facilities in west highlighted amid fears funding shortage will hit projects

One of the boldest deep-ocean research projects ever undertaken in Europe was launched in Cobh, Co Cork today. Scientists  (from left) Mick Smyth, Raffaele Bonadio, Janneke De Laat, lead researcher Dr Sergei Lebedev, DIAS, Clara Gomez Garcia and Laura Berdi. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

Listening devices will monitor links between ocean wave activity, landslides and tsunamis

Deepwater Horizon’s devasting spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is still fresh in the memory of some 60 environmental groups who are also united in opposition.

Offshore oil and gas extraction poses a huge threat to the health of marine ecosystems

Páraic Breathnach’s remit includes hosting the annual Cúirt international literary festival, which is not in the 2020 bid book.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Arts groups seeking meeting with city and county managers over debacle

An Irish Water meter being installed.  “A sense of trying to achieve too much too soon is suggested by  by the approach to the overall water sector reform programme,” said Mr O’Leary.

‘How (not) to do public policy’ analysis to be debated at NUI Galway conference

The number of Traveller families requiring accommodation has more than doubled since legislation was introduced in 1998 mandating local authorities to provide same. File Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Irish Traveller Movement calls for dedicated housing agency to bypass local authorities

The chief executive of Galway’s European Capital of Culture 2020 Hannah Kiely  has announced she is stepping down.

Departure of Hannah Kiely comes just months after project lost creative director

The mayor was not badly injured in the incident and while he ended up with a sore jaw, he did not require medical attention. Photograph: Cllr Niall McNelis webpage

Cllr Niall McNelis says ‘ego is totally bruised’ after being punched in face by man

Passenger use on the controversial Limerick-Galway rail route has increased by 57 per cent over the past seven years. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Review of controversial route may result in extension of line beyond Athenry

In a letter to councillors in Galway, Deputy Eamon O Cuív said he would not do anything that would force him to leave Fianna Fáil. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fianna Fáil TD says he would ‘not do anything’ that would force him to leave the party

LÉ James Joyce conducting a rescue last year. File photograph: Defence Forces

Spanish defence ministry tweets Nato hashtag during exercise between its frigate and LÉ James Joyce

Presidential candidate Gemma O’Doherty: said she had “a constitutional right to my good name”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Presidential hopeful asked about her claims of collusion in murder of Veronica Guerin

Sean Gallagher at Galway City Hall  where he was seeking a nomination to run as a candidate for the  presidency. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Sean Gallagher says he is not seeking to ‘replace’ President Higgins but to ‘carry on with the great work he had undertaken’

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with pupils of Coláiste Naomh Eoin on Inis Meáin, Aran Islands, during a visit to mark the schools establishment as a single entity school. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

However, Fine Gael doesn’t get too many votes on islands now, several residents recalled

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with pupils of Coláiste Naomh Eoin on Inis Meáin, Aran Islands, during a visit to mark the schools establishment as a single entity school. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Speaking on Aran Islands, Leo Varadkar says he intends to ‘keep asking’ for talks with FF

Mizen Head. Spanish-registered fishing vessel “Virxen da Blanca”   was boarded by an inspection team from the LÉ “William Butler Yeats” 150 nautical miles south of Mizen Head.

Owners of Spanish vessel held off southwest says Irish authorities misinterpreted EU rules

The purple octocoral Clavularia overgrown and the reef forming stony coral Solenosmilia. In the foreground is a delicate bamboo coral with pale pink polyps. The bristly arms belong to an orange brisingid star fish. Photograph: NUIG

Most valuable compounds can be synthesised in laboratories

Bed sheets with the names of hundreds of dead children draped on the gates of a mass burial site at Tuam, Co Galway.  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Coroner is the responsible office-holder; Bon Secours order holds obligations – network

Pope Francis  shakes hands with Minister for Children Katherine Zappone at Áras an Uachtaráin in  Dublin. Photograph:  Danny Lawson/PA Wire.

Minister asked Pope Francis to ‘demonstrate remorse’ for treatment of woman, children with swift action

Audrey Elliott with the     Mayo football jersey signed by Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock, Co Mayo, which she hopes will lift the Mayo ‘curse’ so the team can win an All-Ireland title.  Photograph:   Cate McCurry/PA

Delight among crowd of over 40,000 as pope tours Knock shrine and acknowledged ‘open wound’ of abuse

Minister  Ross: regretted “that a sensitive and confidential report” which he had “commissioned on foot of an interim recommendation from the AAIU had been leaked”. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

Independent report identifies ‘confusion’ in relation to oversight of air-sea search and rescue

Caitríona Lucas, the coastguard volunteer who died during a search operation at Kilkee, Co Clare.

‘Critical deficiencies’ with communication on coast guard boat

Caitríona Lucas, a 41-year-old librarian and mother-of-two, was a highly experienced volunteer with the Irish Coast Guard’s Doolin unit.

Irish Coast Guard volunteer was a victim of a failure to learn lessons from the past

Galway Hospice at Renmore. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Local authority originally advised alternative location before councillors altered city plan

The ambulance sent from Ballina took 90 minutes  to reach Carraroe, via Maam Cross. File photograph: Alan Betson

‘If the equivalent was highlighted in Dublin, no TD would accept it’

John Lubimir on his boat ‘Patriot’ on Inis Mór, Co Galway on Tuesday.

Locals in Inis Mór minding John Lubimir after mast on boat ‘Patriot’ snapped at sea

Des Branigan acquired the rights to the Leinster, and ensured one of the ship’s anchors was recovered.

‘It is thanks to Des Branigan’s pioneering work in maritime archaeology that the hull will become a national monument from October(...)

President Michael D Higgins presents Myles Joyce’s great-granddaughters Carolyn (left) and Alice Conaboy, with parchment copies of the formal Presidential pardon granted earlier this year to Myles Joyce. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Maolra Seoighe is pardoned 136 years after he was hanged for crimes he did not commit

Pope John Paul II in Galway in 1979. Photograph: The Irish Times

There was little health and safety during previous visit, and no airport

Aaron and Craig Keighery in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, ahead of Sunday’s final. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Hope and a handcart fuelling cycle to east by faithful fans from Ballygar

rail

Two Galway East TDs at odds over train link between Athenry and Claremorris

Atlantic horse mackerel off Malinbeg, Co Donegal, one of the images celebrating the pioneering work of Irish marine biologist Maude Delap. Photograph: Brian Stone

Kerry music festival commemorates groundbreaking work on jellyfish

Local historian Catherine Corless at the site of a mass grave for children who died in the Tuam mother and baby home, Galway. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Historian Catherine Corless calls on Pope Francis to make a public apology

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'

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