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

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) says it is “functioning as normal” although its president, Dr Fergal Barry, is on extended leave. The thir(...)

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 for Business Heather Humphreys has said Government plans for a national rural broadband plan remain “on track” and a contract will be signed (...)

A giant larvacean (the blue, tadpole-like animal) beats its tail, pumping water and microplastic beads (red dots) through its inner filter. Image: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

When we see pictures of beaches and seas choked with plastic, the impact of our throwaway culture sinks home. But the plastic we do not see is probabl(...)

Dr Heather Lally of GMIT with a  drone

Unmanned aircraft or drones are to be used to test water quality in western lakes. Scientists at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) believe (...)

Wastewater treatment by aeration. In a new study six wastewater treatment plants in northern England were linked to a rise  in microplastics in the rivers – on average up to three times higher but in one instance by a factor of 69

Microplastics in rivers have been found in much higher concentrations downstream from wastewater treatment plants, researchers have found. In one of(...)

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

When a group of artists in this year’s European Capital of Culture, the Dutch city of Leeuwarden, wanted to make a point about lack of community engag(...)

Barry Davis with Lauren, Grace and Niamh at their home near Athy, Co Kildare. Photograph: Michael Donnelly

Barry Davis and his wife Aisling were relaxing at home on a summer’s evening last July, a day after their middle child’s 12th birthday, when she said (...)

Karen Powell died in a car accident and her lungs,   liver and heart valves were donated

The subject of organ donation came up on a television programme that Sarah Powell was watching a few years ago with the second youngest of her seven c(...)

Pretty penny: our “marine recreation” trips are worth almost €1.7 billion a year. Illustration: Michael Viney

The summer of 2011 can’t have been so bad. There were plenty of swimmers, surfers, kayakers and windsurfers along the strands of Ireland’s west to ans(...)

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

A new digital “app” aims to reduce deaths by drowning in the fast-flowing river Corrib through Galway city. The “Galway Safe App” uses GPS technology(...)

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