Galway Harbour Company’s decision after the Buncrana deaths to limit access to its slipway has aroused criticism from water users.  Photograph: Peter Murtagh/The Irish Times

Five weeks after five members of one family died when their car skidded into Lough Swilly, the Department of the Environment has issued no specific di(...)

 Tara McCarthy , chief executive of Bord Iascaigh Mhara.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

There can be few chief executives who enjoy a better view than Tara McCarthy. Her Dún Laoghaire office window frames the panorama that is Dublin Bay. (...)

Rathlin Island is a Special Area of Conservation and a nature reserve for guillemots, fulmars, kittiwakes, razorbills and a fragile population of tiny sea parrots

A mythical spider, an upside-down lighthouse, puffins, lapwings and blue-eyed hares – for a little island off the northeast coast, Rathlin has a lot (...)

Officer Commanding LÉ Samuel Beckett Lt Cdr Anthony Geraghty, Minister  for the Marine Simon Coveney, Conor Healy, chief executive  of Cork Chamber, and Bord Iascaigh Mhara chairman Kiernan Calnan. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Ireland’s maritime sector or “blue economy” is performing on average better than the general economy according to a report published by the Socio- Eco(...)

Sarah Phelan (6) with Lighthouse Keeper Gerald Butler from Galley Head lighthouse in The National Maritime Museum of Ireland Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Safe navigation may be their primary purpose, but 12 working lighthouses around the Irish coast are about to open their weather-beaten doors for overn(...)

The IFA report says  the Irish farmed salmon sector would “only fill a corner” of one Norwegian fjord. Photograph: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Delays in issuing fish farm licences have cost an estimated €60 million in investment ove(...)

Dr Noreen Burke of the Galway Atlantaquaria, a board director of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, with the common dolphin  which was washed up on Grattan Road beach during the high tide and winds in Galway city. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Six lighthouses were damaged in the extreme storm force winds and tidal surges that hit the west and south coasts. There were also several mammal stra(...)

Pikemen waiting to march during Vinegar Hill Day in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford in June 1998 to commemorate the 1798 Rebellion. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Some 32 historical sites and attractions have been mapped on a driving route to mark a heritage trail of Co Wexford. Launching the trail today, Minist(...)

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