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Lorna Siggins

Lorna Siggins

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Lorna Siggins is a print and radio reporter, and a former Irish Times western correspondent. She is the author of Everest Callling (1994) on the first Irish Everest expedition; Mayday! Mayday! (2004) on Irish helicopter search and rescue; and Once Upon a Time in the West: the Corrib gas controversy (2010).

Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) executive chair Paschal Hayes
The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) was asked to explain why it couldn’t sort out the fish landings row in Killybegs, Co Donegal, at an Oireachtas committee meeting on Wednesday. “You’ve really significant powers, you’ve attained oversight of the factories…
The Irish Coast Guard is leading a “large-scale maritime exercise” off the Donegal coast today (Wednesday). The exercise, called “Blue Hills”, will test major incident plans, it says. It will also focus on the operational capability and co-ordination of the…
Air Ambulance Service - There is one charity HEMS service in the Republic of Ireland – the Irish Community Air Ambulance based in Rathcoole Aerodrome in Co Cork
The European Commission says it has approved a €5 million Irish scheme to support "charity operators" of helicopter emergency medical services in Ireland affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The aid will not exceed €2.3 million per beneficiary; and will be…
The Youghal Swim Fest in County Cork takes place on July 10
The Fingal Swim Fest on north Dublin’s Donabate/Portrane peninsula and Mayo’s River Moy Swim are among events taking place in June for Swim Ireland’s new open water programme. The Enniscrone Pier swim in Sligo on July 3rd, Youghal Swim Fest…
The Galway Bay inshore lifeboat and Costello Bay Coast Guard (above) will be tasked and given areas to search in an exercise
A planned exercise to simulate searching for a missing paddleboarder in Galway Bay has been rescheduled to a later date. The simulated mission involving Irish Coast Guard helicopters and shore units, the RNLI and the Marine Institute was due to take place…
The new RNLI Clifden lifeboat has over 10,000 names of loved ones on its hull
A newly built all-weather lifeboat with over 10,000 names on its hull which is due to arrive at the RNLI’s Clifden station in Connemara on Saturday has already recorded its first rescue mission. The Shannon-class lifeboat named St Christopher escorted…
IFPO chief executive Aodh O'Donnell
Is Derry on the island of Ireland? That’s a question being asked by fishing industry representatives in a bitter row over how the State’s sea fisheries regulator has been handling landings of valuable blue whiting. The Irish Fish Producers’ Organisation…
Henry O'Donnell who has become first man to finswim solo around Ireland
Donegal-born former Army Ranger, lifeguard, diver and swim instructor Henry O’Donnell has become the first man to finswim around Ireland. The solo swimmer completed 1,569 kilometres, equivalent to 847 nautical miles, when he landed at Carrickfin beach in the Donegal…
Traditional craft from Galway Hooker Sailing Club participated in the Darkness into Light national fundraiser on  Saturday
Slipping out into Galway Bay before sunrise, several traditional craft from Galway Hooker Sailing Club participated in the Darkness into Light national fundraiser on  Saturday. “When a community comes together, it’s amazing what can be done,” the club said after…
A French yawl built from a late 18th-century replica will be on display in Galway from this weekend
A French yawl built from a late 18th-century replica will be on display in Galway as part of a “Mini Brittany Fest” which runs from May 7th to 14th. Mayor of Lorient Fabrice Loher will lead a delegation to Galway…
Potential flooding areas in Dublin by extreme water levels by 2100
Mapping Ireland’s seabed, how scientists predict flooding and how to grow your own volcano are themes of an open day hosted by the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) and National Museum of Ireland this weekend. The free “Down to Earth”…
The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) was formed in 2002 as part of the drive to instil a culture of compliance within the fisheries sector across Europe
The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and the EU’s agency for the space programme (EUSPA) have signed a cooperation agreement for an initial two years. The memorandum of understanding will allow the EFCA to benefit from Galileo, the European global…
Grace O'Sullivan
The Irish Wildlife Trust has welcomed a European Parliament report calling for action on bottom trawling but has questioned why most MEPs did not support a ban on the fishing technique in marine protected areas (MPAs). A report by Portuguese…
Natural oyster reef - Artificial oyster reefs along the US Gulf Coast are designed to protect and restore shoreline habitat and create living oyster reefs as a sustainable option for reducing erosion of coastal marshes and protecting communities from storm surge. A new study shows restoration of marshes and oyster reefs are among the most cost-effective solutions for reducing coastal flood risks
There are many reasons to love oysters, and now an NUI Galway scientist has suggested another one. Apart from its nutritional benefits, the shellfish also provides a cost-effective solution to the impacts of climate change. Natural reefs built from oysters…
The number of remaining high-status river sites has declined from 31.5% (1987-1990) to 19.9% (2017-2020), representing an almost 37% decline in number, according to data from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Six river catchments are the focus of a 20 million euro project to reverse long term decline in Ireland’s “high status” waters. The Waters of LIFE project involves 16 partners, including government departments, state agencies, local authorities, and local development…
Minister for Housing and Local Government Darragh O’Brien, Paul Fallon, Irish Water and Jim Cullen, Galway County Council pictured during the minister’s visit to the  wastewater project under construction at An Spidéal, Co Galway.
Water quality in Galway Bay may be improved when a new wastewater treatment plant is completed in An Spidéal next year, Minister for Housing and Local Government Darragh O’Brien has predicted. The project will eliminate the discharge of more than…
Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue - asked to play
The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) has confirmed that it has withdrawn permits for two fish processors in the continuing row over weighing of pelagic landings. The SFPA also says it will “not accept the misuse” of the weigh after…
Pictured at NUI Galway Boat Christening Ceremony were (l-r) Fiona Murtagh, 2021 Olympic Bronze Medal Tokyo, President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Marcia O'Donoghue, Cliodhna Nolan, 2020 Gold European Championship, Olive Byrne O'Dea and Ciro Prisco, NUI Galway Rowing Coach
Four new rowing boats have been named in tribute to alumni and current student athletes at NUI Galway. Chris O’Dea and the late Dr Donagh O’Donoghue, both of whom are former rowers with Coláiste Iognáid and NUI Galway Boat Club,…
Dun Laoghaire senator Victor Boyhan
Dun Laoghaire senator Victor Boyhan has called for a more transparent and accountable Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB). He has also called for a new mechanism to appoint members to the MCIB board. Speaking during a debate on the Merchant…
Minister for Housing and Local Government Darragh O’Brien
Water quality may benefit from a new 50 million euro funding scheme to provide treatment in small communities without access to public wastewater infrastructure. Some 547 villages and settlements may be eligible for the scheme which aims to reduce risks…
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