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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).

Rescue 116 pictured over Wicklow in August 2015
The Minister for Transport’s approval of a review of the Air Accident Investigation Unit’s draft final report into the Rescue 116 helicopter crash has been described as “unprecedented” by the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA) writes Lorna Siggins. The pilots’…
Maritime lawyer Michael Kingston
An Irish international maritime lawyer has called for a Garda inquiry into the State's role in investigating marine accidents writes Lorna Siggins. Michael Kingston, whose father Tim died in the Whiddy island Betelgeuse explosion 41 years ago, visited Garda headquarters…
The four Irish Coast Guard search and rescue helicopters based at Dublin, Shannon, Waterford and Sligo flew lover 770 missions last year,
Accidental activation of satellite beacons or expired equipment meant that the majority of almost 200 such alerts proved to be false alarms this past year, the Irish Coast Guard has said. In its end of year statement, the Irish Coast…
The scheme was initiated last January in Union Hall, Co Cork
Minister for Marine Michael Creed has paid tribute to Irish trawler owners who have signed up to the State’s “fishing for litter” scheme. Mr Creed said that 96 per cent of trawlers in the fleet have registered to participate, as…
The Government is increasing minimum mesh sizes of fishing nets by 25% for EU trawler fleets
All trawling by vessels over 18m in length within Ireland’s six-mile zone will be outlawed from January 1st, Minister for Marine Michael Creed has reminded the fishing industry. However, a “phased” system will operate for vessels fishing for sprat during…
A dead Killer Whale on the Waterford shoreline
Flame retardants, pesticides and other pollutants are among the toxic ingredients found in four killer whales stranded on the Irish coastline, according to a new study writes Lorna Siggins Blubber samples analysed by scientists from Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)…
Galway's Crisis Management Team at Salthill during last night's storms
Galway’s harbourmaster has hit out at the lack of warning for a severe storm which caused flooding in parts of the city and Salthill last night writes Lorna Siggins. The city’s emergency plan was invoked after southerly winds forecast at…
Increases in key stocks include mackerel (41% increase), haddock (+30%), monkfish (+7%) and megrims (+3%) in the Celtic Sea
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine Michael Creed has hailed EU agreement on next year’s fish quotas, while the deal has been condemned by environmental NGOs Birdwatch Ireland and Our Fish writes Lorna Siggins Mr Creed said that securing agreement…
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed
As EU fisheries ministers gather in Brussels today for their annual catch and quota negotiations, one Irish industry leader has warned that the impact of Brexit is already being felt with a “doubling” of non-Irish vessels fishing in these waters…
Kayaker Tim Flavin
“Stop for a quick apple and orange drink. Paddle on in flat water. Stop for cake and try throwing a lifebelt onto a beach...” “ Arrive Courtown at about 11.15 to champagne and a congratulations cake reception! A lifetime trip…
Oceans in Transformation commissioned by TBA21-Academy.  Multibeam sonar sounding of Reykjanes Ridge in the Atlantic Ocean
Combined impacts of sea-level rise, intensification of maritime transport, depletion of coastal ecosystems and deep-sea mining are the theme of a new exhibition planned for the Italian city of Venice which aims to change the conversation about the ocean environment…
Lusitania launch - (Left to right) Ian Lawler, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Fionnbarr Moore, National Monuments Service, Connie Kelleher, National Monuments Service, Ms Josepha Madigan, T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Charise McKeon, National Monuments Service and Karl Brady, National Monuments Service. Ms Josepha Madigan, T.D., Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DCHG) announced the publication of a new book on the RMS Lusitania - RMS Lusitania: The Story of a Wreck
High resolution scans of the wreck of the RMS Lusitania and expert opinion from divers, researchers and specialists feature in a new book on the ocean liner published this week writes Lorna Siggins  National Monuments Service underwater archaeologists Fionnbarr Moore,…
Fishing activities may be omitted from the long-awaited Marine Planning and Development Management Bill
A Government plan to streamline marine planning and consent has been stymied by refusal of one key department to become involved writes Lorna Siggins A new “one stop permit shop” for offshore wind farms, ocean energy and other marine activities…
The Irish Coastguard suspended sea rescue at 23 of its 44 stations on Friday after what it described as the “recent malfunctioning of Rescue 400 lifejackets"
The Irish Coast Guard was warned over three years ago of difficulties with full inflation of lifejackets used by its inshore search, rescue and recovery craft, as Lorna Siggins reports in The Sunday Times reports today here. The Irish Coast…
Detail from the diary. A full transcript of the extracts is downloadable below
“We are celebrating here afloat on the Antarctic floe not knowing what way we will drift next or be frozen in for another winter... Breakfast a seal steak and cup of tea...dinner a pancake made of flour water fried in…
The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ William Butler Yeats (above) detained the fishing vessel about 59 nautical miles north-west of Valentia Island
A Spanish registered fishing vessel has been escorted into Galway by the Naval Service after it was detained off the Kerry coast writes Lorna Siggins. The vessel was inspected by the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ William Butler Yeats and…
A feeding basking shark showing the characteristic white gape
An endangered basking shark showed up off North America three years after it was tagged in Ireland, according to new research published by Irish and Canadian scientists. A female basking shark which was fitted with a satellite transmitter at Malin…
Cumar – a Galway Rhapsody explores the influences of Connemara’s Atlantic landscape and Galway on seven artists, including novelist Mike McCormack (left) and comedian Tommy Tiernan
Galway’s “edge of the world” situation between river, lake and sea has inspired a documentary which secured a top award earlier this week at the Irish Film Festival London writes Lorna Siggins The documentary entitled Cumar – a Galway Rhapsody…
The Marine Spatial Plan will try to balance the different demands for using the sea including the need to protect the marine environment
"Strategic marine activity zones" may be designated in coastal and offshore waters as part of the Government's new approach to marine planning. Offshore wind projects will receive "preference" in marine areas zoned for this, a new draft framework published this…
Emergency Services including the Irish Coastguard were praised by the Galway West Coroner
A Galway coroner has paid tribute to a French-Canadian who tried to save the life of a Swiss woman when the caravan she was staying in at a Connemara campsite was swept into the sea during Storm Ali writes Lorna Siggins…
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