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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).

LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) on patrol
 A French-registered fishing vessel has been detained by the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) off the south-west coast. The detention approximately 45 nautical miles south-west of Mizen Head was in relation to alleged breaches of fishing…
An illustration from the WindEurope Flagship report
Each new wind turbine built in Europe generates €10 million worth of economic activity, according to a European industry network. A new report by WindEurope also says investing in wind energy will help Europe’s economic recovery from the impacts of…
The current Coastguard contractor operates a fleet of Sikorsky S-92 helicopters from four bases: Shannon, Sligo, Dublin and Waterford
The Irish Coast Guard has asked the Government to include fixed-wing aircraft and use of drones in the new State contract for search and rescue. As The Sunday Times reports today, tender offers for the new air/sea service, which will…
The 5.7-metre open deck GRP vessel 'Tommy R'
An investigation into the death of the young west Cork fisherman Kodie Healy in Dunmanus Bay last year says he may have fallen overboard his boat. The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) report published today says Mr Healy had only…
Inshore fishing trawlers at Helvick Head
Irish inshore fishermen have said that a High Court ruling which overturns a Government ban on trawling by larger fishing vessels within the Irish six nautical mile limit is “likely to be more severe” on them than a “no-deal Brexit".…
Mackerel is a valuable export fish species - Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue welcomed the allocation of €151m in the budget for the seafood industry
The Government has allocated €13 million in increased funding to promote the” environmentally sustainable development” of the seafood industry. Budget 2021 has approved total funding for the Irish sea fisheries Programme at €151 million. Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue welcomed…
Sligo-based Galway-born GP Katie McAnena, a five-times national women's windsurfing champion, setting a new women's record at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, last January
If there is an ill wind that doesn’t blow some good, it is the numbers taking to the sea and inland waterways during Covid-19. As The Sunday Times reports today, this season has been the busiest ever for outdoor pursuit…
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has also called for a scientific study of species including sprat stocks
The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has called on Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue and Minister of State for Biodiversity Pippa Hackett to “act swiftly” over a High Court decision that overturns a ban on fishing by vessels over 18 metres…
The MSC UK award - made from recycled fishing nets -  which was presented to this year's award winners including BIM
Bord Iascaigh Mhara’s role in certifying the Irish mussel industry as “sustainable” has earned it an “Ocean Hero” award from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The MSC, based in Britain, is an international non-profit organisation which sets “globally recognised, science-based…
The the ban had been initiated by former Marine Minister Michael Creed
The High Court has found that a ban on trawling or fishing within seine nets by vessels over 18 metres in length inside the six-mile nautical limit has “no legal effect”. Mr Justice Michael McGrath issued his judgment on foot…
Patrick and Morgan Oliver - decribed as 'Claddagh Royalty' by Galway Mayor
The two Galway fishermen who rescued two paddleboarders in August have been honoured at a mayoral reception. Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard described Patrick Oliver and his son Morgan as “Claddagh royalty” when he presented them with a framed presentation…
Royal Navy's HMS Lancaster - told Irish trawler off the coast of Donegal to move 'for safety reasons'
The Government has opted not to pursue an incident where a British navy ship instructed an Irish fishing vessel to leave grounds where it was working some 60 miles off the Donegal coast. The 32-metre fishing vessel Marlíona, registered in…
Fergus Farrell and Damian Browne crossing from Aran Islands to Galway this week
When Fergus Farrell was paralysed after a workplace accident, he may never have imagined he would watch the sunrise as he plied a currach across Galway Bay. However, the former rugby player did just that with close friend and extreme…
Fergus Farrell (left) and Damian Browne
Two extraordinary men are set to row a currach from the Aran island of Inis Oírr to Galway city this morning to highlight their bid to cross the Atlantic in 2022. Extreme adventurer and former professional rugby player Damian Browne…
The survey ship named Ridley is now exploring suitable seabed approaches from Galway out to the boundary of the Irish exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
Iceland has selected Galway as the European landing location for international telecommunications cables. Farice, a company fully owned by the Icelandic Government, currently owns and operates two submarine cables linking Iceland to Northern Europe. It has been undertaking preparatory work…
The IS&WFPO says the new system was “not just an attack on fishermen and women”, but “an attack on everything we as a society hold dear, on our independence and on our sovereignty”.
The Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation (IS&WFPO) says it intends to initiate a constitutional challenge to the penalty points system for fishing offences introduced by the new government. Taoiseach Micheál Martin signed the system of administrative sanctions into…
LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63)
A French-registered fishing vessel has been detained by the Naval Service off the south-west coast. The LÉ William Butler Yeats (P63) detained the vessel for alleged breaches of fishing regulations after a boarding inspection approximately 11 nautical miles south-west of…
World Maritime Day "Lá Mara" to be Marked by Udaras na Gaeltachta Marine Webinar
Ireland’s “blue economy” and the opportunities for Gaeltacht communities will be debated at a marine “webinar” hosted by State agency Udarás na Gaeltachta on Thursday to mark world maritime day. Offshore renewable energy, standards for sustainable harvesting of both wild…
Cockles in an Irish supermarket
The Dubliners' ode to Irish shellfish in their song Molly Malone may have been relying on inaccurate information. New research by University College, Cork (UCC) scientists reports there is “inconsistent” data on the location of Irish cockles in previous studies. Cockles…
Father and son team – Patrick & Morgan Oliver aboard their 7 Metre Cheetah Class Catamaran in Galway Docks
The Galway father and son who located two missing paddleboarders off the Aran islands last month have recorded another rescue. Patrick and Morgan Oliver pulled a man from the river Corrib this morning after he was spotted in the water…
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