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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).

Inisturk Harbour
Islanders on Inishturk, Co Mayo, say they cannot risk essential repairs being carried out to a storm-damaged mobile phone transmitter for the west coast due to the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Inishturk development manager Mary Helena O’Toole said…
Aran Island Ferries
No tourists are permitted to travel between the Aran Islands and Galway during current Covid-19 restrictive measures, Island Ferries has said. The private company has also said one vessel will serve all three islands daily for “essential/emergency services only “…
Social distance markings painted on the ground at popular Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Dublin Bay
Outdoor enthusiasts have been urged to “stay local” this weekend to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Two mountaineering organisations have urged people to refrain from heading to the uplands this weekend and ensure their one daily walk is…
Stephane Griesbach of Gannet Fishmongers
A major west coast retail fish supplier has pledged to sell only Irish-caught fish and shellfish during the current Covid-19 restrictions to support the Irish inshore fleet. Parisian-born Stefan Griesbach of Gannet Fishmongers in Galway says that he is “out…
Minister & Fish Industry Organisations Condemn Protests Over French & Spanish Landings in South-West, Amid Concerns about Lack of Communication
Seven Irish fishing organisations have condemned what they described as “blockades” in two south-west harbours, and said that such protests were “alarmist” and “unnecessary” writes Lorna Siggins  The seven groups, including the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation, the Irish Fish Producer’s Organisation, and Irish…
The new plan is part of an 18-month strategy to develop tourism along the Shannon corridor over the next decade to 2030
Waterways Ireland is continuing its public consultation on its Shannon tourism masterplan but has urged members of the public to respond online. The cross-border authority has published its draft masterplan and associated environmental report as part of an 18-month strategy…
"We are Islanders" - Ocean Literary Network Publishes List of Covid-19 Supports
The Irish Ocean Literacy Network has published a list of useful supports for individuals and communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. The network, which aims to achieve an ocean literate society across the island of Ireland, has appealed to communities to…
Seafest 2020 in Cork Harbour is Postponed Until 2021 Due to Covid-19
The Covid-19 virus has forced the cancellation of SeaFest, the national maritime festival which was due to take place in Cork in May. In a statement, the Marine Institute said that a decision was taken to postpone the event until…
A tented field hospital beside the Naval patrol ship, LE William Butler Yeats in Galway Docks
Defence Force staff set up a tented field hospital beside the Naval patrol ship, LE William Butler Yeats, yesterday (sun) in preparation for use as a Covid-19 testing centre writes Lorna Siggins A marquee was erected beside the ship in…
One of the world’s largest floating wind projects is to be built off the Welsh coast
An Irish renewable energy company has partnered with French energy major Total to develop one of the world’s largest floating wind projects off the Welsh coast. Marine Renewables Industry Association (MRIA) chairman Peter Coyle has described the Simply Blue Energy…
EU Increases Aid Rules to Respond to Dramatic Slump in Seafood Sector Due to Covid-19
The European Commission says it is revising EU state aid rules to provide temporary relief for fishing fleets and fish farmers who have been hard hit by the economic consequences of Covid-19 writes Lorna Siggins A “dramatic downturn” in the demand…
Killybegs fishing port
Public demand for canned rather than fresh fish during the Covid-19 crisis and restrictions on Irish seafood exports are contributing to a looming storm in the fishing sector, an Irish industry leader has warned writes Lorna Siggins Fishing representatives are due…
LE WB Yeats
The Naval Service patrol ship LÉ WB Yeats has berthed in Galway for potential use as a testing facility for the Covid-19 virus writes Lorna Siggins The ship is one of three Naval Service vessels requested for use by the Health…
Capt Dara Fitzpatrick (pictured), Capt Mark Duffy and winch team Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith all died in the Rescue 116 helicopter crash
A senior aviation expert with Britain’s Coastguard has been appointed to a review of aspects of the unpublished investigation into the Rescue 116 helicopter crash off the north Mayo coast three years ago, The Sunday Times reports. Philip Hanson, aviation…
Pilots' Union Says Review of Rescue 116 Final Report in Conflict With International Safety Standards
The Irish Airline Pilots’ Association has said the Government’s establishment of a review board into the Rescue 116 helicopter crash draft final report is in conflict with international safety standards writes Lorna Siggins The pilots’ union was responding to Wednesday’s announcement…
R116 Coastguard Helicopter
Almost three years after four Irish Coast Guard aircrew lost their lives in a helicopter crash off the north Mayo coast, a senior counsel has been appointed to chair a review into aspects of the State investigator's final report writes Lorna…
LÉ Niamh under the command of Lieut Cdr Claire Murphy
Near gale force and gusty south-west winds have forced a  change of venue for a Galway 2020 International Women’s Day event on board the Naval Service patrol ship LÉ Niamh on Sunday morning. The patrol ship was to have hosted…
Coronavirus Forces Postponement of Two Key Marine Events
Uncertainty over the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19 has influenced postponement of the annual Irish Skipper Expo and a charity evening in aid of the Lost at Sea Tragedies (LAST) next weekend, writes Lorna Siggins. Mara Media, which organises the Irish…
Portumna Harbour in County Galway on the Shannon Navigation
Waterways Ireland has been urged to work with farmers who are facing serious flooding on the Shannon, as the agency initiates a new tourism masterplan for the river. IFA Connacht chair Pat Murphy said that it would be a “win,…
Coastwatch Ireland volunteers on board Brian Boru in Grand Canal Basin with results of Coastwatch 2019 survey
Coastal litter caused by drinks containers has halved in one year, but macro and micro debris is still plentiful around the Irish coastline. As Afloat reported earlier, results from 541 survey areas recorded by a team of Coastwatch Ireland volunteers…
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