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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).

Marine science researcher Silvia Blanco with Red seaweed Asparagopsis armata tests at Bantry marine research station, Co Cork, which may help to reduce methane emissions in cattle if added to animal feed
Scientists in West Cork are reporting significant results in use of a type of red seaweed to reduce methane emissions in cattle. Cuts of between 40 and 98 per cent in emissions have already been achieved in trials in the…
Marine Minister Michael Creed
Marine Minister Michael Creed has defended a new temporary tie-up scheme for fishing vessels which has been condemned by the industry as “designed to fail”. Four Irish fish producers have said the EU-funded scheme to compensate whitefish vessels which tie…
US entrepreneur Gregg Bemis, right, who owns the shipwreck of the Lusitania, with diver Eoin McGarry
US businessman Gregg Bemis, owner of the Lusitania which was torpedoed off Co Cork with the loss of 1,200 lives during the first World War, has died in New Mexico. Mr Bemis was due to mark his 92nd birthday next…
SEMRU has launched a new report valuing domestic coastal and marine tourism and leisure activities in the Republic of Ireland - downloadable below
Domestic coastal and marine tourism could help to “reboot” a sector which has been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report by NUI Galway (NUIG) finds. “Marine-active” holidaymakers tend to stay longer and spend more than the average…
Kilronan Pier on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands
The Aran islanders may have a ban on visitors, but they are already critically short of drinking water.  Irish Water and Galway County Council have introduced restrictions on water use lasting 17 hours a day on both the largest island…
Ernest Shackleton - key characteristics for successful exploration-optimism, patience, idealism and courage
“For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton..” The words of British geologist Raymond Priestley,…
John Leech of Water Safety Ireland
The Government has been warned of the risks of an increase in drownings in the next few weeks during an easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Water Safety Ireland chief executive John Leech has expressed concern about the risks if weather is…
Minister for Transport Shane Ross
Air navigation services run by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) have not been adequately resourced and were still suffering from staffing shortages for at least two years after the Rescue 116 helicopter crash, The Sunday Independent reports. A review for…
Galway Docks and Marina
Marinas and public slipways around the coast are due to open next week as part of a phased lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. Port of Galway harbourmaster Capt Brian Sheridan has said the port’s public slipway and its marina will be…
One of the guest musicians is renowned violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Some people are climbing Everest, some tackling Hadrian’s Wall, some circumnavigating Ireland as four Dun Laoghaire sailors are doing in aid of the RNLI, all virtually, of course. However, sailors and coastal communities are being invited to participate in a land…
LÉ William Butler Yeats in Dublin on COVID-19 duties on the River Liffey
Naval Service patrol ship LÉ William Butler Yeats left Dublin today to return to routine security operations as Covid-19 community testing centres on ships are stood down. Six ships have rotated duty in the three ports of Dublin, Galway and…
LE Ciara
A French registered fishing vessel has been detailed for alleged breaches of fishing regulations by the Naval Service. The vessel was fishing approximately 120 nautical miles south-west of Mizen Head, Co Cork, last night when it was apprehended by the…
18 seismometers had been deployed in 2018 over a 1500 kilometre area from north to south and over 1,000 km of sea from east to west as part of a project run by the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies (DIAS)
Marine Scientists on the RV Celtic Explorer have collected a network of seismometers recording valuable data over the past 19 months in Irish, British and Icelandic waters. The 18 seismometers had been deployed in 2018 over a 1500 kilometre area…
The Gangway from shore to 'MFV Olgarry'
The Minister for Transport has been urged to remind fishing crews of the dangers involved in boarding vessels under the influence of alcohol, following reports issued this week of two separate fatalities in ports. The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB)…
EU Ombudsman Disappointed at Failure of EU Fisheries Ministers to Embrace Transparency
EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has expressed “regret” that EU fisheries ministers failed to adopt her office’s demand for more transparency in dealing out annual catches and quotas in EU waters. Ms O’Reilly’s comments follow the EU Council’s refusal to accept…
Galway city and its marine industry is likely to be the most severely affected, according to the report
Dublin may have the highest number of cases of Covid-19 infection, but it is least exposed of all Irish counties to the economic impacts, a new report says. The Atlantic seaboard reliance on tourism and recreation, including the marine sector,…
Irish Industry Organisations Question Methodology for 'Overfishing' Report
Two Irish fish industry groupings have questioned the methodology used in a report published last week which claims Ireland is among the top five EU states who are “overfishing”. The Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation (IS&WFPO) has questioned…
Most “excess tonnage” of fish has been caught by Britain, Denmark and Spain – at 1.78M tonnes, 1.48M tonnes and 1.04M tonnes respectively – over two decades, the report says
A new environmental report on fish catches in EU waters ranks Ireland among the top five in a European “overfishing league table”. The report by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) has claimed that Spain, Ireland, Portugal, the Netherlands and Germany…
Tributes to Fishing Industry Leader Donal O'Driscoll Who Died at the Weekend
Tributes have been paid to fishing industry leader Donal O’Driscoll who died in hospital at the weekend at the age of 86. “A champion of the Irish fishing industry” is how the Irish South and West Fish Producers’ Organisation (IS&WFPO)…
These photos from the previous expedition in 2018 show the scientists going out to lay the sensors which they are now heading out to sea to collect
A team of scientists who have been self-isolating like astronauts for the past fortnight set sail from Galway at the weekend on an unusual mission. Six researchers from the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) and 15 crew on Marine…
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