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Taoiseach Micheál Martin has endorsed plans for Galway to become the State's first "hydrogen hub".

The plan was outlined when Mr Martin gave the keynote speech at a conference hosted by the Port of Galway.

A "hydrogen hub" is a city or region dedicated to developing hydrogen as an alternative energy source, with offshore wind being a key factor.

Hydrogen can be produced when renewable electricity is used to split water into its component parts of hydrogen and oxygen through electrolysis.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin with Maurice O'Gorman, Chair, Galway Harbour Company and Conor O'Dowd, CEO, Galway Harbour Company at “The Renewable Energy Opportunity for the West of Ireland” conference  hosted today by Galway Harbour Company, in the gHotel, Galway.Taoiseach Micheal Martin with Maurice O'Gorman, Chair, Galway Harbour Company and Conor O'Dowd, CEO, Galway Harbour Company Photo:  Eamon Ward

The Galway Hydrogen Hub - dubbed GH2 - will involve combining the resources and expertise of seven groups, including the Port of Galway and NUI Galway.

Renewable Energy entrepreneur Eddie O'Connor was a guest speaker in GalwayRenewable Energy entrepreneur Eddie O'Connor was a guest speaker in Galway

Also involved are CIÉ/Bus Éireann, Aran Island Ferries, the Lasta Mara Teo transport company, Aer Arann Islands and SSE Renewables.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin with Maurice O'Gorman, Chair, Galway Harbour Company and Conor O'Dowd, CEO, Galway Harbour Company at “The Renewable Energy Opportunity for the West of Ireland” conference  hosted today by Galway Harbour Company, in the gHotel, Galway. Photograph by Eamon WardThe conference audience in Galway

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin is to address a renewable energy conference hosted by the Port of Galway next week.

Mr Martin will give the keynote speech at the event, entitled “The renewable energy opportunity for the west of Ireland”.

The event will take place both in person at and online from Galway’s G Hotel from 11 am to 3 pm on April 14th.

The Port of Galway says the conference will also include panel discussions on the opportunity renewable energy can play in the economic development of the west of Ireland and the national economy.

Two months ago, the Government approved a €25m investment in a deep water berth facility at Ros an Mhíl harbour, west of Galway in Connemara.

Minister for Marine Charlie McConalogue said the development would allow larger fishing vessels to berth at Ros-a-Mhíl, and would enable the servicing of an offshore wind energy industry.

The full agenda and list of speakers for the Port of Galway’s conference will be available later this week. Registration is now open here

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As planned, the second leg of the 23rd Mini Transat EuroChef kicked off Friday and Ireland's only entry in the solo sailing race is lying 12th in the Proto division.

As reported earlier, Galway Franco-Irish sailmaker Yannick Lemonnier, racing Port of Galway, took 16th place in the Proto Class in the first leg and in the early days of the crossing - and with the Atlantic Ocean ahead of him - he is hoping to improve on that.

Propelled along by a light NE'ly breeze, the 86 participants still competing in the event left Santa Cruz de La Palma bound for Saint-Francois with a hefty 2,700-mile sprint ahead of them as well as a great many unknowns.

Unknowns associated with the exercise itself which, for the vast majority of sailors, will be their transatlantic debut, but also unknowns linked to the weather. Indeed, in addition to the wind shadows created by the Canary Islands, the solo sailors will also have to deal with some lacklustre trade wind and the great many uncertainties caused by this scenario.

Good wishes for Galway Minitransat sailor Yannick LemonnierGood wishes for Galway Minitransat sailor Yannick Lemonnier

As predicted, very light airs (between 4 and 5 knots of NE'ly breeze) set the tone for the start of the second leg of the 23rd edition of the Mini Transat EuroChef this Friday afternoon, offshore of Santa Cruz de La Palma. For the next 24-36 hours then, the solo sailors will have to be patient and opportunistic in their bid to escape the Canaries archipelago.

* This Sunday, whilst making headway offshore of the coast fringing the Western Sahara, the fleet competing in the 23rd Mini Transat EuroChef has scattered every which way. Indeed, it now spans over 180 miles in latitude and 130 miles in longitude, evidence that the 84 competitors still out on the racetrack are each sailing their own race. Some of them have clearly placed the emphasis on heading due south where they can rack up good speeds, whilst others are opting for a compromise by zigzagging their way down the Atlantic so as to gradually reposition themselves over to the west. One other, Australian Christiaan Durrant (1015 - Little Rippa), has clearly targeted the shortest route by sticking as closely as possible to the great circle route, which should logically give him pride of place on the leader board in the near future. A position report which, at this stage of the race, doesn't really give a true indication of which competitors are best placed to hook onto favourable conditions going forward.

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Marine Ireland Industry Network (MIIN) is next week (Thursday, 6th May) to hold an online event 'MIIN in Galway - A Microcosm for Marine Innovation and Industry Opportunities'.

The event (11am-12.30pm) is to focus on innovative marine industrial activities taking place in the Galway region.

MIIN will include opportunities in the marine sector, relevant R&D projects and feature snapshots of four companies actively involved in the industry.

The online event is being facilitated by the team at the newly built GMIT iHub in Galway.

For further information on Speakers and how to register click here.

Noting the Event's running order starts at 11.00am and conclude at 12.30 with afterwards a Q&A session.

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The Port of Galway has secured consent to provide compensatory habitat in return for its proposed harbour extension.

An Bord Pleanala has confirmed that the development qualifies to be considered under a derogation of the EU Habitats Directive, which allows projects to be built for "Imperative Reasons of Overriding Public Interest". (IROPI).

The port, which is restricted by tide, applied in 2014 for a €126m expansion.

This would involve the reclamation of 24 hectares from the sea bed and extensive development of deepwater berth space.

Bord Pleanála said that certain elements of the proposed development would have a significant adverse impact on Galway bay, with permanent loss of reef, mud and sand habitats in a candidate special area of conservation.

In its submission, the port has offered compensatory habitat which it would restore.

An Bord Pleanála says it approved the IROPI case for several reasons:

It says it “concluded that the proposal presents an integrated development that enhances the social, economic and recreational benefits of the port for the wider benefit of the population of Galway and its regional hinterland”.

“The enhancement of port facilities also aligns with the European transportation policy promoting ‘short-sea shipping’ as a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable alternative to road transport,” it says.

“The enhancement of the port serving the region will therefore align with European, national and regional policies in favour of balanced spatial and economic development,” it says.

“The port and the tradition of maritime trade is fundamental not just to the economy of Galway but also to its culture and identity,” it says.

“The social and economic benefits of the project include positive impacts to tourism, marine research and development, including offshore renewable energy, urban regeneration and marine leisure opportunities,” it says.

Port of Galway chief executive officer Conor O’Dowd welcomed the confirmation as a “positive further step in the planning process”.

An Bord Pleanála says it has asked the Minister of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to “consider the adequacy of the compensatory measures proposed by the applicant”.

It has also asked the minister to “advise as to whether there are imperative reasons of overriding public interest to enable consideration of the proposed development to proceed”.

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Scientists led by an Irish team on board the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Explorer (returned yesterday) to the Port of Galway, after 24 days in the Nordic and Greenland Seas to investigate past climate change in the Arctic region.

Scientists involved, reports GalwayBay FM, were from NUI Galway, University of Southampton UK, University of Bremen, Germany, and Bergen University Norway, have been monitoring and capturing a record of temperature, salinity and the carbonate system

Lead scientist, Dr Audrey Morley, School of Geography and Archaeology, NUI Galway says their research is unique, as they are assessing how essential climate variables have evolved since before pre-industrial conditions.

The survey aims to define a more comprehensive description of the Nordic Seas ecosystem and provide insight into how essential climate variables are recorded in geologic archives.

Click here for more on the story and also the survey which examined the past to assist in understanding the future of climate change. 

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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 open to those living within five kilometres.

Sailing is permitted within HSE guidelines, once landing ashore is not beyond five kilometres of a boat owner’s primary residence.

However, no visiting leisure craft are permitted to enter the marina under procedures drawn up to match HSE Covid-19 guidelines.

Hand sanitisers have been installed at the marina gangway, social distancing must be observed and any boat owners requiring the crane for boat lifts will have to complete a self-declaration of health, Capt Sheridan has said.

Galway City Council has opened up beaches, but car parks at all but Silver Strand remain closed.

Bathing water quality testing won’t begin until June 1st. Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill remains closed until June 8th, when there will be restricted use. Salthill’s promenade will re-open with social distancing.

Galway City Council is also establishing a “city mobility team” to examine “wider footpaths, safer cycling facilities, traffic restrictions and supporting businesses who may need the use of public space for social distancing purposes”.

The Government has sanctioned re-opening of “outdoor public amenities and tourism sites, such as car parks, beaches and mountain walks” as part of phase one from Monday, May 18th.

This weekend the Irish Coast Guard lifted its advisory on staying off the water but urged people to observe the “current 2x5 rule, as in two-metre physical distance and five km travel distance”,

Irish Coast Guard spokesman Gerard O’Flynn thanked the public for its co-operation and warning that that there is still a Government focus on protection of frontline services and saving lives.

The new Irish Coast Guard statement was not issued with the RNLI, although both bodies issued joint statements over the last month advising people not to take to the water.

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Since the St. Patrick's Day arrival of LÉ William Butler Yeats to Galway Harbour to assist the HSE in the critical role of conducting Covid-19 testing, the offshore patrol vessel however departed yesterday with a handover of another OPV, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The testing centre consisting of quayside field tents also erected by Defence Forces personnel continues its vital work in the Port of Galway where LÉ James Joyce arrived to the mid-west port's Dun Aengus Dock. This change of the Naval Service vessel followed with the OPV swapping with LÉ William Butler Yeats having met in Galway Bay.

LÉ William Butler Yeats then was able to resume patrols and is currently conducting maritime defence and security operations within Ireland’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The involvement of LÉ James Joyce in assisting the HSE, now completes in all of the OPV90 /P60 class quartet taking part in the State's fight against Covid-19 where brave personel have been tasked in such challenging circumstances.

This also applied to the officers and crew of the OPV80 / P50 class LÉ Niamh which this day last week arrived to Dublin Port alongside the Covid-19 testing centre in Dublin Port at Sir John Rogerson's Quay. A handover of patrol vessels also took place in the capital with LÉ George Bernard Shaw relieved of duties having previously taken the same role from LÉ Samuel Beckett. The leadship of the P60 class became the first Naval Service vessel tasked in such a Covid-19 role. 

In addition the LÉ Eithne remains berthed in Cork City along Kennedy Quay where the flagship's role however does not include a test centre but other important duties such as delivering essential PPE supplies for the HSE.

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Galway City Council has deferred its decision on whether it will take a shareholding in the Port of Galway company — or dissolve it and take over operations — until its members receive further information.

As Galway Bay FM reports, seven councillors attended a workshop last week to get a briefing on the company’s workings.

However, the consulting firm hired to assess the port company's inner workings was not present — a situation described by Fianna Fáil councillor Mike Crowe as “insulting”.

Galway Bay FM has more on the story HERE.

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#GalwayHarbour - The mid-west city of Galway is to be twinned with the Irish Naval Service newest ship, LÉ William Butler Yeats, at a reception this weekend to mark and honour the relationship between the city and vessel.

As the Galway Advertiser writes, the ceremony, hosted by Galway City Council, will take place this Saturday, September 15.

It will be attended by Fine Gael Galway West TD and Minister of State for Natural Resources and Digital Development Seán Kyne, who will represent the Minister with responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe.

For more on the twinning of the newest OPV P60 class vessel in service, click here. 

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