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Thursday 1 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# islands

This year
# island policy
Heather Humphreys tells department officials she's 'not going to settle for more of the same'
The Minister told her officials that they needed to re-engage with government departments on commitments to the islands.
A long-awaited plan for the island communities was delivered to the Minister for Rural and Community Development before Christmas.
She now says officials need to 'revisit' the study - and that it won't be published until it 'contains credible actions' for the islands.
The island-specific policy document is the first of its kind since 1996 .
# Island Nation
‘Always a battle’: Clare Island locals fight to improve ‘dangerous’ pier
Inaction to improve conditions cutting at the heart of islanders’ connection to the mainland.
# Island Nation
‘On its knees’: Future of island fishers on a knife edge
Islanders say authorities are failing to give support needed to save this traditional way of life.
# Island Nation
Housing constraints ‘causing serious risk’ for islanders trying to sustain populations
Planning blockages, high building costs and no rental options are creating a housing crisis on our offshore islands.
‘Fragmented and unpredictable’: Healthcare services failing island communities
A report by
Niall Sargent
Broken down ambulances, no storage for supplies and outdated clinics among a litany of healthcare provider concerns.
HSE report finds island healthcare staff working “extremely hard" with "inadequate resources”
Regular breakdowns on Arranmore have locals tow-starting ambulance to get patients to safety
Clare Island GP: Our health centre is "completely outdated and unfit for purpose"
High and dry: Offshore islands a footnote in State priorities
A report by
Niall Sargent
Noteworthy talks to islanders waiting 25 years for policies to thrive and not just survive.
Islanders not directly involved in designing the State's first policy for the islands in 25 years
Our remaining 27 inhabited islands have a combined population of just 2,700 - and numbers are dropping
Islander: “There are cases of increasing population but few. It’s really hard to watch places going down.”
Last year
# end of life care
Remote hospice service 'vital' as islanders don't want to die on mainland, says fundraiser
Catherine Mulkerrin says hospice services help dying people deal with the final stages of their life.
# island life
Scheme to house a family on Inis Meáin for a year generating 'huge' interest
The scheme, which includes free rent, has received 560 applications so far.
# islands
Quiz: Can you name these Irish islands?
Can you tell your Inishgloras from your Inishkerraghs?
All time
# Test Yourself
Quiz: Can you recognise these Irish islands from aerial photos?
Islands in the stream, that is what these are.
# Voting
Islanders set to cast ballots in Donegal, Galway and Mayo
The 12 islands have a total electorate of over 1,250.
# Quiz
Quiz: How much do you know about Ireland's islands?
The Irish and Scottish governments are in dispute over the Atlantic sea island of Rockall.
# Voting Rights
Residents on Ireland's islands will now vote on the same day as the rest of the country
The changes won’t be in place before the May election date
# island life
'The pub goes, the priest goes, the people go': New radio documentary explores evacuation of Ireland's islands
‘Leaving the Island’ airs on Newstalk at 7am Sunday.
# lombok island
'Everyone was screaming... it was so scary': Irish woman caught up in Indonesia earthquake
Teacher Colleen Garry is travelling in Indonesia for six weeks and told us what it was like to get caught up in the quake.
# hurricane irma
People urged to take shelter as the most powerful Atlantic storm in history starts to hit
Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba and possibly Florida will be hit by the hurricane.
# pipe dream
Ever wanted to buy an island? Greece is selling dozens of them
They cost anything from €3 million to €40 million.
# Location location
The Irish Air Corps just perfectly captured the beauty of the Skellig Islands
We can’t get enough.
# skellig michael
The Irish Air Corps just perfectly captured the beauty of the Skellig Islands
We can’t get enough.
# bobbies on the beach
Here's how the British police sent to keep an eye on revellers in Magaluf are getting on
‘Allo, ‘Allo, Allo.
# would you look
These remote Irish spots are about to make it to Google Street View
Google is lending its Google Trekker to Fáilte Ireland (nice of them…).
# luxury getaway
Here are the 11 cheapest Greek islands for sale right now
The cheapest one is on the market for €3 million.
# band on an island
This guy is travelling around Irish islands and writing a song a week about each one
The Limerick native is spending the next month touring.
# Cloning
Here's how much it would cost to build a real Jurassic Park
How much for one raptor?
# maysak
Here's what a category 5 super storm looks like from space
At least four people have died after a super typhoon ripped through several small islands.
# Islands in the stream
A billionaire is selling this island. The price tag? A mere $75 million
A steal at twice the price, we’re sure.
# military coup
Travelling to Thailand? Irish citizens advised to 'exercise extreme caution'
The Department of Foreign Affairs said there is a curfew from 10pm to 5am and Irish citizens should take extra care.
# Election 2014
Voters in Inishfree (all 6 of them) go the polls today, along with 2,118 other people...
The elections come a day early, if you’re lucky enough to live on an island off the west or northwest coast.
# Hidden Ireland
David Walsh has been to 503 islands off Ireland's coast. He's now written a book.
“The tide can be flooding past the rock so you only get one shot,” Walsh explains.
# major tom
Did you know you can see these things from space?
The divide between east and west Berlin is visible, among other things.
# steven tyler act
Aerosmith singer requests paparazzi law on Hawaiian islands
Steven Styler has just bought a home on Maui, and doesn’t want to be followed by photographers.
# Referendum
Children's referendum: Up to 2,000 people begin voting on islands
Islanders off the coasts of Donegal, Mayo and Galway will cast their vote today.
# Asia
Japan-China dispute islands: oil bonanza or just rocks?
Widespread anti-Japan demonstrations have taken place outside Japanese embassies in recent days as the territorial row between the two countries escalates.
# big fat greek sale
Taking advice from the Germans? Greece ready to sell off uninhabited islands
The Greek prime minister has told Le Monde that the beleaguered country is ready to sell some islands – something that two German MPs told them to do two years ago.
# need to know
The Evening Fix: Sunday
Things we learned, loved and shared today…
# feat
Quadruple amputee completes icy swim across the Bering Straits
Frenchman Phillippe Croizon braved near-freezing temperatures to swim the 4k stretch that links America and Asia.
# Democracy
PHOTOS: People living on Donegal islands go to the polls
Some of the 750 voters on the islands off the Donegal coast cast their ballots in the referendum today, three days before the rest of the country.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there still be a moratorium on election broadcasts?
While broadcasters will be barred from election coverage from Wednesday lunchtime, island voters will already have voted.
# Referendum
It's polling day (if you live on one of five islands in Donegal)
Around 750 voters in Arranmore, Gola, Inishboffin, Inishfree and Tory Island will kick off the Fiscal Compact vote today.