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2020 will see Galway set for €45m windfall

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Galway's 2020 Capital of Culture success will depend on investment in key infrastructure such as a concert hall and/or convention centre

Galway is set to be on the receiving end of a €45 million windfall to prepare the city and county for its tenure as the European Capital of Culture in 2020.

That’s according to Galway Government backbencher Hildegarde Naughten, who urged that the development of a world-class convention centre in the city should be a priority in advance of Galway’s reign.

With 2020 expected to attract an additional one million tourists to the city, Deputy Naughton pinpointed the convention centre as an infrastructural priority, which she claims would be an ideal legacy of the Capital of Culture year.

“Something that we’re missing in Galway is a large-scale concert and convention centre, evidenced by the fact that the largest such facility in the west is located in Co Mayo,” she said.

“We have an opportunity to address that deficit now, and an iconic convention centre would be a fantastic legacy from Galway’s year as the European Capital of Culture.”

Such a centre could be developed as part of a new cultural quarter on council lands adjacent to the Black Box theatre on the Dyke Road, where a €25-million library and cultural centre is already planned, she said.

“The possibilities for such an amenity are clear,” continued Deputy Naughton. “The fact that the Galway International Arts Festival requires a temporary arena in the form of the Big Top each year suggests that something is missing here.

“Aside from the potential for its use as a concert venue; conferences and conventions constitute a high-value sector where there is a significant demand at present.

“The economic value of a conference delegate is two to three times higher than a leisure tourist, and there is a multitude of professions and industries that would love to hold conventions in Galway if an appropriate venue was available.

“The development of a concert and convention centre as part of the 2020 preparations, therefore, should be viewed as an investment rather than an expense.

“It would be a great addition from the perspective of the arts, tourism and industry; and would be a lasting and iconic legacy from this historic celebration of Galway’s excellence as a Capital of Culture,” she added.

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Galway start-up’s €3m investment

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Investment...Orreco CEO Dr. Brian Moore.

Galway-headquartered sports performance and data science company Orreco will scale its operations in Ireland, the United States and UK following a €3 million investment round led by Silicon Valley-based venture firm True Ventures.

The new investment will enable the Galway company to expand its product, engineering, data science and commercial teams, in addition to accelerating the development of its elite performance solutions, @thlete and FitrWoman.

Up to 30 new hires will be made across the company’s offices in Ireland, the UK, and the U.S., specifically Galway and Los Angeles where Orreco operates a performance centre. The company currently employs 30 people.

Its performance centres provide sports science and data solutions for professional sports teams and athletes including the US basketball NBA sides the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks, NBA Champion and All-Star Pascal Siakam, English Premier League side Newcastle United and WSL club Chelsea FC Women, USA Swimming, and the Wasserman Sports Agency (Los Angeles).

Top golfers Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell became investors after experiencing the benefits of Orreco’s services first-hand.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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State aiming to make remote work a reality

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Minister Hildegarde Naughton

Galway is expected to benefit from ‘significant investment’ in the development of remote working hubs later this year – as part of the Government’s new National Remote Working Strategy.

Legislation will be introduced by the end of September entitling employees to request remote working arrangements. And while there will be no automatic entitlement, employers will be required to explain why such arrangements are impossible.

If an employee is unhappy with the explanation, they can take a case to the Workplace Relations Commission for adjudication on the matter.

A total of €5 million has been allocated under Budget 2021 for the development of a national hubs network, while the Western Development Commission (WDC) is currently working on the development of 100 hubs in the Atlantic Economic Corridor region, which includes Galway.

Minister Hildegarde Naughton said that the strategy had the potential to transform local economies and the quality of life of thousands of employees in the west.

“The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated exponentially the move towards remote working, and we have responded to that trend by investing in broadband infrastructure and hubs in recent months,” explained the Galway West TD.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Three of Galway’s shining success stories reveal plans to expand in 2021

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Senator Aisling Dolan....good news.

Three of Galway’s start-up success stories have all gone into the New Year with expansion plans – creating around ten high-end jobs each in the process.

The continued expansion of these Enterprise Ireland-supported companies – based in the med-tech and new technology sectors – are a ringing endorsement of enterprise in the west, according to Galway Senator Aisling Dolan.

Palliare, a medical device company founded in 2018 as a spinout from Irish gastro-diagnostic company Crospon, has hired ten new employees in recent months.

Flexwork company, Ronspot intends to have a total of ten new employees on board by spring 2021, and has hired five people since September.

Ronspot – based in the GMIT Innovation Hub – is a technology company which enables the flexible workplace between office and home.

And Venari Medical – a spin-out from the BioInnovate Ireland fellowship programme for medical device innovation at NUIG – filled three new positions in October, with plans to recruit up to ten new employees in the coming months.

Senator Dolan described the jobs as a vote of confidence in graduates in the west.

“It shows that the dynamic MedTech research in the west has a strong ecosystem with third level underpinned by Enterprise Ireland and the seed capital investment support from the Western Development Commission,” she said.

“It is wonderful to see Irish innovation rising to the top, competing internationally and winning global export markets. Enterprise Ireland champions Irish based innovative companies and crucially supports early-stage development,” she added.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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