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Ambassador’s Galway visit underlines benefit of increased co-operation

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The British Ambassador paid a surprise visit to a thriving Galway city business that epitomised the ever-evolving trade links between here and the UK. 

Ambassador Dominick Chilcott was in Galway for an event in NUIG and wanted to meet some of the interesting companies based in Galway that are working with the UK Trade and Investment Dept (UKTI) – and the British Embassy suggested Meterlogix.

Meterlogix, based at Eyre House in Eyre Square in the heart of Galway, is an energy monitoring and management company which helps businesses reduce their power usage, and so save money.

“I was a bit surprised when the Embassy asked me to meet the Ambassador, but delighted to welcome him to our offices,” admitted Ollie Walsh, Managing Director of Meterlogix.

“Initially I had assumed it would be a quick photo opportunity, but he stayed for an hour and we had a good conversation about opportunities for Irish companies in the UK and UKTI supports available for them.”

Meterlogix has designed an energy monitoring system that is cost effective and sustainable for business today.

They survey, price, install and maintain both web-servers and hardware for the duration of a contract. Their equipment uses a unique protocol that permits connection to existing business networks without any requirement to involve third parties.

They launched their UK office in Sheffield earlier this year and have had several meetings with the Embassy since then.

“Every new company needs support and advice, regardless of the company’s existing experience, and at Meterlogix, we are happy to listen to all the advice offered to us.

“We have had meetings with Galway City and County Enterprise Board, we are a HPSU Client with Enterprise Ireland and have had initial conversations with InterTrade Ireland on setting up in UK and the North, but we have found the UKTI services complement what we are receiving here.

“Enterprise Ireland are helping us with introductions in Britain, UKTI are helping with additional introductions, both organisations let us use their facilities for meetings, so where Enterprise Ireland don’t have an office, we can use UKTI offices. Being able to organise a meeting in either offices lends weight to our business,” said Mr Walsh.

“UKTI is very interested in helping Irish businesses develop and grow. As we see it, our two economies are very closely linked so what is good for the Irish economy is generally good for the UK economy,” added Ambassador Chilcott.

 

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Galway’s housing stock on the rise

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A total of 1,147 residential buildings were under construction in Galway as of June – according to the latest GeoView Residential Buildings Report.

Over half of the residential buildings under construction in Ireland in June 2021 were located in the Leinster region (58.4%), revealed the report which is published by GeoDirectory and EY Economic Advisory.

The Greater Dublin Area of Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow accounted for 35.6% of the total number of buildings under construction in the country. In contrast, the lowest levels of construction activity were recorded in Ulster (6.5%) and Connacht (10.6%).

In all, 1,182 new residential addresses in Galway were added to GeoDirectory’s nationwide database in the twelve months to June 2021.

At 30.8%, the highest proportion of the new residential address points were again located in Dublin, followed by Cork (10.8%), Kildare (9.7%) and Meath (5.7%).

In percentage terms, Leitrim (219.6%), Carlow (146.5%) and Roscommon (144%) registered the highest year-on-year growth in new address points, albeit from a previously low base.

The report also found that 9.5% of all residential stock in the state are apartments. In total, there were 194,898 apartment address points across the country in June 2021.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway towns included in home support pilot

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Confirmation...Minister Anne Rabbitte.

Tuam, Athenry and Loughrea will form one of a select number of areas for a nationwide pilot scheme to see how to improve home support services for families in need of carers.

Minister for Disabilities and Galway East Deputy Anne Rabbitte confirmed that the Galway towns were among nine across the country to form part of a national Home Support Pilot Programme, which will commence next month.

The pilot scheme will deliver an additional 230,000 hours of Home Support services over a six-month period, with the evaluation of the outputs to continue over a twelve-month period from its commencement.

Minister Rabbitte described this as a major boost for Tuam, Athenry and Loughrea.

“This will deliver in-home supports across the three towns, which are in the heart of East Galway and I know from working with families across the constituency that this will be a major boost,” she said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway passengers are all smiles at Shannon!

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The smiles on the faces at Shannon Airport very much told its own story this week – with passengers taking to skies as the easing of restrictions and the first day of the European Digital COVID Certificates took effect.

And it wasn’t just the joy of travel starting to resume that lifted spirits at the airport but also the announcement by Ryanair of a new once-weekly service to Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) to commence on August 7 – the third new service announcement for Shannon Airport over recent weeks.

There was a real sense of excitement as passengers of all ages became very much at ease with the heightened public safety measures in a ‘back-to-the-future’ day for the West of Ireland gateway airport.

There were reunions as inbound flights arrived but also a palpable degree of anticipation as others got set to depart on the earliest flight out of the airport today, the 7:10am flight to Gatwick.

Among those boarding was Clarenbridge native Claire Tomlin and her husband Jake, together with their three children, including their twins who turn a year old next week.

“It’s been amazing to get back. The kids saw their grandparents for the first time and their cousins and aunties and uncles, so it was fantastic,” said Claire.

“Shannon is just so convenient for us because it’s only about 40 minutes’ drive. So, it just makes everything a lot easier in terms of getting to and from places with little ones. So, yeah, Shannon is a great resource for us. Really, really good. We hope to be able to go back more and more.”

It was smiles all around for Shannon Airport staff as they got back to doing what they do best. “Well, today is a great day because you can see the atmosphere around the place, people are at ease here and they’re glad to be back, they’re glad to get up in the sky again,” said Shannon Duty Free Sales Associate Helen Quinlivan.

“It’s great to see the excitement. People are really looking forward to going back and seeing their loved ones and they’re very at ease.”

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