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Approval for new technology building at Ballinasloe IDA park

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A major technology facility has been approved for Ballinasloe.
The county council has granted planning permission to Ballinasloe Area Community Development Limited for a 1,300 square metre Advanced Technology Building at Creagh.
The new 2-storey technology building at the IDA Business Park in Creagh can go ahead subject to 11 planning conditions.
One condition stipulates that the associated car park spaces be appropriately surfaced and clearly delineated.

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Local senators make strong contributions to Seanad debate on gender pay gap

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local Senators Aisling Dolan and Pauline O’ Reilly have given spirited speeches in the Seanad during a debate on the gender pay gap.

It’s as the house is debating new laws that would require companies to publish details of the gender pay gap in their organisation.

The measures would initially apply to businesses of more than 250 employees – and eventually to all companies employing 50 people or more.

Addressing Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman, Senator Aisling Dolan pointed out that the gender pay gap has been addressed in other EU countries:

Meanwhile, Senator Pauline O’ Reilly said we shouldn’t be relying on our justice system to vindicate the rights of women in the workplace:

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Three Galway names on latest tax defaulters list

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are three Galway names on the latest tax defaulters list, published by Revenue for the first quarter of the year

The top Galway settlement of just over 155 thousand euro was made by medical consultant Sultan Sherif Abdel Hanid

The consultant with an address at Corcullen, Bushypark, made the settlement in a revenue audit case for under-declaration of income tax

The next Galway settlement involved offshore cementer Alan Killeen of Carragh Hill in Salthill

Mr Killeen made a settlement of just under 49 thousand euro in a revenue enquiry case for non-declaration of income tax

The third Galway settlement was made by retired employee Brian D Place of Cregboy, Claregalway

Mr Place paid just over 42 thousand euro in a revenue enquiry case for non-declaration of Capital Gains Tax and Income Tax

Nationally, the top tax settlement of 11.7 million euro was made by a motor vehicle dealer from Offaly

James Joseph Daly, of Grays Meadow Cloghan topped the list of 30 cases on the Tax Defaulters list

A business based in North Dublin has made a tax settlement of just over 4 million euro

Oshima Ireland Limited, a precision metal component manufacturer, based at Woodford Business Park in Santry made the settlement

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Seanad hears multinationals in Galway concerned over travel restrictions

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Seanad has heard that multinationals in Galway are concerned over the Government’s Covid-19 travel restrictions.

The matter was raised by Senator Sean Kyne, who said there’s a clear feeling among senior management that Ireland is being left behind.

He noted that many competitor countries are back operating international travel, immediately putting Galway at a disadvantage.

He further pointed out that many local businesses, healthcare facilities and third level institutions are also heavily reliant on international connectivity.

Citing the concerns of Galway-based multinationals, Senator Kyne argued an urgent debate is now needed – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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