Date Published: 30-Apr-2008
The way Galway county council manages the downturn in the local economy will determine our future.
That’s according to Ballinasloe councillor Michael Finnerty who was speaking after a bleak IDA presentation to county councillors this week.
IDA Regional Director for the West Maura Saddington, highlighted the challenges she’s facing in attracting multinationals to towns such as Tuam and Ballinasloe.
She said foreign industrialists are looking for proximity to airports, broadband, roads, water and other basic infrastructure in a town before they’ll decide to locate a base there.
Many councillors pointed out that Tuam is at a major disadvantage with no broadband infrastructure yet.
Ballinasloe councillor Michael Finnerty says it’s now down to councillors to provide the infrastructure to attract jobs.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.