Galway Bay fm newsroom – A former president of Galway Chamber of Commerce has been appointed as chief executive of Galway’s 2020 European Capital of Culture team.
Waterford native Hannah Kiely will head up the team which will devise an arts programme for the designation.
Ms Kiely has held the role of CEO of HC Financial Advisers and has been with the firm since its establishment in 1988.
She is a graduate of NUIG, GMIT and the Institute of Directors of Ireland.
A staff of 40 is expected to be recruited for the 2020 project, with a creative director to be appointed in July.
It’s expected the designation will lead to increased employment, more foreign direct investment and greater civic engagement across the city and county.
The most significant boost will be in terms of tourism – more than 1 million extra visitors are expected to flock to Galway in 2020, and the boost is predicted to last into subsequent years.
Galway included on list of counties deemed to be ‘lagging’ by the European Commission
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has been included on a list of counties deemed part of a ‘lagging region’ by the European Commission.
Galway, Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal, Monaghan, and Mayo, have been downgraded – as they were noted to be significantly poorer relative to the European average over recent years.
The commission says the northern and western regions faced a range of challenges – including lower productivity and educational attainment, as well as having a weaker skills base.
Domino’s Pizza creating 30 jobs across Galway
From Galway Bay FM news – Domino’s Pizza is creating 1,000 new jobs in Ireland, including 30 in Galway.
The pizza chain has launched a recruitment drive in order to meet an expected increase in demand, during the World Cup in November.
The 30 local jobs will be across Domino’s two stores – on Prospect Hill and the Old Seamus Quirke road.
Chief Executive of the company’s Irish arm, Scott Bush, says some of the jobs will be seasonal, but there will be opportunities to progress:
Clifden District Hospital described as vital service which takes pressure off city hospitals
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local representatives are to meet with HSE senior personnel at Merlin Park this morning – over the future of Clifden District Hospital.
Families were contacted by the HSE last Friday – informing them that respite services will not be available from this week.
Senator Seán Kyne was one of the organisers of a public meeting in the Clifden Town Hall yesterday afternoon, which saw almost 600 in attendance.
Senator Kyne spoke to our reporter Máirtín Ó Catháin about the importance of the local hospital: