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Chanelle Group appoints new General Manager

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David Kelly who has been appointed General Manager at the Chanelle Group, Loughrea

The Chanelle Group has announced the appointment of David Kelly, as General Manager.

Mr Kelly joins the company from ArraVasc, a medical device company based at Ballybrit where he served as Chief Financial Officer. He previously served as Head of Finance for Chanelle Group from 2006 to 2008 and has held senior financial management positions in Irish, multinational and publicly quoted companies including Boston Scientific, Aryzta plc and Aer Rianta International.

Chanelle Group is Ireland’s largest indigenous manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals for human and animal health. Employing over 375 people in Ireland, the UK and Jordan, the company recently announced a €70m investment which will double existing manufacturing capacity at its Loughrea headquarters and see significant investment in Research & Development.

Mr Kelly will work closely with Chanelle Group founder Michael Burke to oversee the company’s investment programme and lead Chanelle’s continued expansion in Ireland and overseas markets.

Commenting on David Kelly’s appointment, Michael Burke, founder, Chanelle Group said: “We have ambitious plans for our company over the next five years, growing our team to over 550 people and expanding into new markets.

“Our product pipeline is very strong and with continued investment in R&D we plan to launch 75 new products in both human and veterinary healthcare over the coming years. David’s extensive experience in the healthcare sector as well as his knowledge of Chanelle Group will be invaluable to us as we realise these plans”.

David Kelly said: “This innovation-led company is now exporting to over 80 countries worldwide and is embarking on an expansion programme which will strongly position the company for future growth. Michael Burke has grown the company to its leading position today and I am delighted to work with Michael and the team as we lead the company in its next phase of growth”.

A native of Ballygar, David lives in Castletaylor North, Ardrahan with his wife Audrey and three children.

“Chanelle is a very significant contributor to the local economy in Loughrea and provides valuable employment to people across the West of Ireland. It is important to me, that our local community continues to benefit as we grow the company in the coming years”, he added.

Mr. Kelly holds a first class honours degree in Accounting & Finance, a Masters in Business Studies from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy & Innovation from the Irish Management Institute. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

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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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