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Consultation begins at Tuam company in wake of job cuts

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Constultation is due to get underway between management and staff at Transitions Optical in Tuam in the wake of job cuts at the company.
The contact lense manufacturer, which is based on the Dunmore Road, is set to lose up to 60 of its total staff of 170.
Workers were told at a meeting today that manufacturing volumes need to be reduced, and this could lead to up to 60 redundancies at the facility.
A 30-day consultation will now take place between management and staff in a bid to limit the number of jobs losses.
However, the company is hopeful that no more than 60 jobs will be cut.
In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, Plant Director Kevin Minton said manufacturing volume will be moved to Asia to look after clients there.
The remaining manufacturing for European customers will remain in Tuam.
It’s expected that the redundancies will be completed by the end of the year and the company has promised a generous severance package.

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Tourism Minister believes Roderic O’Gorman has correctly negotiated the Mother and Baby home redress scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Tourism Minister believes Roderic O’Gorman has correctly negotiated the mother and baby home redress scheme.

Catherine Martin’s comments follow harsh criticism from the opposition on the scheme.

40 percent of survivors have been excluded from the scheme, as they spent less than six months in mother and baby homes.

Minister Martin says survivors not being interrogated when receiving redress is important:

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Leo Varadkar tells Dáil he “remains a supporter” of Galway City Ring Road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil that he remains a supporter of the Galway City Ring Road.

It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the Galway Ring Road, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.

The Taoiseach was asked by Deputy Ciaran Cannon about delays to double-tracking train services between Athenry and Oranmore.

Deputy Cannon said he understood a long-awaited feasibility study has somehow now been attached to an all-island rail review.

Leo Varadkar said that’s not something he agrees with.

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Councillor organises cross border information clinic in Castledaly for HSE waiting list patients

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gort-Kinvara area councillor Geraldine Donohue has organised an information clinic for today for people who are on the HSE Waiting List and looking for faster treatment or surgery in Northern Ireland.

The Independent councillor is calling it a Cross Broder Clinic as it will be attended by representatives from Kingsbridge Hospital Belfast

The information clinic is being held at St Thomas GAA Club in Castledaly in Loughrea today from 9.30am to 4.30pm

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