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Croí announces new chairman of the board

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Kevin O Reilly.

Local heart and stroke charity Croí, which is governed by a voluntary board of directors, has announced the appointment of Kevin O Reilly as its new Chairman.

Galway businessman Kevin O’Reilly of Beechdale Consulting has been appointed as Chairman of the board of directors following the retirement of Prof Kieran Daly, Consultant Cardiologist who has served as chairman of the organisation for the past five years.

Mr O’Reilly has served as a member of the board since 2011, but his involvement with Croí goes back many years before that when as director of human resources with Boston Scientific in Galway he was responsible for establishing strong local corporate support for the organisation.

“Kevin has made an enormous contribution to Croí since he joined the board,” says Neil Johnson Croí CEO.

“He has been heavily involved in many areas, but in particular, strategic planning for the organisation to enable us to continue to evolve and develop in line with the changing needs of the communities we support. His leadership will be incredibly valuable to us.”

“It’s an honour for me to contribute to the great work of Croí as chairman” says Kevin O’Reilly.

“Croí continues to contribute enormously to the needs of our communities throughout the region in relation to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity and we are helping thousands of people every year to live longer healthier lives, which is something I am very proud to be a part of.

“Croí is constantly developing innovative and progressive solutions to the challenges it faces but it’s successes are heavily influenced by the fact that it is grounded in the community based principles and values that have been, and continue to be, its cornerstone”

Mr O’Reilly who is originally from Tuam, and a graduate of NUI Maynooth, has in excess of 25 years experience as a senior executive with both large multi-national and domestic companies.

During this time as Director of Human Resources he oversaw the start up of Boston Scientific to become the largest multinational employer in the West of Ireland, became Vice President of Human Resources for the company’s International commercial operations and more recently was acting Group Head of Human Resources at Bank of Ireland.

He has worked and lived in the UK, Switzerland & France and gained considerable business and cultural experience. He now operates his own HR Consultancy practice bringing using his vast experience to the benefit of local companies and enterprises.

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Galway passengers are all smiles at Shannon!

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Shannon Airport
Shannon Airport

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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Skillnet reports record year

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Minister Simon Harris...welcomed report.

Skillnet Ireland has reported an 18% increase in supports to Irish businesses across 2020 – and an investment of €51 million in upskilling programmes for companies across the economy.

In its 2020 annual report, it also revealed that 6,846 Galway-based employees and 1,590 Galway-based companies participated in upskilling programmes over those twelve months.

That aligned with the national trends, despite the challenging year for businesses and the workforce, which saw 81,895 people participate in upskilling programmes through Skillnet Ireland – a 17% increase on the previous year.

It also reported an increase in the number of companies engaging with the organisation in 2020, up 18% on the previous year, at 21,695. 94% of the companies Skillnet Ireland supported in 2020 are SMEs.

Skillnet Ireland delivered 9,110 different programmes spanning industry and professional certified courses, management development programmes, specialised upskilling, new industry and academia collaborations, and many innovation and research-based projects in 2020.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris welcomed the report – and the record figures.

“Talent is at the heart of our national competitiveness. It has been instrumental in helping businesses navigate a challenging year and will be especially important in preparing businesses for future challenges such as climate change and digital transformation,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New website offers real-time information on local water supply

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Yvonne Harris, Head of Customer Operations at Irish Water.

Householders across the county can now avail of quick access to relevant information on their water supply, based on where they live – thanks to the rollout of a newly designed Irish Water website.

The changes will allow people in Galway to immediately see what works and projects are ongoing in their locality by setting their location at www.water.ie

Designed to work on a mobile phone or any other device, the state of the art website lets you set your location with updates and news relevant to your locality served upfront on the homepage.

It also enables Irish Water to deliver important public health messages and reassurance to the public that we are working every day to provide a clean and safe supply of drinking water for our customers while returning wastewater safely to the environment.

Head of Customer Operations with Irish Water, Yvonne Harris explains how this dynamic, new-look website will better serve customers: “We have upgraded our website so it is more user-friendly. We talked to our customers, we listened to their feedback and made changes to better improve the user experience for all.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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