Galway Bay fm newsroom – Employment levels in the Galway gaeltacht remained static last year despite a good level new jobs coming into play
211 new jobs were created in the Galway Gaeltacht region with the support of Údarás na Gaeltachta in 2017 but with a loss of 210 jobs this mean an increase of one job
Údaras na Gaeltachta is responsible for the economic, social and cultural development of Ireland’s Gaeltacht regions.
The organisation’s 2017 review shows that along with the 211 new jobs, 5 new businesses were set up during the year, bringing the number of those employed in Udarás client companies in the Galway Gaeltacht to over three thousand.
However, when compared to job losses recorded in the sector throughout the year, the net increase of employment stands at an increase of only one job compared to 2016.
The regions new jobs have been primarily located in the medical device, niche manufacturing and marine sectors in companies such as Aran Biomedical, Oileán Mara Teo and Éire Composites Teo.
2017 saw Údaras na Galetachta develope a new marine innovation park in Cill Chiaráin that will be the focus large scale development and employment from 2018 onwards.
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Galway TD demands no more “patronising comments” from Health Minister over National Maternity Hospital
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has asked the Health Minister to take action on the National Maternity Hospital rather than making patronising comments or offering promises.
Deputy Catherine Connolly was contributing to a Dáil debate on the ownership and operation of the hospital, which has been a long-running matter of controversy.
Particpating in the discussion, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly acknowledged the issues raised, particularly given the history of women’s health in this country.
However, he said he would only bring a governance recommendation to Goverment if he had clear, unambiguous and watertight confirmation of the full operational independence of the hospital.
Deputy Connolly wasn’t won over by this assurance – and said it falls short of what is needed.
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County Council drawing up plans to enhance Connemara bridges
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is in the process of drawing up a design plan for remedial and safety work on bridges which serve the districts of Lettermore and Lettermullen in Connemara.
At a meeting of the municipal district, Connemara County Councillors were told that the bridges are basically sound and that the remedial works are being scheduled for later this year.
They are the longest bridges in Connemara. DroicheadAnachMheáin, DroicheadCharraiganLogáin and DroichedChuigéil.
They link CeantarnanOileán – that is LeitirMóir and LeitirMealláin – to the mainland.
For some time past surface cracks and fissures in the structures have caused concern locally and CoisteBóithreChonamara have highlighted the issue.
Senior Council Engineer, Damian Mitchell, told Connemara Councillors that a report from Sandberg Consulting Engineers in London had shown that the bridges were basically sound.
However, certain elements of concern emerged about some locations and remedial works are to be carried out.
It was not clear from the meeting if traffic lights might be part of the plan or if weight limits might be considered.
Councillors are to meet members of the roads committee on the 5th of July but the Connemara Councillors Chairman, Séamus Walsh said the design plan would ultimately be a matter for the engineers and for the elected Councillors.