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Galway City grows as industrial hub

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Positive year: Catherina Blewitt, West Regional Manager for IDA Ireland.

A series of important collaborations were formed and maintained by the IDA during 2014 which will help grow Galway’s profile as a hub for some of the world’s biggest companies.

In November, NUI Galway was announced as the lead in a new national medical device research centre, CÚRAM, which will design and create implantable ‘smart’ medical devices to deliver therapeutic agents where needed.

Cutting-edge science will develop the very latest research from biomaterials, stem cells and drug delivery. Devices will be developed with strong clinical collaborations and with industry partners and hospital groups and will strengthen Ireland’s standing as a major global hub for medical device sector research and development.

CÚRAM brings together researchers from NUI Galway, UCD, DCU, UL, UCC and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The centre will include almost 40 industry partners and support product development and the creation of new spin-out companies.

“We work very closely with NUIG and it is especially significant that CÚRAM will be led by NUIG and based in Galway which is the centre of a very advanced globally competitive medical device hub and which can only be strengthened by the presence of this new world class research centre and this is very welcomed by IDA,” said Catherina Blewitt, the IDA’s Head of Regional Development, West Region.

In November, Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Minister, Richard Bruton, visited Galway as part of an Irish Trade and Investment Mission – the first of its kind in Ireland.

“The objective was to maximise procurement opportunities for Irish companies with Ireland-based multinational companies. As part of the Action Plan for Jobs, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland are working together to deliver more sales for Irish companies out of the global supply chains of multinationals based in Ireland.

“The Galway event was a huge success and gave a number of Galway/West Region Irish companies the opportunity to engage directly with Irish-based multinational companies,” said Ms Blewitt. She went on to stress the importance of the Galway Science & Technology Festival, which takes place each November.

“IDA along with a number of FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) companies such as Medtronic, Cisco, Fidelity etc are sponsors of this along with other bodies and very much support this festival as it brings shows and workshops to primary and secondary schools throughout Galway City and county engaging the students and nurturing their interest in the STEM subjects.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

 

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Galway café stars in ad series

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Graham O'Riordan and Jennifer Power outside their café.

The owners of a thriving Galway city café will feature in a new EU-funded advertising campaign – designed to reinforce consumer confidence in dairy products.

Jennifer Power and Graham O’Riordan, owners of the Little Lane Coffee Company, are one of seven foodservice outlets from across the country to feature in the new advertising campaign for the National Dairy Council.

The EU-funded campaign is supporting the foodservice industries impacted in Ireland, France, Denmark, Belgium and Northern Ireland during the Covid-19 Crisis.

Bord Bia estimated that the food industry in Ireland contracted by almost half during the pandemic crisis where restaurants, pubs, hotels, coffee shops, workplace, hospitals and educational canteens were all forced to close.

The campaign will be a mix of outdoor, print and online media and is designed to reinforce the impact and to restore the consumer confidence in dairy products.

Interestingly recent research undertaken by NDC showed a 48% increase in dairy consumption during the pandemic.

Nearly one third of young adults without children indicate that their consumption of dairy products has increased since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Over half of west’s adults have no will

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Almost six out of every ten people in the west do not have a will – and that’s in line with the national average of 59%.

And according to the Royal London’s “Let’s Talk About Death” survey, one-third of the population say they’ve been meaning to, but just haven’t gotten around to it.

The survey was undertaken as part of a campaign launched by Royal London, which aims to tackle the taboo surrounding death to encourage a vital dialogue on bereavement, to help people enjoy the time they have with those they love and to honour those lost.

Padraic Benson, Royal London’s Broker Consultant for Galway, acknowledged that it was understandable why many people are reluctant to discuss the topic of death and dying.

But he added: “this survey indicates that it’s hampering the necessary provisions to be made. While men appear to be slightly more prepared than their female counterparts, with 48% saying they have a will compared with just 34% of women, it still leaves over half the population unprepared.”

But the pandemic has helped to focus the minds of many, he said.

“Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 254,870 recorded cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, with 10,511 confirmed cases in Galway alone.  And when asked, 55% of people surveyed said Covid-19 had made them realise how important it is to have a will in place,” he revealed.

“While the survey results do show that most people have a sense of when they should make a will, it seems the majority aren’t following through with the necessary actions. Many people have the best of intentions, with 34% saying they’ve been meaning to get around to it. Others believe they are too young (25%) and many more, 23%, have just never thought about it.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Council has no cash for tourism sector dig-out

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Cllr Evelyn Parsons

Hopes of a post-Covid helping hand for tourism interests in East Galway has been dashed by the local authority which said that any such leg-up could only be part of the budgetary process for later in the year.

The matter was raised by Cllr Evelyn Parsons at a recent meeting of Ballinasloe Municipal Council when she said that the east of the county needed to reap the economic benefits from the lifting of restrictions.

Cllr Parsons asked that a presentation be made to area Council members with a specific focus on works to develop, enhance and stimulate tourism growth for the area.

The independent councillor proposed that Director of Services Alan Farrell outline details of the various outdoor spaces and potential business opportunities to allow for the successful reopening of businesses, outdoor dining, drinking, retail, hospitality and outdoor entertainment as soon as possible.

Cllr Parsons also wants Director of Services Liam Hanrahan to consider short term and immediate measures with regards to sanitary and public needs should as portaloos, bins, benches, Covid-19 signage as well as outdoor power points.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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