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Galway couple doing their bit for cleaner air – in quest for new eco car

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Mona Wise with Enda Cantwell of Bradley’s Renault in Galway and Mícheál O’Cadhla of GIY Ireland at the handover of the Renault Fluence ZE. Photo: Andrew Downes.

A Galway couple are among four pioneers chosen to take part in the Operation GIY Nation campaign launched last March in association with Renault Ireland and GIY (Grow it Yourself) Ireland.

The four are participating in an eco-adventure, growing their own food and driving Renault’s Fluence Z.E. electric car for the next three months.

The winner, who will be chosen by a panel from GIY Ireland and Renault Group, will not only walk away from the adventure armed with new life-skills and lots of healthy, home-grown produce – they also get to keep their Renault Fluence Z.E.

The pioneers are Gary Guilfoyle of Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath; Keith McGreal of Castlebar, Co.Mayo; Rachel Coffey of Dalkey, Co. Dublin and Móna Wise from Claregalway, who is currently on work placement at the Connacht Tribune.

Each pioneer was chosen for their enthusiasm for growing their own food, and for their interest in driving an eco-friendly electric vehicle and their ability to promote their challenge through blogging and social media.

“We were delighted to be chosen for this project,” said Móna Wise.

“The four kids are all at the age where they are learning more about the environment at home and at school. We already raise chickens, ducks and turkeys for the table and this year each of the kids have all been assigned small growing projects in the garden.

“They are all grumbling about all the weeding they have to do but are delighted to watch their vegetables thrive, and show great enthusiasm when it comes to eating what they grow.”

Móna, a full time student of the MA in Journalism at NUI Galway, and her husband Ron, a baker at Morton’s of Galway, plan on focusing their efforts on the huge costs savings this car will give them, especially during the summer months.

The cost of a full charge for the electric car is only two euros and this allows for a drive of 80km to 100km per charge.

“There is certainly a feel-good factor about driving this car,” admits Ron.

“We would all like to think we do our share for cleaner air and driving an electric vehicle like the Renault Fluence ZE is an excellent opportunity. Aside from the huge cost savings, it is a pleasure to drive and we have made several trips around the county already testing the range and speed of the car.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway start-up’s €3m investment

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Investment...Orreco CEO Dr. Brian Moore.

Galway-headquartered sports performance and data science company Orreco will scale its operations in Ireland, the United States and UK following a €3 million investment round led by Silicon Valley-based venture firm True Ventures.

The new investment will enable the Galway company to expand its product, engineering, data science and commercial teams, in addition to accelerating the development of its elite performance solutions, @thlete and FitrWoman.

Up to 30 new hires will be made across the company’s offices in Ireland, the UK, and the U.S., specifically Galway and Los Angeles where Orreco operates a performance centre. The company currently employs 30 people.

Its performance centres provide sports science and data solutions for professional sports teams and athletes including the US basketball NBA sides the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks, NBA Champion and All-Star Pascal Siakam, English Premier League side Newcastle United and WSL club Chelsea FC Women, USA Swimming, and the Wasserman Sports Agency (Los Angeles).

Top golfers Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell became investors after experiencing the benefits of Orreco’s services first-hand.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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State aiming to make remote work a reality

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Minister Hildegarde Naughton

Galway is expected to benefit from ‘significant investment’ in the development of remote working hubs later this year – as part of the Government’s new National Remote Working Strategy.

Legislation will be introduced by the end of September entitling employees to request remote working arrangements. And while there will be no automatic entitlement, employers will be required to explain why such arrangements are impossible.

If an employee is unhappy with the explanation, they can take a case to the Workplace Relations Commission for adjudication on the matter.

A total of €5 million has been allocated under Budget 2021 for the development of a national hubs network, while the Western Development Commission (WDC) is currently working on the development of 100 hubs in the Atlantic Economic Corridor region, which includes Galway.

Minister Hildegarde Naughton said that the strategy had the potential to transform local economies and the quality of life of thousands of employees in the west.

“The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated exponentially the move towards remote working, and we have responded to that trend by investing in broadband infrastructure and hubs in recent months,” explained the Galway West TD.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Three of Galway’s shining success stories reveal plans to expand in 2021

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Senator Aisling Dolan....good news.

Three of Galway’s start-up success stories have all gone into the New Year with expansion plans – creating around ten high-end jobs each in the process.

The continued expansion of these Enterprise Ireland-supported companies – based in the med-tech and new technology sectors – are a ringing endorsement of enterprise in the west, according to Galway Senator Aisling Dolan.

Palliare, a medical device company founded in 2018 as a spinout from Irish gastro-diagnostic company Crospon, has hired ten new employees in recent months.

Flexwork company, Ronspot intends to have a total of ten new employees on board by spring 2021, and has hired five people since September.

Ronspot – based in the GMIT Innovation Hub – is a technology company which enables the flexible workplace between office and home.

And Venari Medical – a spin-out from the BioInnovate Ireland fellowship programme for medical device innovation at NUIG – filled three new positions in October, with plans to recruit up to ten new employees in the coming months.

Senator Dolan described the jobs as a vote of confidence in graduates in the west.

“It shows that the dynamic MedTech research in the west has a strong ecosystem with third level underpinned by Enterprise Ireland and the seed capital investment support from the Western Development Commission,” she said.

“It is wonderful to see Irish innovation rising to the top, competing internationally and winning global export markets. Enterprise Ireland champions Irish based innovative companies and crucially supports early-stage development,” she added.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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