Galway man heads up new jobs task force

Gerard role.
Gerard role.

The North Galway man who has been a key figure in Medtronic’s Irish operations has taken on an additional role – as chairman of the new West Regional Action Plan for Jobs Committee.

The appointment of Newbridge native Gerry Kilcommins, VP Global Operations, Medtronic (Galway), was announced by the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys this week.

At the same time, the Minister announced that she would be making a further €30 million available through a Second Call for Proposals under the Regional Enterprise Development Fund (REDF).

As announced at the recent launch of Project Ireland 2040, the Fund will now operate on a rolling basis through the National Development Plan.

It is administered for Minister Humphreys’ Department by Enterprise Ireland.

The announcement was made by Minister Humphreys at Farmleigh House, Dublin where she met with the Chairpersons and representatives from the Regional Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committees to discuss new priority initiatives for the Regional Action Plans over the period to 2020.

There are now 204,700 in employment in West region – but Minister Humphreys predicted that more gains were possible in regional employment.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.