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Galway Plaza provides timely boost as it opens for business

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Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring lays the first block of the Junction 16 Kiltullagh Plaza on the M6 with Pat and Una McDonagh. And below an artist's impression of the new Galway Plaza, which opens this Friday.

Eighty-five new jobs come on stream this week as the Galway Plaza opens for business at Junction 16, Kiltullagh on the M6 motorway.

The Motorway Services Station and Food Court, which officially opens tomorrow (Friday), will provide much needed services to M6 motorists as well as incorporating a Visitor Information Area, providing knowledge on the history and culture of East Galway for visitors.

It is hoped the Visitor Information Area will encourage tourists to explore the area and contribute to businesses and economy of East Galway.

A vast variety of food offerings are available for motorists in The Galway Plaza as well as a Texaco Fuel Station and a Spar Convenience Shop.

Owners of the site, Pat and Una McDonagh, focused from the outset on ensuring that the job creation benefit of the Plaza would be centred on the local area.

“Supermac’s is delighted to bring 85 jobs to the area.  We are thrilled with how The Galway Plaza has turned out,” said Pat.

“We have had excellent local construction workers and suppliers helping to get the development prepared for business and now, as the doors get closer to opening, we have a dedicated team in place ready to greet and look after each customer as they arrive.

“As members of the Kiltullagh community we are proud to provide jobs in the area as well as essential services for motorists who travel along the M6,” continued Pat.

“We have created the Visitor Information area with the hope that it will contribute significantly to the East Galway economy.  The area is rich in culture and steeped in history which deserves to be highlighted.

“History, culture, sport and visitor attractions of East Galway have dedicated individual sections located throughout the Plaza and we are proud of the quality of content which has been made available for tourists,” he added.

The McDonaghs confirmed that local businesses will be invited to advertise and promote their products and services in the Plaza.

“The development will ensure that Kiltullagh will become a landmark like Moneygall on the Irish motorway network and will benefit the entire community,” said Pat.

“We are proud of the excellent team we have brought together to serve our customers in The Galway Plaza,” added Una.

“The Galway Plaza will improve services for motorists and greatly enhance the visits of many to East Galway,” she concluded.

 

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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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