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‘Herd instinct’ to bring hundreds of more jobs

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Date Published: 17-Mar-2011

BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM

 

Galway City could become a major European software ‘hub’ for online gaming giants – with the potential for hundreds of new jobs to be created over the next two years.

The IDA has confirmed to the Galway City Tribune that Galway is well-placed to attract further investment in the gaming software and support sector, with a ‘herd instinct’ by multinationals making the city even more attractive.

And there have been strong indications today that ZeniMax Online Studios – which announced at least 200 jobs for Galway this week – could grow its workforce here by several hundred more jobs.

The American online gaming giant announced on Tuesday afternoon that it will create a new customer support centre in Galway – it’s understood that at least 200 jobs will be created by the company when it begins recruiting.

However, because of the ongoing exceptional performance of the gaming industry globally, it is anticipated ZeniMax will experience the ‘Blizzard’ effect (a related games company in Cork which initially announced 100 jobs, but ended up employing 600 people 18 months later), several hundred more jobs may be on the cards.

ZeniMax offers online support for online videogame players – the head of the new Galway facility was responsible for providing support for ‘World of Warcraft’, the world’s most successful role-playing game.

The announcement comes as Electronic Arts’ (EA) Bioware subsidiary finalises plans to create 200 jobs at a new facility in Galway.

IDA Regional Manager Jim Murren told the Galway City Tribune: “There is huge potential there for Galway. It is now well-placed to attract even more jobs, multinationals and investment. It’s almost like a ‘herd instinct’, that’s why we have so many more software companies in Ireland. They’re not competitors here.

“Gaming and online gaming is huge and it’s continuing to grow worldwide. The IDA has identified it as a potential source of creating significant employment, and there is absolutely no reason why Galway couldn’t be a centre for these companies.”

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.

Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.

Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.

The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.

Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.

It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.

Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.

It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.

Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.

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