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.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.