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Lobbying campaign will continue Council for the West tells bishops

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Bishops from across the west of Ireland have been re-assured that the Council for the West will continue to lobby for employment creation throughout the region.

That was the key message to emerge after a meeting between both parties last week.

Council for the West was established by the Western Bishops in 1994, it successfully campaigned for the retention of Objective 1 status for the Border, Midlands, West (BMW) region – and Council chairman Sean Hannick vowed that the battle for jobs and economic growth would continue.

“At last week’s meeting, our Vice Chairman Declan O’Callaghan made a full presentation to the Bishops, and made them aware of our on-going work of prioritising employment creation throughout the region through focusing on key areas of growth potential and specific infrastructural requirements such as investment in roads, rail, air transport, telecoms/broadband and energy including renewables,” he said.

“The objective is to ensure that this region increases its competitiveness with the rest of the country so as to attract additional investment. This requires us to consistently highlight the particular strengths of the region in areas such as tourism, the creative economy, food production, agriculture, the marine, the green economy, software, medical devices and other sectors.”

Among the current campaigns, is for Government support for Ireland West Airport Knock of €75m over the next five years to secure the expansion of routes and aviation-related business. “It is essential that the Government make this commitment,” Mr Hannick told the bishops.

He also reported that the Council for the West had furnished a detailed submission to the newly-established Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA).

“It is only by including appropriate monitoring, evaluation and management provisions as key components of CEDRA’s strategy that we will ensure that its Report becomes the real driver of job creation and sustainable economic development that rural areas including the West so require, and not just another Report that will gather dust on Government shelves,” explained Mr Hannick.

Dr Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam and Right Rev. Patrick Rooke, Church of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry spoke on behalf of the Bishops and thanked the Council for their on-going work on a variety of fronts.

The Council for the West is a voluntary, independent, non-political body which monitors and reports on the socio-economic state of the West and acts as a lobby group promoting the development of the West.

 

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Three in five SMEs invest in workforce

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Almost three in five of Galway’s SMEs are investing time and money into training and upskilling their workforce to get the most out of their technology.

That is according to a new report by MentorsWork, the nationwide business-support programme for SMEs, who are launching their new programme for 2023 which is now open for signups.

The research also found that almost half (49%) of Galway’s SMEs are keeping up to date with emerging best practices in digitalisation and automation to enhance their customer experience and proposition.

Over half (53%) of Galway SMEs also understand the implications of tech threats to their businesses and have a cybersecurity framework relevant to their businesses in place.

Elsewhere, the research found that younger businesses are lacking when it comes to awareness and adoption of emerging technologies and its impact on business performance.

The survey revealed that older businesses as well as those with 50+ employees were most likely to understand the range of emerging technologies and their impact on business and customers. SMEs in the food and drink sector were least likely to be aware of emerging technologies, with the ICT sector ranking itself 17% above average when it came to awareness and adoption.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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€900,000 for great outdoors

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Minister for State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton

Government funding of almost €435,250 has been approved for the upgrade of the Western Way Trail – one of four Galway projects to share funding of €929,200 under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme this week.

Local Minister for State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton, said this vital investment is needed to ensure that the trail capitalises on the natural and historic beauty of the setting, and would prove extremely popular for visitors on the Wild Atlantic Way.

“This route has proved very popular for local and tourists alike with its natural beauty well-known to most people from the area,” the Galway TD said.

“This investment will result in significant improvements and will ensure that this wonderful facility is made accessible to an even greater number of people,” Minister Naughton noted.

“There has been large growth in the recreational tourism sector, and an increasing number of visitors to Ireland are particularly interested in walking, cycling and exploring natural settings and activities” the Minister said.

The scheme, which finances the development and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as greenways and walking trails, also sees The Walks in Loughrea receive €200,000 to upgrade the present route, with an additional €200,000 allocated to develop the Creggs Mountain walk, an element of the Beara – Breifne & Suck Valley Way.

And the Killarainy Woods trail in Moycullen, is being allocated €103,950 to enhance the route.

“The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme contributes to the Governments objective of strengthening rural economies,” said Minister Naughton.

“The objective of the Scheme is to provide funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure and for the necessary repair, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreation infrastructure in rural Ireland,” added the Minister.

 

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Galway medtech firm awarded €3.6m to develop revolutionary stroke treatment

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Ceroflo co-founder Dr. Paul Bhogal and CEO Chloe Brown.

A Galway medical device company is working with a consortium to help develop disruptive technology in the treatment of stroke – after it was awarded awarded €3.6m in funding.

Ceroflo is partnered on the project with manufacturing firm Advant Medical and the Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Centre at Atlantic Technological University (ATU).

Cereflo secured the funding on foot of its development of a revolutionary new type of stent technology that promises to be vastly more effective than existing treatments to treat Intracranial Atherosclerotic Disease (ICAD), a leading cause of stroke.

Up to 50% of strokes are caused by a build-up of plaque in an artery in the brain known as Intra-Cranial Atherosclerotic Disease (ICAD).

Pharmaceutical therapies aimed at reducing the stroke rate are currently deemed the most effective form of treatment for the condition but more than 20% of patients with significant ICAD still suffer recurring stroke within twelve months.

Technological solutions have so far proved sub-optimal, leaving this large population of patients with the ongoing risk of devastating strokes.

The Ceroflo SubMax Stent represents a game-changer in the treatment of ICAD as its shape and structure has been developed to suit the unique challenges of this disease.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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