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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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Galway woman plans to start her own business after exam success

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Joan Brett hopes to establish her own business after completing the Accounting Technicians Ireland Diploma with flying colours.

A Ballinasloe woman – who returned to Galway after working for some of the biggest names in London finance – has enhanced her career prospects through obtaining one of the top exams marks in the country.

Joan Brett, who now lives in Galway city with her husband Paul and family, hopes to establish her own business after completing the Accounting Technicians Ireland Diploma online with flying colours.

The accounting qualification is recognised as the fastest pathway to a fulfilling and rewarding career in the profession.

Joan spent ten years working in the fast-paced environment of London’s financial sector for companies such as Merrill Lynch, Mitsubishi, Barclays Capital and BNP Paribas.

“I worked with traders in a target driven and tight deadline environment and enjoyed every moment of it,” said Joan.

“I met my soon-to-be husband there and we decided to come home to live in Galway, where I took time off to rear our two children.

“I did a short stint in a small local branch of BNP Paribas and spent some time working in the accounts department of Connacht Rugby.

“As my husband’s IT business began to grow, I took care of the bookkeeping and soon realised I needed to understand more about accounting.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Shopping local, supporting local business is more important now than ever before

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When we shop locally, we are not just supporting a local business; we are looking after our own communities. And we need to look after each other, and protect our communities, now more than ever.

We urge all our readers to support your community, support your town and support each other.

The Connacht Tribune is supporting local businesses which remain open and continue to trade despite the introduction of Level 5 restrictions.

Each day, on our website and social channels, the Connacht Tribune will publish a list of local businesses who are open for business and providing a service to their customers during lockdown.

While only essential retailers are allowed to operate as normal during Level 5, all retailers are allowed to operate a “click and collect” service under the regulations.

If you want to appear on the list please contact our Advertising Department at 091 536222

 

Here are today’s list of businesses:

PATRICIA O’TOOLE

Beautiful You, Clifden

Vouchers available

We sell on line  www.patriciaotoole.com

We are doing Click and Collect

We are also doing Call and Collect – 087-7717563

 

WALSH’S BAKERY

Clifden

Yes we sell online – https://walshsbakery.ie/shop/

We also are doing

Click & collect, call & collect and offer gift vouchers.

Phone: (095) 21283

 

SEYMOURS LOUGHREA

Carpets & Rugs, Furniture, Sliding Wardrobes, Beds, Wood Flooring & Vinyl

Main Street, Loughrea, County Galway

Telephone: 091 880503

Email: seymoursloughrea@gmail.com

Our Opening times are:

Monday-Friday: 9.30 am to 6.00 pm

Saturday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm

Sunday: Closed

Carpets & Rugs

Whether you are looking for luxury, trendy, cosiness, or budget, we offer a truly massive range of carpets and rugs from many leading manufacturers.

Beds

Check out our full range of carefully selected beds in modern and traditional styles. Double and Single beds, and mattresses in a huge range of sizes.

Wood Flooring

We stock an extensive range of high-quality wooden flooring from well-known brands, all at competitive prices.

Seymours Loughrea provide a professional installation service for any carpet or flooring you choose.

 

Cló Iar-Chonnacht is a publishers and Irish-language book shop based in An Spidéal and online at www.cic.ie.

The company, which is celebrating 35 years in business this year, stocks a wide range of books in Irish for young and old as well as a selection of traditional music CDs.

Their annual sale is running from 1 – 23 December and they are offering a click and collect service as well as postal delivery for online and phone orders.

Orders can be placed online at www.cic.ie 24/7 and there is also a phone ordering service from Monday to Friday at 091 593307.

 

CURRAN SAWMILLS

Cluide, Corrandulla.

We are OPEN

Contact:  091 791273

Email:  cluidesawmills@gmail.com

Opening hours are:

7:30a.m. – 5.00 p.m.  Monday to Friday

9.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Saturdays

 

CLIFDEN BIKE SHOP

www.clifdenbikeshop.ie

We sell on line and you can click and collect.

Contact number is 09522630

Vouchers – yes yes – we sell vouchers.

Our email address is clifdenbikeshop.ie

 

CHADWICKS

Sarsfield Rd, Townparks, Ballinasloe.

Chadwicks Group operates nationwide and are the #1 Builders Merchants and Home Improvement Specialist in Ireland.

From building & plumbing materials to DIY supplies & equipment hire. We’re here to help with all your home or building projects. Let’s Get It Done.

Opening Hours:

Monday        8am – 5pm

Tuesday       8am – 5pm

Wednesday  8am – 5pm

Thursday     8am – 5pm

Friday          8am – 4pm

Saturday      9am – 1pm

Phone – 09096 42212

 

 

ARRABAWN

Your Local Co-op in Athenry

091 844086

 

EZ LIVING

Website: www.ezlivingfurniture.ie

Number: 0818 222 272

 

OH!  BY GUM

We are doing click and collect or you can order online on www.ohhbygum.ie or phone 0858000377 Clifden, Co Galway.

Vouchers available both digital for website and for use instore.

We believe fashion should be good for the planet and good for the people who make it too. It’s why we source everything we sell from makers and suppliers who share our vision.

It’s why all the items in our range are ethically produced and include organic, vegan, sustainable and recycled options.

It’s why we try and ensure that the people who make our products are fairly paid for what they do. We also believe that being conscious of what you buy, shouldn’t mean sacrificing value, quality or style.

Which is why you’ll not only look good wearing our clothes. You’ll feel good too.

 

ALL THINGS CONNEMARA

Market Street Clifden

Telephone 095 22360

Email: shop@allthingsconnemara.ie

www.allthingsconnemara.ie

Vouchers available, we are also doing click or call  and collect.

 

ADARE BEVERAGES

Pure Natural focuses on sourcing premium and local products and bringing them to your doorstep.

We have a unique range of natural and organic beverages, Irish cosmetics and handcrafts that are all available for home delivery.

Our Christmas Gift Boxes contain the finest of beverages and all our food products are sourced in the west of Ireland.

Please order online www.purenatural.ie or contact Padraic Conroy on 086-2382616.

We deliver for FREE in Galway city or alternatively anywhere else in Ireland for €7.35.

 

CORRIB OIL

Corrib Oil, 9 Abbey Trinity, Tuam   093 26772

Corrib Oil, 37-79 Brackernagh, Ballinasloe   090 9646054

Corrib Oil, 2 The Hill, Dublin Rd, Loughrea   091 841003

Corrib Oil, Crowe Street, Gort    091 631818

Fuel Depot

Tuam Road, Galway City 091 751311

CLAYTON HOTEL GALWAY

Open for essential workers

Click and Collect Menu available.

Gift vouchers available

www.claytonhotelgalway.ie

091 721900

Info.galway@claytonhotels.com

 

EYRE SQUARE DENTAL CLINIC

As an essential service We are open during level 5 restrictions.

For appointments

We are located at the bottom of Eyre Square, opposite the AIB Bank on the corner.

Phone – 091 562932

Email –info@eqresquaredental.ie

DUANES HARDWARE AND FOODSTORE

Kiltulla, Athenry, Galway.

Duanes Hardware is located in the Heart of Kiltullagh village.

We are a family run local business operating since 1940’s.

OUR SERVICES:

Hardware Store

  • Building supplies • Agri & Fertiliser • DIY Supplies • Delivery service
    Grocery store
  • Filling Station • Deli (hot & Cold), 9 grams Coffee station • National Lottery • Postpoint Services

Email: sean@duanes.ie

Tel: +353 91 848019  Fax: +353 91 848984

www.duanes.ie

 

BERWICK SOLICITORS

16 Eyre Square, Galway

Berwick Solicitors, Galway is a full-service firm with offices in Galway, Dublin and Clare.

Phone – 091 – 567545

Email – info@berwick.ie

 

SALMONS DEPARTMENT STORE

Main Street, Ballinasloe

Our new online store is now Live

Courier delivery and same day click and collect available

https://salmonsonlinestore.com/

Phone- 09096 42120

 

CLASSIC TILES

Tuam Road, Galway 091 752561

www.classictiles.ie

 

BETTER BEDDING

Sean Mulvoy Road, Galway

091 756766

nfo@betterbedding.ie

www.betterbedding.ie

 

Anthony Ryans

18 Shop St, Galway.

Phone(091) 567 061

www.anthonyryans.com

 

Anthony Ryans Homestore Ltd.
7 Lombard Street. Galway.
Phone :  091 539627
sales@anthonyryans.com

Shop for Homewares, Bedlinen, Luggage and Curtains online at:

www.anthonyryans.com

 

MABS

South Galway Office 0761 07 2570

National Helpline 076 107 2000

https://www.mabs.ie

 

ALL4BABY

Tuam Road Retail Centre, Tuam Rd, Galway, H91 NX64

Phone(091) 764 400

www.all4baby.ie

 

WHELAN’S GARAGE

Main dealers for Massey Ferguson
Whelan’s also deal with a range of manufacturers including Fendt, Honda, Husqvarna, Draper and more.

Long established business with 3 locations in Clare and South Galway. Employs over 40 staff

Loughrea Depot – 091 880050   Contact Padraig 087 6755189

Kilrush Depot – 065 9051147

Ennis Depot – 065 6822272

https://whelansgarage.com/

 

LONDIS

Newcastle Road Foodhall, Galway

We’re open for instore shopping and collection orders 24/7 and offer a delivery service from 9am – Late (2am weekdays and 4am at weekends).

Our phone number is 091-585708 and our website is www.londisonline.ie.

We also have an app that’s available on Google Play and the App Store.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ie.flipdish.fd6451

https://apps.apple.com/ie/app/londis-online/id1506153717

 

Alison Loughnane

Farrell Auctioneers, Valuers & Estate Agents LTD

Courtney House, George’ s St, Gort.

091 – 632688

086 – 2455925

alison@colmfarrell.com

Our doors maybe closed but we are still working please feel free to contact us anytime. In the current lockdown 5 guidelines we can carry out viewings and valuations.

 

MacMahon Oil

Kinvarra, Moy Road, Co. Galway, H91 XD52

091 637317 /  091 638126 / 091 561677

Supplying your Home Heating Needs for the past 25 years

– Serving Galway City & County and North Clare

– Super 6 Day Delivery

– Same Day Delivery for “Out of Oil” Customers

– Competitive Prices – Guaranteed

– Prompt Delivery Services

– Gift Vouchers Available

– Authorised EMO Distributor

 

Beattys Loughrea      

091 841403

www.beattys.ie

Beattys Topline   

091 841403

www.toplinebeattys.ie

 

Modella,

Corrandulla, Co Galway

091 791598

www.modella.ie

 

Parklawn Tree Services Ltd

Church Park, Tremane, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon F42Y767

Professional tree surgery & Arboricultural Consultancy

Parklawn Tree Services is a professional tree surgery and arboricultural consulting company providing a wide range of services to customers and clients across Ireland. Since 1998, we have steadily expanded our business to cover a wide range of land based services; from small urban garden trees to the large rural forests.

We provide sensitive domestic tree care to large-scale commercial tree surgery contracts.

Office: 086 6077307
Enda Stephens: 086 8125165
John Nolan: 086 6077302
Garrett Murphy: 087 9059892
Lorraine Brennan: 087 9836302

www.parklawntreeservices.com

 

Delight Café, Renmore Avenue, Galway

Delight Health Café in Galway is striving to promote good food and drinks. This is done using the most fresh and top quality ingredients, and as many local suppliers as possible! Come check us out… Fabulous-food-fast!

Tel: 091 761466
steph.delightcafe@gmail.com

www.delight.ie/

 

The Twelve Hotel,

Barna Village, Galway

Telephone: 091 597012

https://www.thetwelvehotel.ie/takeaway

Drive Through – Wednesday to Sunday 1pm to 8pm and Friday/Sat 9pm

 

Oranmore Lodge Hotel

We have a wide range of gift vouchers available for the festive season.

They are an ideal gift for a loved one, ranging from dining, hotel stays and leisure club vouchers.

All vouchers available to purchase online

www.oranmorelodge.ie or call us on 091 794400

 

Meadow Court Hotel

Looking for that ideal gift for your loved one this Christmas ?

Why not purchase a meadow court hotel gift voucher

By website- www.meadowcourthotel.com

Email – meadowcourthotel@eircom.net

Phone- 091- 851051

 

 

The team at Topline Flynns and Flynns of Lackagh Ltd. is very proud to be serving the community in Lackagh, Co. Galway and its environs for the past 170 years. Our dedicated group of well trained, professional and long serving staff are always on hand, striving to ensure customer service, quality and value are at the forefront.

Telephone: 091 797116

www.flynnsoflackagh.ie

 

 

2020 has really highlighted the importance of looking after our physical and mental health, and what better way to treat your loved ones or reward your employees this Christmas than with the gift of an exhilarating adventure at Wildlands. Vouchers available to suit all budgets from €20 stocking fillers to corporate bundles.

Available online at www.wildlands.ie or you can buy onsite at Wildlands in Moycullen. Vouchers are valid for 5 years. For corporate enquiries email info@wildlands.ie

 

Looking for fast, reliable Broadband Internet in Galway? Lightnet is a leading provider of broadband and landline service to homes and businesses. We can offer you options to best suit your individual needs.

Telephone 091 395804

Email: sales@lightnet.ie

www.lightnet.ie

 

McD’s Garden Centre Galway

Galway Irish Crystal Centre Merlin Park, Old Dublin Rd, Galway, H91 NN56

McD’s Garden Centre Loughrea

The Green, Loughrea, Co. Galway, H62 Y668

Christmas trees at McD’s! Nothing says Christmas like having your living room decorated with a beautiful Christmas tree. Here at McD’s we look to offer the best range of artificial Christmas trees in Ireland at the best possible value. We deliver across Ireland and Northern Ireland.

https://www.mcds.ie/

https://www.facebook.com/McDs.ie/photos/a.1424091351136509/2789725797906384/

 

Connemara Gifts at Peacockes Hotel Maam Cross

Free Local Collection

Gift Wrapping Available

A family run gift shop based in the heart of Connemara, selling a wide range of carefully selected Irish giftware

email cg@peacockes.ie,

Phone 091 552 306

https://www.peacockes.ie/

 

Lydons Carpets and Flooring

Moycullen, Co. Galway.

Open for all essential trade

Phone -091 555962

Email- lydonscarpets@gmail.com

http://www.lydons.ie/

 

 

Tom Dempsey Flooring

Our measurement services continues for new builds, extensions and unoccupied homes and businesses

Click and collect in operation

Contactless delivery remains fully operational

Phone- 091 795777

Email- sales.tdflooring@gmail.com

http://www.tomdempseyflooring.ie/

 

 

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VAT move will decimate tourism sector in the west

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Jim Power

The Government’s proposed tax changes – which give VAT breaks to tourists spending here – will ‘decimate tourism and retail’ in Galway, according to one of the country’s leading economists.

Jim Power was speaking as he published the findings of an economic report which urges the Government to urgently rethink its proposals.

The current Retail Export Scheme allows non-EU tourists to claim VAT refunds on quality Irish craft and gift items purchased in Ireland.

However, the Government’s Brexit Omnibus Bill 2020, currently moving through the Oireachtas, will exclude all purchases under €175 from the scheme.

This, according to Mr Power, means that a tourist in Galway will have to spend at least €175 on a single purchase to avail of a VAT refund.

As almost 85% of refunds under the current scheme are purchases less than €175, the Government is scrapping the scheme for retailers who do not sell high value goods.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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