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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’s housing stock on the rise

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A total of 1,147 residential buildings were under construction in Galway as of June – according to the latest GeoView Residential Buildings Report.

Over half of the residential buildings under construction in Ireland in June 2021 were located in the Leinster region (58.4%), revealed the report which is published by GeoDirectory and EY Economic Advisory.

The Greater Dublin Area of Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow accounted for 35.6% of the total number of buildings under construction in the country. In contrast, the lowest levels of construction activity were recorded in Ulster (6.5%) and Connacht (10.6%).

In all, 1,182 new residential addresses in Galway were added to GeoDirectory’s nationwide database in the twelve months to June 2021.

At 30.8%, the highest proportion of the new residential address points were again located in Dublin, followed by Cork (10.8%), Kildare (9.7%) and Meath (5.7%).

In percentage terms, Leitrim (219.6%), Carlow (146.5%) and Roscommon (144%) registered the highest year-on-year growth in new address points, albeit from a previously low base.

The report also found that 9.5% of all residential stock in the state are apartments. In total, there were 194,898 apartment address points across the country in June 2021.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway towns included in home support pilot

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Confirmation...Minister Anne Rabbitte.

Tuam, Athenry and Loughrea will form one of a select number of areas for a nationwide pilot scheme to see how to improve home support services for families in need of carers.

Minister for Disabilities and Galway East Deputy Anne Rabbitte confirmed that the Galway towns were among nine across the country to form part of a national Home Support Pilot Programme, which will commence next month.

The pilot scheme will deliver an additional 230,000 hours of Home Support services over a six-month period, with the evaluation of the outputs to continue over a twelve-month period from its commencement.

Minister Rabbitte described this as a major boost for Tuam, Athenry and Loughrea.

“This will deliver in-home supports across the three towns, which are in the heart of East Galway and I know from working with families across the constituency that this will be a major boost,” she said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway passengers are all smiles at Shannon!

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The smiles on the faces at Shannon Airport very much told its own story this week – with passengers taking to skies as the easing of restrictions and the first day of the European Digital COVID Certificates took effect.

And it wasn’t just the joy of travel starting to resume that lifted spirits at the airport but also the announcement by Ryanair of a new once-weekly service to Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) to commence on August 7 – the third new service announcement for Shannon Airport over recent weeks.

There was a real sense of excitement as passengers of all ages became very much at ease with the heightened public safety measures in a ‘back-to-the-future’ day for the West of Ireland gateway airport.

There were reunions as inbound flights arrived but also a palpable degree of anticipation as others got set to depart on the earliest flight out of the airport today, the 7:10am flight to Gatwick.

Among those boarding was Clarenbridge native Claire Tomlin and her husband Jake, together with their three children, including their twins who turn a year old next week.

“It’s been amazing to get back. The kids saw their grandparents for the first time and their cousins and aunties and uncles, so it was fantastic,” said Claire.

“Shannon is just so convenient for us because it’s only about 40 minutes’ drive. So, it just makes everything a lot easier in terms of getting to and from places with little ones. So, yeah, Shannon is a great resource for us. Really, really good. We hope to be able to go back more and more.”

It was smiles all around for Shannon Airport staff as they got back to doing what they do best. “Well, today is a great day because you can see the atmosphere around the place, people are at ease here and they’re glad to be back, they’re glad to get up in the sky again,” said Shannon Duty Free Sales Associate Helen Quinlivan.

“It’s great to see the excitement. People are really looking forward to going back and seeing their loved ones and they’re very at ease.”

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