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McDonald’s given more time to make next move in trademark battle with Supermac’s

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Fast food giant McDonald’s has until September to make its next move in an ongoing trademark battle with Galway company Supermac’s.
In April this year, Supermac’s asked the EU regulator to cancel the use of the Big Mac trademark registered by McDonald’s under certain classes.
Last year, the EU Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market upheld McDonald’s opposition to the use of the Supermacs trademark in Europe.
The ruling said Supermac’s can still use its brand name and trade name in the EU – but not to sell meat, fish, poultry, chicken nuggets, chips, onion rings or hamburgers.
Pat McDonagh’s restaurant group has issued a formal trademark cancellation demand on the use of the Big Mac and Mc trademarks that McDonald’s has registered under certain classes.
McDonald’s has registered a wide variety of words with the Mc prefix including McCountry and the word MAC as well as McKids, McFamily, McHome, McWallet, McRecycle, McJob, and McInternet.
Supermac’s says McDonald’s has trademarked these words in an attempt to wipe out any potential competition and that this amounts to ‘trademark bullying’ by a large multi-national.
McDonald’s requested an extension for their next submission in the case, and an extension has been granted until September.

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Loughrea to benefit from major rural development grant

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Loughrea is to benefit from a LEADER grant from Galway Rural Development.

The grant, amounting to €167,800, will be put towards the Comworks Enterprise Hub.

The Hub will house a high quality workspace, meeting facilities and high-speed Internet to help over 70 entrepreneurs and remote workers.

The Loughrea Hub is another LEADER approved project in Galway, with over €1 million now provided in development grants.

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Public meeting to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss future of District Hospital

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Public meeting is to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss the HSE’s decision to withdraw respite services from the District Hospital.

Families were contacted by the HSE on Friday, informing them that respite services will not be available from next week.

Instead, they’re being told they will have to avail of services at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway City.

It’s understood the issue relates to lack of staff – Galway Bay FM News has contacted the HSE for clarification but as of this morning has not received a response.

HSE management are to meet with local representatives tomorrow where the future of Clifden District Hospital will be discussed.

Fine Gael Councillor Eileen Mannion said the meeting this afternoon will give people the opportunity to voice their concerns and to highlight the need for services to continue in Clifden.

Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell says the decision to move services from Clifden to Merlin is astonishing

Fianna Fail local councillor Gerry King told Galway Bay FM News that there is a fear that this could be the final straw for the hospital.

The meeting will be held in Clifden Town Hall this afternoon and will begin at 3pm.

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Garda enquiries ongoing following incidents overnight in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Garda enquiries have begun following two incidents in Ballinasloe in the early hours of this morning.

Gardaí and fire services responded to reports of a fire at a house just after 2am.

Damage was caused to the property but none of the occupants required hospital treatment.

Half an hour later, Gardaí and fire services attended another fire at another property in the town.

Enquiries are ongoing into both fires and anyone with any information are asked to contact Ballinasloe Gardai at (090) 9631890 or any Garda Station.

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