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Mixed news on Galway jobs front

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A large multinational employer in Galway city has lost a key manufacturing contract that may have implications for its local workforce.

Celestica has confirmed that it will no longer be providing manufacturing services for Dell out of its factory in Ballybrit.

The news comes as another large employer, Wayfair, confirmed it is expanding its presence in Ireland by adding 200 new jobs, including some at its Galway city office, in addition to creating a ‘virtual workforce’ where team members work from their homes anywhere in the country.

Though it remains a global customer of Celestica’s, Dell has decided to insource some manufacturing operations back to its Cork headquarters.

It is not known yet what impact, if any, the will have on Celestica’s workforce but the company confirmed it is touting for new business to replace the contract.

The insourcing is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2019, and could take between four and six months to complete.

“It’s the nature of the business Celestica operates in. It’s contract work, and they will be trying to source another contract. This may have no effect on staff at Celestica, if a new contract is sourced,” an industry source said.

Founded in 1996, the Canadian company is headquartered in Toronto and employs more than 25,000 people in 19 locations in 12 different countries.

It has two locations in Ireland with roughly 300 staff in Galway, including 220 permanent and 80 contractors; and around 145 in Leixlip in Kildare.

Celestica in Galway also has a second principal contract with HP, manufacturing inkjet cartridges for the industrial and speciality printing market.

Celestica, previously owned by Manufacturer’s Services Ltd, was taken over in 2004, and expanded its Galway operation in 2007. Its main contract is with HP and that is unaffected by the Dell decision.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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