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More jobs in offing as city escapes brunt of recession

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Date Published: 21-Apr-2011

By Denise McNamara

Galway looks set to continue its phenomenal track record of attracting employers to the city despite the recession, with industry leaders predicting that even more jobs will be created here by the end of the year.

While there have been no major job losses in the city since the worst of the banking and fiscal crises hit, there have been a constant series of job announcements. Since October, nine companies indicated they planned to take on at least 900 new employees.

Galway is seen as one of the key success stories in the country by the IDA when it comes to securing direct foreign investment, particularly by US companies who are looking to locate in Europe or who wish to expand their operations here.

If Ireland can keep its low corporate tax rate, continue to improve its competitiveness by lowering costs and overcome the reputational damage caused by the IMF and EU bailout package, Galway should remain on course to attract further top-notch employers.

Gerry Kilcommins, general manager of Medtronic in Galway – who this year was elected president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland – believes Galway’s mix of attributes will spur a greater influx of multinationals.

“I don’t see any reason why Galway would not continue to be an attractive place for multinationals to do business,” remarked Mr Kilcommins.

IDA west regional director Jim Murren declined to expand on which companies were actively considering Galway as a location to set up business, citing confidentiality.

However he stated: “I think the rest of the year looks good for Galway. Our major market is the US, which is going through its own turmoil, but I’d still be very optimistic – and as you can well appreciate, I have good reason to be optimistic.”

 

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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