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.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.