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Multi-national interest on the rise for Galway

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Senator Lorraine Higgins...visits on the up.

Multi-national companies’ interest in Galway is on the rise again – with the total number of visits in the first half of this year already outstripping all of 2013.

That’s according to local Senator Lorraine Higgins who was told by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD there were 16 multinational visits to Galway in the first half of 2015 – already one more than the low of 15 visits in 2013.

“I asked the Minister to indicate the number of visits made by potential multi-national investors with the IDA to County Galway; and if he would make a statement on the matter given the drop in visits in recent years from 35 in 2011 to 18 in 2012 and 15 in 2013,” said the Athenry Senator.

The Minister confirmed 16 site visits by potential multi-national investors to Co. Galway to the middle of 2015.

“This figure over a six month period represents an increase in visits from the figure in 2013 and this is extremely heartening,” she said.

The Minister was also quick to point out the IDA’s commitment to actively marketing Galway across its global offices.

“In particular, there are two sites in Tuam that IDA Ireland markets. The first is the Tuam Business Park, which is a 13.48ha site. The second is the 10.73ha Tuam Business & Technology Park.

“Tenants include companies such as Valeo Vision Systems, Transitions Optical, Logstrup and SSL Logistics,” he said.

And the new IDA Ireland strategy for the next five years includes a €150m property investment plan, spread out over five years.

“The funding will be used to upgrade Ireland’s business and technology parks, as well as investing in a number of strategic utility-intensive sites and building new advanced technology buildings in a number of regional locations,” added Minister Bruton.

Senator Higgins welcomed the news.

“While competition for FDI is very intense, it is important that we do not take our eye off the ball when it comes to inward investment. The impact in terms of helping our economic recovery spread across the west of our country and instilling confidence in a community can be best seen with the news of Apple locating a new data centre in my hometown of Athenry.

“Therefore, it is imperative that the IDA remain committed be providing more job opportunities for young people in Galway instead of forcing them to move to Dublin or further afield in order to secure a job,” she added.

 

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Former Manchester United star joins forces with Galway tech company

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New alliance...Rachel Kavanagh, CMO Clubforce; Garry Stannett, CEO Rio Ferdinand Foundation, and Noel Murray, CEO, Clubforce.

A Galway enterprise that started out as a pet project to establish a fundraising tool for Irish Diaspora to send money to their GAA clubs back home has now teamed up with an English football legend – to drive inclusivity in sport.

Clubforce, founded by Warren Healy in Carna back in 2009, has joined forced with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, a youth and community development charity which works in the heart of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation was set up in 2012 by the former professional footballer, following issues of inequality he experienced in his own life.

It is now working in communities across Ireland and the UK, with regional hubs in Belfast, Manchester, and London – supporting more than 10,000 youths, helping them to realise their potential.

Foundation Founder, former Manchester United and England centre-half Rio Ferdinand, said he was ‘delighted to collaborate with a community-focused software company developing technology to promote sports participation and make sport accessible to all’.

“We are on the same journey,” he said.

Clubforce CMO Rachel Kavanagh said they had huge admiration for the work done by the Rio Ferdinand Foundation – particularly for girls.

“I’m especially excited to hear about programs such as GoGirl, building the confidence of young women and girls to achieve their potential. We’re looking forward to contributing to the efforts made by the Foundation to drive inclusion and sports participation across genders in both geographies,” she said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New domain registrations reveal growth of almost 7% over first half of year

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Figures...David Curtin.

Traditional businesses are embracing their online presence now more than ever in the aftermath of Covid – with Galway companies showing a growth of almost seven per cent in new domain registrations post-pandemic.

That’s according to the latest statistics released by .IE, Ireland’s country domain manager. 

There were 1,236 new .ie domains registered in Galway in the first half of this year, representing growth of 6.6% over pre-pandemic 2019.

That figure accounted for over half of the 2,352 new .ie domains registered in Connacht between January and June 2022, as the database reported 2.6% year-on-year growth, with new registrations returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Identifying with place proved very popular for new .ie registrations in H1 2022. In Galway, the top three keywords in new .ie domain registrations were ‘Galway’, ‘Ireland’ and ‘Irish’.

At the end of June, the total .ie database stood at 332,642 domains.

Limerick recorded the highest percentage growth among the major urban counties (Dublin, Cork, Galway and Waterford) over the first half of 2022 compared to the same period in 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Large numbers of younger Irish workers plan to change jobs in next two years

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Gary Notley...workers reassessing options.

More than half of the co-called Gen Z’s and only slightly less of our millennials plan to leave their current jobs for pastures new in the next two years.

That’s according to a new Deloitte Ireland survey which revealed that 56% of Gen Zs and 40% of millennials plan to leave their current roles in that time.

It also found that 53% of millennials believe the economic situation will worsen in the next twelve months, compared to 36% of Gen Z.

And 55% of Irish millennials cite the cost of living as being their number one greatest concern with one in four of them leaving their organisations in 2022 as a result of burnout.

Gen Z refers to the generation of people born in the late 1990s and early 2000s, while millennials are those reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century.

Overall, the survey found that both cohorts are concerned about an economic downturn – but they desire a better work/life balance and want more flexible working arrangements than they currently have.

The Irish participants were taking part in the Millennial and Gen Z global study of over 45 countries – and they said they are more willing than ever to leave for fresh opportunities.

They are seeking options to provide them with better salary/reward, work life balance, higher flexibility and opportunity offered by employers, and, to a lesser extent, organisations focused on climate change.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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