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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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Over half of west’s adults have no will

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Almost six out of every ten people in the west do not have a will – and that’s in line with the national average of 59%.

And according to the Royal London’s “Let’s Talk About Death” survey, one-third of the population say they’ve been meaning to, but just haven’t gotten around to it.

The survey was undertaken as part of a campaign launched by Royal London, which aims to tackle the taboo surrounding death to encourage a vital dialogue on bereavement, to help people enjoy the time they have with those they love and to honour those lost.

Padraic Benson, Royal London’s Broker Consultant for Galway, acknowledged that it was understandable why many people are reluctant to discuss the topic of death and dying.

But he added: “this survey indicates that it’s hampering the necessary provisions to be made. While men appear to be slightly more prepared than their female counterparts, with 48% saying they have a will compared with just 34% of women, it still leaves over half the population unprepared.”

But the pandemic has helped to focus the minds of many, he said.

“Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 254,870 recorded cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, with 10,511 confirmed cases in Galway alone.  And when asked, 55% of people surveyed said Covid-19 had made them realise how important it is to have a will in place,” he revealed.

“While the survey results do show that most people have a sense of when they should make a will, it seems the majority aren’t following through with the necessary actions. Many people have the best of intentions, with 34% saying they’ve been meaning to get around to it. Others believe they are too young (25%) and many more, 23%, have just never thought about it.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Council has no cash for tourism sector dig-out

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Cllr Evelyn Parsons

Hopes of a post-Covid helping hand for tourism interests in East Galway has been dashed by the local authority which said that any such leg-up could only be part of the budgetary process for later in the year.

The matter was raised by Cllr Evelyn Parsons at a recent meeting of Ballinasloe Municipal Council when she said that the east of the county needed to reap the economic benefits from the lifting of restrictions.

Cllr Parsons asked that a presentation be made to area Council members with a specific focus on works to develop, enhance and stimulate tourism growth for the area.

The independent councillor proposed that Director of Services Alan Farrell outline details of the various outdoor spaces and potential business opportunities to allow for the successful reopening of businesses, outdoor dining, drinking, retail, hospitality and outdoor entertainment as soon as possible.

Cllr Parsons also wants Director of Services Liam Hanrahan to consider short term and immediate measures with regards to sanitary and public needs should as portaloos, bins, benches, Covid-19 signage as well as outdoor power points.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Transport key to success for west

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Ibec’s Helen Leahy....recommendations.

A world-class transport infrastructure is critical to the west achieving its economic potential, according to the umbrella group for the Irish business sector.

Ibec has again reiterated its shopping list for the West region, which it outlined in its recent NDP submission.

It wants to see the state step up to progress a host of key road projects – including the N6 Galway City Ring Road, and the Atlantic Economic Corridor from Galway northwards by completing the M17 Tuam to Sligo and N15 Sligo to Letterkenny.

It has also called for the implementation of the Galway Transport Strategy to deliver vital public transport across metropolitan Galway – and investment in future Port of Galway developments and expansion, including the facilitation of offshore renewable energy projects.

And in more general terms, across the region, Ibec has called for an increase capital investment in the further and higher education sector and establish a Technological University in the region, and the acceleration of the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan and ensure a supportive regulatory environment for the successful roll-out of 5G.

The body also wants to see town centres revitalized, to ensure their future viability and underpin recovery across the region.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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