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New Galway HP centre to create up to 350 new jobs

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BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM

The construction of a new purpose-built European Software Centre by Hewlett Packard in Ballybrit – which will create up to 350 new jobs – has been hailed by the Taoiseach as a major boost for Galway.

Mr Kenny was in town yesterday for the announcement of the new building – which will see up to 200 new positions created, as well as a further 150 during construction.

The project – first revealed by this newspaper 12 months ago – is currently with city planners, who are awaiting further information on a right of way issue, as well as more detailed drawings of the proposed 90,000 square foot building, which will be located on a six-acre site beside the existing HP building.

The three-storey building will replace the existing 40 year-old premises, which no longer meets HP’s requirements.

Speaking at the announcement, the Taoiseach said: “The construction of a new state of the art R&D building by HP is a testament to their Galway staff and operations in Ireland. 

“The project will create 150 construction jobs during its development and will provide a much-needed boost for this sector.

“HP has been a valued business partner in Ireland throughout the years and this new investment will see HP and Ireland remain at the forefront of software research and cloud computing technology,” said Mr Kenny.

John Hinshaw, HP’s Executive Vice President of Global Technology and Operations, said: ”The new facility will be a modern office building, built with flexibility and environmental sustainability features and fitted out to support the needs of HP employees into the future.

“Our facilities in Galway are proving to successfully attract some of the best and brightest talent in key IT growth areas for HP. We are pleased to announce an investment in a new state of the art facility to support future development of new cutting edge technologies,” said Mr Hinshaw.

Mark Gantly, Managing Director in Galway, praised his existing workforce of 600 who helped secure the new investment.

“This announcement today is testament to the strength of the team on the ground who are developing new and meaningful technologies in Ireland that are being brought to the rest of the world,” said Mr Gantly.

The head of HP in Ireland said the new building represents an ‘expression of faith’ in Galway.

Martin Murphy said: “This is an exciting and very important development for HP in Ireland.  This investment in Ballybrit is an endorsement of Galway as a strategic location of choice for HP and affirms the company’s ongoing commitment to its operations in this country. 

In March, our sister newspaper the Galway City Tribune, reported that HP is in a row with neighbouring multinational APC over the plans for the new building.

A submission – and not an outright objection – by APC on the planning application expressed concerns that their building will be “dwarfed” by the new HP building, as well as over access and a right of way.

Those issues must be addressed by HP before planners can make a decision, although the company has said it is confident the application will be approved.

 

 

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Transplant man’s gratitude for new lease of life

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The Kenny family from Laurencetown, Ballinasloe who are organising a fundraiser for the Irish Kidney Association (back – from left) Olivia, Megan, Kenneth, Pauline, Lorna, with (front) dad Jimmy, transplant patient Liam, Liam's son Zak, donor James and mum Patricia. Photo: Gerry Stronge.

A Galway electrician and father-of-one is embracing his new lease of life after his brother donated one of his kidneys – and now his family want to show their appreciation by raising funds for the charity that helped them through their darkest days.

Liam Kenny (31) from Laurencetown had a serious kidney condition that saw him require dialysis eight hours a day, three days a week prior to his operation – a reality that was impacting on his life and work.

But since he received a kidney from his 33-year-old brother James, he hasn’t looked back – and in gratitude the family has now organised a special day on Saturday, October 1, with the highlight a charity barn dance in the village.

It was back in 2014 when Liam Kenny, who works with an electrician, was diagnosed with chronic kidney reflux, resulting in only one functioning kidney at 15%. Liam’s quality of life deteriorated as he fought this disease.

This led to Liam receiving dialysis eight hours a day, three days a week and his ability to work was impacted.

Liam’s family volunteered to be tested for compatibility for a transplant – and fortunately, his older brother James, who is employed in an abattoir, proved a match.

In October 2017, after a long and emotional journey, Liam and James attended Beaumont Hospital to undergo a mammoth surgery.

Although this surgery was a success, there was always a possibility that Liam’s body could reject the transplant.

During this time, the Irish Kidney Association supported the entire family to ensure they were close to the lads by providing free on-site accommodation.

This, his sister Megan Kenny says, was pivotal in supporting their family through the surgery’s worry, stress and financial strain.

Get the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now, or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie. You can also download our Connacht Tribune App from Apple’s App Store or get the Android Version from Google Play.

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Long-lost video shows Galway faith healer enjoying trip back home

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Faith healer Mary Malone...back home in Mountbellew.

Long-lost video footage of a County Galway ‘faith healer and visionary’ has been discovered after more than two decades.

The video diaries of Mary Malone, a faith healer from Mountbellew, have been released on social media platform, YouTube. One of the videos shows Ms Malone, and her husband Malcolm, returning on a visit to Mountbellew in 2000.

As well as offering a unique view of the North-East Galway town at the turn of the millennium, it features several local people who are filmed speaking with Mary Malone as part of the documentary.

It portrays a village in more innocent times. Footage of a market in full-swing, old cars lining the streets, and interviews with locals welcoming Mary Malone home offer a glimpse of rural Ireland at the time.

In one section of film, a young Mountbellew man on a bike, reminisces with Mary Malone about life growing up, which included collecting call cards.

“I love coming back to Mountbellew,” she declared in the film, and joked with another man: “I’ve put ye on the map!”

They discuss how Mountbellew was a fine tourism town and all that it needs was a hotel.

Over the course of the half-hour footage, locals ask Mary Malone for help to heal their sick relatives.

Among those interviewed was Joe Noone, a cousin of hers, and mechanic and businessman. “It’s great to see you,” he said. They chit-chat about her home in England, their familial links, and her husband’s love of fishing, and Mary Malone’s ‘healing’ of his mother.

It also features footage of the couple in her cousin’s house a mile outside Mountbellew, where they stayed before they embarked on a healing tour of Ireland.

Get the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now, or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie. You can also download our Connacht Tribune App from Apple’s App Store or get the Android Version from Google Play.

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Draft fishing bye-laws are just watered down

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Lough Corrib

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) stands accused of a policy climb-down over the protection of non-native species such as pike on Lough Corrib.

Last year, IFI admitted that fishing bye-laws that afford non-native predatory species equal protection to native salmon and trout, were ‘contrary to the aims of the Habitats Directive and fisheries legislation’.

But in a new draft policy document issued last week, IFI stops short of recommending that the bye-laws be repealed.

Instead it has published a plan that’s described as advocating a ‘mixed fishery’ model, contrary to the wishes of salmon and trout anglers in the west.

IFI published a 50-page draft plan last week called the ‘Long Term Management Plan for the Great Western Lakes’.

The organisation invited feedback from the public on the plan, and the consultation period is until September 20, the deadline for public submissions.

Already, however, the plan is causing disquiet among fishing organisations who are galvanising support against it.

Local angling groups want the Great Western Lakes, including Corrib, to be maintained as salmonid fisheries.

They claim this new draft plan keeps the current ‘unacceptable’ position, which protects predatory pike and coarse fish on the Corrib system, which is an SAC (Special Area of Conservation).

Anglers in Galway and Mayo want the pike and coarse byelaws repealed, so that removing pike and coarse fish from the Corrib is not a criminal act.

Campaigner Mike Donnellan, a member of Oughterard Anglers, urged people to make their opposition to the draft plan known through the public consultation process that has commenced.

Get the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now, or you can download the digital edition from www.connachttribune.ie. You can also download our Connacht Tribune App from Apple’s App Store or get the Android Version from Google Play.

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