Date Published: 20-Apr-2011
Leading industry figures have singled out the lack of a city bypass as the biggest impediment to attracting more companies to Galway, which has bucked the national trend in the last six months with the creation by multinationals of 900 jobs.
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.
While there have been no major job losses here since the recession hit, there have been a constant series of job announcements. Since October nine companies have announced plans to take on at least 900 new employees.
Gerry Kilcommins, general manager of Medtronic Galway – who this year was elected president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland – believes there are a number of reasons why US companies are choosing the city in increasing numbers.
Companies always ask about the educational infrastructure, talent and workforce available and Galway’s two reputable institutes of education stand out, he stated.
“This cluster effect has built up in Galway, particularly in the medical technology industry. Indigenous companies have set up in close proximity to supply the mainline companies. The third level colleges have set up programmes geared to the industries based in the city,” said Mr Kilcommins, who is also vice president of global operations for Medtronic’s vascular business.
Galway and the west of Ireland are seen as an attractive place to live, put down roots and raise a family, which is a major advantage when it comes to seeking highly sought-after recruits.
While accessibility to and from Galway has been largely addressed with the motorways to Dublin and Shannon, this is one area that still needs significant investment.
“The Galway City Outer Bypass was talked about but nothing is happening about it. I see it as important in terms of the whole traffic gridlock and the continuing development of the city and of the region as a whole,” he stated.
For full story see this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
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.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
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.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
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.