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.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.