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Outgoing IDA chief will address Galway Chamber business lunch

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IDA chief executive Barry O'Leary...lunch.

Departing IDA chief executive Barry O’Leary is the guest special at the Galway Chamber Summer Business Lunch today (Thursday) in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway at 12.30 pm.

The role of IDA is key to balanced regional development and President of Galway Chamber Frank Greene has referred in the media to the figures of Foreign Direct Investment in the West vis a vis Dublin or Cork as ‘stark’ and he believes that there should be more of a weighting at government level towards the ‘disadvantaged’ West and North West.

The retiring IDA CEO Barry O’Leary has been deeply involved in changing the profile and raising the value of Ireland’s inward investments over the past ten years focusing on building capability in strategic sectors such as lifesciences and information and communications technology.

Prior to his appointment to the role of CEO IDA in 2008, Barry O’Leary was Divisional Manager of the IDA’s LifeSciences and Information and Communications Technology business units. He has worked in IDA for over 30 years in most of its business areas including two periods, 1983-1991 and 1995-2002 in Germany, latterly as Director of Europe.

On his return to Germany in 1995 he was responsible for running IDA’s offices in Stuttgart and Düsseldorf which covered Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. He subsequently became Director of Europe and centralised IDA’s German offices into Frankfurt. During this period he was closely associated with winning major projects from companies such as Bertelsmann, SAP, Deutsche Bank, Lufthansa, Kostal, Allianz and a number of key Italian financial services Institutions.

On his return to Ireland in late 2002 Mr. O’Leary was initially appointed Divisional Manager Pharmaceuticals and Biopharmaceuticals and a member of the IDA’s Executive Committee. His responsibilities were increased in 2004 to include the LifeSciences and Information and Communications Technology areas.

Under his leadership in 2010, IDA launched its strategy blueprint, Horizon 2020. The strategy document articulates how IDA will attract the next wave of sophisticated FDI over the coming decade. It highlights the importance of global mega-trends, economic geopolitical changes and technology roadmaps which will influence where IDA can capitalise on the opportunities that they present.

To attend the Galway Chamber Summer Business Lunch, contact Elaine Murphy on 091 563536 or email Elaine@galwaychamber.com

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Mobility grants can’t keep pace

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Denis Naughten...’almost impossible’ to keep up.

The rates for grants to make mobility adaptations that allow people to live independently in their own homes are not keeping pace with the rising cost of construction.

Roscommon Galway TD, Denis Naughten said it was ‘almost impossible’ for older people or people with disabilities to get contractors to quote prices for work.

That’s because of the bureaucracy involved in housing aid for older people scheme, the mobility grant aid scheme, and the housing adaptation grant for people with disability.

“The low rate of the grant also means many contractors are not interested in this work anymore,” the Independent TD said.

“The reality is that the grants rates have not increased in recent years. These rates today do not reflect current building costs. The income thresholds also need to be modernised and updated,” he added.

Deputy Naughten highlighted the plight of a constituent in East Galway to drive home his point.

This person, an amputee who resides in a two-storey house and whose sole income is social welfare, had applied for a housing adaptation grant.

Galway County Council awarded the maximum rate for the housing adaptation grant, which was €30,000.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway is Chamber of the Year

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Top of the pile...Galway Chamber President Aengus Burns (left) and CEO and Kenny Deery, with Chambers Ireland President Mags Brennan after their double win.

Galway Chamber of Commerce has been named as Chamber of the Year at the 2022 Chamber Awards. The awards recognise the outstanding work of chambers of commerce throughout the country in supporting local, regional and national business.

And Galway Chamber was recognised for its high level of activity throughout the year despite challenging operational conditions. Galway Chamber had earlier won the category for Supporting Enterprise and Social Enterprise

President of Chambers Ireland, Mags Brennan said that being named Chamber of the Year was testament to the scale of work being undertaken by Galway Chamber.

“It reflects the huge amount of talent and dedication within the Chamber and underlines how impressively they have managed and adapted their activity to meet the needs of their members,” she said.

“What truly impressed our judges was how much Galway Chamber engaged with its community. This is a group of strong communicators, relationship builders and people who care deeply about their city and county,” she added.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Med-tech boost for Galway

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Pictured at Biomerics announcement of 40 josb in Galway were (from left) Michael Lohan, Global Head of Life Sciences, IDA Ireland; MInister of State Hildegarde Naughton; Todd McFarland, President, Texas Facility, Biomerics; Jhovanny Ortega, Director, Balloon Centre of Excellence, Galway, and Rachel Shelly, Head of Medical Technologies, IDA Ireland. Photo: Murtography.

Another multi-national medical devices company has chosen Galway for its European expansion – creating around 40 jobs over the next five years.

Biomerics, the vertically integrated medical device contract manufacturer serving the interventional device market, is opening of a 2,000 sq. ft. Balloons & Balloon Catheters Centre of Excellence at Liosban Business Park in Galway.

This is Biomerics’ first facility in Europe and the second facility outside the United States after Costa Rica.

It will become home to a growing team dedicated to the development and manufacturing of balloons and balloon catheters and act as an extension to the operations in Athens, Texas.

Galway-based Minister of State in the Department of Transport Hildegarde Naughton welcomed the announcement.

“This announcement is a great achievement for the West of Ireland and signals a bright future for businesses across the country,” she added.

 

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