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Over 300 new jobs created in Galway last year by Enterprise Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 300 new jobs were created in Galway by Enterprise Ireland last year.
That’s an increase of 4 percent over the figure for 2017 – with over 8 thousand people now employed in supported firms across the county.
However, while 307 jobs were created last year, Enterprise Ireland has not yet confirmed how many jobs were lost in Galway during that time.
Nationally, almost 19 thousand new roles were created during what’s being described as a ‘record year’ for the state agency.
Over 60 per cent of the new jobs were created outside Dublin.
However, Enterprise Ireland is warning up to 25 thousand jobs here could be affected by a ‘hard Brexit’.

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IBEC warns poor transport infrastructure will limit economic development in the West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – IBEC is warning that poor transport infrastructure will limit economic development in the west of Ireland.

The business group is calling on the Government to ensure that the National Investment Framework for Transport in Ireland supports an enhanced National Development Plan, underpinned by an ambitious programme of world class public services and infrastructure developments.

As part of its call for enhanced public services in the west, IBEC has set out its infrastructure priorities for the region as part of its submission on the National Development Plan.

The group wants increased capital investment in further and higher education and the establishment a Technological University in the region, an upgrade to the Atlantic Economic Corridor from Galway northwards by completing the M17 Tuam to Sligo, and N15 Sligo to Letterkenny routes, an acceleration of the National Broadband Plan and a supportive regulatory environment for the successful roll-out of 5G.

Meanwhile, the group has also earmarked the proposed N6 Galway City Ring Road and the Galway Transport Strategy as key projects for the region.

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Council’s refusal of plan for Kingston apartments appealed to An Bord Pleanála

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The City Council’s refusal of a proposal for 74 residential units in Kingston has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

City Planners turned down the application for the Knocknacarra based development at the end of March

The development led by Diagnostic Medical Imagine International Ltd sets out to demolish two existing houses and build three 4 to 5 story apartment blocks.

The plan also provided for a residents gym and a new vehicular entrance.

City planners refused the development at the end of March based on two main considerations.

One takes issue with the dispersal of traffic through alternate routes.

It’s stated the Garraí de Bruin route had not been demonstrated to be compliant with relevant guidelines or under the control or consent of the applicant.

It further stated that access arrangements for the Kingston Road route would not stand in the event of the exclusion of the connection through Garraí De Bruin.

Planners also stated that the applicant has failed to adequately demonstrate and provide consent and sufficient legal interest for the inclusion of lands forming part of the planning application.

The decision has now been appealed to An Bord Pleanála with a decision expected at the end of August.

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315 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Ireland

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 315 new cases of Covid-19 here.

62 people are currently in hospital with the disease, up 4 since yesterday.

While there has been no change in the number of people in ICU, with 22 people receiving intensive care treatment today.

There are no figures available for Galway.

Meanwhile in the UK…

Another 7-thousand-490 new Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the latest 24 hour period.

A further 8 deaths have been reported within 28 days of a positive test.

Another 254-thousand-185 people have received their first vaccination with 320-thousand-326 people having had their second.

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