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Plans for €130m office, hotel and apartment scheme



Plans have been lodged with Galway City Council for a €130 million hotel, office, apartment and leisure centre development off the Coolagh roundabout in Doughiska.
Already, the developers have held discussions with a number of “high profile” potential tenants for the office space.

The ‘Evolution Gateway Galway’ scheme will include 100,000 square feet of office space, 130 apartments and a 122-bedroom hotel with adjoining suites providing another 24 bed spaces.

It will also feature a gym, six-lane 25-metre swimming pool, tennis court, astro turf pitches, creche and a café, with a mix of under-croft and multi-storey parking.
If approved, the development would create around 250 jobs during the construction phase, and “multiples of this number” when up-and-running.

Evolution Asset Holdings – which is headed by Mike Pender (formerly of the Kenny Group) – lodged the application with the Council for the seven-acre site last Friday.
The greenfield site is located off the Coolagh roundabout alongside the Sraith Fhada development, and stretches back towards Doughiska Road.

The Evolution Gateway Galway plans

According to the developers, they have already engaged extensively with the local community and business leaders “in order to design a scheme which provides necessary additional commercial, leisure and residential units for the community and at the same time increase opportunities for employment and business locally”.

A statement from Evolution Asset Holdings added: “[The company] has already established considerable engagement locally to ensure this project has been designed to meet the needs of the community and all related stakeholders.

“Detailed discussions have already been held with a number of high-profile end users, both domestic and international, in respect of the office and hotels developments, which will add significantly to the future profile and employment potential of Galway.
“The scheme represents a paradigm change in urban living and as proposed is designed to support a ‘live, work, play’ concept, based on a series of high-quality plazas connecting to the core office, hotel, residential and leisure uses.

“Whilst extensive carparking facilities are included, the scheme is intended to make full use of the well-established public transport nodes available including the high-frequency bus corridor, and convenient Oranmore train station, providing access to Ceannt Station and mainline rail throughout the country.”

The company went on to say it expects to create a significant boost in employment.
“The successful delivery of the project would generate significant employment potential during the construction stage and once completed. It is expected that in excess of 250 local jobs would be generated during the building phase, with multiples of this number anticipated post construction.”

“The hotel is to be managed by a leading operator and will provide for much-needed bed spaces to service the growing Galway business and tourism needs. Local employers will benefit from the extensive mix of business centre and meeting rooms planned whilst the local community can enjoy the extensive leisure facilities proposed.

“The residential units are deliberately designed to support the full aspirations of the community with a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms apartments on offer to cater for all stages of family life,” the statement reads.

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Thousands on waiting list for student accommodation in Galway



The student housing crisis is ‘the worst it’s ever been’ – with thousands on waiting lists for rooms; hundreds relying on hostels and friends’ sofas; and countless more facing deferral or dropping out altogether.

The President of NUI Galway’s Students’ Union, Róisín Nic Lochlainn, told the Connacht Tribune that students had been left in a desperate situation, as she called for mass protests to have the issue addressed.

According to Ms Nic Lochlainn, 3,000 students were currently on the waiting lists for NUIG’s on-campus accommodation – Corrib Village and Goldcrest Village – with around 500 in line for any bed that might come up in the Westwood.

“Gort na Coiribe and Dunaras have told us their waiting lists are well into the hundreds too. I’ve only got to contact two of the hostels around town, but Kinlay and Snoozles have almost 200 students between them already – and they’re expecting more.

“The first years haven’t even arrived yet, and on top of all that, you have people in B&Bs and staying on their friends’ sofas,” said Ms Nic Lochlainn.

Pressure on the student rental market had been building for years, she said, but it had gone off the cliff edge this year as a perfect storm was created by increased student numbers and reduced bed availability.

“[Minister for Further and Higher Education] Simon Harris created new places on courses this year and talked about maximum access to education . . . I’m not sure how that works for students who are homeless.

“Because there weren’t many students around last year, some private landlords might have moved on. There was no new purpose-built accommodation delivered, and then Simon Harris creates new places with no new beds,” said Ms Nic Lochlainn of the causes of this year’s problems.”

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Government asked to “do everything” to ensure Intel chooses Oranmore as base



The Taoiseach and Tánaiste will be asked to do “everything in their power” to ensure technology giant Intel selects Oranmore as the location for its new microchip manufacturing plant – which could create 10,000 jobs and transform the West of Ireland economy.

The 540-acre site is owned by the Defence Forces and was selected by IDA Ireland as the preferred site for the company’s new EU ‘chip’ base.


Oranmore is up against sites in Poland, France and Germany and Intel confirmed to Taoiseach Micheál Martin that the site is under consideration.

Galway East TD Ciarán Cannon said the development would be “transformative” and would be Intel’s largest microchip manufacturing plant in the world.

Meanwhile, at a meeting of the Athenry Oranmore Municipal District this week, councillors backed a proposal from Cllr Liam Carroll to write to Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar to urge them to push forward the plan.

“This would be a game-changer, not just for Oranmore but for the whole of Connacht. Imagine 10,000 directly employed at some stage in the future, and the spinoff from that,” he said.

The Oranmore site is reported to have been selected ahead of three other locations in Ireland.

It is on Intel’s short-list for the proposed project, which would involve building eight factory modules on a single campus at the site off the M6 motorway, northeast of Oranmore, the newspaper reported.

The American multinational tech company has whittled down its short-list to 10 finalists; Oranmore is up against sites in Poland, France and Germany.

The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that if it proceeds, the new Oranmore ‘mega-fab’ would dwarf Intel’s existing site in Leixlip, which employs almost 5,000.

Galway East TD, Ciaran Cannon (FG) said: “It would put Galway on the map internationally as a place for high-tech investment and it would serve to rebalance the economic imbalance that exists in our country where all of the weight is on the east coast.

“The IDA has a formula where every one new job created in that industry creates about eight or nine more jobs downstream in terms of the supply chain and services. They’re saying 10,000 jobs on site – twice the population of Athenry – on one campus and then another 80-90,000 jobs off site. The figures are phenomenal, mind boggling,” said Deputy Cannon.

The demand for the facility arose during Covid-19 when the supply chain between Asia and Europe broke down.

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Fraudsters ‘spoof’ Galway Garda Station’s phone number



Fraudsters replicated the phone number of Galway Garda Station and used it to call a local woman to demand money.

Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Michael Walsh, said that the number ‘091 538000’ was somehow used by criminals who attempted to extract money – in the form of the online currency Bitcoin – from the victim.   Despite the phone call appearing to come from the Garda station at Mill Street, the woman became suspicious and reported it to Gardaí.

Sgt Walsh said it was the latest in a series of ‘spoofing’ phone calls to have occurred this year.

Spoofing is where fraudsters change the caller ID to ring unsuspecting members of the public to try to extract money or personal information off them.

He said that the number of spoofing incidents reported to Galway Gardaí has more than doubled in the past year.

“It is top of my agenda,” he said.

He pointed out that criminals can obtain a ‘ready to go’ phone and SIM card, relatively cheaply, and it was “very difficult” for Gardaí to trace the caller.

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