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Rise in personal injury claims

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Personal injuries claimants in Galway received a total of €2.5 million last year – the fourth highest total in the country.

The average award made in respect of 86 public liability claims was €28,515 – only the ninth highest average in the country, according to figures just revealed by the Injuries Board.

Nationally, the Injuries Board made 2,151 PL awards last year with corresponding compensation totalling €53m, compared to €44m in 2013 in respect of 1,768 awards.

Exactly half of public liability awards were for amounts under €20,000 with just ten awards related to high value claims in excess of €100,000.

The average public liability award decreased slightly to €24,677 last year, compared to €25,120 in 2013.

The figures reveal that the summer months are the most dangerous period for public place accidents that result in a personal injury claim.

Last year, July was the month that recorded the highest frequency of accidents resulting in compensation awards, while Saturday proved to be the most dangerous day of the week for public place personal injury accidents.

Figures over the last three years have consistently shown that women are far more likely than men to suffer an accident in a public place resulting in a public liability award. This gap narrowed slightly in 2014, with women now accounting for almost seven out of ten of all public liability awards, compared to 31.1% for men. The average award for men was €24,275 while women were awarded average compensation of €24,859.

Continuing the trend of recent years, slips, trips and falls were by far the main cause of public liability accidents, accounting for 70% of all PL awards. Uneven or broken pavements/footpaths, and wet or slippery floors/surfaces are the most common causes of slips, trips and falls.

The majority of such claims involved predominantly soft tissue injuries and minor fractures.

The analysis of public liability awards also indicated that shops, supermarkets and shopping centres are the top business premises for accidents that result in a public liability claim. Smaller numbers of accidents occur in nightclubs, bars, fast food outlets and restaurants.

The Injuries Board is the independent state body that makes statutory personal injury (PI) awards in respect of motor, employer and public liability accidents.

Personal injury claims are required to be submitted to the Board unless settled directly between parties. Public liability (PL) awards are made in respect of injuries suffered as a result of an accident in a public place.

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Ann Marie takes helm at Renvyle as Ronnie retires

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Pictured at the announcement, from left: Zoë Fitzgerald (Chairman, Renvyle House Hotel), Ronnie Counihan (retiring CEO), Anne Marie Kelly (incoming General Manager) and John D. Coyle (owner).

The historic Renvyle House Hotel on Connemara’s Renvyle Peninsula has a new general manager.

Anne Marie Kelly will take the helm following the announcement by current CEO Ronnie Counihan that he will retire next year after 20 years in charge of Renvyle and 45 years in the hospitality business.

GMIT graduate, Ann Marie Kelly has more than 30 years’ experience in hospitality, most recently working as general manager at the Station House Hotel in Clifden.

She previously held management positions with the Copthorne Tara Kensington, the Shelbourne in Dublin, Jurys Hotels and the Keadeen Hotel, Kildare. She’s a familiar face in Connemara, having run the Forge bar, restaurant and accommodation in Moycullen for 14 years before moving to the Station House.

Ms Kelly will work alongside Mr Counihan for the next two months before he steps down in January.

He will be “sorely missed”, according to the Chairman and Director of Renvyle House Hotel Zoe Coyle Fitzgerald.

“As one of the country’s most respected hoteliers, Ronnie is loved by guests and staff alike and is a mentor, colleague and friend,” said Ms Coyle Fitzgerald.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Recruitment partnership for Galway city

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Partnership... Ronan O’Sullivan of CompuStaff and Michelle Murphy of Collins McNicholas.

Two of the city’s major recruitment companies have signed a new partnership that will bring their respective skillsets to the table.

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR services Group has linked up with IT recruitment specialists CompuStaff, based in Galway.

CompuStaff was established by IT recruitment expert Ronan O’Sullivan and business manager Liam Delaney in October 2017, after they recognised the demand for a specialist IT consultancy to service the Western region. Geraldine Flanagan joined as a partner in April 2018, due to rapid growth in the market.

The three managing partners have over 60 years’ combined experience in IT recruitment and staffing and have worked with start-up projects, SMEs and large multinational organisations.

They have recruited people from graduate level right through to executive placements and have provided staffing solutions to many companies operating in the IT sphere along the Western seaboard.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Extension of complimentary service makes Galway largest Wi-Fi connected city

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Gill Carroll of the Galway City Business Association and Philip Clapperton, Sales Director Magnet Networks at the announcement of the doubling in size of the Galway Free Wi-Fi scheme. The high-speed service provided by Magnet Networks now provides service to the City Centre, East Village, Latin Quarter, West End and Wood Quay.

Galway has been confirmed as Ireland’s largest Wi-Fi connected city, with the doubling in size of its hugely popular free public scheme.

A new extension to Galway Free Wi-Fi, which officially opens this week, sees it expand from 13 to 35 access points.

The high-speed service provided by Magnet Networks now provides service to the City Centre, East Village, Latin Quarter, West End and Wood Quay.

Over 150,000 people have already used the service, with usage trebling in the past year and is expected to increase by a further 100% with the launch of the expanded network.

The ground-breaking initiative between broadband provider Magnet Networks and the Galway business community has seen free high-speed connectivity installed throughout the city centre, with the support of Galway City Council.

The public-private partnership – the first of its kind in Ireland – is operated in conjunction with the Galway City Business Association and has created a city-wide free Wi-Fi network.

Local businesses have allowed Magnet Networks to install access points on their premises, providing seamless connectivity within the city centre.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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