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Shannon records 140% increase in Euro passengers

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Shannon Airport’s nine new European routes have delivered a dramatic month of growth, with a 140% increase in passenger numbers on continental services recorded last month compared to April 2013.

The airport has halted five years of passenger numbers decline in its first year as an independent entity after being separated from the State airports’ group in January of last year but April’s passenger figures are proof that 2014 will be about growth.

Boosted by a really strong Easter period, Shannon enjoyed its biggest month-over-month increase in over a decade as 31% more passengers flew through the airport in April compared to the same month last year.  The sharpest increase, not surprisingly, was recorded in passenger numbers to and from the continent, which more than doubled.

The airport had its biggest month in ten years in April in terms of route launches, with new services commenced to Munich, Paris, Faro, Warsaw, Krakow, Nice, Poitiers, Berlin, Fuerteventura (all Ryanair) and Bristol (Aer Lingus Regional).  April also saw a new Aer Lingus Malaga service kick-off, while it was also the first full month for the airline’s year-round six times weekly JFK New York service, which commenced at the end of March.

The increase in services is particularly timely with the commencement this year of the Wild Atlantic Way project, the longest defined coastal driving route in the world.  Shannon is the key gateway airport for the project as it is not alone the only airport on the west coast with services to a European hub (Heathrow), providing one-stop connectivity to an additional 170 global destinations, but it is also the only airport on the entire route, which stretches from Cork to Donegal, with transatlantic services.

Passenger numbers on European routes rose to 38,610, from 16,087 in April 2013, with UK provincial increasing by 27%, from 13,401 to 17,000. Transatlantic, meanwhile, enjoyed an 18% uplift in the month, from 20,147 to 23,852.

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Galway start-up’s €3m investment

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Investment...Orreco CEO Dr. Brian Moore.

Galway-headquartered sports performance and data science company Orreco will scale its operations in Ireland, the United States and UK following a €3 million investment round led by Silicon Valley-based venture firm True Ventures.

The new investment will enable the Galway company to expand its product, engineering, data science and commercial teams, in addition to accelerating the development of its elite performance solutions, @thlete and FitrWoman.

Up to 30 new hires will be made across the company’s offices in Ireland, the UK, and the U.S., specifically Galway and Los Angeles where Orreco operates a performance centre. The company currently employs 30 people.

Its performance centres provide sports science and data solutions for professional sports teams and athletes including the US basketball NBA sides the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks, NBA Champion and All-Star Pascal Siakam, English Premier League side Newcastle United and WSL club Chelsea FC Women, USA Swimming, and the Wasserman Sports Agency (Los Angeles).

Top golfers Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell became investors after experiencing the benefits of Orreco’s services first-hand.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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State aiming to make remote work a reality

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Minister Hildegarde Naughton

Galway is expected to benefit from ‘significant investment’ in the development of remote working hubs later this year – as part of the Government’s new National Remote Working Strategy.

Legislation will be introduced by the end of September entitling employees to request remote working arrangements. And while there will be no automatic entitlement, employers will be required to explain why such arrangements are impossible.

If an employee is unhappy with the explanation, they can take a case to the Workplace Relations Commission for adjudication on the matter.

A total of €5 million has been allocated under Budget 2021 for the development of a national hubs network, while the Western Development Commission (WDC) is currently working on the development of 100 hubs in the Atlantic Economic Corridor region, which includes Galway.

Minister Hildegarde Naughton said that the strategy had the potential to transform local economies and the quality of life of thousands of employees in the west.

“The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated exponentially the move towards remote working, and we have responded to that trend by investing in broadband infrastructure and hubs in recent months,” explained the Galway West TD.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Three of Galway’s shining success stories reveal plans to expand in 2021

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Senator Aisling Dolan....good news.

Three of Galway’s start-up success stories have all gone into the New Year with expansion plans – creating around ten high-end jobs each in the process.

The continued expansion of these Enterprise Ireland-supported companies – based in the med-tech and new technology sectors – are a ringing endorsement of enterprise in the west, according to Galway Senator Aisling Dolan.

Palliare, a medical device company founded in 2018 as a spinout from Irish gastro-diagnostic company Crospon, has hired ten new employees in recent months.

Flexwork company, Ronspot intends to have a total of ten new employees on board by spring 2021, and has hired five people since September.

Ronspot – based in the GMIT Innovation Hub – is a technology company which enables the flexible workplace between office and home.

And Venari Medical – a spin-out from the BioInnovate Ireland fellowship programme for medical device innovation at NUIG – filled three new positions in October, with plans to recruit up to ten new employees in the coming months.

Senator Dolan described the jobs as a vote of confidence in graduates in the west.

“It shows that the dynamic MedTech research in the west has a strong ecosystem with third level underpinned by Enterprise Ireland and the seed capital investment support from the Western Development Commission,” she said.

“It is wonderful to see Irish innovation rising to the top, competing internationally and winning global export markets. Enterprise Ireland champions Irish based innovative companies and crucially supports early-stage development,” she added.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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