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Sick note for Council staff

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Minister Simon Coveney

Staff at Galway City Council take more sick leave than most local authorities in the country.

And the latest government statistics on local authority staff taking sick-days, shows City Council staff take marginally more sick leave than Galway County Council employees.

Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney, revealed that the percentage of paid working days lost to medically certified sickness absence at Galway City Council was 4.58%.

This is the sixth highest compared with the other 31 local authorities in the survey.

Only South Dublin County Council (5.2%), Louth County Council (4.74%), Leitrim County Council (5.2%), Kildare County Council (4.61%), and Longford County Council (4.73%) had higher sick leave absenteeism than Galway City Council.

Galway County Council had a sick leave rate of 4.02%, which was lower than the City Council but still higher than 20 other local authorities around the country.

There percentage of paid working days lost to self-certified sickness absence was 0.33% in Galway City Council and 0.31% in Galway County Council.

The figures relate to 2015.

Nationally, according to the public service sick leave statistics, the rate of sick leave across the public service has fallen below 4% for the first time.

Government claims this shows the “ongoing positive impact” the new sick leave scheme is having on public service productivity.

Since the introduction of the Public Service Sick Leave Scheme, the rate of sick leave has fallen by 0.4% to 3.9%, and the number of days lost to sick leave has fallen by one to eight and a half.

The total cost of sick leave across the public service is now €317.9 million, which represents a cumulative saving of €104.4 million since 2013.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, said: “While there has been a significant improvement since the reform, the rates of sick leave in areas of the public service remain high and need to be reduced further. To achieve this, management in each of the sectors must focus on the proactive management of absenteeism, and policies designed to assist employers in managing cases of prolonged or frequent absence proactively will be required.”

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Local Ireland welcomes move to 0% VAT for news publishers

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Local Ireland, the association representing 32 weekly paid-for newspapers around the country, has welcomed the decision by the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to remove VAT on newspapers.

President of Local Ireland Declan McGuire said: “This is a very important move for news publishers.

“Zero per cent VAT will allow local newspapers around Ireland to invest in journalism and in the transition to new digital business models.

“News publishers have faced a series of major challenges over recent years, most recently the huge increases in the cost of newsprint. This move will help support jobs in the industry and sustain the quality of our service to readers.

“We very much appreciate this endorsement by Government for the valuable role we play in our communities and the public service content we provide.

“I would like to thank the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure and all the Ministers, TDs and Senators from across the political spectrum who have given their support to our campaign to end VAT on journalism.”

Executive Director of Local Ireland Bob Hughes said: “Local news publishers are the lifeblood of the communities they serve. Along with our national colleagues represented by NewsBrands Ireland, we play a vital role in Ireland’s democracy.

“Today’s decision will protect the future of trusted, professional journalism in Ireland against the tide of global disinformation that threatens to undermine healthy democratic debate and analysis.”

 

 

 

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Galway call-out with entries now open for Guaranteed Irish Business Awards

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Pictured at the launch of the Guaranteed Irish Business Awards are Patrick Farrell,Retail Banking Director, Permanent TSB; Michael Jackson, Managing Partner, Matheson; broadcaster Anton Savage, and Christina Conlon, Marketing Manager, Guaranteed Irish.

Guaranteed Irish has announced the launch of the 2023 Guaranteed Irish Business Awards, celebrating the best of locally based businesses in recognition of their contribution to business in the country.

The Awards – back after their inaugural year – aim to put the spotlight on local businesses that have made a commitment to support local jobs and contribute to local communities across the country.

The event, which will be MCed by broadcaster Anton Savage, will take place at an awards luncheon in The Shelbourne Hotel on Tuesday, March 14 2023.

“Guaranteed Irish has been supporting businesses in Ireland for almost 50 years and is recognised as the national symbol for trust in business and provenance,” explained Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish.

“It’s important to celebrate the best of homegrown businesses as well as firms that have chosen to operate locally here in Ireland. Through the Guaranteed Irish licensed symbol, consumers identify businesses that build local supply chains, support local jobs, and embrace sustainable business practices.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway firm thrives through Covid

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Richard Watson, Managing Partner, Furthr VC; and Michael Furey, CEO, Ronspot, announcing that Furthr VC has led a €1.1M investment in Ronspot.

A Galway company described as an all-in-one space management solution for businesses – and which bucked the trend to thrive during the Covid pandemic – has announced a major investment in its operation by an international venture capitalist.

Ronspot, founded five years ago by CEO Michael Furey as a corporate parking management solution, quickly evolved into a three-in-one proposition to manage desking, parking spaces, and meeting rooms for businesses.

This in turn allowed them to easily manage their hybrid workplace and save time on administration, scheduling, staff queries, and real-estate costs.

When the pandemic hit and the world came to a standstill, Ronspot’s parking product and market expansion was put on hold – but, in response, the company pivoted to desk management, creating a system to help manage office desks.

And that allowed the team – based at the ATU (former GMIT) Innovation Hub – to turn a monumental challenge into a massive opportunity to expand and grow the company.

The next step in that process was unveiled last week when Furthr VC announced that it has led a €1.1m investment round in the hybrid workplace management platform, Ronspot.

The investment, which also included funding from the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) and Enterprise Ireland, will help Ronspot to expand its team and scale globally.

Ronspot’s cloud-based application enables users to book car and bicycle parking, hot desks and meeting rooms, as well as manage visitor requirements and other resources including lockers – all on one unified mobile app. Users can see real-time availability, as well as the bookings of their colleagues.

Ronspot CEO Michael Furey explained that modern organisations were acutely aware of the need to provide flexible hybrid working solutions in order to retain and attract talent.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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