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Spain’s new man in the west

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Galway City Mayor Donal Lyons, former Vice-consul for the West of Ireland Ann Tobin, Oisin Browne, who replaces, her and Galway County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Mary Hoade.

The self-styled Galway bin man whose book became a marketing bestseller has been named as the new honorary vice-consul of Spain for the west of Ireland

Oisin Browne, author of The Binman’s Guide to Selling’, was introduced at the official launch to mark both his official appointment and the opening of the new city-based Spanish consular office in the Spanish Institute on Dominick Street.

Galway City Mayor Donal Lyons and Galway County Council Cathaoirleach Mary Hoade attended the reception, and spoke about the strong cultural and trade links between Spain and the West of Ireland.

The occasion was very much a changing of the guard as Ann Tobin, who recently retired from the post after 17 years of service officially handed over the Spanish flag and the official title to the new vice consul Oisin Browne.

Ann was recently awarded the ‘Cruz de Oficial de la Orden de Isabella la Catolica’ by the King of Spain for her outstanding contribution to the Spanish in the west of Ireland.

Oisin commenced his role in March of this year and has been kept very busy. Already he has been involved in the restoration of The Spanish Armada plaque in Forthill cemetery, which was damaged in the storms late last year and has represented the Ambassador on a number of occasions at events throughout the city and county.

Galway is home to over 2000 Spanish residents who live and work here full-time. Some have established their own successful businesses.

“It’s a privilege to help the Spanish community in the west of Ireland that I have been part of for a long time. I look forward being of assistance to Spanish citizens who live here. I am very excited about this role,” he said.

Oisin is a member of the Irish Spanish Enterprise Association and noted the strong commercial links between the two countries citing the increase of imported wine, cheese and other goods.

A fluent Spanish speaker, he took his first Spanish class in 2003 and lives in Oranmore with his Spanish wife Eva, and their two children Mani and Alana who also attended the reception.

“The Spanish culture, language and everyday Spanish life is part of me now. One of my proudest moments was to officially stamp the papers that has enabled my children to obtain their Spanish passports,” he said.

 

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Roadshow’s nationwide brainstorm

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The Creating Our Future Roadshow on its stopover in Galway city.

Galwegians were offered the chance to play a part in creating a better future for Ireland – by participating in a nationwide brainstorming session last week.

The Creating Our Future Roadshow is midway through its mission to visit every county in Ireland in a month – having started out on September 24 in Wicklow and running until October 26.

It’s a government-led national brainstorm that will involve the people of Ireland in a conversation on the role research can and should play in addressing opportunities, challenges and hopes for the future.

Creating Our Future, according to Minister Simon Harris, will ensure that the direction of research in Ireland is informed by the people it serves.

The organisers are asking people to submit their ideas about what researchers in Ireland should explore to create a better future through the dedicated online portal www.creatingourfuture.ie, which is open until November 30.

The Roadshow is also pulling up in towns across the country to encourage the public to engage in a conversation with researchers over a cup of coffee – and to submit an idea about an opportunity or challenge in their lives, community, Ireland or the world; or something they are curious or passionate about and would like researchers to explore.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Deputies outline blueprint for sustained regional recovery

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Pictured: Ministers Michael McGrath and Paschal Donohoe meet with members of the Regional Group of Independent TDs - including local Deputies Sean Canney, Noel Grealish and Denis Naughten.

A group of independent TDs has called on the Government to prioritise spending on rural Ireland – to regenerate regional towns and villages, increase supports to farmers and community initiatives, and the support local business.

The Regional Group of Independent TDs used their Pre-Budget Submission to highlight the ‘critical need to invest in our people to support the transition back to normality’.

The group – which includes local Deputies Sean Canney, Noel Grealish and Denis Naughten – met with budget ministers, Michael McGrath and Paschal Donohoe where members outlined five key points they want to see addressed in next week’s budget.

They are seeking support for the regeneration of towns and villages, housing, green villages, remote working and transport links; investment to help home-grown SMEs through recovery and renewal – and a complete review of tax credits and social welfare systems to ensure working is always financially better.

They also want to see investment in health and community initiatives, and in services within communities, on top of repurposing existing infrastructure – and increased supports for farmers, to aid intergenerational transfers and the agri-food sector.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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SMEs hit by cyber attacks

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As many as three out of five small and medium businesses have reported at least one cyber attack during the previous year, while 43% of all data breaches involve small and medium sized businesses. But despite this, the majority of small and medium businesses believe they are too small for a cyber attack – and almost half have no understanding of how to protect themselves against an attack of this nature.

That’s why local SMEs are being encourage to sign up for a free seminar which will help prepare them against cyber attacks.

Leading cybersecurity expert, Andrea Manning, who is CEO and Co-Founder of Irish company CyberPie, will be speaking as part of the free Cyber Security Summit organised by itag (Innovation Technology AtlanTec Gateway) and Cyber Ireland.

The virtual event will be delivered next Thursday, October 14, and is open to anyone who registers in advance.

Other parts of the seminar will be focused on cutting edge cyber security and related matters, covering topics such as cryptocurrency, digital forensics, cyberpsychology, zero trust and more.

Among the other high profile speakers participating will be Prof. Lisa Short who is Director and Co-Founder of P&L Digital Edge Limited, Nick Asvos of Palo Alto Networks, Prof. Greg Gogolin from Ferris State University in the US, Blessing Usoro of JP Morgan Chase & Co, Rebecca Springett of TitanHQ, Brian Honan of BH Consulting, Donna O’Shea of Munster Technological University and Derek Laffan of Dublin City University.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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