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Leading businessman Pádraig Ó Céidigh has called on the government to devise and implement a regional economic development strategy to counteract the growing divide between Dublin and the rest of the country.

He was speaking on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s drivetime programme Cormac ag a Cúig last week.

“There’s a definite two tier system within the Irish economy – Dublin, and then the rest of the country, and it’s getting worse. It was always there, to an extent, but now both those trends are working in opposite directions with Dublin improving, and the rest of the country going the opposite direction.”

 “The IDA is not succeeding in spreading investment across the country, outside of the capital, and they acknowledge that themselves. Government agencies are doing what they can, and succeeding to some extent in their own particular area of focus, but they are not working together, each one is working in its own silo. There’s no joined up thinking.”

 “We need a different outlook in terms of employment in this country. We need cooperation between different state agencies involved in creating employment. There’s not enough co-operation at the moment, no flexibility. We need to devise and implement one agreed strategy for the areas outside of Dublin and it’s important that the government addresses this issue straight away.”

 Reacting to Ó Céidigh’s statement, Mark Fielding from ISME said: “I agree with him. The IDA’s new projects have been very Dublin-centric, although I’d be loathe to set up a new agency (for outside Dublin). Maybe the agencies we have need a view which is more ‘more outside’. Maybe Údarás na Gaeltachta need to be given more resources.”

 

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Increase exam grades this Christmas at Kilmartin Educational Services

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Second level students are making the most of their Christmas holidays by attending the ever popular Intensive Revision Courses in Kilmartin Educational Services, Limerick Ennis and online.  These courses are designed for Junior Cert and Leaving Certificate students sitting exams next June 2021 and who want to maximize their grades. Courses will be available onsite and online this year. All courses are taught by experienced teachers, many of whom are state examiners.  Class sizes onsite are limited in line with our Covid-19 health and safety policies 

The courses will provide effective and efficient revision by concentrating on the vital examination topics within a subject. These Intensive One Day Revision Courses are excellent value at €80 per course and are now better value than ever!  All courses run from 9.153.15pm. 

Students who simply wish to avail of daytime supervised study will also be catered for over the Christmas period from 9.45-4.30pm dailySupervised study pods are bright, spaciousdistraction free and well ventilated 

Due to a policy of limited enrolment on all courses, immediate booking is advisable. This Christmas, give the Gift of Exam Success by booking your revision Courses at Julie Kilmartin’s. Pricing information and timetables are available online at www.kes.ie. To book a place on any course, call Kilmartin Educational Services on 061-444989. 

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Wind farms help inflate community on the doorstep

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Eileen Welby receiving her Galway Wind Park Scholarship from SSE representative Michelle Donnelly last year.

Galway is leading the way with community benefit investment from wind farms – receiving €831,860 out of the national total of almost €3.5m last year.

That’s according to the second annual community benefit report from the Irish Wind Energy Association shows Galway moving to the top of the pile, having been second nationally in 2018 with communities benefitting to the tune of €383,500.

Across the country, energy efficiency projects and third level scholarships, sports clubs, active retired groups and local festivals were just some of the schemes to benefit from almost €3.5 million in community investment from Irish wind farms in 2019. The figures were released this week in a new report from the Irish Wind Energy Association.

The report identified the top five counties for wind energy community benefit funding.

Galway leads the way with €831,860, followed by Cork on €424,740, Roscommon on €334,600, Tipperary on €258,700 and Limerick on €243,250.

Part of that comes from Galway Wind Park, managed by SSE Renewables in conjunction with their partners Greencoat Renewables, which runs a third-level scholarship fund for students from the locality.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Oranmore business becomes hub for auto repairs group in the north-west

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New chapter…FIX Auto Head of Operations Trevor Lee (left) with Frank Byrnes.

Ownership may have changed, but both the old and new at Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs – now part of FIX Auto – are guaranteeing that the traditional commitment to service and excellence will remain exactly the same.

Following an announcement in early November that FIX Auto and NOVUS Glass had acquired Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs in Oranmore, Head of Operations Trevor Lee said this week that he was excited to prepare facility to become the hub of FIX Auto operations in the north west of Ireland.

“Frank Byrnes is fitting into the global FIX Auto network quickly and smoothly, thanks in the main to the diligence and hard work of the original Frank Byrnes team, who have been as dedicated as ever to the quality of their work and the satisfaction of their customers,” he said.

“The group have been particularly welcoming to all of us from FIX Auto and an absolute pleasure to work alongside the last few weeks.”

The Oranmore operation – a mainstay of manufacturer and insurer approved repairer networks for the past 17 years – was purchased by Managed Automotive Repair Networks Limited (MARN) and is set to become an integral part of Fix Auto global network of close to one thousand repairers.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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