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Thermo King to invest €50m in Mervue plant

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Thermo King is investing €50 million into it’s plant at Mervue in the City.
The industrial firm, which employs almost 700 people, is planning a major extension including a new assembly line.
Thermo King opened it’s plant in the city in 1976 – where it produces refrigeration and heating units for all types of commercial transport.
Galway is the origin point for all Thermo King units used in commercial trucks across the world – and it currently produces some 35 thousand units per year.
According to the Sunday Business Post, it’s now making a €50 million investment in its city plant – and is forecasting a 30 percent increase in production.
The project will include an extension to the building, as well as new assembly lines and investment in product design and automation.
Thermo King currently employs 680 people in Galway – and is currently recruiting several dozen engineers.
The firm notes the difficulty in sourcing appropriately skilled engineers – but is currently working with GMIT to develop an electronic engineering course.

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Local senator uses Seanad to criticize ‘inappropriately light’ sentences for serial burglars

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Galway Bay FM newsroom- A local senator has used the Seanad to highlight an alleged trend of inappropriately light sentencing for those who repeatedly commit burglary.

Senator Ollie Crowe cited the case of a man sentenced to five years in prison for a string of offenses, including burgling the home of an 83 year old woman in Galway City while she was home.

However, he argued that it doesn’t seem like much of a deterrent considering the convicted will be likely released long before that.

Senator Crowe said sentencing should reflect the fact that invasions of this kind can leave people terrified in their own homes.

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Oranmore firm Oran Precast sold to Kildare-based Kilsaran

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Galway Bay FM newsroom- Well known Oranmore precast firm, Oran Precast, has been sold to Kildare-based company Kilsaran.

No figure has been disclosed for the deal, which will see Kilsaran now operate out of Oranmore and its existing facility in Co. Kildare.

Kilsaran says the acquisition gives it the ability to provide a full complement of precast elements to serve both the Irish and UK markets.

Staff at the Oranmore facility have been informed of the move, and Kilsaran says the current management team will remain and lead the combined business.

Derek Duffy has been appointed Managing Director of Kilsaran Precast while John Dooley has been named Commercial Director for the combined entity.

Oran Precast, based at Deerpark in Oranmore, manufactured it’s first precast products in 1981.

The Kilsaran Group was founded in 1964 and currently employs more than 500 people at locations across the country.

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Galway TD describes Government response to COVID as “moronic, stupid and idiotic”

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Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Galway West TD has described the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as moronic, stupid and idiotic.

Deputy Catherine Connolly was contributing to the ongoing debate in the Dáil this afternoon on the proposed return of mandatory hotel quarantine.

Deputy Connolly was sharply critical of the Government’s response – particularly the taking of actions without any thorough analysis or debate.

She also outlined how the Government’s previous preoccupation with the safe reopening of nightclubs while respite services and day services remained closed with little debate.

Deputy Connolly apologised for her tiredness in the Dáil – she was one of the few sitting in the chamber at 8am, but noted she had been up until 2am reading the legislation.

And she told Minister Stephen Donnolly that “moronic” is the only way to sum up the Government’s overall response to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, contributing to the ongoing Debate, Galway East TD Sean Canney said those “without a voice” are being left behind in the discussion.

Addressing the Dáil, he said it’s been a particularly horrible two years for some people, and it’s vital that we do not leave them behind as we go forward.

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