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Tuam-based company Valeo records 6 million euro pre-tax profits

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Tuam company, at the cutting edge of driverless car technology returned to profit in 2016, recording pre-tax profits of 6.6 million euro.
Accounts filed by Connaught Electronic Ltd trading as Valeo Vision Systems Ltd, show the firm returned to profitability after its pre-tax loss of 26.5 million in 2015.
According to the Irish Examiner, job numbers at Tuam-based Valeo Vision Systems have been increasing rapidly as it boosts its research and development spend.
The company which focuses on designing, making and the sale of components and integrated systems for the car industry spent 39 million euro on research and development in 2016, a 44 per cent increase.
The firm increased its staff count from 942 to almost 11 hundred in 2016 with plans to further expand its facility at Dunmore Road Tuam.

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Film company sets sights on big international productions for new Galway Airport studio

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The CEO of Danú Media, which is set to open a new film studio at the former Galway Airport in Carnmore, says they’re setting their sights on attracting large international productions.

The Spiddal-based Film and TV company has confirmed it will spend between €2.5 and €3 million on redeveloping a large section of the site subject to planning approval.

Danú’s CEO Siobhán Ní Ghadhra has said the majority of the investment will be spent on sound-proofing the airport hangers and creating ancillary work spaces; such as make-up and wardrobe rooms.

The new studio which will be known as Atlantic Studio is expected to create up to 200 jobs when it becomes operational in 2022.

The goal is to establish Galway as a key location for high-scale movie and TV production, and showcase the talent, scenic locations and world-class production facilities on offer.

Siobhán Ní Ghadhra said they hope to develop the facility further in the future to attract bigger, international projects – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Calls for full counter service to resume at City and County Halls

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for full counter service to resume at both Galway City and County Hall.

City Councillor Alan Cheevers says it’s time for both Local Authorities to develop a plan for the full resumption of services for residents in the City and County.

The Fianna Fáil Councillor says he has received a number of calls from people who are struggling to pay bills online.

He argues it’s particularly an issue for older people and those who are less tech savvy

Currently both the City and County Council are running reduced counter services and appointment only services due to the ongoing pandemic.

Councillor Cheevers says he feels more can be done given the high levels of vaccination in the country – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Galway TD says Government must stop “fragmented” communication over Covid guidelines

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway East TD says the Government must stop the “fragmented” communication over Covid guidelines before they lose public trust.

It follows the fallout of an event organised by Katherine Zappone which was attended by 50 people including the Tanaiste.

The attorney-general has said outdoor parties of 200 people are allowed – but the hospitality sector and politicians point out this was not known or communicated.

Deputy Sean Canney says the mixed messaging going on is unacceptable and a degree of common sense is what’s needed.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan, he said the Government needs to give a single, unified message to the public.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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