Date Published: 03-Jun-2011
Údarás na Gaeltachta is to hold on to its employment creation brief.
There had been speculation earlier that its jobs remit would be moved to the Department of Enterprise some time next year.
This followed a meeting held about the future of Udaras this morning.
In a statement this evening Údarás welcomed the decision to develop a new mechanism which will formalise existing co-operations between the Údarás and other enterprise development agencies to attract investment and creating employment in the Gaeltacht.
While Udaras itself has welcomed some aspects of today’s announcement Irish language promotion body Conradh na Gaeilge says many questions remain unanswered about the future of the development authority.
Peadar Mac Fhlannchadha, National Organiser for Conradh na Gaeilge says they seeking an urgent meeting with the Minister of State Dinny McGinley.
One of the major changes announced is that the board of Udaras na Gaeltachta is to be scrapped in its current form with members to be directly elected by the Gaeltacht Minister.
Former Gaeltacht Minister and Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv says the scrapping of the board is undemocratic.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.