Date Published: 13-Jun-2011
by Denise McNamara
A new communications software multinational believes it will be recruiting more than 50 workers at its two new Galway plants on the back of European sales which have gone up by a fifth in a year.
Aspect, which opened in the IDA business park in Dangan and at the Claregalway corporate park in late December, has so far employed 37 people.
Aspect’s chief financial officer Mike Provenzano told the Connacht Sentinel yesterday that there are currently a further ten jobs still left to fill.
“We’ll see our way to getting 50 people in the facilities. We’ll grow as the business grows. Our sales are up 20% in Europe in a year. That bodes well for the company’s future here in Galway.”
Mr Provenzano was one of three top executives who travelled from Massachusetts in the US for the launch of their first Irish operation, which was located in Galway ahead of Dublin, Athlone and Limerick.
“We picked Galway because it had a great talent pool, a lot of our competitors are here which is a testament to the location, and there was great access to third level education. It is also a place where people wish to live which is important when it comes to recruiting from overseas or elsewhere in Ireland.”
He singled out the IDA as key to choosing Ireland for the European expansion, where staff will engage in customer technical support, software production and distribution and operate a shared services sentre for administration.
He added that the company only signed on the dotted line after receiving assurances from the government that the 12.5% corporate tax rate would be retained.
The fact that the country was in a recession presented an opportunity for Aspect to set up at a much lower cost than three years ago.
Mr Provenzano declined to outline the level of investment in the two facilities, describing it as “significant”.
Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation John Perry said the Government was committed to addressing start-up costs for businesses, which would help improve the bottom line for multinationals who set up here.
“The mandate of this Government is to make this country more competitive,” he said.
Workers will provide support to customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and some parts of the Asia Pacific region.
Aspect is a global software and IT services firm specialising in applying Microsoft unified communications and collaboration. It pioneered the use of the automated call distributor, technology which allows airlines to contact customers about flight changes.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.