Date Published: 18-Jul-2012
BY CIARAN TIERNEY
The attractiveness of Galway as a place to live and the ‘talent pool’ around the city have been described as the key factors in ensuring the West experienced the most dramatic increase in the number of IDA backed jobs created across the country last year.
Latest figures from the IDA (Industrial Development Authority) show the numbers employed in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) companies in the West of Ireland increased from 13,815 to 15,590 between 2010 and 2011.
This 12.8% increase is far ahead of the second placed region, the East, which experienced 5.9% growth in job numbers, and is in stark contrast to the South East, where there was an 8.2% decrease in the numbers employed by FDI companies over the same period.
The IDA released its 2011 annual report late last week and, according to West Regional Manager Catherina Blewitt, has continued to make progress with about 1,000 new FDI jobs in Co Galway in the first six months of this year.
“What we call ‘peer respect’ is a big part of our success in the West of Ireland,” she said on Wednesday. “There is a cluster of very well respected companies in Galway, in areas such as medical devices, medical technology, and ICT (Information Communications Technology) sectors and we find this is a factor in their peers’ decision to locate here.
“At this stage, Galway is seen to be at the core of the medical technology cluster. What does not always make the headlines is the number of specialised indigenous companies in Galway, backed by Enterprise Ireland, who sub-supply these sectors. The IDA also provides an ‘aftercare service’ to multinationals after they set up here.”
Ms Blewitt said the support and expertise which the city’s two third level colleges, NUIG and GMIT, provided to the multi-national sector was also a key factor in the decisions of some companies to locate in Galway City.
“Galway’s ability to attract people, as an attractive place to live, is a factor,” said Ms Blewitt. “There is a ‘talent pool’ here, due to the presence of other multi-nationals, NUIG and GMIT. We do try to influence where a company goes, but ultimately the company makes its own choice about its location.
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BallinasloeÕs young squad aiming to floor Armagh junior champs
Date Published: 24-Jan-2013
A new chapter in the history of Ballinasloe football will be written at Breffni Park, Cavan, on Sunday when Sean Riddell’s young side take on Ulster champions An Port Mor of Armagh in the All-Ireland Junior semi-final (2pm).
It’s the first competitive game outside the province of Connacht in 33 years for Galway football’s ‘sleeping giant’ with the enticing prospect of an appearance at Croke Park on February 9 on offer for the winners of what should be a competitive tie.
Ballinasloe have romped through Connacht since overcoming a couple of tricky hurdles on their way to collecting the Galway junior title, which was their target for the campaign this time last year.
With a return to Intermediate football secured, Riddell’s youngsters really have nothing to lose – while their triumphant march to county and provincial titles has revived memories of the club’s glory days when they contested three Galway senior finals in a row between 1979 and ’81.
Intriguingly, the seniors of St Grellan’s never got to play in Croke Park when they reached the All-Ireland final back in 1980 – they lost by 3-9 to 0-8 to St Finbarr’s of Cork in Tipperary Town.
This team’s progression has provided rich rewards for an abundance of hard work at underage levels in the past ten to 15 years and the current side’s ‘do or die’ attitude was very much in evidence in the cliffhanger wins over Tuam and Clifden in the domestic championship.
They are a well-balanced side who really never know when they are beaten and have an inspirational leader in county panelist Keith Kelly, whose exploits at centre back have been among the key components in their dramatic run to reach the All-Ireland series.
Riddell, who recalls playing senior football with the club during their heyday, is determined to get Ballinasloe back among the county’s leading clubs but, for the moment, he is delighted just to have a shot at getting to Croke Park in a bid to emulate Clonbur’s achievement in winning the title outright last year.
Riddell went to Newry on a ‘spying mission’ to see the Armagh champions overcome Brackaville of Tyrone by 2-9 to 0-11 in November – and was impressed by the quality of the football produced by An Port Mor in the Ulster final.
“They are a nicely balanced side who play good football,” he said. “There was a bit of the physical stuff you’d expect from two Ulster side, but I was impressed by their performance.”
An Port Mor became the first Armagh side to win the provincial junior decider. First half goals from Shane Nugent and Christopher Lennon sent them on the road to victory, before a red card for Brackaville captain Cahir McGuinness eased their progress to the All-Ireland series.
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Date Published: 30-Jan-2013
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