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West secures 37 investments in venture capital programme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Companies in the Western region secured 37 investments through the course of the Enterprise Ireland Seed and Venture Capital Programme.

A report published this week by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton shows a national rise in the level of activity for 2012.

Just over 23 million euro was secured for the West based on 37 investments over the course of the programme from 2007 until 2012.

This represents 11 percent of the total amount invested nationwide with Dublin and County receiving the largest chunk at almost 48 percent.

Nationally, last year alone,135 investments were made in Irish companies at a value of 54 million euro.

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Ryanair investing 84 million euro in Shannon Airport and adding 8 new routes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ryanair is investing 84 million euro in Shannon Airport and adding eight new routes there.

It’s part of the airline’s recovery for the facility after the pandemic.

The majority of the new services will run in the winter, and will include flights to Corfu, Gran Canaria, Budapest and Birmingham in England.

The airline is now calling on the Government to implement the recommendations of the Aviation Taskforce, which includes a new National Aviation Policy.

The Shannon Group has welcomed the investment, and committment, saying it’s an important step on the road to recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ryanair also says its pre-pandemic service hasn’t returned at Cork Airport due to a lack of incentives.

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Participants sought for NUIG study on seafood packaging

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Participants are being sought for a NUI Galway study on seafood packaging and waste management.

The study is part of an EU project which supports the sustainable development of the seafood sector in the Atlantic area.

Ireland has one of the lowest levels of consumption of seafood in Western Europe with very different consumption patterns that produce a lot of packaging.

Ireland tends to consume, on average, higher portions of packaged or frozen seafood, while other European countries lean towards fresh seafood.

The study at NUI Galway aims to understand Irish consumers knowledge of seafood packaging and waste management and how they compare to findings in Spain and Portugal.

Ultimately, the results will be used to help guide public policy that will promote efficient use of seafood packaging.

Participants are being sought for the study, which involves online questionnaires that take approximately 10 minutes – further information is available on the NUI Galway website.

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Petition to restore Galway-Dublin 20-X20 service gathers almost 1,400 signatures

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A petition to restore the Bus Eireann Galway-Dublin 20-X20 Expressway service has gathered almost 1,400 signatures.

The service – which served Craughwell, Loughrea, Aughrim and Ballinasloe – was axed by the semi-state firm following a viability review.

Bus Eireann says the route was not state-subsidised and the decision was taken to safeguard the viability of the 14 remaining expressway services.

The move has been fiercely opposed by local politicians who claim it is a contradiction of Government policy on providing public transport options to reduce vehicle congestion on our roads.

A petition created by Sinn Fein on website Change.org, calling for the service to be restored, has now gathered almost 1,400 signatures over the past week.

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