Curleys’ Furniture welcomes new neighbours DID Electrical

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

One of Galway’s most successful furniture retailers, Curley’s Furniture, will this weekend welcome its new neighbours, DID Electrical, to the Briarhill Business Park in Ballybrit.

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Galway Executive Skillnet announces autumn/winter courses

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

Galway Executive Skillnet has rolled out its autumn/winter schedule of subsidised training courses.

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When the chips are down - Supermac’s features in The Apprentice

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

Supermac’s, Ireland’s largest indigenous fast food chain was the latest company to appear on TV3’s The Apprentice. The Apprentice which is the same format as in the UK and the US, but this time the boss, Irish entrepreneur Bill Cullen, is offering the successful candidate a role working in his organisation for 12 months and a salary of €100,000. The launch of the show has been a great success.

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IBEC welcomes ESB investment

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

The start of construction this week by the ESB on a new 110kV station at Seamus Quirke Road in Galway is a welcome development for the region, according to IBEC regional director John Brennan.

“At present Galway city and Connemara are reliant on supply from a 110kV station located in Ballybane,” Mr Brennan said. “The new station on the west of the city will significantly enhance Galway’s energy capacity and security of supply.”

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New sales and marketing executive for Castle Print

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

Galway-based print company Castle Print has just announced that Eddie Redmond has joined its team as sales and marketing executive, as they expand their ever growing business opportunities.

Mr Redmond brings three decades of sales experience, in all aspects of the printing industry with him to the award winning company, which holds accolades of achievements including the prestigious Q Mark award, Galway Chamber Business Award and nominations for an Irish Print Award, a McNaughton Review 2007 Awards and most recently an Excellence Ireland Quality Award nomination.

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That’s entertainment

Thu, Oct 09, 2008

The Jennings family is the TF Royal. Pat, his wife Mary, and even their children Louise, Patrick, and Jessica have all in some way shaped and been shaped by this entertainment empire in the centre of Castlebar.

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British money starting to flow into Irish banks

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

The announcement by the Government that it will guarantee all money saved with an Irish institution for two years has enticed overseas investors to withdraw their money fropm their own countries and put into the named Irish banks and institutions.

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Child’s play pays as Smyths set to open 35th store

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Smyths Toys, the company which has grown from humble beginnings in the West of Ireland is set to continue its expansion into the UK when it opens a new store in Cardiff in two weeks time.

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Gulf building boom’s a boost for Alpine Recruitment

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Leading specialist agency Alpine Recruitment is going from strength to strength in the construction/engineering recruitment sector, especially in the Middle East. Recruiting for both Arab and international building and civil engineering developers, project management, and professional quantity surveying companies, Alpine is proving to be unrivalled in sourcing the best candidates for the right jobs.

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First woman president of agri-food professsional body

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Elaine Farrell has been elected the first woman president in the 66-year history of the Agricultural Science Association (ASA). She takes over from Athenry-based Teagasc man Gerry Scully whose term of office ended at the association's national conference in Galway in mid-September.

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Can VAT help my cashflow problems?

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Q. I am running my own business and I am registered for VAT and prepare bi-monthly returns based on my invoices. I am currently experiencing some cashflow difficulties due to economic conditions, a friend recommended that I account for VAT on a cash receipts basis. What is this and how does this work?

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Collins remains on in Vhi chair

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Vhi Healthcare announced this week that Mr Bernard Collins has been re-appointed as chairman of Vhi Healthcare by Mary Harney, Minister for Health and Children for a further five years. Mr Collins was first appointed to the board in September 2003. Bernard Collins is chief executive officer of Lifemed Consulting Limited. A native of Cork, now living in Galway, Mr Collins received a BA honours in applied industrial psychology/business from University College Cork, Ireland. Mr Collins maintains positions at board level on many other companies in Ireland and in the USA. He served for a decade as vice president of international Operations at Boston Scientific Corporation until 2003.

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How should Ireland be run?

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Opinions on how Ireland should be run will be aired next week when the Western region of the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development (CIPD) will hold its annual conference at GMIT.

The ‘Leadership – Strategy to Execution’ will be headlined by economist David McWilliams who will address the Government directly by demonstrating his strategy in the very topical ‘How To Run Your Country’ and how his plan should be executed.

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The best of Irish

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Although celebrating its 70th birthday this year, Ó’Máille’s store in Galway’s High Street is nowhere near ready to pick up its pension.

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Local businesswoman shortlisted for Young Entrepreneur Award

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Athenry native Irene Trowell of the Galway Laser & Skincare Clinic has reached the final six of the prestigious Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 Awards. Ms Trowell (24), and five other young entrepreneurs from the west will be showcased at the Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in Westport next Thursday, October 9.

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Facebook and Bebo sites are betraying Irish staff on ‘sickies’

Thu, Sep 25, 2008

Workers pulling a “sickie” were today warned bosses are using modern technology to spy on them.

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Top European committee in Athlone to discuss helping small businesses

Thu, Sep 25, 2008

Political representatives from local and regional governments from across the 27 Member States of the European Union will gather in Athlone’s Sheraton Hotel on September 29-30 for a major conference, to discuss the problems that SMEs are facing and how to help these businesses grow and create jobs.

With most jobs in the EU provided by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), the EU Committee of the Regions (CoR) in conjunction with the Association of Irish Regions and the BMW Regional Assembly, will organise a conference on ‘Supporting our SMEs – overcoming barriers to their development’ which will discuss the contribution that SMEs make to the economy and the impact of the proposed Small Business Act for Europe which the European Commission is bringing forward to help make policies more SME friendly.

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Hospital team wins catering award

Thu, Sep 25, 2008

The ARAMARK Ireland team at University College Hospital Galway (UCHG) has been presented with one of the hospitality industry’s top awards at the 20th Hotel & Catering Review gold medal Awards, when they beat stiff competition to win the gold medal award for Institutional Catering sponsored by the National Hygiene Partnership.

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Tysabri can improve life quality, says Elan

Thu, Sep 25, 2008

Athlone-based Elan has claimed that a post-hoc analysis showed that its controversial multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri increases the probability of achieving sustained improvement in physical disability over two years when compared to a placebo.

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We thought bank shares had hit floor six months ago. What should we do?

Thu, Sep 25, 2008

Q. My wife and I have AIB and Bank of Ireland shares that we bought about six months ago in the expectation that the stock has reached its floor. We were obviously very wrong. I have now huge paper losses on these stocks. Should I sell them and realize a loss which presumably I can offset against my tax? Can I use the paper loss in any way if the selling the shares now makes no sense?

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