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PUP must be tapered to help business recruit staff, says Chamber CEO

Thu, May 13, 2021

The re-opening of retail after the restrictions of the lockdown is being hampered by the inability of businesses to attract back experienced staff, leading to a call for the tapering of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment down to the level of unemployment benefit.

Kenny Deery, CEO of Galway Chamber which represents the retail and business sector in the city have said that while the move will not be popular politically, the time has come to taper off the PUP payment to the level of standard unemployment benefit, and transition those funds into a scheme to support employers in their recruitment and sustainment efforts.



Businesses and St Nicholas’ market welcome re-opening

Carol Dixon and Anna Hosty of Yourells - delighted to welcome back clients.

Fans of Galway’s iconic market at St Nicholas’ Cathedral will be delighted to hear that the market re-opens in full this coming weekend with a wide array of crafts and food-stuffs on sale. ...


What does it mean to be a woman?

AWARD WINNING Galway theatre company, Eva’s Echo, is bringing a new one woman show, Uniform, to the Town Hall Theatre, from where it will be streamed to homes around Galway. ...


O’Donnellan & Joyce auction viewings return

Nos 31-33 Forster Street.

The first of the Irish summer property auctions is set to go ahead with Colm O’Donnellan of O’Donnellan & Joyce auctioneers taking to the podium on Friday June 4 with more than 40 lots promised to sell on the day. The diverse ...


Skoda unveils new generation Fabia

Twenty-two years after the Skoda Fabia made its debut, the Czech car manufacturer, which is part of the Volkswagen Group, is lining up the fourth generation of its popular small car. ...


Galway business community invited to learn how to thrive through digital transformation

Members of the business community throughout Galway are being invited to learn more about how they can thrive through digital transformation at an upcoming free online festival featuring leading business and technology speakers. This year’s ...


Caulfield targeting fast start against Wexford

Galway United manager John Caulfield watches last Friday's game against Bray Wanderers at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Mike Shaughnessy.

Tomorrow evening’s SSE Airtricity League first division encounter is loaded with importance for Galway United, who host Wexford FC at Eamonn Deacy Park (7.45pm). ...


HSS Hire can help with all your tool and equipment hire needs

Come rain or shine, don’t let the Irish summer weather stop you. Check out HSS Hire on the Tuam Road, Galway, for its range of indoor and outdoor DIY products. ...


[COMPETITION CLOSED] - WIN a Spotlight Oral Care Ultimate Total Care bundle!

Spotlight Oral Care has just launched a brand new Advisory Service.

Irish brand Spotlight Oral Care is a safe and effective range of products that consumers can trust in and use in the comfort of their own home. ...

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Two jobs, same company – should I have a go?

Q: There’s a company I’d really like to work for – two jobs that interest me have recently been advertised there. They even have the same closing date. Should I go for one or would it be a good idea to apply for both? (EC, email). ...


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