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Investment in decent services and infrastructure must be focus of new Government

BY Michelle Murphy, Research and Policy Analyst, Social Justice Ireland

Galway SMEs encouraged to grow their business with new training fund

Skillnets, the national agency responsible for funding and supporting training networks has announced details of a new training fund worth nearly half a million euro (€450,000), aimed at assisting private sector businesses to grow, by addressing their current and future skills needs.

‘It is only when you work alongside extremely poor that you realise that statistics never tell the full story’

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With an infant mortality rate of almost 20 per cent, a life expectancy of just 58 years, and an HIV/AIDS epidemic that kills 50,000 people a year and has orphaned as many as 700,000 children, the stark facts about life in Kenya can be depressing.

Essential infrastructure in the West is inadequate

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Essential infrastructure in Galway is not "fit for purpose", requiring major upgrading to boost business and create more jobs, according to IBEC, whose west regional director John Brennan says his organisation, which represents Irish business, is urging the Government to prioritise the west.

Majority of microfinance loans went to businesses outside Dublin — Mulherin

Mayo Fine Gael TD, Michelle Mulherin, has welcomed the findings of a review of Microfinance Ireland (MFI) which has been published by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. MFI provides loans of up to €25,000 to businesses which employ 10 people or fewer and which are not able to access credit from traditional sources like banks. The report found that in its first two years of operations, MFI received 729 applications for loans, supported 743 jobs in 333 micro-enterprises, and approved loans valued at more than €5 million.

Poverty levels ‘unacceptable’ in rural Ireland

Povery is increasing to unacceptable levels in rural counties, such as Mayo.

SVP says energy efficient homes bring real savings but inadequate income is main cause of fuel poverty

Research on the income and accommodation of a sample group of household types supported by the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has found that while inadequate income is the main cause of energy poverty making homes more energy efficient brings real benefits.

Galway people invited to get involved in the Great Ethiopian Run

With the deadline for entry into the Great Ethiopian Run/Walk 2014 fast approaching, Ronan Scully of Gorta-Self Help Africa is calling on Galway people to sign up for this epic fundraising adventure.

Three day conference on The Great Famine

A three-day conference on The Great Famine, featuring Irish and American academics, will take place this weekend in Ballinasloe.

 

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