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Certification process proposed to professionalise the SME sector

An industry group representing small to medium sized businesses in Ireland is proposing the introduction of a certification process to professionalise the SME sector.

Supporting the five ‘S’s for Galway’s unique Startup and Scaleup Ecosystem

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Galway and the west of Ireland have become a hotbed for entrepreneurial activity in recent years. In fact, you may not know it but the word “entrepreneur” was coined by an Irishman from the Wild Atlantic Way. Richard Cantillon, born in the coastal town of Ballyheigue, County Kerry, came up with the first known definition of an entrepreneur in the business sense in his French book “Essai”. He defined entrepreneurs as “non-fixed income earners who pay known costs of production but earn uncertain incomes, due to the speculative nature of pandering to an unknown demand for their product”. Would you believe that Cantillon’s definition is from 1730, nearly three hundred years ago? It could have been written just yesterday.

Health Minister urged to intervene to find solution to ‘unacceptable’ outpatient gynaecological waiting list

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A call has been made for the Minister for Health to engage in talks with hospital consultant representatives in a bid to find a speedy solution to the "unacceptable" waiting list for outpatient gynaecological appointments in Galway.

We must protect Harkin’s legacy and thwart possibility of two FG MEPs, says Healy Eames

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Voters in the Midlands North West should not let the great work of outgoing MEP Marian Harkin be undone in the next European Parliament, Fidelma Healy Eames has said.

Local political canvass trail remains dominated by the essential public issues

With the local elections less than five months away, Cllr. Aengus O’Rourke notes that four major national issues continue to dominate the public mindset, similar to those that prevailed on the canvass in 2014.

City and county council funding cut by more than fifty per cent since 2011

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New figures on the funding of Local Authorities released by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform confirm that the Galway city and county councils have taken an overall funding cut of 52 per cent since 2011.

Galway businesses can improve managerial skills with new diploma in leadership

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It is said the recipe for success is 20 per cent aptitude and 80 percent attitude. Attitude is a reflection of leadership, meaning strong leadership is the single most important factor in business survival.

Ireland lagging behind Europe in treating COPD

Ireland is trailing behind its European neighbours in the treatment of a progressive lung disease, a leading charity has warned.

‘Privatisation and centralisation’ is driving council merger warns Farrell

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The proposed merger of the Galway city and county councils will not create any significant cost savings, but is still being recommended to go ahead in order to satisfy a "worrying trend towards privatisation and centralisation" of public services in the State.

Underfunding of UHG maternity services inflating waiting lists says Farrell

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The numbers of women on long-term waiting lists for gynaecology services at University Hospital Galway, has jumped by almost a third in the past two years, with more than 1,100 currently on in-patient and out-patient waiting lists for varying periods.

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