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Representatives from Aviva in Galway, from both the Knocknacarra and Eyre Square operations, were meeting with a ‘union committee’ comprising people from all section throughout the Irish Aviva network, to discuss the staff’s next course of action. Industrial action has not been ruled out, a spokesperson for the Unite union said.

Workers locally once again have complained about the lack of information forthcoming from the employer, who hasn’t even yet confirmed officially if it is seeking redundancies at all. Another claim made on last Tuesday’s television program was that the jobs review code named ‘Operation Accelerate’, will result in a reduction in its customer branches from 26 to 11 nationwide. 

The uncertainty at the two Galway operations is causing widespread anger – morale, described as ‘on the floor’ a fortnight ago when the rumors first circulated, has now sunk even lower, Unite said.
(Source: GalwayBay Fm)


Up to 100 information technology jobs are to be created over the next five years at the Kerry Technology Park in Tralee, Co Kerry, by a financial services IT company, which is a subsidiary of a major Japanese bank, it was announced in Tralee last week. 

Separately, a further 60 jobs are to be created by Fexco, the financial services company, in Killorglin for the online processing and development of Irish heritage certificates. The certificates facility, operated under Government contract, went online last week.

The jobs in software development at the Kerry Technology Park will be created by JRI America, which is winding down its software development business in Bangalore, India.

A range of functions including Java software development and testing, network support, data centre support and helpdesk activities will be carried out there.

Recruitment is under way for some 30 positions and it is expected 100 jobs will be created over five years, IDA Ireland said JRI America is a subsidiary of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group. which also owns Japan’s second-largest bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.

The Tralee operation will support the group’s Western Hemisphere IT operations including the US, UK, Dubai and potentially other markets in due course, according to the IDA Ireland offered JRI America “a unique opportunity”, said the company’s chief operating officer, Michael O’Dea. Not only was there strong Government support for innovation and business, but there was also a deep pool of talented people with strong technical skills.

The team in Tralee will be “at the forefront” of JRI America’s objectives to “develop innovative technology capabilities”, he said.
(Source: Irish Times)


The tragedy of teenage road death struck Kildare again at the weekend, with an horrific crash just outside Kilcullen taking the lives of two young people.

Friends Claudia Govea (18) and Jamie Lee (19) died following the accident at Brownstown, Naas Road, Kilcullen, shortly before 3pm last Saturday. The crash occurred when the BMW car being driven by Jamie was in collision with another vehicle, in which two young women were travelling.

The car in which the teenagers were travelling ended up on its side in a field at the collision site after the crash, which happened following a morning of persistent heavy rain, on a stretch of the road beyond the Kilcullen Link Business Park. The road narrows at that point after a bend.

Four ambulances and other elements of the emergency services were quickly on the scene to deal with the situation. The road remained closed for forensic examination until shortly before midnight on Saturday.

The shock which followed the fatal crash was evident on Sunday at the Cross and Passion College, where Claudia had been a pupil. Having sat her Leaving Cert last June, she had just begun her studies in Culinary Science at UCD.

A candle-flanked photograph of the two young people was the focus of the grief of current and former pupils at the school.

Although the victims’ names weren’t officially released until late Sunday, by Saturday evening the identities of the dead young people were known throughout the community, especially among the younger group to which they belonged.

Claudia was born in Cuba but her family has lived at Hill Crest, Kilcullen, for several years and she had attended CPC for six years.
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)


“Not on my watch.”

This was the response by Chief Supt Mick McGarry when asked whether any rural Garda stations in Co Kilkenny would be closed due to nationwide cost-cutting measures.

Speaking at a meeting of Kilkenny County Council’s joint policing committee, he said he had been asked to draft a report for Carlow/ Kilkenny about any Garda stations that could potentially be closed down in 2012.

“Not on my watch will they close,” he said in response to a query from Cllr Sean Treacy (FF).
However, asked by Cllr Maurice Shortall (Lab) whether any progress had been made in extending cover in Castlecomer to 24-hour, he said the possibility was unlikely at present.