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Mayor of Galway City, Cllr Frank Fahy launches 2015/2016 programme of events

24 September 2015

Western Region Launch 2015-2016

Colman Collins, Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group; Goda Faherty, CIPD Western Region Chairperson; Mayor of Galway City, Cllr Frank Fahy; Michelle Murphy, Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group

The CIPD Ireland Western Region Committee launched their 2015/2016 programme of events in the Clayton Hotel on Thursday 24 September. HR: Organisational Cycle of Continuous Improvement is the overall theme for the programme of events which was launched by Galway City Mayor, Cllr Frank Fahy. The launch and first event of the programme was kindly sponsored again this year by Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group, an award winning Irish company which celebrates 25 years in business this year.

Newly appointed Chairperson Goda Faherty extended a warm welcome to all and spoke passionately about the 2015/2016 programme of events. She also extended a sincere thank you to Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group, for their continuing support of CIPD and their loyalty to HR and learning in the region.

'Recently published CSO figures indicate that Ireland now has the strongest economic growth of the EU this year. The 2015/2016 theme, HR: Organisational Cycle of Continuous Improvement, is a fitting and apt theme reflected in our programme of events. Organisations are now more than ever, aware of the importance of measuring, evaluating and refining their improvement strategies and utilising them to maintain their necessary competitive edge, as the economic forecast continues to remain positive' said Goda.

How to get the most out of psychometrics in HR

The first event of the CIPD Western Region calendar on the night was entitled How to get the most out of psychometrics in HR. Key note speaker on the night was Dr Teresa O Hara, AIT. Dr O Hara who holds a PhD from the University of Limerick, gave an informative and interesting insight into the uses of psychometrics as part of coaching and learning development programmes, in both educational and organisational contexts.

Second speaker, Caroline Ward HR Services Consultant with Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group, presented some insightful case studies on the use of psychometrics in recruitment and selection.

Other events

The committee have placed all of the events for the forthcoming year on Eventbrite which will enable attendees to view and register for events in advance. They have also unveiled a new blog which will give further information on upcoming events and post event reviews.

There are some current and practical topics on the programme for the year ahead including: Managing in a coaching style, Navigating the new world of employment law: a legal guide to the Workplace Relations Act, and the Annual Student to Practitioner Graduate Work-Shop.

The committee are delighted to announce, that annual Gala evening will be kindly sponsored again this year by Laya Health Care. The evening will be held as a charity event in aid of Hand in Hand, a Galway based children’s cancer charity. They provide practical support for families throughout Ireland whose lives have been affected by cancer. The Gala Evening will be held on Friday 27 November in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway and will feature Jimmy Norman as the guest MC. Tickets are now available for purchase via Eventbrite.

CIPD Western Region welcomes CIPD members and non-members to their events, and are encouraging attendees to bring a work colleague, customer or client along to their events. HR practitioners, managers, supervisors, academics, students alike are all welcome to attend.

All information on their events including dates and locations is available on Eventbrite, CIPD Ireland Western Region social media and of course The committee can be contacted at and are happy to answer any queries or add you to their mailing list.