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Story Ideas For Every Day Of The Week 30th September – 4th October 2013

September 30, 2013 Posted in : Experts, Experts Reading List

Monday 30th September 2013

Story Idea: A gathering to mark the death of Seamus Heaney and to share readings of his work.
Expert: Claire Connolly (Expert in Literature) Professor of Modern English and Head of School Director, Wales-Ireland Research Network, UCC. http://goo.gl/xPmHzP
The Hook: When the distinguished poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney passed away on 4 September 2013, a wave of grief passed over many people in Ireland. The School of English, University College Cork and UCC English Literature Society have organised an evening to mark this sad event, taking place on Monday 30 September in the Aula Maxima, University College, Cork from 8pm to 10pm.

Notable Events for Monday 30th September
ECB – Template on international reserves and foreign currency liquidity. Ref period: end Aug-2013
Blasphemy Day
8×8 Film Festival, UCC
CSO – Milk Statistics August 2013
CSO – Marriages and Civil Partnerships 2011
CSO – International Trade in Services 2012
All – Ireland Hurling Final Results

Tuesday 1st October 2013

Story Idea: Debate in University of Limerick arguing whether the Seanad should be abolished.
Expert: Jim Power (Expert in Economic analysis & business issues) Economist. http://goo.gl/yWOh55
The Hook: Jim Power will take part in a debate in the University of Limerick on Tuesday 1st October on the seanad abolition referendum. Jim believes that the Seanad is an elitist anti-democratic organ of state with no power. Getting rid of it and reforming the Dail would enhance democracy and would not by any stretch of the imagination be a power grab. Jim is also available to offer his economics expertise on Budget 2014 speculation

Story Idea: International Day of Older Persons
Expert: Ciaran McKinney (Expert in Positive Ageing) Director of Development, Age & Opportunity. http://goo.gl/C6Embr
The Hook: The holiday is celebrated by raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly, such as senescence and elder abuse. Ciaran McKinney is particularly interested in developing the resources and capacity of older people to engage/ influence policy at both local and national level.

Notable Events for Tuesday 1st October
World Vegetarian Day
ECB – Publication of insurance corporations and pension funds statistics (euro area). Ref period: 2013 Q2
Changes to the UK national minimum wage take effect
Consumer Electronic Show Unveiled, London
LTE Voice Summit, London
Content Delivery Network World Summit 2013 London

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

Story Idea: International Day of Non-Violence
Expert: Dr. Linda Connolly (Expert in Sociology & Feminist Theory) Senior Lecturer Sociology, UCC. http://goo.gl/5Ty6YP
The Hook: The International Day of Non-Violence is marked on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. It is established to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”. Dr Connolly is an expert in feminist theory, contemporary ireland and sociology of the family.

Notable Events for Wednesday 2nd October
eCommerce Expo 2013, London
Domino’s Pizza Group PLC announce third quarter trading stats
Tesco PLC announce Half year results
World Cerebral Palsy Day
ECB – MFI interest rate statistics. Ref period: Aug-2013
CSO – Live Register September 2013
CSO – Services Producer Price Index Quarter 2 2013
CSO – Estimates of the Capital Stock of Fixed Assets 2012
CSO – Resident Holdings of Foreign Portfolio Securities 31 December 2012

Thursday 3rd October 2013

Story Idea: Comment on the CSO figures for overseas tourism for June-August 2013
Expert: Sinead Grace (Expert in Tourism & Promoting Ireland) Media and Public Relations Manager. http://bit.ly/145mIt4
The Hook: ‘Last weeks figures from the CSO for June to August are very strong, showing growth from almost all of our markets worldwide. We are seeing record growth this year from North America (+20% for the three-month period; and from our long-haul markets (+17.6%).”

Notable Events for Thursday 3rd October
UN General Assembly High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development, New York
CSO – Institutional Sector Accounts Non-Financial and Financial 2012
Launch of the American Chamber’s 2013 Irish-US Economic Relationship Report

Friday 4th September 2013

Story Idea: Share Your Love, World Animal Week
Expert: Carmel Murray (Expert in Animal Welfare and protection) Public Relations Officer, ISPCA. http://goo.gl/jIcFwI
The Hook: World Animal Week held 1st – 7th October, is an annual event celebrated around the 4th of October, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of animals. The ISPCA is Ireland’s largest animal welfare charity preventing cruelty to all animals, promoting animal welfare and relieving animal suffering.

Story Idea: CSO release stats for Foreign Direct Investment in 2012
Expert: Stephen Walsh (Expert in Banking systems and Foreign Investment) CEO, Keeper Solutions. http://goo.gl/n6gQD
The Hook: Stephen Walsh is an expert in US IT multinationals, Indian offshore technology firms, global services, outsourcing, software development and economic immigration policy in Ireland. 2011 stats for FDI showed Ireland’s net position increases to €48bn.

Notable Events for Friday 4th October
World Smile Day
Aer Lingus announce Traffic Statistics
World Animal Day
CSO – Report on Vital Statistics 2011
CSO – Industrial Production & Turnover August 2013 (Provisional) and July 2013 (Final)
Seanad Abolition Referendum 2013

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Story ideas for Friday 27th September 2013

September 25, 2013 Posted in : Uncategorized


Story Idea: Documentary pays tribute to slain Irish Missionary
Expert: Dr. Lara Allen (Expert in Healthcare, International missionary work) Head of Information, Misean Cara. http://goo.gl/plJWim
The Hook: Nearly 12 years have passed since the murder of Fr. Rufus Halley, a Columban missionary from Co. Waterford as he tried to escape from being kidnapped. Fr. Rufus worked to build peace between the divided Muslim and Christian communities in the Philippines by engaging them in a revolutionary inter faith dialogue effort.
Misean Cara is pleased to announce an upcoming radio documentary Remembering Rufus, which will be broadcast on Newstalk Radio as part of the Different Voices Series on Saturday 28 September 2013

Story Idea: Belfast has an appetite for fashion in October
Expert: Fiona Cunningham(Expert in Tourism and the Hospitality Industry) ROI Market Manager, Northern Ireland Tourist Board http://bit.ly/1cldZIm
The Hook: Belfast is looking forward to a week of food and fashion next month when Belfast Restaurant Week returns from October 6 – 13 and Belfast Fashion Week takes to the catwalk from October 10 – 13. Belfast Fashion Week is taking place across various venues with the key catwalk shows returning to the iconic Ulster Museum in Botanic Gardens. Following on the success of spring/summer shows, the contemporary and minimalist atrium at the historic building will once again be transformed into a fashion haven as hundreds of fashion fans gather to celebrate winter style.

Notable events for Friday 27th September
World Tourism Day
CSO – Retail Sales Index August 2013 (Provisional) July 2013 (Final)
CSO – Quarterly International Investment Position and External Debt 30 June 2013
CSO – Livestock Slaughterings August 2013
Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank, Washington, DC
Limerick Jazz Festival
Sligo Festival of Baroque Music

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Story ideas for Thursday 26th September

September 25, 2013 Posted in : Uncategorized

Story Idea: Public Meeting with Minister Donohoe In Limerick City 

Expert: Noelle O Connell(Expert in European Jobs) Executive Director, European Movement Ireland http://goo.gl/n7OYp2
The Hook: Minister Donohoe will be joined by a panel of local and national political and economic experts in the Savoy Hotel Limerick, at lunchtime next Thursday to answer questions from members of the public about the impact of Ireland’s membership of the EU.

Story Idea: CSO release stats on Overseas Travel 
Expert: Sinead Grace (Expert in Tourism & Promoting Ireland) Media and Public Relations Manager. http://bit.ly/145mIt4
The Hook: On thursday 26th the CSO will release stats for Overseas Travel for the period of June-August 2013. In the last stats, Trips to Ireland increased by 7.6% for the period May – July 2013.

Notable events for Thursday 26th September
CSO – Residential Property Price Index August 2013
CSO -  Overseas Travel June-August 2013
European Day of Languages
Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival
Arthurs Day (Guinness)
Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival
Launch of Dublin Theatre Festival
New Ross Piano Festival

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Story ideas for wednesday the 25th September

September 25, 2013 Posted in : Uncategorized

Wednesday 25th September 2013

Story Idea: Irish property programming to return to TV
Expert: Carol Tallon (Expert in Property & Housing Markets) Managing Director, Buyers Broker. http://goo.gl/EQGNg
The Hook: Carol Tallon of Buyers Broker is currently looking for house-hunters and people taking on a unusual new building project to feature in a new Irish TV series about the current housing market. Carol is also available for interview on any story related to Mortgage Write Downs.

Story Idea: State of the Art new IADT national Film School building handed over to IADT by Collens builders
Expert: Dr. Annie Doona (Expert in higher education/ further education strategy) President, IADT. http://goo.gl/WE5J2
The Hook: After 5 years of planning and hiccups along the way with bankrupt builders, IADT finally gets the key to a new state of the art building from Collens builders. We will have the best High definiton TV studio In Ireland. The building is now to be kitted out with 3 million Euro worth of industry standard equipment and prepared for an official opening by President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins in late November

Notable events for Wednesday 25th September
Presidential Election, Madagascar
Ploughing Championships
Junior Doctors Strike
2013 Retail Systems Multi-Channel Conference (London)
ECB – National balance sheet of euro area monetary financial institutions, excluding the Eurosystem. Ref period: Sep-2013/ Q3 2013
CSO – Planning Permissions Quarter 2 2013
ECB – Monetary developments in the euro area. Ref period: Sep-2013/ Q3 2013

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Story ideas for Tuesday 24th September 2013

September 23, 2013 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs

 

Story Idea: UN Special Summit in New York to assess progress in the fight against extreme poverty.
Expert: Hans Zomer (Expert in international development issues) Director at Dochas. http://bit.ly/126ceJD
The Hook: On 25 September, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore will join world leaders at a UN Special Summit on progress in the fight against extreme poverty. Incredible progress has been made since the agreement of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000. For the very first time, 9 out of every 10 children in the world go to school. Dochas will issue a press release on Monday, and Hans Zomer will be available to comment on recent reports on progress towards the eradication of extreme. poverty

Story Idea: Millions more children will die before their 5th birthday if world leaders don’t act
Expert: Peter Power, (Children’s rights and protection) Executive Director,  UNICEF Ireland. http://goo.gl/5K92yv
The Hook: Put children first. That’s UNICEF’s message to world leaders as Ireland prepares to co-chair a special event on the world’s Millennium Development Goals in the UNGA in New York on Tuesday. All Millenium Development Goals affect children with the promise to cut child deaths by two thirds close to being declared a failure unless urgent action is taken.

Story Idea: National Video Competition Launched to Highlight Work of Charities & Clubs
Expert: Deirdre Garvey (Expert in Non Profit & Charity Regulation) CEO, The Wheel. http://goo.gl/2Bg3I
The Hook:  Launch of Better Together, a national online video competition that aims to highlight the work of thousands of charities, clubs and associations. The competition provides community and voluntary groups, clubs and associations with an opportunity to showcase their activities and attract new supporters through short online videos. Tuesday, 24 September 2013, 12.30-14:00, European Parliament Information Office, Dublin 2.

Story Idea: Environment Gathering at Annual Open Day at NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute
Expert: Caroline Loughnane (Expert in Education) Director of Marketing & Communications, NUIG. http://goo.gl/ZmWuOE
The Hook: NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research is hosting its annual Research Open Day on Tuesday, 24 September, from 9am to 5.30pm. The day will include keynote talks that will focus on how to prioritise the environment in the face of ongoing economic struggles.

Notable events for Tuesday 24th September
‘Doctor Sleep’ by Stephen King, a sequel to The Shining, is published
CSO – Wholesale Price Index August 2013
CSO – Recorded Crime Quarter 2 2013

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Story Ideas For Every Day Of The Week 23rd-27th September 2013

September 23, 2013 Posted in : Experts, Experts Reading List

Monday 23rd September 2013

Story Idea: ISPCC welcome french ban on beauty pageants
Expert: Caroline O’Sullivan (Expert in Child abuse and services) Director of Services, ISPCC. http://goo.gl/8BYlQ
The Hook: The ISPCC believe that these children’s pageants are another example of the early sexualisation of children today, where children are being thrust into the adult ideals of external aspects of attractiveness where children are being portrayed as ‘mini-adults’ and being denied the innocence of childhood.

Story Idea: Join the National Conversation on Alcohol: Who’s calling the Shots?
Expert: Professor Frank Murray (Expert in Liver Disease and the damaging effects of alcohol consumption) Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. http://goo.gl/UePF0H
The Hook: The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is hosting a public meeting on Monday September 23rd at 6pm in No 6. Kildare St. The event takes place in the run up to Arthurs Day to highlight the problems around our relationship with alcohol in Ireland – abusive alcohol consumption, underage drinking, binge drinking and the alternatives

Notable events for Monday 23rd September
CSO – Pig Survey June 2013
Launch of National Literacy Week
All-Ireland Football Final Results (Dublin v Mayo)
Portuguese government due to repay bond redemptions and interest of €9.73bn (£7.92bn) as per the rescue package established with IMF in April 2011

Tuesday 24th September 2013

Story Idea: UN Special Summit in New York to assess progress in the fight against extreme poverty.
Expert: Hans Zomer (Expert in international development issues) Director at Dochas. http://bit.ly/126ceJD
The Hook: On 25 September, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore will join world leaders at a UN Special Summit on progress in the fight against extreme poverty. Incredible progress has been made since the agreement of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000. For the very first time, 9 out of every 10 children in the world go to school. Dochas will issue a press release on Monday, and Hans Zomer will be available to comment on recent reports on progress towards the eradication of extreme. poverty

Story Idea: Millions more children will die before their 5th birthday if world leaders don’t act
Expert: Peter Power, (Children’s rights and protection) Executive Director,  UNICEF Ireland. http://goo.gl/5K92yv
The Hook: Put children first. That’s UNICEF’s message to world leaders as Ireland prepares to co-chair a special event on the world’s Millennium Development Goals in the UNGA in New York on Tuesday. All Millenium Development Goals affect children with the promise to cut child deaths by two thirds close to being declared a failure unless urgent action is taken.

Story Idea: National Video Competition Launched to Highlight Work of Charities & Clubs
Expert: Deirdre Garvey (Expert in Non Profit & Charity Regulation) CEO, The Wheel. http://goo.gl/2Bg3I
The Hook:  Launch of Better Together, a national online video competition that aims to highlight the work of thousands of charities, clubs and associations. The competition provides community and voluntary groups, clubs and associations with an opportunity to showcase their activities and attract new supporters through short online videos. Tuesday, 24 September 2013, 12.30-14:00, European Parliament Information Office, Dublin 2.

Story Idea: Environment Gathering at Annual Open Day at NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute
Expert: Caroline Loughnane (Expert in Education) Director of Marketing & Communications, NUIG. http://goo.gl/ZmWuOE
The Hook: NUI Galway’s Ryan Institute for Environmental, Marine and Energy Research is hosting its annual Research Open Day on Tuesday, 24 September, from 9am to 5.30pm. The day will include keynote talks that will focus on how to prioritise the environment in the face of ongoing economic struggles.

Notable events for Tuesday 24th September
‘Doctor Sleep’ by Stephen King, a sequel to The Shining, is published
CSO – Wholesale Price Index August 2013
CSO – Recorded Crime Quarter 2 2013
Ploughing Championships

Wednesday 25th September 2013

Story Idea: Irish property programming to return to TV
Expert: Carol Tallon (Expert in Property & Housing Markets) Managing Director, Buyers Broker. http://goo.gl/EQGNg
The Hook: Carol Tallon of Buyers Broker is currently looking for house-hunters and people taking on a unusual new building project to feature in a new Irish TV series about the current housing market. Carol is also available for interview on any story related to Mortgage Write Downs.

Story Idea: State of the Art new IADT national Film School building handed over to IADT by Collens builders
Expert: Dr. Annie Doona (Expert in higher education/ further education strategy) President, IADT. http://goo.gl/WE5J2
The Hook: After 5 years of planning and hiccups along the way with bankrupt builders, IADT finally gets the key to a new state of the art building from Collens builders. We will have the best High definiton TV studio In Ireland. The building is now to be kitted out with 3 million Euro worth of industry standard equipment and prepared for an official opening by President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins in late November

Notable events for Wednesday 25th September
Presidential Election, Madagascar
Ploughing Championships
Junior Doctors Strike
2013 Retail Systems Multi-Channel Conference (London)
ECB – National balance sheet of euro area monetary financial institutions, excluding the Eurosystem. Ref period: Sep-2013/ Q3 2013
CSO – Planning Permissions Quarter 2 2013
ECB – Monetary developments in the euro area. Ref period: Sep-2013/ Q3 2013

Thursday 26th September 2013

Story Idea: Public Meeting with Minister Donohoe In Limerick City
Expert: Noelle O Connell(Expert in European Jobs) Executive Director, European Movement Ireland http://goo.gl/n7OYp2
The Hook: Minister Donohoe will be joined by a panel of local and national political and economic experts in the Savoy Hotel Limerick, at lunchtime next Thursday to answer questions from members of the public about the impact of Ireland’s membership of the EU.

Story Idea: CSO release stats on Overseas Travel
Expert: Sinead Grace (Expert in Tourism & Promoting Ireland) Media and Public Relations Manager. http://bit.ly/145mIt4
The Hook: On thursday 26th the CSO will release stats for Overseas Travel for the period of June-August 2013. In the last stats, Trips to Ireland increased by 7.6% for the period May – July 2013.

Notable events for Thursday 26th September
CSO – Residential Property Price Index August 2013
CSO -  Overseas Travel June-August 2013
European Day of Languages
Dunshaughlin Harvest Festival
Arthurs Day (Guinness)
Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival
Launch of Dublin Theatre Festival
New Ross Piano Festival

Friday 27th September 2013

Story Idea: Documentary pays tribute to slain Irish Missionary
Expert: Dr. Lara Allen (Expert in Healthcare, International missionary work) Head of Information, Misean Cara. http://goo.gl/plJWim
The Hook: Nearly 12 years have passed since the murder of Fr. Rufus Halley, a Columban missionary from Co. Waterford as he tried to escape from being kidnapped. Fr. Rufus worked to build peace between the divided Muslim and Christian communities in the Philippines by engaging them in a revolutionary inter faith dialogue effort.
Misean Cara is pleased to announce an upcoming radio documentary Remembering Rufus, which will be broadcast on Newstalk Radio as part of the Different Voices Series on Saturday 28 September 2013

Story Idea: Belfast has an appetite for fashion in October
Expert: Fiona Cunningham(Expert in Tourism and the Hospitality Industry) ROI Market Manager, Northern Ireland Tourist Board http://bit.ly/1cldZIm
The Hook: Belfast is looking forward to a week of food and fashion next month when Belfast Restaurant Week returns from October 6 – 13 and Belfast Fashion Week takes to the catwalk from October 10 – 13. Belfast Fashion Week is taking place across various venues with the key catwalk shows returning to the iconic Ulster Museum in Botanic Gardens. Following on the success of spring/summer shows, the contemporary and minimalist atrium at the historic building will once again be transformed into a fashion haven as hundreds of fashion fans gather to celebrate winter style.

Notable events for Friday 27th September
World Tourism Day
CSO – Retail Sales Index August 2013 (Provisional) July 2013 (Final)
CSO – Quarterly International Investment Position and External Debt 30 June 2013
CSO – Livestock Slaughterings August 2013
Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank, Washington, DC
Limerick Jazz Festival
Sligo Festival of Baroque Music

 

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Story Ideas for Thursday 19th September 2013

September 18, 2013 Posted in : Experts, Experts Reading List, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: Threshold Calls on Government to Address Emerging Housing Shortage in Budget 2014

Expert: Bob Jordan (Expert in Housing, homelessness & mortgages) Executive Director, Threshold.
The Hook: The housing charity Threshold has made a pre-budget submission to government. The submission focused on housing supply in Ireland, social housing, private rented accommodation, mortgage arrears, receiverships and repossessions. Bob Jordan, Director of Threshold, is available for comment on these and related issues.

Notable Events for Thursday 19th
CSO – Census of Industrial Production Regional and County data 2011
CSO – Quarterly National Accounts Quarter 2 2013
CSO – Balance of International Payments Quarter 2 2013

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Story Ideas for Wednesday 18th September 2013

September 17, 2013 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: World Water Monitoring Day 2013

Expert: Dualta Roughneen (Expert in Developmental Aid & water safety/treatment) Disaster Risk Management Coordinator, Plan Ireland.
The Hook: World Water Monitoring Day is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local waterbodies.

Story Idea: EU in School: Primary Schools Around Ireland Invited to Register for Blue Star Programme
Expert: Noelle O Connell(Expert in European Jobs) Executive Director, European Movement Ireland
The Hook: The Blue Star Programme fosters better understanding and knowledge of the European Union among Irish primary pupils through classroom projects and activities. Schools around the country are now invited to register for the 2013-2014 Programme and to get creative in thinking about Europe.

Notable Events for Wednesday 18th
ECB – Euro area investment fund statistics. Jul-2013
Dáil Resumes
CSO – Production in Building and Construction Index Quarter 2 2013 (Provisional) Quarter 1 2013 (Final)

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Story Ideas for Tuesday 17th September 2013

September 16, 2013 Posted in : Uncategorized

Story Idea: Young people hit hardest by recession

Expert: Mary Cunningham ( Expert in Youth development & Social Issues) Director, NYCI
The Hook: National Youth Council pre-budget submission warns against further cuts to youth services. 177,000 young people have emigrated since 2008. Youth unemployment 28.6% now (13.3% in 2008). Youth services cut by 30% since 2008. €1 invested in youth work saves State €2.20 in the long run.

Story Idea: Meeting Syrian war-wounded patients in Jordan
Expert: Jane-Ann McKenna (Expert in Humanitarian Aid) Director of Médecins Sans Frontières Ireland.
The Hook: As the number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries reaches two million, Jane-Ann McKenna is currently in a hospital in Jordan meeting Syrian patients who are undergoing reconstructive surgery and post-operative care for injuries sustained in the war. Their individual stories put a human face on the numbers.

Notable Events for Tuesday 17th
Government Party Think-ins
ECB – Euro area monthly balance of payments. Ref period: Jul-2013

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Story Ideas For Every Day Of The Week 16th-20th September 2013

September 16, 2013 Posted in : Experts, Experts Reading List

Monday 16th September 2013

Story Idea: Ireland As A World Leader In Aviation
Expert: David Deighan (Expert in international business & foreign trade) Head of Communications, KPMG.
The Hook: Ireland is a world leader in aviation leasing and Dublin is a global centre for this business. So how does Ireland compete and in the context of Flightfest which took place yesterday? What are the threats and opportunities in helping us maintain this position?

Notable Events for Monday 16th
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
Government Party Think-ins
Agricultural Price Indices July 2013
ECB – Harmonised Competitiveness Indicators. Ref period: Aug-2013
Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) to start taking applications

Tuesday 17th September 2013

Story Idea: Young people hit hardest by recession
Expert: Mary Cunningham ( Expert in Youth development & Social Issues) Director, NYCI
The Hook: National Youth Council pre-budget submission warns against further cuts to youth services. 177,000 young people have emigrated since 2008. Youth unemployment 28.6% now (13.3% in 2008). Youth services cut by 30% since 2008. €1 invested in youth work saves State €2.20 in the long run.

Story Idea: Meeting Syrian war-wounded patients in Jordan
Expert: Jane-Ann McKenna (Expert in Humanitarian Aid) Director of Médecins Sans Frontières Ireland.
The Hook: As the number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries reaches two million, Jane-Ann McKenna is currently in a hospital in Jordan meeting Syrian patients who are undergoing reconstructive surgery and post-operative care for injuries sustained in the war. Their individual stories put a human face on the numbers.

Notable Events for Tuesday 17th
Government Party Think-ins
ECB – Euro area monthly balance of payments. Ref period: Jul-2013

Wednesday 18th September 2013

Story Idea: World Water Monitoring Day 2013
Expert: Dualta Roughneen (Expert in Developmental Aid & water safety/treatment) Disaster Risk Management Coordinator, Plan Ireland.
The Hook: World Water Monitoring Day is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local waterbodies.

Story Idea: EU in School: Primary Schools Around Ireland Invited to Register for Blue Star Programme
Expert: Noelle O Connell(Expert in European Jobs) Executive Director, European Movement Ireland
The Hook: The Blue Star Programme fosters better understanding and knowledge of the European Union among Irish primary pupils through classroom projects and activities. Schools around the country are now invited to register for the 2013-2014 Programme and to get creative in thinking about Europe.

Notable Events for Wednesday 18th
ECB – Euro area investment fund statistics. Jul-2013
Dáil Resumes
CSO – Production in Building and Construction Index Quarter 2 2013 (Provisional) Quarter 1 2013 (Final)

Thursday 19th September 2013

Story Idea: Threshold Calls on Government to Address Emerging Housing Shortage in Budget 2014
Expert: Bob Jordan (Expert in Housing, homelessness & mortgages) Executive Director, Threshold.
The Hook: The housing charity Threshold has made a pre-budget submission to government. The submission focused on housing supply in Ireland, social housing, private rented accommodation, mortgage arrears, receiverships and repossessions. Bob Jordan, Director of Threshold, is available for comment on these and related issues.

Notable Events for Thursday 19th
CSO – Census of Industrial Production Regional and County data 2011
CSO – Quarterly National Accounts Quarter 2 2013
CSO – Balance of International Payments Quarter 2 2013

Friday 20th September 2013

Story Idea: Charities call for a plan to sustain public services
Expert:
Deirdre Garvey (Expert in Charities, Fundraising and NGO’s) CEO, The Wheel.
The Hook: Six national organisations representing over 2,000 Irish charities to call for a plan to sustain public services. Case studies will be presented to illustrate how users of public services are being affected by funding and service cuts at a media advisory that will take place on Monday next week

Story Idea: Have an Awesome Autumn in Belfast!
Expert: Fiona Cunningham(Expert in Tourism and the Hospitality Industry) ROI Market Manager, Northern Ireland Tourist Board
The Hook: Belfast is pulsing with a jam-packed schedule of great events, festivals and things do to this autumn, offering plenty of reasons to enjoy the season. It’s a great time to visit Belfast and Northern Ireland and enjoy a short break. “Belfast has transformed in recent years into a cosmopolitan city and provides a gateway to exploring the rest of Northern Ireland and I am confident that this fantastic line-up of festivals and events will give visitors from the Republic of Ireland even more reason to visit this Autumn.”

Notable Events for Friday 20th
Culture night Dublin / Cork / Limerick. Leinster House to open its doors

 

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