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Story Ideas Friday 20th December 2013

December 19, 2013 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Friday 20th December 2013

Story Idea: Release of Statistics for Tourism and Travel Quarter 3 2013 in Ireland
Expert: Sinead Grace (Expert in Tourism and Promoting Ireland) Media and Public Relations Manager at Tourism Ireland http://bit.ly/1bBIDYs                                                                                  The Hook: Third quarter statistics for Tourism and Travel in Ireland in 2013 will be released today, Friday December 20th. Factors such as the success of The Gathering and hot weather of the summer period led to increased and positive figures in previous quarters for the tourism and travel sectors. Sinead Grace is available to give her expert views and opinions on the day the statistics are released.

Notable Events for Friday 20th December 

CSO: Information Society Statistics – Households 2013

CSO: Information Society Statistics – Enterprises 2013

Anniversary of the popular Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life is first released in New York in 1946

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Story Ideas Thursday 19th December 2013

December 18, 2013 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Thursday 19th December 2013

Story Idea: Analysis/ commentary on Ireland’s exit from bailout promgramme
Expert: Jim Power (Expert in Economic Analysis and Business Issues) Economist at Jim Power Economics Ltd http://bit.ly/1eaMEe1                                                                                        The Hook: Ireland recently became the first eurozone nation to leave its bailout programme, but celebrations were muted as the country faces more austerity despite the end of the three-year rescue package. Economist Jim Power is available to provide his own expert views and analysis on Ireland’s current economic state.

Story Idea: Irish Design Student Wins International Design Competition
Expert: 
David Smith (Expert in Visual Communication and Design) Lecturer and Programme Co-ordinator BA (Hons) Visual Communications Design at IADT http://bit.ly/JxHpYz                             

The Hook: Could insects offer a new sustainable food source? And if so what cultural prejudices would need to be overcome before insects could form a part of our daily diet? These were just some of the questions addressed by Lara Hanlon, a recent graduate of the Visual Communications programme, at Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT). Her final year design project éntomo was selected to represent Dublin city at the Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents competition. Her multi-disciplinary project impressed so much that it has just won the ‘New Star Award’ at the competition. The Shenzhen Design Award was organised by the city of Shenzhen in China as part of its UNESCO City of Design programme and attracted high calibre entries from established professionals and graduate designers from around the world.

Notable Events for Thursday 19th December

CSO: Recorded Crime Quarter 3 2013

CSO: Livestock Slaughterings November 2013

30th anniversary of the robbery of the original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Story Ideas for Wednesday 18th December 2013

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

Wednesday 18th December 2013

Story Idea: Asthma sufferers urged to be wary of triggers throughout the Christmas season 
Expert: Sharon Cosgrove, (Expert in Breathing Problems and Health Research) CEO, Asthma Society of Ireland http://bit.ly/18J0D6l

The Hook: The Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) is urging the 470,000 people affected by asthma in Ireland to be wary of asthma triggers and take precuations with their condition throughout the Christmas period. Review of asthma clinics reveals that just 7% of asthma suffers have an asthma management plan.

Story Idea: International Migrants Day
Expert
Anna Ludwinek, (Expert in Integration of Migrants and Social Affairs) Research officer, Eurofound http://bit.ly/1j3sxAI                                                                                                     

The Hook: The United Nations’ (UN) International Migrants Day is annually held on December 18 to recognize the efforts, contributions and rights of migrants worldwide. Each year the UN invites governments, organizations, and individuals to observe International Migrants Day by distributing information on the human rights and migrants’ fundamental freedoms. For more information and indepth analysis please contact Anna Ludwinek of Eurofound. 

Notable Events for Wednesday 18th December 

CSO: Planning Permission Quarter 2013

Anniversary of HTML 4.0 being published by the World Wide Web Consortiumin 1997

Anniversary of Project SCORE, the world’s first communications satellite launched in 1958

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Story ideas for Tuesday 17th December 2013

December 16, 2013 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Tuesday 17th December 2013

Story Idea: Dublin to host World Conference on Entrepreneurship
Expert: Prof Thomas Cooney (Expert in Social Enterprise & Small Businesses) Professor of Entrepreneurship, DIT http://bit.ly/IJJwro

The Hook: DIT and Conference Partners will host the ICSB 2014 World Entrepreneurship Conference on June 11-14. The theme of the conference is ‘Entrepreneurship and Sustainability’ which will address the current international movement towards sustainability – whether that is related to our environment, our cultures, our businesses or our economies.

Story Idea: Saint-Gobain announces new charity partners MacMillan Cancer Support and The Irish Cancer Society                                                                                               

Expert: Kathleen O’Meara, (Expert in Cancer) Head of Advocacy & Communications at Irish Cancer Society http://bit.ly/1h6V2ZS

The Hook: Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, has announced that its new 2014/2015 charity partners in the UK and Ireland will be Macmillan Cancer Support and the Irish Cancer Society. For the first time, all 16,700 Saint-Gobain employees in the UK and Ireland were invited to have their say on which charities they’d like to support over the next two years by taking part in an online vote, in which the Irish Cancer Society emerged as the clear favourite in Ireland.

Notable Events for Tuesday 17th December
CSO: Agricultural Price Indices October 2013

CSO: Prison Recidivism 2008 Cohort

Anniversary of first ever issue of Vogue magazine published in 1892.

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Story Ideas for Monday 16th December

December 16, 2013 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Monday 16th December 2013

Story Idea: Threshold’s work towards resolving homelessness in the South-West
Expert: Bob Jordan (Expert in Homelessness) Executive Director, Threshold http://bit.ly/1dUI1Vt

The Hook: Threshold will release figures showing how many cases of homelessness have been resolved by the charity’s Access Housing Unit, which is based in Cork, over the past year. The charity will focus in particular on its work helping families with young children out of homelessness.

Story Idea: The Irish Property Buyers Handbook 2014 is published this week
Expert: Carol Tallon (Expert in Housing Markets) Managing Director, Buyers Broker http://bit.ly/1bCVFZb

The Hook: The Rsh Property Buyers Handook 2014 by Carol Tallon is now available. As the most up to date book on the Irish market, the most recent annual includes Budget 2014 updates, together with a new section on Self-Build projects and a chapter on mortgages by Karl Deeter.

Notable Events for Monday 16th December
Anniversary of Libya joining four other OPEC nations in raising crude oil prices, having an immediate dramatic effect on the United States in 1979.

Anniversary of Boston Tea Party 1773 – Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians dump hundreds of crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.

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

December 16, 2013 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

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

Monday 16th December 2013

Story Idea: Threshold’s work towards resolving homelessness in the South-West
Expert: Bob Jordan (Expert in Homelessness) Executive Director, Threshold http://bit.ly/1dUI1Vt

The Hook: Threshold will release figures showing how many cases of homelessness have been resolved by the charity’s Access Housing Unit, which is based in Cork, over the past year. The charity will focus in particular on its work helping families with young children out of homelessness.

Story Idea: The Irish Property Buyers Handbook 2014 is published this week
Expert: Carol Tallon (Expert in Housing Markets) Managing Director, Buyers Broker http://bit.ly/1bCVFZb

The Hook: The Rsh Property Buyers Handook 2014 by Carol Tallon is now available. As the most up to date book on the Irish market, the most recent annual includes Budget 2014 updates, together with a new section on Self-Build projects and a chapter on mortgages by Karl Deeter.

Notable Events for Monday 16th December
Anniversary of Libya joining four other OPEC nations in raising crude oil prices, having an immediate dramatic effect on the United States in 1979.

Anniversary of Boston Tea Party 1773 – Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawk Indians dump hundreds of crates of tea into Boston harbor as a protest against the Tea Act.

Tuesday 17th December 2013

Story Idea: Dublin to host World Conference on Entrepreneurship
Expert: Prof Thomas Cooney (Expert in Social Enterprise & Small Businesses) Professor of Entrepreneurship, DIT http://bit.ly/IJJwro

The Hook: DIT and Conference Partners will host the ICSB 2014 World Entrepreneurship Conference on June 11-14. The theme of the conference is ‘Entrepreneurship and Sustainability’ which will address the current international movement towards sustainability – whether that is related to our environment, our cultures, our businesses or our economies.

Story Idea: Saint-Gobain announces new charity partners MacMillan Cancer Support and The Irish Cancer Society                                                                                                Expert: Kathleen O’Meara, (Expert in Cancer) Head of Advocacy & Communications at Irish Cancer Society http://bit.ly/1h6V2ZS

The Hook: Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, has announced that its new 2014/2015 charity partners in the UK and Ireland will be Macmillan Cancer Support and the Irish Cancer Society. For the first time, all 16,700 Saint-Gobain employees in the UK and Ireland were invited to have their say on which charities they’d like to support over the next two years by taking part in an online vote, in which the Irish Cancer Society emerged as the clear favourite in Ireland.

Notable Events for Tuesday 17th December
CSO: Agricultural Price Indices October 2013

CSO: Prison Recidivism 2008 Cohort

Anniversary of first ever issue of Vogue magazine published in 1892.

Wednesday 18th December 2013

Story Idea: Asthma sufferers urged to be wary of triggers throughout the Christmas season 
Expert: Sharon Cosgrove, (Expert in Breathing Problems and Health Research) CEO, Asthma Society of Ireland http://bit.ly/18J0D6l

The Hook: The Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) is urging the 470,000 people affected by asthma in Ireland to be wary of asthma triggers and take precuations with their condition throughout the Christmas period. Review of asthma clinics reveals that just 7% of asthma suffers have an asthma management plan.

Story Idea: International Migrants Day
Expert: 
Anna Ludwinek, (Expert in Integration of Migrants and Social Affairs) Research officer, Eurofound http://bit.ly/1j3sxAI                                                                                                     

The Hook: The United Nations’ (UN) International Migrants Day is annually held on December 18 to recognize the efforts, contributions and rights of migrants worldwide. Each year the UN invites governments, organizations, and individuals to observe International Migrants Day by distributing information on the human rights and migrants’ fundamental freedoms. For more information and indepth analysis please contact Anna Ludwinek of Eurofound. 

Notable Events for Wednesday 18th December     

CSO: Planning Permission Quarter 2013

Anniversary of HTML 4.0 being published by the World Wide Web Consortiumin 1997

Anniversary of Project SCORE, the world’s first communications satellite launched in 1958

Thursday 19th December 2013

Story Idea: Analysis/ commentary on Ireland’s exit from bailout promgramme
Expert: Jim Power (Expert in Economic Analysis and Business Issues) Economist at Jim Power Economics Ltd http://bit.ly/1eaMEe1                                                                                        The Hook: Ireland recently became the first eurozone nation to leave its bailout programme, but celebrations were muted as the country faces more austerity despite the end of the three-year rescue package. Economist Jim Power is available to provide his own expert views and analysis on Ireland’s current economic state.

Story Idea: Irish Design Student Wins International Design Competition
Expert: 
David Smith (Expert in Visual Communication and Design) Lecturer and Programme Co-ordinator BA (Hons) Visual Communications Design at IADT http://bit.ly/JxHpYz                             The Hook: Could insects offer a new sustainable food source? And if so what cultural prejudices would need to be overcome before insects could form a part of our daily diet? These were just some of the questions addressed by Lara Hanlon, a recent graduate of the Visual Communications programme, at Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire (IADT). Her final year design project éntomo was selected to represent Dublin city at the Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents competition. Her multi-disciplinary project impressed so much that it has just won the ‘New Star Award’ at the competition. The Shenzhen Design Award was organised by the city of Shenzhen in China as part of its UNESCO City of Design programme and attracted high calibre entries from established professionals and graduate designers from around the world.

Notable Events for Thursday 19th December

CSO: Recorded Crime Quarter 3 2013

CSO: Livestock Slaughterings November 2013

30th anniversary of the robbery of the original FIFA World Cup trophy, the Jules Rimet Trophy, from the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Friday 20th December 2013

Story Idea: Release of Statistics for Tourism and Travel Quarter 3 2013 in Ireland
Expert: Sinead Grace (Expert in Tourism and Promoting Ireland) Media and Public Relations Manager at Tourism Ireland http://bit.ly/1bBIDYs                                                                                  The Hook: Third quarter statistics for Tourism and Travel in Ireland in 2013 will be released today, Friday December 20th. Factors such as the success of The Gathering and hot weather of the summer period led to increased and positive figures in previous quarters for the tourism and travel sectors. Sinead Grace is available to give her expert views and opinions on the day the statistics are released.

Notable Events for Friday 20th December 

CSO: Information Society Statistics – Households 2013

CSO: Information Society Statistics – Enterprises 2013

Anniversary of the popular Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life is first released in New York in 1946

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Story ideas for Friday 13th December 2013

December 9, 2013 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Friday 13th December 2013

Story Idea: Irish Aviation Authority’s Award-Winning Innovation Saved Airlines Euro 5.5m in 2013 
Expert: Tony Lane (Expert in Aviation and Air Travel) Communications Executive, Irish Aviation Authority. http://bit.ly/1b8G1RB
The Hook:The Irish Aviation Authority’s (IAA) cutting edge ‘Point Merge’ innovative air traffic management system has provided savings of €5.5 million to airlines flying into Dublin Airport during 2013. These savings have been achieved in fuel costs and tangible savings in CO2 emissions.The Point Merge technology revolutionises the way in which aircraft are sequenced or banked to land. It reduces the time aircraft spend waiting to land during busy periods at the airport. It has practically eradicated the need to put aircraft into traditional circular holding patterns at Dublin.

Story Idea: Re-focusing the relief effort – Typhoon Haiyan
Expert: Dr. Lara Allen (Expert in Missionary Development Work & Humanitarian Relief) Head of Information, Misean Cara. http://bit.ly/1gKguDL
The Hook:Misean Cara has approved eight Emergency Response funding applications to facilitate the humanitarian response to typhoon Haiyan, totalling €120,000. Misean Cara, which is composed of 89 lay and religious missionary member organisations, is channelling Irish tax payer’s money to support the humanitarian work of Irish missionaries in the Philippines. With 5,260 people dead, 673,000 people displaced, and 11.3 million people in need of food, Misean Cara’s members are re-focusing their efforts to isolated areas that have been untouched by general relief effort to ensure that supplies reach those who need them most.

Notable Events for Friday 13th December

CSO: Goods, Exports and Imports- October 2013

CSO: Trade Statistics-September 2013

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Story ideas for Thursday 12th December 2013

December 9, 2013 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Thursday 12th December 2013

Story Idea: NI Tourist Board CEO receives Honorary Fellowship for outstanding contribution to tourism 
Expert: Fiona Cunningham (Expert in Tourism & Hospitality Industry) ROI Market Manager, Northern Ireland Tourist Board. http://bit.ly/1f39z8d
The Hook: Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s Chief Executive Alan Clarke has received a prestigious Honorary Fellowship Award from Belfast Metropolitan College for his outstanding contribution to tourism. Founded in 1906, Belfast Met is the largest Further and Higher Education College in Northern Ireland and the sixth largest anywhere in the UK with over 37,000 student enrolments.
At its annual higher education graduation ceremony, Mr Clarke was one of three industry leaders in Northern Ireland to receive the College’s first ever Honorary Fellowship Award.

Story Idea: Irish Cancer Society donates €1 million to support bowel cancer screening

Expert: Grainne O’ Rourke (Expert in Cancer prevention, treatment and research) Communications Manager, Irish Cancer Society. http://goo.gl/DG8V1
The Hook: The Irish Cancer Society has donated €1 million to BowelScreen-The National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. The contribution will be used to purchase equipment in hospitals around Ireland which will support the expansion of colorectal symptomatic and screening serviceand the continued rollout of the bowel cancer screening programme.

Notable Events for Thursday 12th December
The International Day of Heavy Metal, a celebration of Heavy Metal & Hard Rock Music

CSO:Consumer Price Index November 2013

CSO:Output, Input and Income in Agriculture 2013- advanced estimate

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Story ideas for Wednesday 11th December 2013

December 9, 2013 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Wednesday 11th December 2013

Story Idea: The controversy over the ‘salary top up’ from charitable funds for the CEO of the Central Remedial Clinic, has created an opportunity for a mature and reasoned debate on the reality of running charities in today’s world. 
Expert: Deirdre Garvey (Expert in Charitable & Non-profit Organisations) CEO, The Wheel. http://bit.ly/1hClUDW
The Hook: Before the public comes to any conclusions as to whether charities can be trusted, they should consider the bigger picture. It would be a terrible consequence for the thousands of people and communities served by the vast majority of well-run charities, if the justifiable shock and anger caused by these recent revelations were to affect the fundraising, or the reputation of charities in general. These organisations are reliant on public generosity and support, and the issue currently in the spotlight has no bearing on the overwhelming majority of charities.

Story Idea: Anniversary of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) being established
Expert: Claire Connolly (Expert in Education and Arts & Culture) Professor, UCC http://bit.ly/IHGROj
The Hook: December 11th is the anniversary of The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) being established back in 1946. Claire Connolly, a professor in UCC and expert in education is available to speak on this, and can give an insight into how UNICEF helps children throughout the world.

Notable Events for Wednesday 11th December

International Mountain Day, recognised by the UN
International Animal Rights Day, founded in 1998 by Uncaged Campaign
Anniversary of Martin Luther burning his copy of the papal bull Exsurge Domine outside Wittenberg’s Elster Gate

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Story ideas for Tuesday 10th December 2013

December 9, 2013 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Tuesday 10th December 2013

Story Idea: Threshold’s homeless service in Cork is having a real impact on preventing homelessness 
Expert: Bob Jordan (Expert in Health Research) Executive Director, Threshold. http://bit.ly/1dUI1Vt
The Hook: Threshold’s Access Housing Unit, based in Cork City, is having a big impact on reducing homeless numbers in the South West. Since it was set up last year, the service has supported 89 households to move out of homelessness.

Story Idea: Time to Read’ Ireland’s First Business to Schools Reading Initiative to Positively Impact on Childhood Literacy has Officially Launched 
Expert: Barbara Gormley (Expert in Philanthropy & Social Responsibility) Communications and Marketing Executive, Business in the Community Ireland. http://bit.ly/1kjoxY9
The Hook: The Time to Read programme, sponsored by ESB, twins fourteen primary schools with local businesses across Ireland to give valuable reading support to 2nd class primary school children, with participant teachers already reporting a significant impact on the children’s comprehension and fluency when reading. The community based programme is part of BITC’s ongoing work to help businesses have a more positive impact on the communities in which they do business.

Notable Events for Tuesday 10th December
CSO: Probation Recidivism 2008 cohort
International Animal Rights Day, founded in 1998 by Uncaged Campaign
Anniversary of Martin Luther burning his copy of the papal bull Exsurge Domine outside Wittenberg’s Elster Gate.

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