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Story ideas for Friday 31st January

January 27, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: The direct annual cost of poor mental health in the Irish workplace is €3 billion. What can employers do to address this issue?   

Expert: Deirdre Cronnelly (Expert in Mental Health and Healthy Living) Wellness Productivity Coach, AFRESH. http://bit.ly/1fi29x8
The Hook: The direct annual cost of poor mental health in Ireland is €3 billion or 2% of GNP10: includes loss of potential labour supply, unemployment, absenteeism and reduced productivity in the workplace. (O’Shea, E. & Kennelly, B. (2008). The economics of mental health care in Ireland. National University of Ireland, Galway). What can employers do to address this issue? Despite great work done by mental health organizations and celebrities to reduce stigma around depression, employees experiencing mental health problems are reluctant to discuss with their employers or seek support. The cost can be significant both professionally and personally. What can employers do to support employees and protect everyone’s interests?

Notable Events for Friday 31st
Chinese New Year.
The Yeats Winter School 2014- ends- 2nd February.
Cumann Merriman Winter School 2014- finishes on Sunday 2nd February.
SUBTITLE European Film Festival 2014- to- 2nd February.

Harry Potter Fest Galway will take place and run until February 2nd at NUI Galway.

Street Children’s Day.

Transfer window closes across all the English football divisions at midnight.

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Story ideas for Thursday 30th January

January 27, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: Opinion on the closing of CAO applications  

Expert: Paul Rowe (Expert in Education Policy) CEO, Educate Together. http://bit.ly/19ScCRH
The Hook: The deadline for CAO applications is February 1st at 17.15. Paul is available to share his opinion on the subject matter for last minute applicants.

Story Idea: Reflection of the Geneva II Conference. Will Syrian peace talks be successful
Expert:
Helen Keogh (Expert in World Issues and Humanitarian Aid) CEO, World Vision Ireland. http://bit.ly/1hrwJpf
The Hook:
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani says he believes there is little hope of success for the Syrian peace talks, after the Geneva II Peace Conference last week. For in-depth analysis and views on the current issue please contact Helen Keogh.

Notable Events for Thursday 30th
Anniversary of the death of Mahatma Gandhi (1948) assassinated by Nathuram Godse.
Gareth Brooks tickets go on sale. How quickly will the tickets sell out for one of the concerts of the year?
EuroStat- Euro area Bank Lending Survey (January 2014).

CSO- Milk Statistics December 2013.

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Story ideas for Wednesday 29th January

January 27, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: Charities in the current Irish news 

Expert: Deirdre Garvey (Expert in Voluntary Sector and Charity Law) CEO, The Wheel. http://bit.ly/1hClUDW
The Hook: There has recently been a number of stories in the news relating to charities (CRC, REHAB & Charities Regulator). The Wheel’s Chief Executive is available for interview on any of the above mentioned topics and other related issues such as: the impact of the CRC scandal, transparency and governance, charities regulation etc.

Story Idea: Sufferers of heart attack, cancer and chronic respiratory disease urge speedy passing of plain pack law
Expert: Kathleen O’Meara (Expert in Cancer) Head of Advocacy and Communications, Irish Cancer Society. http://bit.ly/1h6V2ZS
The Hook: Sufferers of smoking-related heart attack, lung cancer and chronic respiratory disease urged the Government to enact “crucial” plain packaging of tobacco products legislation as quickly as possible.

Story Idea: What needs and can be done to bring peace to Syria
Expert: Peter Power (Expert in Foreign Aid and Child Protection) CEO, UNICEF Ireland. http://bit.ly/LQlxbw
The Hook: Peter Power has travelled to the region on four occasions visiting the 1.2 million child refugees in need of urgent aid. UNICEF is on the ground in Syria delivering aid to hard-to-reach areas in dangerous circumstances and wants humanitarian access to be part of any peace deal.

Notable Events for Wednesday 29th
EuroStat- Monetary developments in the Euro area, December 2013.
Is 2014 the year of immigration reform in the United States?

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Story ideas for Tuesday 28th January

January 27, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: Launch of new BA in English featuring the teaching of creative writing; discussion of the teaching of creative writing in universities  

Expert: Claire Connolly (Expert in Education/ Third Level and Arts and Culture) Professor of Modern English, UCC. http://bit.ly/IHGROj
The Hook: As Irish universities begin to formalise the teaching of creative writing, and UCC launches a new degree in English that offers workshops in poetry and fiction alongside traditional lectures, we ask: can creative writing be taught? What place does creativity have in Ireland’s future and how can the writing talent of the future be nurtured? The launch of UCC’s new BA in English will feature a reading by Writer-in-Residence, Leanne O’Sullivan and readings from authors featured in new book ‘Imagination in the Classroom’- the first extensive exploration of the history and practice of teaching creative writing as a distinct discipline in Ireland. Some coverage of ‘Imagination in the Classroom’ was on Newstalk with Past Kenny on Friday morning, January 24th. More information can be found here.

Story Idea: 90th Anniversary of the death of WB Yeats
Expert: Dr. Finola Doyle O’Neill (Expert in Drama/ Theatre and Irish History) Lecturer of Irish Media History, UCC. http://bit.ly/1itO7xv
The Hook: Tuesday marks the 90th anniversary of one of Ireland’s greatest poets and playwrights, W.B Yeats. Dr. Finola Doyle O’Neill is available to comment on the Nobel Prize winner and how his work is still teaching generations to this day with many expecting him to appear alongside Seamus Heaney on this year’s English exam papers.

Notable Events for Tuesday 28th
Bray One Act Festival- Runs until February 1st.
Unemployed in Ireland? The rise of start-up businesses.
CSO- Retail Sales Index, December 2013 (Provisional) November 2013 (Final).
CSO- Supply and Use Tables and Input-Output Tables, 2010.
CSO- Overseas Travel October- December 2013.

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Story ideas for Monday 27th January

January 27, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: Appetite for global Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) on the rise

Expert: David Deighan (Expert in International Business and Accounting) Head of Communications, KPMG Ireland. http://bit.ly/1hS2mJs
The Hook: KPMG’s Global M&A predictor shows that restless investors start to turn up the M&A pressure after several years of inactivity. Appetite 16 percent higher than December 2012. Market capitalisations up 19 percent. Capacity up 12 percent by 2014.

Story Idea: UNICEF continues to reach affected children in Sudan
Expert: Peter Power (Expert in Child Poverty and Vaccinations) Executive Director of UNICEF Ireland. http://bit.ly/LQlxbw
The Hook: With ceasefire now signed between South Sudanese rivals and Valerie Amos, UN Humanitarian Chief, on mission from Monday, all eyes are on the world’s youngest nation. UNICEF continues to reach affected children and today will be one of the first humanitarian agencies to reach vulnerable children in Bor where 25 children have already died from measles.

Notable Events for Monday 27th
New appeals for witnesses in the Detective Garda Adrian Donohue murder case.
Beerhouse Beer Fest 2014. Started on the 24th, but runs until 2nd February, Dublin.
International day of commemoration in the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, recognised by the UN.

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Story Ideas For Every Day Of The Week 27th – 31st January 2014

January 27, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Monday 27th January 2014

Story Idea: Appetite for global Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) on the rise
Expert: David Deighan (Expert in International Business and Accounting) Head of Communications, KPMG Ireland. http://bit.ly/1hS2mJs
The Hook: KPMG’s Global M&A predictor shows that restless investors start to turn up the M&A pressure after several years of inactivity. Appetite 16 percent higher than December 2012. Market capitalisations up 19 percent. Capacity up 12 percent by 2014.

Story Idea: UNICEF continues to reach affected children in Sudan
Expert: Peter Power (Expert in Child Poverty and Vaccinations) Executive Director of UNICEF Ireland. http://bit.ly/LQlxbw
The Hook: With ceasefire now signed between South Sudanese rivals and Valerie Amos, UN Humanitarian Chief, on mission from Monday, all eyes are on the world’s youngest nation. UNICEF continues to reach affected children and today will be one of the first humanitarian agencies to reach vulnerable children in Bor where 25 children have already died from measles.

Notable Events for Monday 27th
New appeals for witnesses in the Detective Garda Adrian Donohue murder case.
Beerhouse Beer Fest 2014. Started on the 24th, but runs until 2nd February, Dublin.
International day of commemoration in the memory of the victims of the Holocaust, recognised by the UN.

Tuesday 28th January 2014

Story Idea: Launch of new BA in English featuring the teaching of creative writing; discussion of the teaching of creative writing in universities 
Expert: Claire Connolly (Expert in Education/ Third Level and Arts and Culture) Professor of Modern English, UCC. http://bit.ly/IHGROj
The Hook: As Irish universities begin to formalise the teaching of creative writing, and UCC launches a new degree in English that offers workshops in poetry and fiction alongside traditional lectures, we ask: can creative writing be taught? What place does creativity have in Ireland’s future and how can the writing talent of the future be nurtured? The launch of UCC’s new BA in English will feature a reading by Writer-in-Residence, Leanne O’Sullivan and readings from authors featured in new book ‘Imagination in the Classroom’- the first extensive exploration of the history and practice of teaching creative writing as a distinct discipline in Ireland. Some coverage of ‘Imagination in the Classroom’ was on Newstalk with Past Kenny on Friday morning, January 24th. More information can be found here.

Story Idea: 90th Anniversary of the death of WB Yeats
Expert: Dr. Finola Doyle O’Neill (Expert in Drama/ Theatre and Irish History) Lecturer of Irish Media History, UCC. http://bit.ly/1itO7xv
The Hook: Tuesday marks the 90th anniversary of one of Ireland’s greatest poets and playwrights, W.B Yeats. Dr. Finola Doyle O’Neill is available to comment on the Nobel Prize winner and how his work is still teaching generations to this day with many expecting him to appear alongside Seamus Heaney on this year’s English exam papers.

Notable Events for Tuesday 28th
Bray One Act Festival- Runs until February 1st.
Unemployed in Ireland? The rise of start-up businesses.
CSO- Retail Sales Index, December 2013 (Provisional) November 2013 (Final).
CSO- Supply and Use Tables and Input-Output Tables, 2010.
CSO- Overseas Travel October- December 2013.

Wednesday 29th January 2014

Story Idea: Charities in the current Irish news
Expert: Deirdre Garvey (Expert in Voluntary Sector and Charity Law) CEO, The Wheel. http://bit.ly/1hClUDW
The Hook: There has recently been a number of stories in the news relating to charities (CRC, REHAB & Charities Regulator). The Wheel’s Chief Executive is available for interview on any of the above mentioned topics and other related issues such as: the impact of the CRC scandal, transparency and governance, charities regulation etc.

Story Idea: Sufferers of heart attack, cancer and chronic respiratory disease urge speedy passing of plain pack law
Expert: Kathleen O’Meara (Expert in Cancer) Head of Advocacy and Communications, Irish Cancer Society. http://bit.ly/1h6V2ZS
The Hook: Sufferers of smoking-related heart attack, lung cancer and chronic respiratory disease urged the Government to enact “crucial” plain packaging of tobacco products legislation as quickly as possible.

Story Idea: What needs and can be done to bring peace to Syria
Expert: Peter Power (Expert in Foreign Aid and Child Protection) CEO, UNICEF Ireland. http://bit.ly/LQlxbw
The Hook: Peter Power has travelled to the region on four occasions visiting the 1.2 million child refugees in need of urgent aid. UNICEF is on the ground in Syria delivering aid to hard-to-reach areas in dangerous circumstances and wants humanitarian access to be part of any peace deal.

Notable Events for Wednesday 29th
EuroStat- Monetary developments in the Euro area, December 2013.
Is 2014 the year of immigration reform in the United States?

Thursday 30th January 2014

Story Idea: Opinion on the closing of CAO applications 
Expert: Paul Rowe (Expert in Education Policy) CEO, Educate Together. http://bit.ly/19ScCRH
The Hook: The deadline for CAO applications is February 1st at 17.15. Paul is available to share his opinion on the subject matter for last minute applicants.

Story Idea: Reflection of the Geneva II Conference. Will Syrian peace talks be successful
Expert:
Helen Keogh (Expert in World Issues and Humanitarian Aid) CEO, World Vision Ireland. http://bit.ly/1hrwJpf
The Hook:
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani says he believes there is little hope of success for the Syrian peace talks, after the Geneva II Peace Conference last week. For in-depth analysis and views on the current issue please contact Helen Keogh.

Notable Events for Thursday 30th
Anniversary of the death of Mahatma Gandhi (1948) assassinated by Nathuram Godse.
Gareth Brooks tickets go on sale. How quickly will the tickets sell out for one of the concerts of the year?
EuroStat- Euro area Bank Lending Survey (January 2014).

CSO- Milk Statistics December 2013.

Friday 31st January 2014

Story Idea: The direct annual cost of poor mental health in the Irish workplace is €3 billion. What can employers do to address this issue?  
Expert: Deirdre Cronnelly (Expert in Mental Health and Healthy Living) Wellness Productivity Coach, AFRESH. http://bit.ly/1fi29x8
The Hook: The direct annual cost of poor mental health in Ireland is €3 billion or 2% of GNP10: includes loss of potential labour supply, unemployment, absenteeism and reduced productivity in the workplace. (O’Shea, E. & Kennelly, B. (2008). The economics of mental health care in Ireland. National University of Ireland, Galway). What can employers do to address this issue? Despite great work done by mental health organizations and celebrities to reduce stigma around depression, employees experiencing mental health problems are reluctant to discuss with their employers or seek support. The cost can be significant both professionally and personally. What can employers do to support employees and protect everyone’s interests?

Notable Events for Friday 31st
Chinese New Year.
The Yeats Winter School 2014- ends- 2nd February.
Cumann Merriman Winter School 2014- finishes on Sunday 2nd February.
SUBTITLE European Film Festival 2014- to- 2nd February.

Harry Potter Fest Galway will take place and run until February 2nd at NUI Galway.

Street Children’s Day.

Transfer window closes across all the English football divisions at midnight.

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Story Ideas for Friday 24th January 2014

January 20, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Friday 24th January 2014

Story Idea: NITB puts cycling legend in the saddle
Expert: Fiona Cunningham (Expert in Tourism and Hospitality Industry) ROI Market Manager, Northern Ireland Tourism Board. http://bit.ly/1eQOdMa
The Hook: The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has secured the services of legendary cyclist and former Giro d’Italia winner Stephen Roche to market and promote tourism in the lead up to the major cycling event. Roche will promote tourism messages, images and footage, including accompanying media representatives and competition winners around part of the Giro d’Italia route in Northern Ireland. As an experienced interviewee and cycling commentator, he will also represent NITB at key events and provide authoritative comments to the world’s cycling press. The opening stages of the world famous race takes place in Northern Ireland from 9 – 11 May, preceded by the team presentation event on 8 May. Over 200 riders from over 30 different countries, together with their technical teams and sponsors will arrive for the race. It is expected to attract 140,000 visitors to Northern Ireland, 42,000 of these from out of state, and generate £10 million of worldwide media coverage.

Notable Events for Friday 24th January 
Country and Western Weekend, Ardara, Co. Donegal starts and ends January 26th
CSO- Livestock Slaughtering’s, December 2013

CSO- Household Travel Survey, Q3, 2013

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Story Ideas for Thursday 23rd January 2014

January 20, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Thursday 23rd January 2014

Story Idea: Media Briefing by Irish Heart Foundation and other charities on standard tobacco packaging
Expert: Chris Macey (Expert in Heart Disease and Smoking) Head of Advocacy, Irish Heart Foundation. http://bit.ly/1lJ3kul
The Hook: The Irish Heart Foundation, Irish Cancer Society and other charities will present a media briefing in Buswells Hotel at 9am on 23rd Jan to support standardised tobacco packaging ahead of hearings to the Oireachtas Health Committee. Patients affected by lung cancer, heart attack, asthma will tell their stories.

Story Idea: National Entrepreneurship Policy Report Launched 
Expert:
 Thomas Cooney (Expert in Social Enterprise) Professor of Entrepreneurship, DIT. http://bit.ly/1mgzLAn 
The Hook:
 The Minister for Enterprise is launching a report next Thursday which has been presented to him by an Entrepreneurship Forum that he established. The report contains 69 recommendations towards increasing entrepreneurial activity in Ireland. Professor Cooney is a member of the forum that developed the report.

Story Idea: Launch of Grow Dublin Report – New Tourism Focus for Capital
Expert:
 Alex Connolly (Expert in Media Relations and Tourism) Head of Tourism/ Communications at Failte Ireland. http://bit.ly/1ekL3jD  
The Hook:
 ”Dublin’s brand is becoming a bit stale and is underperforming.” The Grow Dublin Taskforce has been working over the past year to develop a new approach to developing tourism in the capital. Minister Leo Varadkar will launch the findings of the report at a media launch.

Story Idea: Blood Pressure Testing Day
Expert:
 Dr. Angie Brown (Expert in Health Care and Cardiology) IHF Medical Director and Consultant Cardiologist, Irish Heart Foundation. http://bit.ly/1b88c4p
The Hook: 
As part of RTE’s Operation Transformation, GPs from the Irish Medical Organisation and volunteers from the Irish Heart Foundation are organising to screen members of the public for blood pressure free of charge in various locations across the country. The public screening sessions will take place in nine locations around the country. IMO GPs and IHF volunteers will be providing a free testing service on the day from 9 am – 12 noon. Members of the public who will have completed a risk assessment form will receive a free blood pressure assessment and general guidance. For more expert views, please contact Dr. Brown.

Notable Events for Thursday 23rd January
Ballincollig Winter Music Festival begins and runs until January  26th

Eurostat- Key indicators for the euro area are released

The 9th annual Teddy Bear Hospital at NUI Galway will take place and run until Friday 24th

CSO- Residential Property Price Index, December 2013

Anniversary of the death of Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

 

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Story Ideas for Wednesday 22nd January 2014

January 20, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Wednesday 22nd January 2014

Story Idea: Irish Cancer Society donates €100,000 to support bowel cancer screening in Wexford
Expert: Kathleen O’Meara (Expert in Cancer) Head of Advocacy and Communications at Irish Cancer Society. http://bit.ly/19ixstm
The Hook: The Irish Cancer Society has donated €100,000 to the HSE’s Wexford General Hospital. The funding will be used to purchase equipment that will help develop colorectal symptomatic and screening services in the hospital. This will support the continued rollout of the bowel cancer screening programme.

Story Idea: Ireland’s E-tourism – talking all things digital in tourism
Expert: Alex Connolly (Expert in Tourism and Communications) Head of Tourism/ Communications at Failte Ireland. http://bit.ly/1ekL3jD
The Hook: Tourism in the digital age – the event is bringing together a good cross section of best practice of the use of IT in the Irish Tourism industry. Fáilte Ireland can give insights into the use of digital media by visitors and current trends.

Notable Events for Wednesday 22nd January
Temple Bar Trad Festival starts and runs until the 26th
Eurostat- Quarterly date of government debt, Quarterly 3, 2013

Anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria (1901)

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Story Ideas for Tuesday 21st January 2014

January 20, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Tuesday 21st January 2014

Story Idea: Volatile situation as South Sudan deteriorates into humanitarian crisis
Expert: Jane-Ann McKenna (Expert in World Issues and Humanitarian Aid) Director of Medecins Sans Frontieres. http://bit.ly/1avu9dH
The Hook: South Sudan, the world’s newest country, is facing a humanitarian crisis. Thousands of people have been displaced by violence and in the space of just 3 days, MSF teams treated 116 people for gunshot wounds from the area around Malakal. Jane-Ann has worked in South Sudan and is available to discuss.

Story Idea: Plug-in Vehicles to Lead the Pack as Global Auto Sector Refocuses on Organic Growth: KPMG Auto Survey
Expert: David Deighan (Expert in Technology and International Trade) Head of Communications, KPMG Ireland. http://bit.ly/1ds7274
The Hook: The rise of alternative technologies is one of several significant influences shaping the global automotive sector. Automakers are undergoing changes on many other fronts: a shift from partnerships and alliances to organic growth strategies, the continued emphasis of mobility solutions and technology as critical to survival in the automotive value chain, and the increasing power of BRIC’s countries. These issues are explored in-depth in KPMG’s 15th annual auto survey, Strategies for a Fast-Evolving Market.

Notable events for Tuesday 21st January

CSO- Measuring Ireland’s Progress 2012

Eurostat- Euro area investment fund statistics for November 2013

Anniversary of the Declaration of Irish Independence (1919)

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