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Government must introduce water efficiency grant in tandem with charges – Kingspan

April 28, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Kingspan, Water Charges

  • “Charging and free water allowance will not solve our water supply crisis.”

“Tomorrow the Government will decide the level of water charges to be applied to Irish homes in 2015. Up to now all the debate has centred on the level of charges and the ‘free water allowance’ for hard-press consumers. In tandem with these new charges it’s imperative the Government introduces a grant scheme to incentivise the use of water efficiency measures in their homes,” said Charles Burns Kingspan’s Director of Water.

“In the last four years we’ve had four major water supply shocks in Ireland. John Tierney of Irish Water admitted recently that 1 million Irish people live at constant supply risk. We are facing a very real water supply crisis and politicians need to take action to encourage people to use the free rainwater that falls on their roofs,” he said.

“A grant scheme to incentivise water saving technologies has the twin benefits of reducing water bills and also reducing the pressure on the mains water system. A similar programme was introduced successfully for insulation and solar energy to improve the energy efficiency of our building stock.” he added.

“Free rainwater can meet up to 50% of the needs of a domestic house and can be used in washing machines and toilets and has the potential to dramatically reduce water bills,” he concluded.

In 2014 Charles Burns was appointed as Kingspan’s first ever Director of Water.

For the past 15 years he has specialised in water saving technologies and has an expert knowledge of rainwater harvesting, off-mains wastewater and storm water recycling for domestic and commercial developments.

He has a particular interest in how new technologies can future proof Ireland’s over reliance on mains water, and tackle our ongoing and worsening crisis with water supply.

Kingspan Group plc is a leading manufacturer of sustainable building materials.

It is one of the world’s leading authorities on water saving technologies and manufacturers products for rainwater harvesting, off-mains wastewater and storm-water for both domestic and commercial markets.

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For media enquiries please call Jack Murray on (087) 2256090.

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Story ideas for Friday 2nd May 2014

April 28, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: Eurostat to release publication on unemployment for March 2014
Expert: Mark O’Byrne (Expert in European Politics) Founder and Head of Research, GoldCore.
The Hook: Eurostat will release statistics on the unemployment rates in Europe on Friday May 2nd. Mark O’Byrne is available to discuss the findings on the day.  

Story Idea: TESS Talks – forum for women entrepreneurs to take place in Dublin
Expert: Thomas Cooney (Expert in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise) Professor of Entrepreneurship, DIT.
The Hook: Women entrepreneurs worldwide are transforming their entrepreneurial potential into economic and social impact of all kinds. The launch of TESS, a new global gathering place that ignites conversations, connections and community in the women’s enterprise ecosystem, will take place in Dublin in June. Full details available here.

Story Idea: Northern Ireland gets ready for Giro d’Italia festival fever
Expert: Clare McCoy (Expert in Tourism) Press Officer, Northern Ireland Tourism Board.
The Hook: With just over three weeks until the Giro d’Italia gets underway, towns and cities across Northern Ireland are gearing up to welcome hundreds of thousands of spectators and as part of the celebrations, there is an action packed programme of festivals and events taking place to celebrate the world’s second largest cycle race. Northern Ireland will host the first three stages of the Giro d’Italia, from May 9 – 11, promising three days of excitement, drama and thrills from Belfast, through the magnificent Causeway Coastal Route and Glens and the historic city of Armagh. Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) PR Officer (ROI) Clare McCoy said: ‘The Team Presentation on May 8 in the grounds of Belfast City Hall will be a chance to see your idols up close along with a range of entertainment. The ‘Caravane’ is one spectacle not to miss; this colourful race convoy of branded cars will tour the route before the race arrives, bringing with it a real wave of excitement along the way. “On top of all this, towns and cities across Northern Ireland are planning a host of events and festivals to make sure visitors are entertained before watching cycling’s elite battle it out as they race along our stunning landscapes and through our historic cities,” Clare added.

Notable Events for Friday 2nd

International Firefighters’ Day, which is May 4th.
Bray Jazz Festival. Runs until May 4th.
World Press Freedom Day, recognised by the UN, which is on May 3rd.

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Story ideas for Thursday 1st May 2014

April 28, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: One month until potential famine in South Sudan
Expert:
 Barry Andrews (Expert in Humanitarian Aid) Chief Executive Officer, GOAL. 
The Hook: 
One month to famine: in approximately one month’s time, South Sudan is, according to the UN, likely to face the worst famine since that which hit Ethiopia in 1984-85. The UN has already predicted that 50,000 children under five are likely to die in South Sudan this year. For more on this, please contact Barry Andrews.

Story Idea: London property bubble set to burst – Irish investors need to be cautious
Expert:
 
Mark O’Byrne (Expert in Finance and Economic Crisis) Founder and Head of Research, GoldCore.
The Hook: There are increasing signs that the London residential property market is displaying bubble like qualities. Although it’s often argued that London is a unique property market fuelled by a buoyant London economy and continued international interest from overseas buyers, recent price appreciation has taken on a distinct frothy appearance. Investors should tread carefully and evaluate evidence of a bubble. Should London property prices fall, it will have ramifications for the Irish economy. For more indepth analysis, please contact Mark O’Byrne.

Notable Events for Thursday 1st

RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival. Athlone, Westmeath, ends May 10th.
International Workers’ Day.
Féile na Bealtaine, Kerry. Ends May 5th.

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Story ideas for Wednesday 30th April 2014

April 28, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: Cork to host European elections hustings
Expert:
 Deirdre Garvey (Expert in Charitable and Non-Profitable Organisations) CEO, The Wheel. 
The Hook:
 With just a few weeks to go before Ireland goes to the polls for the European Parliament election, members of the public and community groups are invited to attend an election hustings on Wednesday 30 April at the Clarion Hotel, Lapp’s Quay, Cork. The candidates will be sharing their policies on key issues such as the economy, environment and social issues.

Story Idea: Cork Chamber Economic Trends Survey: High rate of confidence amongst businesses but working capital remains an ongoing issue
Expert:
 
David McCarthy (Expert in Business and Market Analysis) Acting Director of Policy and External Relations, Cork Chamber of Commerce. 
The Hook: 
The survey, which incorporates responses from sole traders, micro-enterprises, SMEs and MNCs across the industry spectrum, from wholesale and retail trade, to manufacturing, ICT and financial and professional services found a 91% confidence level amongst respondents in the future of their business. This is the highest reported confidence level since the economic trends survey began in 2009 and a 6% increase from the preceding quarter alone.

David is also available to discuss the Eurostat- Business and Consumer Survey for April 2014, which is released on Tuesday April 29th.

Notable Events for Wednesday 30th

Cork International Choral Festival. Runs until May 4th.
12 DAYS OF PINK. Larne, County Antrim. Ends May 11th.
CSO- Live Register April 2014.

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Story ideas for Tuesday 29th April 2014

April 28, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: Do you know where your used tyres are going? Here’s how to do it properly
Expert: 
Fiacra Quinn (Expert in Tyre Waste Management) Director, TRACS Ireland.
The Hook: TRACS (Tyre Recovery Activity Compliance Scheme) Ireland’s largest and most successful tyre compliance scheme, is asking vehicle owners to deal only with reputable tyre suppliers who will ensure that their used tyres are being properly recovered once they become waste. Fiacra Quinn, Director of TRACS, “We are encouraging the public to only deal with registered suppliers and waste collectors.” Any authorised collector should be able to produce proof of proper waste management such as a ‘Recovery Certificate’ when asked. This document ensures that tyre waste is being appropriately handled. We would encourage the public to actively ensure that their tyre suppliers are managing tyre waste properly and are registered with a compliance scheme such as TRACS.” Make sure that you choose a TRACS dealer, the next time that you need to change your car tyres. A full list of importers, manufacturers, retailers and waste collectors who have registered with TRACS is available on the TRACS website- www.tracs.ie

Story Idea: Water Charges- what’s all the fuss about
Expert: Martin Lane (Expert in Water Conservation) Managing Director, Watersave.
The Hook: A four person household will use approx 219 M³ of water per year. If annual bill for water is say €350 then the cost of a M³ of water will be €1.59. Martin sees people everywhere walking around with a bottle of water containing 1 litre of water that they have paid €1.50 or more for. For more on this, please contact Martin Lane.

Story Idea: New behaviour therapy programme is helping to manage emotional pain
Expert: 
Ella Arensman (Expert in Child and Adolescent Mental Health) Director of Research/ Lecturer, National Suicide Research Foundation/ UCC.
The Hook: A new programme is being rolled out across the country to teach people who repeatedly self-harm that there is a less destructive way to manage their emotional pain. Those who repeatedly self-harm are often diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), which is characterised by difficulties in managing emotions, in suicidality and continual self-harm. Dr Marsha Linehan, a psychologist at the University of Washington, has led a crusade to find an effective treatment approach for BPD and has been credited internationally with developing the most effective treatment to date –dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). According to Professor Ella Arensman from the National Suicide Research Foundation, the relevance of this initiative is strongly supported by findings from the National Registry of Deliberate Self-Harm, which has identified very frequent patterns so repeated self-harm, presenting to hospital emergency departments in Ireland, for example over a period of 5 years, approximately 700 individuals presented more than 13,000 times to emergency departments in Ireland.

Notable Events for Tuesday 29th

International Dance Day, recognised by UNESCO.
Punchestown Horse Racing Festival, ends May 3rd.
Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare, recognised by the UN.

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Story ideas for Monday 28th April 2014

April 28, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: World Intellectual Property (IP) Day – celebrating successful inventions and patents
Expert: Peter MacLachlan (Expert in Intellectual Property) European Trade Mark Attorney, MacLachlan and Donaldson.
The Hook: The first Patent registered in Ireland was in 1929 for a starter cage for dogs, the first UK Patent was for stained glass windows in 1449. Blacksmiths who made swords in the Roman Empire are thought to be the first users of trademarks. The oldest UK trademark is the Bass Brewery’s Red Triangle whereas the first trade mark registered in Ireland was “Deanta I hEireann” by the IDA in 1927! World Intellectual Property Day was April 26th and if you want more details and stories, please contact Peter MacLachlan on 0872060124.

Story Idea: Government must introduce water efficiency grant in tandem with charges- Kingspan 
Expert: Charles Burns (Expert in Water Charges and Water Policy) Director of Water, Kingspan.
The Hook: “Charging and free water allowance will not solve our water supply crisis.” 

“Tomorrow the Government will decide the level of water charges to be applied to Irish homes in 2015. Up to now all the debate has centred on the level of charges and the ‘free water allowance’ for hard-press consumers. In tandem with these new charges it’s imperative the Government introduces a grant scheme to incentivise the use of water efficiency measures in their homes,” said Charles Burns Kingspan’s Director of Water. “A grant scheme to incentivise water saving technologies has the twin benefits of reducing water bills and also reducing the pressure on the mains water system. A similar programme was introduced successfully for insulation and solar energy to improve the energy efficiency of our building stock. ” he added. “Free rainwater can meet up to 30% of the needs of a domestic house and can be used in washing machines and toilets and has the potential to dramatically reduce water bills,” he concluded.

For media enquiries please call Jack Murray on (087) 2256090. 

Story Idea: Growing new ideas – Plant scientists gather in Cork
Expert: Eoin Lettice (Expert in Plant Science) Plant Science Lecturer, UCC.
The Hook: The latest in new Irish research in the area of plant science will be discussed at the national meeting of plant scientists (IPSAM) being held at University College Cork this week. Everything from using seaweed to control plant diseases to GM potato trials in Ireland will be up for discussion. For more information, please contact Eoin Lettice.

Story Idea: How a mothers love keeps you safe at work
Expert: Mata Amritanandamayi (Expert in Health Care) Global Humanitarian and Spiritual Leader, Amma Ireland.
The Hook: An economic recover does not come around with a cost. Not just a financial one, but also an emotional one. Workers around Ireland are working faster, producing more with less and getting paid less than ever. Conditions that create not just stress in the individual but mistakes if organisations do not recognise the signs of stress and intercede. As much as companies do for their workers, it is also everyone’s responsibility to manage their own stress levels and get involved in activities that help to alleviate stress both at home and in the workplace. A lot of the root cause is the way people think. Amma is leading and inspiring humanitarian actions to alleviate global stress and on May 27th in Dublin, her envoy Brother Shubamrita will give a free talk entitled “Changing your Thinking – Transforming Your Life” which should help alleviate personal stress. The talk will be based on the teachings of this small Indian lady who quite literally, mothers the world.

Monday April 28th is also World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which is recognised by the UN and ILO. Amma is available to comment on both topics.

Notable Events for Monday 28th

United Nations- Second meeting of informal consultations on the third international conference on financing for development, New York.
CSO- Retail Sales Index March 2014 (Provisional) February 2014 (Final).
CSO- Livestock Slaughterings March 2014.

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Story Ideas For Every Day Of The Week April 28th-2nd May 2014

April 28, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Monday 28th April 2014

Story Idea: World Intellectual Property (IP) Day – celebrating successful inventions and patents
Expert: Peter MacLachlan (Expert in Intellectual Property) European Trade Mark Attorney, MacLachlan and Donaldson.
The Hook: The first Patent registered in Ireland was in 1929 for a starter cage for dogs, the first UK Patent was for stained glass windows in 1449. Blacksmiths who made swords in the Roman Empire are thought to be the first users of trademarks. The oldest UK trademark is the Bass Brewery’s Red Triangle whereas the first trade mark registered in Ireland was “Deanta I hEireann” by the IDA in 1927! World Intellectual Property Day was April 26th and if you want more details and stories, please contact Peter MacLachlan on 0872060124.

Story Idea: Government must introduce water efficiency grant in tandem with charges- Kingspan 
Expert: Charles Burns (Expert in Water Charges and Water Policy) Director of Water, Kingspan.
The Hook: “Charging and free water allowance will not solve our water supply crisis.” 

“Tomorrow the Government will decide the level of water charges to be applied to Irish homes in 2015. Up to now all the debate has centred on the level of charges and the ‘free water allowance’ for hard-press consumers. In tandem with these new charges it’s imperative the Government introduces a grant scheme to incentivise the use of water efficiency measures in their homes,” said Charles Burns Kingspan’s Director of Water. “A grant scheme to incentivise water saving technologies has the twin benefits of reducing water bills and also reducing the pressure on the mains water system. A similar programme was introduced successfully for insulation and solar energy to improve the energy efficiency of our building stock. ” he added. “Free rainwater can meet up to 30% of the needs of a domestic house and can be used in washing machines and toilets and has the potential to dramatically reduce water bills,” he concluded.

For media enquiries please call Jack Murray on (087) 2256090. 

Story Idea: Growing new ideas – Plant scientists gather in Cork
Expert: Eoin Lettice (Expert in Plant Science) Plant Science Lecturer, UCC.
The Hook: The latest in new Irish research in the area of plant science will be discussed at the national meeting of plant scientists (IPSAM) being held at University College Cork this week. Everything from using seaweed to control plant diseases to GM potato trials in Ireland will be up for discussion. For more information, please contact Eoin Lettice.

Story Idea: How a mothers love keeps you safe at work
Expert: Mata Amritanandamayi (Expert in Health Care) Global Humanitarian and Spiritual Leader, Amma Ireland.
The Hook: An economic recover does not come around with a cost. Not just a financial one, but also an emotional one. Workers around Ireland are working faster, producing more with less and getting paid less than ever. Conditions that create not just stress in the individual but mistakes if organisations do not recognise the signs of stress and intercede. As much as companies do for their workers, it is also everyone’s responsibility to manage their own stress levels and get involved in activities that help to alleviate stress both at home and in the workplace. A lot of the root cause is the way people think. Amma is leading and inspiring humanitarian actions to alleviate global stress and on May 27th in Dublin, her envoy Brother Shubamrita will give a free talk entitled “Changing your Thinking – Transforming Your Life” which should help alleviate personal stress. The talk will be based on the teachings of this small Indian lady who quite literally, mothers the world.

Monday April 28th is also World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which is recognised by the UN and ILO. Amma is available to comment on both topics.

Notable Events for Monday 28th

United Nations- Second meeting of informal consultations on the third international conference on financing for development, New York.
CSO- Retail Sales Index March 2014 (Provisional) February 2014 (Final).
CSO- Livestock Slaughterings March 2014.

Tuesday 29th April 2014

Story Idea: Do you know where your used tyres are going? Here’s how to do it properly
Expert: 
Fiacra Quinn (Expert in Tyre Waste Management) Director, TRACS Ireland.
The Hook: TRACS (Tyre Recovery Activity Compliance Scheme) Ireland’s largest and most successful tyre compliance scheme, is asking vehicle owners to deal only with reputable tyre suppliers who will ensure that their used tyres are being properly recovered once they become waste. Fiacra Quinn, Director of TRACS, “We are encouraging the public to only deal with registered suppliers and waste collectors.” Any authorised collector should be able to produce proof of proper waste management such as a ‘Recovery Certificate’ when asked. This document ensures that tyre waste is being appropriately handled. We would encourage the public to actively ensure that their tyre suppliers are managing tyre waste properly and are registered with a compliance scheme such as TRACS.” Make sure that you choose a TRACS dealer, the next time that you need to change your car tyres. A full list of importers, manufacturers, retailers and waste collectors who have registered with TRACS is available on the TRACS website- www.tracs.ie

Story Idea: Water Charges- what’s all the fuss about
Expert: Martin Lane (Expert in Water Conservation) Managing Director, Watersave.
The Hook: A four person household will use approx 219 M³ of water per year. If annual bill for water is say €350 then the cost of a M³ of water will be €1.59. Martin sees people everywhere walking around with a bottle of water containing 1 litre of water that they have paid €1.50 or more for. For more on this, please contact Martin Lane.

Story Idea: New behaviour therapy programme is helping to manage emotional pain
Expert: 
Ella Arensman (Expert in Child and Adolescent Mental Health) Director of Research/ Lecturer, National Suicide Research Foundation/ UCC.
The Hook: A new programme is being rolled out across the country to teach people who repeatedly self-harm that there is a less destructive way to manage their emotional pain. Those who repeatedly self-harm are often diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), which is characterised by difficulties in managing emotions, in suicidality and continual self-harm. Dr Marsha Linehan, a psychologist at the University of Washington, has led a crusade to find an effective treatment approach for BPD and has been credited internationally with developing the most effective treatment to date –dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). According to Professor Ella Arensman from the National Suicide Research Foundation, the relevance of this initiative is strongly supported by findings from the National Registry of Deliberate Self-Harm, which has identified very frequent patterns so repeated self-harm, presenting to hospital emergency departments in Ireland, for example over a period of 5 years, approximately 700 individuals presented more than 13,000 times to emergency departments in Ireland.

Notable Events for Tuesday 29th

International Dance Day, recognised by UNESCO.
Punchestown Horse Racing Festival, ends May 3rd.
Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare, recognised by the UN.

Wednesday 30th April 2014

Story Idea: Cork to host European elections hustings
Expert:
 Deirdre Garvey (Expert in Charitable and Non-Profitable Organisations) CEO, The Wheel. 
The Hook:
 With just a few weeks to go before Ireland goes to the polls for the European Parliament election, members of the public and community groups are invited to attend an election hustings on Wednesday 30 April at the Clarion Hotel, Lapp’s Quay, Cork. The candidates will be sharing their policies on key issues such as the economy, environment and social issues.

Story Idea: Cork Chamber Economic Trends Survey: High rate of confidence amongst businesses but working capital remains an ongoing issue
Expert:
 
David McCarthy (Expert in Business and Market Analysis) Acting Director of Policy and External Relations, Cork Chamber of Commerce. 
The Hook: 
The survey, which incorporates responses from sole traders, micro-enterprises, SMEs and MNCs across the industry spectrum, from wholesale and retail trade, to manufacturing, ICT and financial and professional services found a 91% confidence level amongst respondents in the future of their business. This is the highest reported confidence level since the economic trends survey began in 2009 and a 6% increase from the preceding quarter alone.

David is also available to discuss the Eurostat- Business and Consumer Survey for April 2014, which is released on Tuesday April 29th.

Notable Events for Wednesday 30th

Cork International Choral Festival. Runs until May 4th.
12 DAYS OF PINK. Larne, County Antrim. Ends May 11th.
CSO- Live Register April 2014.

Thursday 1st May 2014

Story Idea: One month until potential famine in South Sudan
Expert:
 Barry Andrews (Expert in Humanitarian Aid) Chief Executive Officer, GOAL. 
The Hook: 
One month to famine: in approximately one month’s time, South Sudan is, according to the UN, likely to face the worst famine since that which hit Ethiopia in 1984-85. The UN has already predicted that 50,000 children under five are likely to die in South Sudan this year. For more on this, please contact Barry Andrews.

Story Idea: London property bubble set to burst – Irish investors need to be cautious
Expert:
 
Mark O’Byrne (Expert in Finance and Economic Crisis) Founder and Head of Research, GoldCore.
The Hook: There are increasing signs that the London residential property market is displaying bubble like qualities. Although it’s often argued that London is a unique property market fuelled by a buoyant London economy and continued international interest from overseas buyers, recent price appreciation has taken on a distinct frothy appearance. Investors should tread carefully and evaluate evidence of a bubble. Should London property prices fall, it will have ramifications for the Irish economy. For more indepth analysis, please contact Mark O’Byrne.

Notable Events for Thursday 1st

RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival. Athlone, Westmeath, ends May 10th.
International Workers’ Day.
Féile na Bealtaine, Kerry. Ends May 5th.

Friday 2nd May 2014

Story Idea: Eurostat to release publication on unemployment for March 2014
Expert: Mark O’Byrne (Expert in European Politics) Founder and Head of Research, GoldCore.
The Hook: Eurostat will release statistics on the unemployment rates in Europe on Friday May 2nd. Mark O’Byrne is available to discuss the findings on the day.  

Story Idea: TESS Talks – forum for women entrepreneurs to take place in Dublin
Expert: Thomas Cooney (Expert in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise) Professor of Entrepreneurship, DIT.
The Hook: Women entrepreneurs worldwide are transforming their entrepreneurial potential into economic and social impact of all kinds. The launch of TESS, a new global gathering place that ignites conversations, connections and community in the women’s enterprise ecosystem, will take place in Dublin in June. Full details available here.

Story Idea: Northern Ireland gets ready for Giro d’Italia festival fever
Expert: Clare McCoy (Expert in Tourism) Press Officer, Northern Ireland Tourism Board.
The Hook: With just over three weeks until the Giro d’Italia gets underway, towns and cities across Northern Ireland are gearing up to welcome hundreds of thousands of spectators and as part of the celebrations, there is an action packed programme of festivals and events taking place to celebrate the world’s second largest cycle race. Northern Ireland will host the first three stages of the Giro d’Italia, from May 9 – 11, promising three days of excitement, drama and thrills from Belfast, through the magnificent Causeway Coastal Route and Glens and the historic city of Armagh. Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) PR Officer (ROI) Clare McCoy said: ‘The Team Presentation on May 8 in the grounds of Belfast City Hall will be a chance to see your idols up close along with a range of entertainment. The ‘Caravane’ is one spectacle not to miss; this colourful race convoy of branded cars will tour the route before the race arrives, bringing with it a real wave of excitement along the way. “On top of all this, towns and cities across Northern Ireland are planning a host of events and festivals to make sure visitors are entertained before watching cycling’s elite battle it out as they race along our stunning landscapes and through our historic cities,” Clare added.

Notable Events for Friday 2nd

International Firefighters’ Day, which is May 4th.
Bray Jazz Festival. Runs until May 4th.
World Press Freedom Day, recognised by the UN, which is on May 3rd.

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How to have an expert voice in the media?

April 15, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Just over 2 years ago I had an idea to create a new community of experts.

The idea came to me in a chance conversation with a radio researcher who, in an off hand remark, wondered why no one had created a list of really intelligent people who were willing to contribute in the media on topical news stories.

I put down the phone and thought what a great idea and ‘Galzac’s Guide to Expert Sources’ was born.

Today we published the second edition of ‘Galzac’s Guide’ it has hundreds of experts in a multitude of categories – everything from business to botany and science to social media.

If you work in the media, then we’re here for you. We want to help you find great experts voices to aid you with the stories you’re working on.

By simply flicking through its’ pages you’ll find hundreds of experts who’re available for comment. You can also access the experts online at www.galzacs.com for free. What’s more, you no longer have to register for this service so it’s easier than ever to interact.

Please email us at news@galzacs.com or call on (01) 4732050 if you have a specific request for an expert.

Every Monday we’ll also send you a news list full with story ideas from our experts.

If you like the service, we’d love to hear your feedback and see retweets of your copy of the guide. You can follow us on @galzacs. If you haven’t already received the guide, then please retweet our posts and direct mail us your postal address. We’ll then post you out a copy of the 2014 guide.

All the best,

Jack

Jack Murray
CEO
Mediacontact.ie

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Story ideas for Friday the 18th

April 14, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Uncategorized

Friday 18th April 2014

Story Idea:How will the Irish state react to the court decision that certain Internet and phone data laws are illegal?

Expert: Darius Whelan(Expert in Internet System and Legal System) Senior Lecturer in Law, University College Cork.
The Hook: The European Court of Justice has just ruled that the Data Retention Directive is invalid. This Directive allowed the state to require Internet and phone companies to keep data about internet and phone traffic, for purposes of criminal investigations. How will the Irish state react to the decision? Why is Europe taking a very different approach to surveillance, compared to the USA?

Notable Events for Friday 18th

Tramore Ska & Reggae Festival, Waterford. Ends April 20th.
Teen Awareness Festival 2014, Westmeath.
Independence Day, celebrates the Independence of Zimbabwe from United Kingdom in 1980.S

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Story ideas for Thursday the 17th

April 14, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Uncategorized

Thursday 17th April 2014

Story Idea: Wettest winter in history is more proof that rainwater harvesting must be compulsory

Expert: Charles Burns (Expert in Water Conservation) Director of Water, Kingspan.

The Hook: “Yesterday Met Éireann confirmed that the winter, just past, was the wettest ever recorded,” said Charles Burns, Kingspan’s Director of Water.“This is further compelling proof that our most untapped natural resource is the rain that falls on our roofs,” he added.”We are facing a very real water supply crisis and politicians need to take action to encourage people us use the free rainwater that falls on their roofs,” he said.

Story Idea: Energy storage is part of the solution to geopolitical instability effects on the energy supply chain

Expert: Paul Leahy (Expert in Renewable Energy and Resources) Lecturer in Wind Energy Engineering, University College Cork.

The Hook:Recent events in Ukraine have shown that global energy markets and Europe’s energy supply are vulnerable to external geopolitical influences. As Ireland depends heavily on imported gas for both heating and electricity generation, we need to look at securing our energy supply. Energy storage can help insulate against disruptive external events.

Notable Events for Thursday 17th

Evacuation Day-celebrates the recognition of independence of Syria from France in 1946.
Galway Food Festival on April 21st.
World Hemophilia Day

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