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Our experts in the media: August 18th – August 22th 2014

August 25, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

Our Galzac’s experts have had a successful week in the media circles, having been seen in both print and broadcast, national and regional media. In the last seven days, they have appeared in a number of places, including; RTÉ Radio 1, Irish Daily Mail, Newstalk, Irish Times and many more.

The main issues that our Galzac’s experts commented on in the media in the last week were, stats that show farmers’ children are three times more likely to go to college than others, the issue whether or not people should be charged more in A&E if they are intoxicated and discussing about the Ebola outbreak in West- Africa.

Here at Mediacontact.ie, we like to credit our experts every week by selecting a few of our favourite expert appearances from the week.

 

1. Dr. Niamh Hourigan, Senior Lecturer at University College Cork.

Story: Children of farmers are three times more likely to go to college

Hook: A report done by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) saw that children of farmers are three times more likely to go to college than the average school-leaver. It also highlights an at-a-glance guide of who goes to college on a county and Dublin postcode basis. It portrays that almost every 18-20-year-old living in the properous Dublin 6 is in higher education. In terms of counties who have the highest population of school leavers venturing to college, Galway, Mayo and Leitrim in the west are at 0 percent, while Donegal is at the lowest end of the spectrum at 41 percent. Dr. Niamh Hourigan appeared on Newstalk and a host of other radio stations, especially the news bulletins, talking about the release of the survey. Niamh expressed the reasoning behind the trend and what courses children of farmers were opting for.

Coverage: Newstalk, Radio Kerry, Midlands 103, Sunshine FM, RedFM, South East Radio, Shannonside FM and Today FM.

2. Jane Ann McKenna, Director of Médecins Sans Frontières.

Story: The outbreak of the Ebola crisis in West Africa

Hook: The 2014 Ebola outbreak is one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history and the first in West Africa. It is affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, but does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public. However, the virus to date has claimed the lives of over 1200 people and continues to have a devastating effect in the affected countries. The virus hasn’t and most likely won’t enter Ireland, as the fears of a Donegal man having attracted the virus were put to bed after tests were carried out at a hospital in Letterkenny last week. Jane Ann McKenna talked about her humanitarian aid firm, Médecins Sans Frontieres described the current situation in West Africa and the work that has to be carried out in order to keep the situation under control.

Coverage: RTÉ Radio One- Drivetime.

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News story ideas for Friday 29th August 2014

August 25, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: 20 minutes of cleaning eases stress according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine
Expert: Deirdre Cronnelly (Expert in Productivity and Wellness) Wellness Productivity Coach, AFRESH.        
The Hook:
 Stress levels are set to increase with the holidays coming to an end, kids returning to school and many of us back to work? According to CIPDs 2013 Absence Management Report two fifths of organisations saw an increase in mental-health problems last year, compared with only one fifth in 2009. Contact Deirdre for more information.

Story Idea: CSO – Milk Statistics July 2014 
Expert: Tom O’Dwyer (Expert in Dairy Farming and Knowledge Transfer) Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc.   
The Hook:
 On Friday 29th August, the CSO will release a publication on the Milk Statistics for July 2014. Tom O’Dwyer is available to comment on the day.

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News ideas for Thursday 28th August 2014

August 25, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: Dublin property vulnerable after London property has “largest decrease ever”.    
Expert: Mark O’Byrne (Expert in Debt and Economic Crisis) Founder and Head of Research, Goldcore.
The Hook:
 Last week it was revealed that London property has just experienced its “largest decrease ever.” UK property prices fell 2.9% in August, the second consecutive down month this summer. Prices fell a very sharp 5.9% in the overheated London market where “panic selling” has been seen. Mark O’Byrne is concerned Ireland is fostering another property bubble in Dublin and the consequences will be just as painful. He believes Irish people seem to have learnt little from recent experience regarding property and the risks of over extending ourselves with regard to mortgages and getting into too much debt. He thinks Dublin has all the hallmarks of an emerging property bubble and we need a real debate about this and the risks facing Irish people again.

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Story ideas for Wednesday 27th August 2014

August 25, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: Flooding in Nepal – Response from Irish donors
Expert: Olga McDonogh (Expert in Overseas Development and Humanitarian Aid) Chief Executive Officer, ActionAid Ireland.
The Hook:
 The remote region of Bardiya in Nepal, where 805 Irish people sponsor children through ActionAid, was hit by extreme flooding. To date, in the whole region 166,555 people have been affected, including 28,562 families. Over 8,500 houses have been completely destroyed and 9,365 partially destroyed. Traditional housing in the region is made of mud and thatch and easily damaged by flooding. ActionAid Ireland supporters have been sending messages of support. Olga is available to discuss the situation and also a background on poverty in Nepal.

Story Idea: CSO – Residential Property Price Index July 2014
Expert: Mark O’Byrne (Expert in Financial Crisis and Economic Recovery) Founder and Head of Research, Goldcore. 
The Hook:
 On Wednesday 27th August, the CSO will release a publication on the Residential Property Price Index for July 2014. Mark O’Byrne is available to comment on the day. He has appeared on and been quoted by media outlets such as Bloomberg, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, RTE, TV3, TodayFm and Newstalk.

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Story ideas for Tuesday 26th August 2014

August 25, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: Irish Heart Foundation’s September Heart Month looks at how much alcohol is too much
Expert: Dr Angie Brown (Expert in Heart Disease and Stroke) IHF Medical Director and Consultant Cardiologist, the Irish Heart Foundation.
The Hook: 
New! ‘Say when sooner’ campaign launched by Frank Kelly and John Healy with a photocall on Tuesday, 26th August, for the Irish Heart Foundation’s September Heart Month, urging the public to drink less and less often to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.

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Story ideas for Monday 25th August 2014

August 25, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story IdeaLimerick Gets Splashed at Irish Cancer Society Colour Dash
Expert: Kathleen O’Meara (Expert in Cancer) Head of Advocacy & Communications, Irish Cancer Society.
The Hook: The Irish Cancer Society’s first Colour Dash in Limerick was held on Sunday, 24th of August in the University of Limerick. The unique five kilometre ‘dash’ saw participants of all ages running or walking the course being covered in paint! For information on the upcoming Colour Dash Cork, visit www.cancer.ie

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Story Ideas For Every Day Of The Week 25th-29th August 2014

August 25, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Monday 25th August 2014

Story IdeaLimerick Gets Splashed at Irish Cancer Society Colour Dash
Expert: Kathleen O’Meara (Expert in Cancer) Head of Advocacy & Communications, Irish Cancer Society.
The Hook: The Irish Cancer Society’s first Colour Dash in Limerick was held on Sunday, 24th of August in the University of Limerick. The unique five kilometre ‘dash’ saw participants of all ages running or walking the course being covered in paint! For information on the upcoming Colour Dash Cork, visit www.cancer.ie

Notable Events for Monday 25th

  • Heritage Week, August 23rd – August 31st.
  • CSO – Earnings and Labour Costs Q1 2014 (Final) Q2 2014 (Preliminary Estimates).
  • CAO Round 1 offers reply date.
  • Independence Day in Uruguay, Uruguay gained independence from Britain in 1825.
  • The liberation of Paris in 1944.
  • American astronaut and first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong died in 2012.
  • 5 years since the death of American politician Ted Kennedy.
  • Belarus gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Tuesday 26th August 2014

Story Idea: Irish Heart Foundation’s September Heart Month looks at how much alcohol is too much
Expert: Dr Angie Brown (Expert in Heart Disease and Stroke) IHF Medical Director and Consultant Cardiologist, the Irish Heart Foundation.
The Hook: 
New! ‘Say when sooner’ campaign launched by Frank Kelly and John Healy with a photocall on Tuesday, 26th August, for the Irish Heart Foundation’s September Heart Month, urging the public to drink less and less often to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.

Notable Events for Tuesday 26th

  • 1789, The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was approved by the National Constituent Assembly in France.
  • CSO – Population and Migration Estimates April 2014.
  • CSO – Quarterly National Household Survey Quarter 2 2014.
  • Women’s Equality Day in the U.S.A. remembering the day women were granted the right to vote.
  • CSO – Livestock Slaughterings July 2014.
  • OECD – GDP growth statistic released.
  • Heroes’ Day in Namibia.

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Our experts in the media: August 11th – August 17th 2014

August 18, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Our Galzac’s experts have been seen all over the media over the past seven days, in both print and broadcast, national and regional media. In the past week they have featured in a variety of places, including; The Phoneix, The Irish Examiner, Newstalk, RTÉ Radio 1, The Sunday Times, Today FM and many more.

Some hot topics amongst our experts in the media this week were, the effects of plain packaging cigarettes, adoption legislation and Irish Ghost Estates.

Here at mediacontact.ie, we like to acknowledge our experts each week by choosing a few of our favourite expert appearances from the week.

 

1. Dr Aisling Parkes, Lecturer in Law at University College Cork.

Story: Philomena Lee set to talk at the Adoption Conference at UCC.

Hook: 80-year-old Philomena Lee, whose story of the search for her son inspired the film ‘Philomena’, is to speak at a special two-day international conference on adoption in University College Cork next month. The conference is called ‘Redefining adoption in a new era: Opportunities and challenges for law and practice’ hopes to highlight the changes in adoption law in light of of the changing cultural contexts and differing family structures. Dr Aisling Parkes is the conference convener and welcomed the announcement that Philomena Lee will be speaking at the event about her own experiences.

Coverage: The Irish Independent.

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Story ideas for Friday 22nd August 2014

August 18, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: Get smart about asthma before going back to school
Expert: Basil Elnazir (Expert in Respiratory and Allergic Disorders ) Chairperson of the Medical Advisory Committee, the Asthma Society of Ireland
The Hook: Emergency hospital admissions for children with asthma increase dramatically in the month of September. In 2012 admissions for children aged 5-14 increased by 249%. The Asthma Society is warning parents and teachers to be vigilant for asthma triggers and to have an asthma management plan and school policy in place. We are also running mobile clinics throughout the country from 15-29 September to help parents and schools.

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Story ideas for Thursday 21st August 2014

August 18, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: Responding to a silent emergency in Ethiopia 
Expert: Jane-Ann McKenna (Expert in Humanitarian Aid and Medical Ethics) Director, Médecins Sans Frontières.
The Hook: Jane-Ann is in Gambella, Ethiopia which is home to 250,000 South Sudanese refugees who have fled from the violent conflict across the border. This is an ongoing but largely silent emergency with on average 700 new refugees arriving each day. She’s developing an analysis of the humanitarian response and the challenges facing the refugees. Already many people have shared stories of family members being killed and being forced to flee having had their homes and belongings looted during the conflict in their home country.

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