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Our experts in the media: 22nd – 28th September

September 29, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Our Galzac’s experts have been very active in both print and broadcast, national and regional media in the past seven weeks. They have been seen in a number of places, including; The Irish Times, Prime Time, the Irish Farmer’s Journal, the Irish Examiner and a host of other media outlets.

Some of the hot topics of the week in the media amongst our Galzac’s experts were the current developments in agriculture and the inflated property prices in major cities.

Here are some of our favourite expert appearances from the week:

1. Marie Hunt, Executive Director/ Head of Research, CBRE Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story: Property prices in Dublin and in other major cities are sure to rise until 2016, as prices are driven by lack of supply.

Coverage: The Irish Times

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Story ideas for Friday 3rd October 2014

September 29, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Teagasc, What's on

Story Idea: GOAL Jersey Day takes place all over the country
Expert:
 Barry Andrews (Expert in Poverty and Humanitarian Aid) CEO, GOAL.
The Hook: GOAL Patron and Leinster and Ireland back-row, Jamie Heaslip is urging sports fans young and old to get involved in GOAL Jersey Day once again this year and wear the colours of their favourite team to school or work for the day. All proceeds generated from GOAL Jersey Day will be used by GOAL to support some of its most urgent operations across the 14 countries where they work, including Sierra Leone, where it is currently responding to an Ebola outbreak that has claimed the lives of more than 2,500 people across the region. For more on this, please contact GOAL and click here.

Story Idea: Ballyhaise Agricultural College to hold open day for students 
Expert: John Kelly (Expert in Agricultural Education) College Principal, Ballyhaise College, Teagasc.   
The Hook: Ballyhaise College in Co. Cavan will be holding an open day for students on Friday 3rd October. John Kelly is the Principal of the college and is available to comment on what students can achieve and learn by attending the college. For further details on this, please click here.  

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Story ideas for Thursday 2nd October 2014

September 29, 2014 Posted in : DIT, Entrepreneurship, Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: European Enterprise Promotion Awards features Irish success stories
Expert: Thomas Cooney (Expert in Social Enterprise) Professor of Entrepreneurship, Dublin Institute of Technology.     
The Hook: Thomas Cooney is the first Irish person to be a member of the Judging Panel of The European Enterprise Promotion Awards which reward excellence in promoting entrepreneurship and small business at a national, regional and local level. Last year one of the main awards went to Senior Enterprise and this year Cork Innovates has been shortlisted. Further details can be found here.

Story Idea: European Economic Policy – What’s in it for Ireland? Seminar in Maynooth University 
Expert: Noelle O’Connell (Expert in Europe and Irish EU Relations) Executive Director, European Movement.       
The Hook: This seminar seeks to explain how new EU economic governance rules support policy making in Ireland and seek to ensure that the recovery is sustainable and socially inclusive. Those who attend will have an opportunity to hear from the experts, but also to ask questions. The seminar is from 6pm-8pm and full details can be found here.

Our Galzac’s expert Jim Power will be one of the expert speakers on the night.

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Story ideas for Wednesday 1st October 2014

September 29, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Teagasc

Story Idea: Teagasc to hold Liquid Milk Conference in Wexford
Expert: Tom O’Dwyer (Expert in Dairy Farming) Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc.   
The Hook: Tom will be chairing a session at the Liquid Milk Conference and will be able to comment on the material being covered on the day. Full details can be found here.

Story Idea: Life Governors of Irish Water Safety meet to discuss strategies to reduce drowning
Expert: John Leech (Expert in Water Safety and Survival Skills) Chief Executive, Irish Water Safety.    
The Hook: Life Governors of Irish Water Safety will meet onboard L.E. Samuel Beckett to discuss strategies to reduce drowning in Ireland. In 2013 91 people drowned in Ireland the lowest number since 1936. Irish Water Safety aims to continue to develop strategies and awareness campaigns to further reduce this unnecessary loss of life. For more on this, please contact John Leech.

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Story ideas for Tuesday 30th September 2014

September 29, 2014 Posted in : Economic Experts, Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, UCC

Story Idea: Budget 2015 is just around the corner. What does it hold in store for the people of Ireland?
Expert: Jim Power (Expert in Economics) Economist, Jim Power Economics.     
The Hook: What advice should Minister for Finance take in regard to size of budget adjustment – €2bln or nothing. The decision reached will have significant consequences for the personal sector. Jim Power is an expert in this area and is available to comment in the build up to the Budget 2015.

Story Idea: The lost generation? 
Expert: Bozena Cierlik (Expert in European History & Politics) Lecturer, School of History, University College Cork.       
The Hook: Today’s generation of 20-30 year olds has a highest unemployment rate in the labour market across Europe. Is it a generation of no prospects and opportunities? Socio-economic developments of the last decades heightened young people’s expectations but they clashed with today’s economic reality. What can we do?

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Story ideas for Monday 29th September 2014

September 29, 2014 Posted in : DIT, Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story IdeaGOAL has launched an emergency recruitment drive for medical personnel to staff a treatment facility in Liberia
Expert: Barry Andrews (Expert in Humanitarian Aid & International Affairs) CEO, GOAL.      
The Hook: GOAL is calling on doctors and nurses from Ireland to staff Ebola treatment units in Liberia. While funding is a major issue, deploying skilled health and logistics staff from our own health and military system is one way for Ireland to assist in the fight against Ebola and support these governments and communities to avoid the utter devastation predicted in the months to come. For more on this, please contact Barry Andrews.

Story IdeaHow employers can help beat heart disease on World Heart Day
Expert: 
Fiona Gratzer (Expert in Healthy Eating) CEO, Unislim.     
The Hook: Unislim call on employers to take positive action on World Heart Day by helping create more heart healthy environments at work. Challenging employees to walk 10,000 steps per day, making activity fun. Encouraging employees to walk to work, take a break at lunch for a quick walk and ensuring heart healthy food is available for healthier life and improved health.

Story IdeaTesco’s Tribulations
Expert: Damian O’Reilly (Expert in Retail Market Structure) Lecturer in Retail Management, Dublin Institute of Technology.      
The Hook: Damian O’Reilly is a Lecturer in DIT and is available to comment on Tesco’s overstatement of profits by £250m and that Tesco Ireland looking for redundancies. Damian is also available to comment on the CSO publication on the Retail Sales Index for August 2014, which is out on Monday.

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Story Ideas For Every Day Of The Week 29th September to 3rd October 2014

September 29, 2014 Posted in : DIT, Economic Experts, Entrepreneurship, Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Mental Health, UCC

Monday 29th September 2014

Story IdeaGOAL has launched an emergency recruitment drive for medical personnel to staff a treatment facility in Liberia
Expert: Barry Andrews (Expert in Humanitarian Aid & International Affairs) CEO, GOAL.      
The Hook: GOAL is calling on doctors and nurses from Ireland to staff Ebola treatment units in Liberia. While funding is a major issue, deploying skilled health and logistics staff from our own health and military system is one way for Ireland to assist in the fight against Ebola and support these governments and communities to avoid the utter devastation predicted in the months to come. For more on this, please contact Barry Andrews.

Story IdeaHow employers can help beat heart disease on World Heart Day
Expert: 
Fiona Gratzer (Expert in Healthy Eating) CEO, Unislim.     
The Hook: Unislim call on employers to take positive action on World Heart Day by helping create more heart healthy environments at work. Challenging employees to walk 10,000 steps per day, making activity fun. Encouraging employees to walk to work, take a break at lunch for a quick walk and ensuring heart healthy food is available for healthier life and improved health.

Story IdeaTesco’s Tribulations
Expert: Damian O’Reilly (Expert in Retail Market Structure) Lecturer in Retail Management, Dublin Institute of Technology.      
The Hook: Damian O’Reilly is a Lecturer in DIT and is available to comment on Tesco’s overstatement of profits by £250m and that Tesco Ireland looking for redundancies. Damian is also available to comment on the CSO publication on the Retail Sales Index for August 2014, which is out on Monday.

Notable Events for Monday 29th

-International Coffee Day.
- Is there a property bubble developing in Ireland again? Are we repeating the mistakes of the boom era?

Tuesday 30th September 2014

Story Idea: Budget 2015 is just around the corner. What does it hold in store for the people of Ireland?
Expert: Jim Power (Expert in Economics) Economist, Jim Power Economics.     
The Hook: What advice should Minister for Finance take in regard to size of budget adjustment – €2bln or nothing. The decision reached will have significant consequences for the personal sector. Jim Power is an expert in this area and is available to comment in the build up to the Budget 2015.

Story Idea: The lost generation? 
Expert: Bozena Cierlik (Expert in European History & Politics) Lecturer, School of History, University College Cork.       
The Hook: Today’s generation of 20-30 year olds has a highest unemployment rate in the labour market across Europe. Is it a generation of no prospects and opportunities? Socio-economic developments of the last decades heightened young people’s expectations but they clashed with today’s economic reality. What can we do?

Notable Events for Tuesday 30th

- Eurostat- Unemployment, August 2014.
- ECB- Template on international reserves and foreign currency liquidity. Reference period: Aug-2014.
- CSO- Marriages and Civil Partnerships 2013.
- CSO- Regional Accounts for Agriculture 2013.

Wednesday 1st October 2014

Story Idea: Teagasc to hold Liquid Milk Conference in Wexford
Expert: Tom O’Dwyer (Expert in Dairy Farming) Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc.   
The Hook: Tom will be chairing a session at the Liquid Milk Conference and will be able to comment on the material being covered on the day. Full details can be found here.

Story Idea: Life Governors of Irish Water Safety meet to discuss strategies to reduce drowning
Expert: John Leech (Expert in Water Safety and Survival Skills) Chief Executive, Irish Water Safety.    
The Hook: Life Governors of Irish Water Safety will meet onboard L.E. Samuel Beckett to discuss strategies to reduce drowning in Ireland. In 2013 91 people drowned in Ireland the lowest number since 1936. Irish Water Safety aims to continue to develop strategies and awareness campaigns to further reduce this unnecessary loss of life. For more on this, please contact John Leech.

Notable Events for Wednesday 1st     

- Ocular Myasthenia Awareness Month.
- World Vegetarian Day.
- CSO- Live Register September 2014.

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Galzac’s Experts in the media: 15th-21st September

September 22, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

Our Galzac’s experts have been very active in both print and broadcast, national and regional media over the past seven days. In the last week, they have been seen in a number of places, including; The Irish Times, RTÉ Radio 1 on Morning Ireland, 98FM, Connaught Telegraph and a host of other media outlets.

Some of the hot topics of the week in the media amongst our Galzac’s experts were; dual registration system for vehicles has done nothing to decrease the high number of cars bought in the first three months of the year, the measures in place to tackle the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone and the research that shows how Irish people have more children during a recession.

Here at mediacontact.ie we like to show appreciation to our experts every week by selecting of a few of our favourite expert appearances from the week.

1. Michael Rochford, Co-Founder/ Managing Director of Motorcheck.ie.

Story: Dual registration system has done nothing to decrease the high number of cars bought in the first three months of the year

Hook: The Dual registration system that was introduced in 2013 for all vehicles with split registration during the year from January to June and July to December has not had the desired effect as more drivers are still opting to change a car at the start of the year, with the bulk of new motor sales recorded in the first three months. Whilst there has been a surge in sales in July when the second stage of registration commences, the dual-reg system has badly affected sales at the end of the year, especially in December. Michael Rochford, Co-Founder/ Managing Director of Motorcheck spoke about this problem in the Irish Examiner during the week where he commented about his dissatisfaction of the system with the peaks months solely in January and July. He said: “The most worrying aspect of this is that, rather than creating a smoothing effect on sales, the dual-registration system has created a new peak in July, with sales tailing off drastically immediately before and after July”. He concluded by saying that something needs to be done and admitted that the budgeting effect of the dual-reg system has had the opposite effect amongst consumers.

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Story ideas for Friday 26th September 2014

September 22, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: Scotland Says No – Long term risk of weaker pound and impact on Irish exports
Expert: 
Mark O’Byrne (Expert in Currency Exchange and Economics) Founder and Head of Research, GoldCore.   
The Hook: The result of the Scottish independence referendum was announced last week, with 55.3% of voters wanting to stay in the UK and 44.7% wanting Scotland to become an independent nation. To some extent a cloud of economic and currency uncertainty that was hanging over Scotland and the rest of the UK has now been lifted. However, any growth disappointment or current account concerns could impact on the pound. Sterling may also come under pressure if central banks and large institutions decide to reduce allocations to sterling and diversify into dollars, euros, yen, Swiss francs and indeed the up and coming global currency the Chinese yuan. Please contact Mark O’Byrne for more in depth analysis on this.

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Story ideas for Thursday 25th September 2014

September 22, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: Launch of National Motto Campaign 
Expert: Deirdre Garvey (Expert in Charitable Organisations) CEO, The Wheel.    
The Hook: A new campaign will be launched in Thursday (25th), challenging members of the public to submit suggestions for an (unofficial) national motto in 60 characters or less via Twitter or a website. Part of Better Together 2014 (an annual campaign aimed at building support for community and voluntary activity). Call Gert on 086-1769287 for more information.

Story Idea: Croke Park to host Technology for Well-Being Conference 
Expert: 
Dr. Brian O’Neill (Expert in Digital Safety) Head of School of Media, Dublin Institute of Technology.     
The Hook: 
On Thursday 25th September, the second annual International Technology for Well-Being conference will take place in Croke Park, Dublin. Dr. Brian O’Neill is Head of the School of Media in Dublin Institute of Technology and he will be one of the speakers on the day. The theme for the conference is “Bridging the digital disconnect” #T4WB14

Professor Ella Arensman of the National Suicide Research Foundation and University College Cork will also speaking at the conference.

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