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Story Idea For Tuesday 14th July 2015

July 13, 2015 Posted in : Asthma, Asthma Society of Ireland, Budget15, CSO, Ebola, ECB, Europe, Galzacs Guide, Government, Health

Story Idea: Asthma Society of Ireland launches its 2016 Pre Budget Submission

Expert: Sharon Cosgrove (Expert in Asthma and Health Care) CEO, Asthma Society of Ireland.                    

The Hook: In an extensive survey of our members in June, a number of issues emerged that require urgent action by the Government. In order to address these the Asthma Society of Ireland are recommending steps for the Minister to take in Budget 2016 to improve asthma control by providing equitable access to medication, better care, fund support services and limit the impact of dangerous asthma triggers by taking a tough stance on tobacco and pollution.


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Story Ideas for Monday 23rd March 2015

March 24, 2015 Posted in : Ebola, Experts, Galzacs, Irish Green Building Council, MSF


Story Idea: Ebola one year on: Pushed to the limit and beyond
Expert: Jane-Ann McKenna (Expert in Humanitarian Aid and World Issues) Director, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

The Hook“The Ebola outbreak has often been described as a perfect storm: a cross-border epidemic in countries with weak public health systems,” says Jane-Ann McKenna, Director of MSF Ireland. “Yet this is too convenient an explanation. For the Ebola outbreak to spiral this far out of control required many institutions to fail. And they did, with tragic and avoidable consequences.” (more…)

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Our Experts in the Media: 26th – 30th January 2015

February 2, 2015 Posted in : CBRE, Ebola, Experts, Galzacs, Health, Irish Pharmacy Union, MSF, Our experts in the media

Our experts were busy this week, informing the country through radio podcasts, newspaper articles, and television appearances. Some of the media outlets included Newstalk, The Irish Independent, and The Irish Times, providing commentary on a wide range of issues including pharmacists treating patients, Médecins Sans Frontieres and Dublin’s retail rent.

Our goal is to highlight the media coverage our experts have received every week. Here are just a few of our experts in the media last week: (more…)

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Story Ideas for Wednesday 28th January 2015

January 26, 2015 Posted in : Ebola, Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Irish Pharmacy Union, Tourism Ireland

Story Idea: Tourism Ireland comment on CSO figures for overseas travel October-December 2014  
Expert: Sinead Grace (Expert in Tourism and Promoting Ireland) Media and Public Relations Manager, Tourism Ireland.
The Hook: Tourism Ireland are available to comment on the CSO figures for overseas travel to Ireland for the October-December 2014 period. Contact Sinead Grace to discuss the publication.


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Story Ideas For Every Day Of The Week 28th-31st October 2014

October 28, 2014 Posted in : Air Pollution, DIT, Ebola, Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, UCC

Tuesday 28th October 2014

Story Idea: WHO cares about Irish Air?
Expert: John Sodeau (Expert in Air Pollution & Climate Change) Professor of Physical Chemistry, University College Cork.
The Hook: Is the quality of the air that we breathe in Ireland as good as we seem to think it is? The answer is no if we look at the recent air quality report for 2013 published by the EPA. It gives a stark warning about the levels of small particulate matter that are produced by the combustion of solid fuels in Irish homes because their levels exceed (by a considerable margin) those recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Unfortunately, it is not just a question of changing our habit of burning coal (smoky and otherwise) to more sustainable energy sources like peat and wood. This can be seen by looking at the EPA report itself. There in Longford, for example, it shows that levels of very small particulates (called PM2.5) were almost double the guideline values recommended by WHO. It is not clear but these measurements may be related to the fact that the Longford/Midlands area uses the highest number of peat-fuelled central heating systems in the country.

Story Idea: Stimulating Entrepreneurship: Responsibility of EC or National Governments?
Expert: Thomas Cooney (Expert in Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise) Professor of Entrepreneurship, Dublin Institute of Technology.
The Hook: A Public Policy Forum in Brussels is discussing the topic ‘Supporting Entrepreneurship in Europe: Creating Sustainable Employment and Growth’. The EC have published multiple documents and plans but how much can they really do to build sustainable entrepreneurship or does primary responsibility for such initiatives lie with national governments? Please click here for further details.

Notable Events for Tuesday 28th

* International Animation Day.
* CSO- Domestic Building Energy Ratings, Quarter 3 2014.
* Capital One Cup Football- fourth round ties.

Wednesday 29th October 2014

Story Idea: European Stress Testing…What does it mean?
Expert: Justin McCarthy (Expert in European Finance and the Global Economy) Vice Chair (Global Board of Directors) Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA).
The Hook: This coming Sunday, regulators in Europe will reveal whether 150 of the biggest European Union banks have proved they are strong enough to weather another financial crisis. For expert analysis of the announcement, please contact Justin McCarthy.

Story Idea: A vaccine will cure Ebola but it won’t cure the poverty
Expert: Heydi Foster (Expert in Human Rights and Humanitarian Relief) Chief Executive Officer, Misean Cara.
The Hook: The Ebola crisis is unravelling gains in development that have taken nearly a generation to achieve after more than 4,500 estimated deaths have ravaged three of the poorest countries in West Africa. Sr. Teresa McKeown with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny from Streamstown in County Westmeath has dedicated her life to the people of Sierra Leone, and she is now grounded in Ireland until the outbreak has been brought under control.


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