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Story Ideas for Tuesday 25th August 2015

August 24, 2015 Posted in : Failte Ireland, Media, Tourism, Wild Atlantic Way

Tuesday 25th August 2015

Story Idea: Fáilte Ireland states their commitment to Malin Head
Expert: Laoise Donnelly (Expert in Tourism and Hospitality) Media Relations, Fáilte Ireland.                
The Hook: 
Fáilte Ireland’s commitment to Donegal is absolute and they believe that their biggest project, the Wild Atlantic Way, is a game changer for tourism in the county. Malin Head is one of 15 Signature Discovery Points along the Wild Atlantic Way and one of three Signature Points in Donegal. It is a very important part of their plan to ensure that Donegal benefits fully from the Wild Atlantic Way. As such, Fáilte Ireland is fully committed to the development and enhancement of the visitor experience at this site. They have recently completed a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the full Wild Atlantic Way initiative and, given the environmental sensitivity of Malin Head, they have had to wait until this assessment was concluded before they could proceed with awarding funding to Donegal County Council to work up plans for the site. However, now that the assessment has concluded, Fáilte Ireland intends to provide funding to Donegal County Council to prepare plans for a significant visitor enhancement and management solution for the entire Malin Head site. (more…)

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Story ideas for every day of the week: 24th – 28th August 2015

August 24, 2015 Posted in : Alltech, Camara, Dublin, ETC Consulting, Failte Ireland, Festivals, Food, Food Science, Healthy Living, Heart, Ireland, Irish Guide Dogs, Irish Heart Foundation, Irish Water, Media, Tourism, Tourism Ireland, UCC, Women's Equality

Monday 24th August 2015

Story Idea: Adding the fizzy cola “tang” to Irish water: good or bad for our health?
Expert: John Sodeau (Expert in Scientific Research and Pollution) Professor of Physical Chemistry/ Director of Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry, UCC.

The Hook: Phosphoric acid (a rust remover) has been added to fizzy cola drinks for many years. Now Irish Water is proposing to add it to the water supply in Limerick starting September. The reason is to delay the lead from pipes dissolving into the water by making phosphates. Preventing lead release is particularly important for our health, particularly the young. On the other hand phosphates from fertilizer run-offs into Lough Leane in Killarney led to a public warning last week to not drink, fish or paddle in it because phosphates promote toxic algal growth in water. So, are Irish Water certain that what they are doing is in the best interests for public health? (more…)

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Story Ideas for Monday 20th April 2015

April 20, 2015 Posted in : DIT, Economic Experts, Economics, Experts, Failte Ireland, Galzacs, Galzacs15, Tourism, Tourism Ireland

Story Idea: New strategy unveiled to boost tourism from Australia

Expert: Sinead Grace (Expert in Tourism and Promoting Ireland) Media and Public Relations Manager, Tourism Ireland.     
The Hook: Tourism Ireland will unveil a new, three-year strategy – setting out challenging and ambitious targets to grow the number of Australian visitors to the island of Ireland between now and the end of 2017. For more information, please contact Sinead Grace of Tourism Ireland.

 

 

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Story Ideas For Every Day Of The Week 20th-24th April 2015

April 20, 2015 Posted in : Business, Dairy Farming, Economic Experts, Education, Experts, Failte Ireland, Galzacs, Galzacs15, Health, Irish Pharmacy Union, Teagasc, Tourism, Tourism Ireland

Monday 20th April 2015

Story Idea: New strategy unveiled to boost tourism from Australia
Expert: Sinead Grace 
(Expert in Tourism and Promoting Ireland) Media and Public Relations Manager, Tourism Ireland.     
The Hook: Tourism Ireland will unveil a new, three-year strategy – setting out challenging and ambitious targets to grow the number of Australian visitors to the island of Ireland between now and the end of 2017. For more information, please contact Sinead Grace of Tourism Ireland.

Story Idea: Is it right to provide support for first-time buyers?
Expert: Dr Lorcan Sirr 
(Expert in Housing and Economics) Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology.      
The Hook: Minister Kelly proposes supporting first-time buyers to circumvent Central Bank lending rules. Is this right? No. Again promoting home ownership when there are very few properties to buy will force prices up even further. It also contradicts the government own housing policy, which is about equity across tenures. This is purely a vote-getting measure which makes no economic sense. (more…)

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Story Ideas for Tuesday 14th April 2015

April 13, 2015 Posted in : Experts, Failte Ireland, Galzacs15, Tourism

Story Idea: Major Tourism Initiative for East and South of Ireland
Expert: Alex Connolly (Expert in Tourism and Hospitality) Head of Communications/Tourism, Fáilte Ireland.
The Hook: Following in the path of the Wild Atlantic Way, Fáilte Ireland is now ready to introduce a tourism initiative of similar scale and ambition for the East and South of Ireland – Based on a Journey through Lands Shaped by 5000 Years of History. It will be officially launched by with Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe.

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Story Ideas For Every Day Of The Week 13th-17th April 2015

April 13, 2015 Posted in : European Parliament, Experts, Failte Ireland, Galzacs15, Irish Green Building Council, MABS, Simon Community

Monday 13th April 2015

Story Idea: Simon Communities of Ireland highlight lack of care for elderly people who are homeless
Expert: Niamh Randall (Expert in Homelessness and Poverty) Head of Policy and Communications and National Spokesperson, Simon Communities of Ireland.   
The Hook: The Simon Communities of Ireland say that there is an urgent need to address the problem of an aging population among people who are homeless and struggling to deal with serious challenges of ill health and dying.‘Homelessness, Ageing and Dying’ is a report launched by the Simon Communities in 2014 and looks at these issues for the first time in the Irish context.

High rates of poor physical and mental health, isolation, and fear of being admitted to a hospital or nursing home are just some of the findings of the Simon report. The Simon Communities of Ireland support over 6,000 people each year.

Notable Events for Monday 13th

* 7th World Water Forum. Daegu & Gyeongbuk, Korea.
* CSO- Household Travel Survey Quarter 4 2014.

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Story ideas for Tuesday 14th October 2014

October 13, 2014 Posted in : Budget15, Failte Ireland, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, MABS

Story Idea: Budget 2015- Analysis of the tourism sector
Expert: Alex Connolly (Expert in Tourism and Hospitality Industry) Head of Communications and Tourism, Fáilte Ireland.        
The Hook: 
Alex Connolly is Head of Communications and Tourism at Fáilte Ireland and is available to comment on Budget 2015 day. Alex will be able to discuss the budget from a tourism aspect.    

Story Idea: Light at the end of the Tunnel – Life after a Debt Relief Notice (DRN)
Expert: Michael Culloty (Expert in Debt Advice and Consumer Debt Issues) National Social Policy and Communications Officer, MABS.
The Hook: MABS welcomes the announcement by the Insolvency Service of Ireland of the suspension of application fees for the new insolvency options. The fees were one factor, which was preventing many potentially eligible people from applying. Despite their best efforts, too many people remain unable to pay their personal debts. For over 20 years MABS has supported people to work with their creditors to reach realistic sustainable payment agreements.  In many cases this works very well and people get back on track. However, for many this is simply not possible. DRNs can be the solution for people on a low income, with little or no assets and very little deposable income available to repay personal debts under €20,000. Under a DRN it is possible to have all qualifying debt written off. For more on this, please contact Michael Culloty of MABS.

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Story Ideas For Every Day Of The Week 13th-17th October 2014

October 13, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Failte Ireland, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, GOAL, Irish Heart Foundation, MABS, Teagasc

Monday 13th October 2014

Story Idea: Teagasc ICOS Dairy Expansion Seminar to be held in Dublin 
Expert: 
Tom O’Dwyer (Expert in Dairy Farming) Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc.

The Hook: Spring calving pasture based milk production can be a highly labour efficient system of milk production, yet there is a period of acute labour demand in early spring associated with compact calving and calf rearing. This acute labour demand will potentially increase following quota abolition as farmers struggle to cope with larger herds while managing the expansion process. A seminar on this will be held in the City West Hotel in Saggart Co. Dublin on Monday 13th October. For more on this please click here and contact Tom O’Dwyer.  

Notable Events for Monday 13th

* Eurostat- Longterm gvt bond yield- September 2014.
* Maynooth Social Justice Week 2014- runs until the 19th.
* International Day for Disaster Reduction, recognised by the UN.
* National Bread Week, runs until the 18th.

Tuesday 14th October 2014

Story Idea: Budget 2015- Analysis of the tourism sector
Expert: Alex Connolly (Expert in Tourism and Hospitality Industry) Head of Communications and Tourism, Fáilte Ireland.        
The Hook:
Alex Connolly is Head of Communications and Tourism at Fáilte Ireland and is available to comment on Budget 2015 day. Alex will be able to discuss the budget from a tourism aspect.    

Story Idea: Light at the end of the Tunnel – Life after a Debt Relief Notice (DRN)
Expert: Michael Culloty (Expert in Debt Advice and Consumer Debt Issues) National Social Policy and Communications Officer, MABS.
The Hook: MABS welcomes the announcement by the Insolvency Service of Ireland of the suspension of application fees for the new insolvency options. The fees were one factor, which was preventing many potentially eligible people from applying. Despite their best efforts, too many people remain unable to pay their personal debts. For over 20 years MABS has supported people to work with their creditors to reach realistic sustainable payment agreements.  In many cases this works very well and people get back on track. However, for many this is simply not possible. DRNs can be the solution for people on a low income, with little or no assets and very little deposable income available to repay personal debts under €20,000. Under a DRN it is possible to have all qualifying debt written off. For more on this, please contact Michael Culloty of MABS.

Notable Events for Tuesday 14th

* Germany V Ireland Euro 2016 Qualifier.
* CSO- Agricultural Price Indices August 2014.
* World Standards Day.
* CSO- Government Finance Statistics – Annual 2009 to 2013 (October 2014 Results).
* CSO- Government Finance Statistics Quarterly Results Quarter 2 2014.

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