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Story ideas for Monday 14th December 2015

December 14, 2015 Posted in : Building, Construction, Europe, Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Homeowners, Housing, Irish Green Building Council

Story Idea: G12 days of Christmas tips for a better home renovation in 2016

Expert: Pat Barry (Expert in Sustainable Building) Executive Director, Irish Green Building Council.

The Hook: It looks like there will be an ambitious COP21 agreement in Paris. This means we need a massive deep energy renovation of all our homes over the next 20 years to meet the target. But how do we do it right so we get warm comfortable and healthy homes. (more…)

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Story idea for Tuesday 1st December

November 30, 2015 Posted in : Agriculture, Alltech, Food, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15

Tuesday 1st December 2015

Story Idea: Webinar Alert: What lies beneath – The hidden side of agriculture

Expert: Professor Maurice Boland (Expert in Sustainability and Agriculture) Research Director, Alltech.

The Hook: Today, more than 800 million people face hunger and malnutrition. As our population grows, food production will have to increase by approximately 60 percent by 2050. This live webinar will offer a unique insight into the importance of soil health and the future of food security. (more…)

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Story Ideas for every day of the week: 30th November-4th December

November 30, 2015 Posted in : Agriculture, Air Pollution, Alltech, Childcare, Children, Early Childhood Care, Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Health, Housing, Humanitarian Aid, Irish Green Building Council, MSF, Start Strong

Monday 30th November 2015

Story Idea: Tourism Ireland launches 2016 marketing plans

Expert: Sinead Grace (Expert in Tourism and Communications) Media and Public Relations Manager,Tourism Ireland.

The Hook: Tourism Ireland will launch details of its marketing plans to promote Ireland overseas in 2016 and beyond, at an event attended by Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe and tourism industry leaders from around the country. (more…)

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Story ideas for Friday 27th November 2015

November 23, 2015 Posted in : Childcare, Children, Children's Rights Alliance, Galzacs15, Stories

Story Idea: Turning Wrongs to Rights: Using Remedies to Vindicate Children’s Rights

Expert: Tanya Ward (Expert in Children’s Rights) Chief Executive, Children’s Rights Alliance.

The Hook: The Children’s Rights Alliance is organising an information seminar for advice givers, family and parental support workers, youth workers and others supporting children, young people and their families on key remedies and supports for children and young people when their rights have been violated.

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Story ideas for Thursday 26th November 2015

November 23, 2015 Posted in : Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Homelessness, Simon Community

Story Idea: Women are falling through the cracks and into homelessness

Expert: Niamh Randall (Expert in Homelessness) Head of Policy and Communications and National Spokesperson, Simon Communities of Ireland.

The Hook: The Simon Communities in Ireland have published new research on women and homelessness. About a third of people who are homeless are women and yet their homelessness remains largely ‘hidden’. There are many different reasons why someone may become homeless but what is clear is that in the case of women, there is a gender specific dimension to their experiences with high rates of childhood trauma, violence and sexual violence.”

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Story ideas for Wednesday 25th November 2015

November 23, 2015 Posted in : CSO, Galzacs15, Tourism, Tourism Ireland, Travel

Story Idea: Comment on CSO overseas travel August – October 2015

Expert: Sinead Grace (Expert in Tourism and Communications) Media and Public Affairs Manager, Tourism Ireland.

The Hook: Tourism Ireland comments on CSO figures for overseas visitors to Ireland August – October 2015.

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Story ideas for Tuesday 24th November 2015

November 23, 2015 Posted in : Agriculture, Alltech, Galzacs15, Science, Stories, Students

Story Idea: 2016 Alltech Young Scientist program registration extended to Dec. 31

Expert: Dr Aoife Lyons (Expert in Clinical Psychology) Director of Global Educational Initiative, Alltech.

The Hook: For some young scientists, Alltech has an early Christmas gift. The opportunity to register for the 2016 Alltech Young Scientist programme, the world’s largest university-level competition in agriscience, has been extended until Dec. 31.

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Story ideas for every day of the week: 23rd-27th November 2015

November 23, 2015 Posted in : Agriculture, Air Pollution, Alltech, Childcare, Children, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Homelessness, Simon Community, Stories, Tourism, Tourism Ireland, UCC

Monday 23rd November 2015

Story Idea: Clean air not air pollution for Ireland in 2016

Expert: John Sodeau (Expert in Physical Chemistry) Professor of Physical Chemistry, UCC.

The Hook: The Asthma Society is launching its campaign to clean up our air in cities, towns and rural areas tonight at University College Cork. The central focus will be to press the government to replace Ireland’s outdated Air Pollution Act with a new Clean Air Act. This action will put the health and well-being of all people living in Ireland to the front and centre of all future environmental legislation.

Notable Events for Monday 23rd

* SUBTITLE European Film Festival 2015
* ECB – Monthly indicators on government debt securities (Dataset: GFS) Reference period: Oct-2015

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John’s College Public Open Day Sunday 8th November

November 6, 2015 Posted in : Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Homelessness, Housing, Ireland

On Sunday 8th November, John’s College is reopening its doors to the Waterford Public. An Open Day will take place from 1pm-4pm and it will give the people of Waterford a glimpse of this fantastic project which has just been completed. The development includes 21 new apartments in the College itself, with a 10-bed group home and 36 new-build one-bed apartments adjoining the Folly.

Respond! also plans to open up a number of essential support services within John’s College including a Day Centre, Community Education Centre, Activation Room, Counselling Service and a Sensory Garden for Older People and people with specific needs and requirements. It is hoped that the first tenants will be offered their apartments by the end of November. Around the same time, a conference on loneliness and social isolation among Older People will take place in the Community Education Centre within the College in partnership with University College Cork.

According to Fr Patrick Cogan of Respond Housing Association: “We are delighted to be reopening the doors of John’s College again. The redevelopment of John’s College is great news for Waterford and will provide a sustainable community for Older People who wish to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. The extra support services including the Day Centre, Activation Room and Community Education Centre will ensure that Older People remain active within their own community and this will help to counteract loneliness and social isolation”.

The total project costs of building John’s College came to €12 million. Some €8 million of this was made available in State mortgages to Respond! from Waterford City Council through the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. The remaining €4million was provided by Respond! of which some €2.25 million came in a private borrowing initiative from AIB Bank. Respond are now in the process of raising funds to kit out essential services such as the Day Centre, Community Education Centre and Activation Room.

According to Philip O’ Reilly of Respond Housing Association: “Over the next number of months, Respond! will be organising a number of key events to raise vital funds to equip the key support services within John’s College for the benefit of the whole community. We will be running a Dog Night in Kilcohan Greyhound Park on Saturday 5th December and would appeal to the people of Waterford to support this event and other upcoming events if possible.

Respond! was founded in Waterford in 1981 by Franciscans and incorporated in 1982. To date, Respond! has provided some 5,500 dwelling units for families, homeless and disabled persons, older persons and those in need, right across the country.

Contacts: Philip O’Reilly National Co-ordinator of Services for Older People: (087) 6805762

Susan Goulding Communications Officer: (087) 7877664

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Story ideas for Thursday 5th November 2015

November 2, 2015 Posted in : Construction, Galzacs15, Homelessness, Housing, Ireland, Mortgage Brain Ireland, Property Market, Renting

Story Idea: Most dysfunctional mortgage market in 25 years
Expert: Michael Dowling
 (Expert in Financial Services/Mortgages) Chairman, Mortgage Brain Ireland                         
The Hook: 
In my 25 years in the mortgage market, I have never experienced such a dysfunctional mortgage market. We have 5 banks lending but their “hands are tied” by the new Central Bank rules on lending. Let me give you a stark statistic. The mortgage market in Ireland will be €4/€ 4.2 BN in 2015. Manchester and the Greater Manchester area alone will lend more money this year than Ireland.

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