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Story ideas for Tuesday 15th December 2015

December 14, 2015 Posted in : Economics, Government, Housing, Tenancy

Story Idea: New Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act was passed last Friday 5th Dec

Expert: Lorcan Sirr (Expert in Housing & Urban Economics) Lecturer in Housing Studies, DIT. (more…)

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Story ideas for Friday 6th November 2015

November 2, 2015 Posted in : Childcare, Children, Government, Ireland

Story Idea: Why quality in childcare is so important
Expert: Ciarín de Buis 
(Expert in Childcare) Director, Start Strong.
The Hook: 
Last week saw Children’s Minister James Reilly launch the latest OECD ‘Starting Strong’ report which looks at how countries monitor the level of care provided to young children. With the extension of free pre-school provision announced in Budget 2016, it’s essential that such care is kept to the highest standards, to ensure that our young children truly benefit from it.

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Story ideas for Monday 19th September 2015

October 19, 2015 Posted in : Childcare, Children, Education, Galzacs15, Government, PLE

Story Idea: What difference does the budget make to educators working in the early years sector?
Expert: Dr. Mary Moloney 
(Expert in Third Level Institutions) Chairperson, PLÉ – the National Association of third Level Institutions.                        
The Hook: While the Budget sees an €85m investment in early childhood care and education this week, it seems that the government have forgotten about those who work with young children in these settings. It is widely known that even when early childhood educators hold an honours degree in early childhood, they earn little more than minimum wage, which from January 2016 increases to €9.16 per hour.

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Launch of Snapshot Study on Rent Supplement Limits and Market Rents by Simon Communities in Ireland

October 8, 2015 Posted in : Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Government, Homelessness, Housing, Ireland, Simon Community

The Simon Communities have launched their snapshot study: ‘Locked Out of the Market II: The Gap between Rent Supplement/HAP Limits and Market Rents’ looking at the current state of Ireland’s rental market and its effects on the country’s most vulnerable people.

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Experts in the Media 21-25th September

September 28, 2015 Posted in : Building, Business, Construction, Dublin, Dublin Town, Economics, Experts in the Media, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Government, Housing, Irish Green Building Council, Media, National Women's Council of ireland, NWCI, Women's Equality

Our experts made the news across a wide variety of genres last week, offering their knowledge and insights across the nation’s media outlets. The Herald and Irish Examiner are just a few of the media outlets that have featured our experts in recent days.

Galzac experts provided commentary on a wide range of topics including the eight amendment to bank incentives to build homes. (more…)

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Story ideas for Wednesday 9th September 2015

September 7, 2015 Posted in : Government, Milk, Research, UCC

Story Idea: Drop in milk prices might help save the planet
Expert: John Sodeau (Expert in Scientific Research) Professor of Physical Chemistry/ Director of Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry, UCC.                      
The Hook: The significant drop in milk prices is partly due to the increase in its global supply now that quotas have gone. At least this will help discourage Irish Farmers from increasing the size of their dairy herds.

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Story ideas for Monday 7th September 2015

September 7, 2015 Posted in : Government, Homelessness, Housing, Simon Community, TV3

Story Idea: Simon Community urge people to sign their letter to Government
Expert: Niamh Randall (Expert in Inequality and Homelessness) National Spokesperson, Simon Communities of Ireland.                       
The Hook: As part of the Simon Communities Homeless Forecast Campaign over 2,500 people have already signed their letter to An Taoiseach/An Tánaiste, asking them to put the homeless and housing crisis at the top of the Cabinet agenda.

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Story ideas for every day of the week: 7th September – 11th September 2015

September 7, 2015 Posted in : Agriculture, Alltech, CSO, Foreign Policy, Galzacs15, Government, Homelessness, Housing, Ireland, Milk, NSRF, Simon Community, Stories, Suicide Prevention, Tourism, Tourism Ireland, UCC

Monday 7th September 2015

Story Idea: Simon Community urge people to sign their letter to Government
Expert: Niamh Randall (Expert in Inequality and Homelessness) National Spokesperson, Simon Communities of Ireland.                       
The Hook: As part of the Simon Communities Homeless Forecast Campaign over 2,500 people have already signed their letter to An Taoiseach/An Tánaiste, asking them to put the homeless and housing crisis at the top of the Cabinet agenda.

“We feel the level of support reflects the very real concerns people have about the growing numbers of people becoming homeless and the extent of the housing crisis’ said Niamh Randall, National Spokesperson for the Simon Communities. “Now we really need more people to follow suit and visit our website, simonhomelessforecast.ie. Together we can use our collective voice to stand with people who have been let down for far too long people. Please join us by sending your letter and help end this crushing homeless and housing crisis.

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Experts in the Media: 24th-28th August

September 1, 2015 Posted in : Business, Cancer, Cork, DAA, Dublin, Emergency Services, Employment, Experts in the Media, Government, Health, Healthy Living, Heart, Irish Heart Foundation, Media, Tax, Transport, UCC

Our experts made the news across a wide variety of genres last week, offering their knowledge and insights across the nation’s media outlets. The Irish Times and RTÉ Radio One are just a few of the media outlets that have featured our experts in recent days.

Galzac’s experts provided commentary on a wide range of topics including the Government losing tax revenue due to spurious self-employment, and that heart disease kills six times more women than breast cancer.

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

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Story of the day: Wold Humanitarian Day: Migration in the Mediterranean

August 19, 2015 Posted in : EU affairs, Europe, Experts, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Government, International affairs, Ireland, Journalists, Migration, MSF

Today is World Humanitarian Day and we have an expert available to comment throughout the day.

Story Idea: Recent tragic mass-drownings at sea and disgraceful behaviour by authorities on European soil have put the spotlight on the Mediterranean; where record numbers of people are fleeing brutal wars and insecurity in the Middle East and Africa by attempting the dangerous crossing in un-seaworthy boats. Three Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) search & rescue vessels have saved over 10,600 lives at sea (about 15% of all those saved) but tragically there have been too many drownings and deaths at sea. Our medical teams are also working with refugees and migrants in the port of Pozallo, Sicily and in Kos, Greece; where in-adequate reception facilities exist. The scale of this humanitarian crisis requires Europe to do more for people who risk their lives at sea, and when they reach land in Europe.

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