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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 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 The central focus will be to press the government to replace Ireland’s outdated Air Pollution Act with a new Clean Air Act.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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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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Story ideas for Monday 21st September 2015

September 21, 2015 Posted in : Homelessness, Housing, NALA, Simon Community

Story Idea: Modular Housing is welcome but solutions are permanent housing with support
Expert: Niamh Randall (Expert in Housing Services) Head of Policy and Communications/ National Spokesperson, Simon Communities.                        
The Hook: The Simon Communities cautiously welcomed the recent proposal for the introduction of modular housing units to help address the growing homeless crisis. However, they stressed that this is still a temporary solution where families experiencing homeless will live for up to six months and there remains much detail to be worked out. Simon knows that the solution to homelessness is permanent housing with support and it is essential that we do not lose sight of this vision.

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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: 17th-21st August

August 25, 2015 Posted in : Asthma, Asthma Society of Ireland, Cork, Dairy Farming, Experts, Experts in the Media, Food, Food for Health Ireland, Food Science, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Health, Healthy Living, Homelessness, Housing, Ireland, Our experts in the media, Report, Simon Community, Stories, UCC, UCD

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 Examiner, Newstalk and Kfm 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 impact cheese is really having on our health, the housing crisis in Dublin and the spike in asthma attacks in children. (more…)

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Story ideas for every day of the week: 17th – 21st August 2015

August 17, 2015 Posted in : Agriculture, Airbnb, Construction, Dublin, English, Food, Food for Health Ireland, Food Science, Galzacs15, Homelessness, Housing, Irish Green Building Council, NALA, Simon Community, Tax, TaxAssist

Monday 17th August 2015

Story Idea: Calling All Cheese Lovers  - Food for Health Ireland researchers to undertake the largest study of the impact of cheese on Irish heart health
Expert: Dr Emma Feeney 
(Expert in Nutrition and Food Consumption) Researcher, Food for Health Ireland/ UCD.                   
The Hook: Are we getting the wrong advice about saturated fat from foods like cheese? For years, cheese has been demonized as a food high in saturated fat which could raise cholesterol levels and heart disease risks. Irish researchers in University College Dublin and Teagasc Moorepark now think that this advice needs a rethink. A number of scientific studies published in the last few years have called into question the current negative message about cheese as an unhealthy food. This emerging science from around the world is poking holes in the argument that cheese is detrimental to health. FHI scientists will shortly begin the largest study of its kind in Ireland to understand more about cheese and its impact on our health.

Dr Emma Feeney, FHI UCD explains ‘Cheese is high in saturated fat however the composition of the matrix of the fat is special. The fat is found with other nutrients like calcium and protein. It is believed that this matrix of nutrients with the fat can potentially have a positive effect on our health. Our study will look at this theory in more detail’.

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Notable Events for Monday 17th

* Eurostat – International trade in goods – June 2015
* The Rose of Tralee International 10k charity run

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