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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 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 Monday 7th December 2015

December 7, 2015 Posted in : Building, Homeowners, Housing, Irish Green Building Council

Monday 7th December 2015

Story Idea: Group launch free information guide to homeowners looking to build or renovate

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

The Hook: A guide has been launched by the QualiBuild consortium to give those looking to build or renovate basic information on what they need to look out for. This is designed to give essential vocabulary and tips to homeowners before they contract builders and tradesmen. (more…)

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Story idea for Wednesday 2nd December

November 30, 2015 Posted in : Experts, Housing, Irish Green Building Council

Wednesday 2nd December 2015

Story Idea: Homeowners will be check the competency of building workers with online register

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

The Hook: Homeowners will be able to check an online register before employing building trades to see if they have done the necessary energy efficiency and building regulations awareness to deliver good quality work in their home. (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 every day of the week: 16th-20th November

November 16, 2015 Posted in : Alltech, Brewing, Children, Depression, Diabetes, Distillery, Dublin, ECT, Entrepreneurship, Europe, Genealogy, Housing, SME, Sport, Students, Web Fest, Women's Entrepreneurship Day

Monday 16th November 2015

Story Idea: Entries for Dublin Craft Beer Cup and Dublin Craft Cider Cup now open!
Expert: Kevin Tuck 
(Expert in Agriculture & Sustainability) Managing Director, Alltech.

The Hook: The Dublin Craft Beer Cup is a unique competition that allows craft brewers to showcase their beers and have them rated, tasted and analysed by an international panel of beer experts. Due to popular demand, the competition has expanded in order for craft cider makers to have their own dedicated cider cup. (more…)

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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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Story ideas for Wednesday 4th November 2015

November 2, 2015 Posted in : CBRE, Dublin, Housing, Ireland, Property Market

Story Idea: Release of CBRE’s last market report for 2015 looking at trends and transactions in all sectors of the Irish commercial property market
Expert: Marie Hunt
 (Expert in Commercial Property) Executive Director/Head of Research, CBRE Ireland.      
The Hook: 
This focusses on trends and transactions in all sectors of the Irish commercial property market with two months to go to the close of what has been an exceptionally busy year. It looks at the office, retail, industrial, investment, land and hotels and pubs sectors of the market and gives comprehensive overview of what’s going on in each sector and how 2015 has been.

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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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