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Story Ideas For Friday June 19th 2015

June 15, 2015 Posted in : Health, Housing, Plumbing, Stories, Water Charges, Water Safety

Story Idea: A Lead Balloon?
Expert: John Sodeau (Expert in Air Pollution and Climate Change) Professor of Physical Chemistry / Director of Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry, UCC.    
The Hook: Irish Water have recently announced that the health of many thousands of households in Ireland are at risk due to lead plumbing. (more…)

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Story ideas for Friday 7th November 2014

November 3, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Gay Rights, Water Charges

Story Idea: Southern Launch of Flogenic™ at Self Build Millstreet 8th & 9th Nov
Expert: Martin Lane (Expert in Water Conservation and Energy Conservation) Managing Director, Watersave.
The Hook: Watersave will have the South of Ireland launch of the Flogenic™ water treatment system for Rainwater Harvesting and Wells next weekend in the Green Glens Arena Millstreet, Cork. Following on from last weekends launch in Dublin, interest in Flogenic™ is expected to be huge once again. For more on this, please contact Martin Lane.

Story Idea: BeLong To hosting major LGBTQ Conference in Dublin this November 
Expert: David Carroll (Expert in Gay Rights and Sexuality) Executive Director, BeLong To Youth Services.
The Hook: BeLonG To Youth Services the national organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual & trans young people in Ireland is hosting the 30th General Assembly of the International lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth and student organisation (IGLYO) this November. For more of this, please contact David Carroll of BeLong To.


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Story Ideas For Every Day Of The Week 3rd-7th November 2014

November 3, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, GOAL, MABS, Retail, Tourism, UCC, Water Charges

Monday 3rd November 2014

Story Idea: Ireland’s tourism drive for 2015 kicks off at world’s largest travel fair 
Expert: Sinead Grace (Expert in Tourism and Promoting Ireland) Media and Public Relations Manager, Tourism Ireland.
The Hook: Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring joins Tourism Ireland and 70 tourism enterprises from Ireland at World Travel Market (WTM) in London this week, heralding the beginning of the promotional drive overseas for the 2015 season. Now in its 35th year, World Travel Market is the largest B2B event in the global travel and tourism calendar, with about 50,000 travel industry professionals from around the world and 3,000 influential international media in attendance.

Story Idea: Retail Excellence Ireland Retail Awards from Midnight Sat Nov 1st
Expert: David Fitzsimons (Expert in Retail) CEO, Retail Excellence Ireland.
The Hook: Post Budget 2015 the industry is facing into a positive Christmas season after seven hard years. Nov 1st and 2nd is the last weekend before retail goes to a 7 day week through to Post Christmas Sales. We will have winning women and men and stores from around the country available to talk about their business as it faces up to Christmas.

Notable Events for Monday 3rd

* World Vegan Month.
* Sandwich Day.
* Eurostat- Building permits- July 2014.

Tuesday 4th November 2014 

Story Idea: President Michael D Higgins to visit refugess in Gambella this week
Expert: Barry Andrews (Expert in Poverty and Humanitarian Aid) CEO, GOAL.
The Hook: More than 400 South Sudanese refugees are crossing the border into Gambella every day. The UN is predicting 300,000 refugees by the end of 2014. The President is visiting these refugee camps on 4th November. Barry Andrews will be meeting him with other GOAl staff.

Notable Events for Tuesday 4th

* Web Summit, Dublin- ends on the 6th.
* Public transport fares to increase from this weekend. What does this mean for Irish commuters?
* Champions League Football- group stage action.


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Essential experts for Budget 2015

October 14, 2014 Posted in : Budget15, Business, Dairy Farming, DIT, Economic Experts, Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, GOAL, Health, MABS, Teagasc, UCC, Water Charges

Journalists across the country will be rushed off their feet today with Minister Michael Noonan’s Budget announcement at 14:30. The Budget is one of the biggest stories of the year and it is essential you have the right people to comment on the Budget 2015 revelations. Don’t be stuck for a reaction! Our Galzac’s Guide experts are here to help.

We have created a comprehensive list of all our relevant experts for Budget 2015 for the busy journalists out there today who are searching for expert reactions. Please click the experts name to get their contact details.


Mans Martensson, Media Manager, Eurofound – Expert in Employment and Industrial Relations.

Peter Cosgrove, Director, Cpl Resources plc – Expert in Jobs and Employment.

Dr Niamh Hourigan, Senior Lecturer Sociology and Philosophy, University College Cork – Expert in Unemployment and Social Welfare.

Alan Nuzum, CEO, Skillnets – Expert in Unemployment and Education.


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Galzac’s Experts- Stories about water

May 1, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Water Charges

The water charges story is very topical now and I’ve a good expert that you might consider featuring?

Charles Burns has just been appointed by Kingspan as their first ever Director of Water and I thought he’d be a great contributor to any discussion, item or package that you might be doing on water, charging for water and how to cut your water bill.

In the next few months he is going to be focusing on what the Government needs to do to put water efficiency at the heart of all new buildings, as well as, introducing a water efficiency grant so consumers can reduce their water bills.

His other areas and possible topics for discussion include:

  • How water is wasted in the home.
  • How to make a house water efficient.
  • What will the water charge and free allowance mean for the typical household?
  • The structure of water charges.
  • The free water allowance.
  • Practical tips and advice on how to conserve water in the home.
  • Ireland’s water supply crisis.
  • Septic tanks, and sewage treatment plants.

He’s a polished performer with lots of media experience. He’s also got a good handle on what the Government will be doing on domestic and commercial water charges.

His expert profile is here.

The best way to get him is to call me on (087) 2256090.

All the best,


Jack Murray
CEO + Founder
8 Greenmount House | Greenmount Office Park | Harold’s Cross Road | Dublin 6W
t. 01-4732050  w.  e.


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Government must introduce water efficiency grant in tandem with charges – Kingspan

April 28, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Kingspan, Water Charges

  • “Charging and free water allowance will not solve our water supply crisis.”

“Tomorrow the Government will decide the level of water charges to be applied to Irish homes in 2015. Up to now all the debate has centred on the level of charges and the ‘free water allowance’ for hard-press consumers. In tandem with these new charges it’s imperative the Government introduces a grant scheme to incentivise the use of water efficiency measures in their homes,” said Charles Burns Kingspan’s Director of Water.

“In the last four years we’ve had four major water supply shocks in Ireland. John Tierney of Irish Water admitted recently that 1 million Irish people live at constant supply risk. We are facing a very real water supply crisis and politicians need to take action to encourage people to use the free rainwater that falls on their roofs,” he said.

“A grant scheme to incentivise water saving technologies has the twin benefits of reducing water bills and also reducing the pressure on the mains water system. A similar programme was introduced successfully for insulation and solar energy to improve the energy efficiency of our building stock.” he added.

“Free rainwater can meet up to 50% of the needs of a domestic house and can be used in washing machines and toilets and has the potential to dramatically reduce water bills,” he concluded.

In 2014 Charles Burns was appointed as Kingspan’s first ever Director of Water.

For the past 15 years he has specialised in water saving technologies and has an expert knowledge of rainwater harvesting, off-mains wastewater and storm water recycling for domestic and commercial developments.

He has a particular interest in how new technologies can future proof Ireland’s over reliance on mains water, and tackle our ongoing and worsening crisis with water supply.

Kingspan Group plc is a leading manufacturer of sustainable building materials.

It is one of the world’s leading authorities on water saving technologies and manufacturers products for rainwater harvesting, off-mains wastewater and storm-water for both domestic and commercial markets.


For media enquiries please call Jack Murray on (087) 2256090.

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