Michael Dowling to succeed Denis Buckley as chairman of the Kerry Group

Asia-Pacific fastest growing region for Kerry Group

Michael Dowling has today been appointed chairman designate at Kerry Group to succeed Denis Buckley, who is retiring from the board at the end of the year. Buckley has been chairman of the group for the last 11 years and a director since 1986. Dowling was appointed to the board in 1998 and chaired its audit committee from January 2000 until February 2013. He is a former secretary general of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. A director of a number of private companies, he is chairman of the board of management of UCC/Teagasc Food Innovation Alliance and a visiting professor, dealing with agri-food policy, in the department of…

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Tyndall and TSSG targeting €82m in funding and 10 spin outs with internet of things partnership


Tyndall National Institute and Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will seek to draw down €82m of funding available through the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and create 10 spin outs. The MoU will formalise a partnership between the two research institutions to create a full end-to-end offering in the IoT space.  The MoU is targeting the creation of 10 new spin out companies based on IoT technologies that will span across multiple sectors. Tyndall and TSSG are currently collaborating on several projects across the energy, agriculture, environment and health sectors to deliver a tangible connection for people between…

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Conference highlights importance of awareness and social supports in improving lives of people with disabilities in Ireland


A multidisciplinary research conference is being held at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) today, 16 September 2014, highlighting a range of current disability policy issues in Ireland. The ‘Disability Through the Lifecourse’ event brings together ESRI research, which deals with a range of topics that are hugely relevant to the development of disability policy, including children with disabilities, disability, work and adulthood, mental health and costs of disability. The research highlights the barriers to inclusion for children and adults with disabilities in Ireland within education, the labour market and adult life. Professor of Inclusion and Diversity at University of Edinburgh Sheila Riddell will give the keynote address at…

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Liam Neeson reveals Ian Paisley inspired him to act

Liam Neeson

Hollywood actor and Ballymena native Liam Neeson told Ian Dempsey in an interview this morning on Today FM that former Democratic Unionist Party leader Dr Ian Paisley was an inspiration to him. Paisley passed away later today. Chatting to Dempsey about his new film A Walk Among The Tombstones, Neeson confirmed that Ian Paisley had inspired him to act. “I managed to hear the Reverend Ian two or three times. I snuck into the back of the gospel hall and heard him doing his thing. Very, very powerful orator.” A book of condolence for Paisley will be opened at City Hall in Belfast on Monday at 9am. Karina Corbett

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Looming Talent Crisis: Companies Unprepared for Future Work

Looming talent crisis

Businesses are facing the most diverse work environment that the world has ever seen with five different generations working together, across geographies — each with different skills, experiences, and work habits, according to a new study by Oxford Economics and SAP. More of these workers will be freelancers and long-term contractors. All of this represents a major opportunity for productivity, talent development, and employee engagement, but the Workforce 2020 report found that most companies are unprepared to capitalize on it. It also found that most companies recognize the importance of managing an increasingly international, diverse and mobile workforce. However, the majority lack the strategy, culture, and solutions to do so.…

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Women in the boardroom: Anne O’Dwyer

Anne O'Dwyer

Anne O’Dwyer, managing director of Duff & Phelps Ireland, shares her thoughts on leadership, gender quotas and a changed business environment. Could you tell us a bit about your career path and what your role involves now? Having studied accounting and finance in DCU, I joined a mid-tier accountancy firm, OSK, where I trained to become a chartered accountant. I stayed with OSK for a number of years after I qualified and progressed to management level before moving to join the audit team at RSM Farrell Grant Sparks as a senior manager in 2007. At the end of 2008 I was promoted to director within the audit team. However, shortly…

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Six Sigma driving innovation at Irish Life Corporate Business

Around eight years ago a division within Irish Life in Dublin decided to embrace Six Sigma and this has turned out to be a key driver of innovation. Developed by Motorola in 1986, Six Sigma is a set of techniques and tools for process improvement with the aim of creating people in the organisation who are experts in its methods to various levels from ‘yellow belt’ up to ‘black belt’. Director of innovation in the corporate business division at Irish Life Paul O’Neill explained that 40 of the 300 people in the division are focused on information technology and transforming the business – in other words innovation. “We look for…

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In the boardroom: user’s guide for non-executive directors in regulated entities

In the boardroom

After two years as a non-executive director in a regulated entity, and a 25-year career in financial services, Tony McPoland offers a user’s guide. Reputation is key. Your reputation is critical and you should not join any board where you do not think the proper controls, processes and procedures are in place. Do your due diligence before you join a board to make sure you share the same culture. Use networks to keep informed. The major accounting, consulting and law firms (as well as the IoD) all have non-executive director networks and hold regular seminars on current regulatory, reporting and legal topics of concern to non-executive directors. These represent an…

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AdRoll opens London office and appoints Michael Bertaut as managing director of EMEA strategic sales

AdRoll has announced the opening of its London office and the appointment of Michael Bertaut as managing director of EMEA strategic sales. Bertaut, Google’s former country manager for Italy and ex-head of new business sales in Latin America, will be responsible for building out a London-based strategic sales organisation, focusing on bringing AdRoll’s cross-device, cross-platform, transparent digital advertising solutions to sophisticated larger brands and agencies across EMEA
 . AdRoll’s launch in London comes as the latest IAB Europe AdEx Benchmark reveals that online advertising grew 11.9pc to a market value of €27.3bn in 2013. London is AdRoll’s second office opening in Europe following its launch in Dublin last year. Over…

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What is Corporate Governance?

In the first of a regular series, UCD’s Prof Niamh Brennan explains what the term corporate governance means. The word governance comes from a Latin word – gubernare – which means to steer. Cicero wrote, “he that governs sits quietly at the stern and scarce is seen to stir.” Thus my colleague, Dr. Collette Kirwan, has conceptualized the board as being the navigator of the company. In his The Wealth of Nations of 1776, Adam Smith noted that directors of companies are managers of other people’s rather than their own money. He pointed to the risk that they wouldn’t watch over other people’s money with the same anxious vigilance as…

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