Kevin Keegan, head of HR at Ulster Bank with Tony Keville and Tomasz Kolodziejskui, marking the close of the bank’s One Week in June campaign

Ulster Bank teamed up with eight charities across the Republic of Ireland for an initiative called ‘One Week in June’ to raise funds. Activities ranged from bake-offs to hill walking, relay runs to band battles and Ulster Bank staff all over Ireland got involved. The charities to benefit in the Republic of Ireland were: Barnardos; Concern Worldwide; the Irish Cancer Society; the Irish Heart Foundation; the Irish Hospice Foundation; Rehab; the Simon Communities; and the Society of St Vincent de Paul. The ‘One Week in June’ campaign is the highlight of a variety of Ulster Bank initiatives which underline the organisation’s ongoing support for communities and the wider not for…

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Business and Leadership Ltd.

London City Airport has been awarded the Best Airport in Europe in the 1-5 million passenger category for the third year in a row by Airports Council International (ACI), a worldwide association of airport operators. It received the award in Frankfurt, Germany at the 10th annual ACI Europe Best Airport Awards for its “eagerness to innovate together with its quality of services, active sustainability and active agendas, such as airport tours for young people”. Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport and former Dublin Airport Authority CEO said the judges recognised a number of areas where it had excelled in reaching and engaging with customers, the local community and employees.…

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Global stars to descend on Dublin to discuss women in tech

Some of the most successful women in tech will be in Dublin next Monday, 30 June to attend the Female Founders Forum, organised by Silicon Republic. The event will take place from 2pm to 5pm at the Guinness Storehouse, St James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin 8 and it will focus on the future of investment in female-led high potential start-ups in Ireland. After the forum, a special reception celebrating 100 top women in Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) will take place at the Storehouse. “The role of women in the tech sector is a huge issue globally. International research shows women-led tech companies are more successful than those led by…

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Amber develops NanoWow course for primary school teachers

Amber, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded materials science centre based at Trinity College Dublin, has launched a new summer training course in nanoscience and materials science for primary school teachers. The course, which runs from 7– 11 July, is Department of Education-accredited and will take place in Amber in association with the School of Education, Trinity. It is created to help primary school teachers to teach nano and materials science to fifth and sixth class students and will focus on a number of key areas including nature of science and science teaching pedagogy; developing creative science investigation in the primary classroom; and enquiry-based approaches to science teaching in primary…

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch Announces TCD Library as 2014 Art Conservation Project grant recipient

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has announced that Trinity College Dublin (TCD) Library will receive funding to conserve, research and digitize four early Irish manuscripts through the company’s 2014 global Art Conservation Project. Since 2010, Bank of America Merrill Lynch has provided grants to museums in 27 countries supporting 71 conservation projects. Once conserved the manuscripts will be made available via TCD Library’s digital collections and exhibited alongside the Book of Kells, the Book of Durrow and the Book of Armagh at TCD Library. The grant will fund the treatment, technical examination, digitization and art historical study of four of TCD Library’s most important early medieval Irish manuscripts, the Codex Usserianius Primus, the Garland of…

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CPA Ireland awards funding

Research examining the formation of Irish water; the use of imagery in annual reports and the determinants of SME growth in Ireland are among the inaugural projects to be funded by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland (CPA) Ireland Research Fund.  The CPA Ireland Research Fund was established by the CPA to support scholarly and creative research in the area of accountancy and finance. Researchers from Queens University Belfast, Dublin City University, the University of Limerick and Cork Institute of Technology will each receive funding of up to €2,500 to progress their research. “There are many challenges facing researchers in attracting funding in the area of finance and…

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plain tobacco packaging

Ireland is set to become the first country in the European Union to introduce legislation on plain packaging for tobacco products. The Government has approved the publication of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014 and the presentation of the Bill in the Seanad. “Ireland will be the first country in the European Union to introduce such legislation and the third country worldwide,” said  Minister for Health James Reilly. “Australia introduced plain packaging legislation in November 2011 and the New Zealand Bill had its first reading in Parliament on 11 February this year. I understand that other EU countries are also considering such legislation. “This represents a significant…

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Magnus Ternsjö, CEO of UPC Ireland

Coding whizzkids came in their droves to DCU over the weekend to demo an array of cool and imaginative coding ideas at the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards 2014 ceremony. The top prizes were awarded to an e-car charger locator app, a wild western game, and Camera selfies, a website which allows you to share selfies at large events. The Coolest Projects Awards, now in their third year, were an opportunity for members of local coding clubs or dojos to showcase the application of the skills and knowledge they have gained from attending their weekly coding sessions. The event saw 250 projects being presented on Saturday to an expert judging panel,…

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Business and Leadership Ltd.

Over 110 of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs are back in Ireland following last week’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year CEO retreat in Vancouver and Seattle. The retreat, which was attended by this year’s finalists and a number of EOY alumni, was, according to the organisers, “focused on equipping the entrepreneurs in attendance with the building blocks to create a robust global vision for their respective businesses”. “The CEO Retreat exposed our entrepreneurs to visionaries across all walks of life, from the founders of cutting-edge emerging companies to the president and CEO of global aerospace giant Boeing” said Frank O’Keeffe, partner-in-charge of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year. “Whether they were artists, politicians…

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Outgoing BIM CEO to head up €35m project in Killibegs

Outgoing CEO of Bord Iascaigh Mhara Jason Whooley is to head up Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland (BII) in Killybegs, Co Donegal from next September. BII is a €35m project which will result in the creation of up to 50 jobs during the construction phase and a further 70 direct and indirect jobs when it intends to go into full production in 2016. It was formed as a result of a joint venture between the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation and Norwegian pharmaceutical and marine biotech experts Biomarine Science Technology. “We intend BII to position Ireland as a global leader in marine ingredients,” said BII chairman Martin Howley. “With somebody of the vision and…

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