Architect of her own success: Angela Brady

Angela Brady

Aside from running her own practice with her husband, architect Angela Brady campaigns on a wide range of issues, including sustainability and equality within her own profession. To describe Dublin-born, London-based architect Angela Brady as a doer is something of an understatement. Apart from the day job of running an award-winning practice with her husband Robin Mallalieu, Brady is in the second of a two-year term as president of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). She’s an active campaigner on a range of issues – for example, diversity in her profession, quality sustainable design and procurement reform within the sector – and has a media career, which has included…

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EMC Warns Office Workers Over ‘Phish Friday’ as Cyber Scams Soar

Jason Ward, EMC’s country manager in Ireland

IT multinational EMC has warned office workers to guard against phishing attacks after it emerged that Friday is the most common day for cybercriminals to strike. According to Jason Ward, EMC’s country manager in Ireland, ‘Phish Friday’ is now a staple in the IT calendar, and employees should be on the alert for cyber hackers’ efforts to steal their money and information. “Our research shows that Friday is the top choice for phishers to send targeted emails to office workers to get them to divulge secure information,” he said. “The phishers have calculated that employees are less on guard on the last day of the working week and more likely…

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Women in Leadership: Ann Horan


Ann Horan, chief executive of the DCU Ryan Academy, talks about her own career, a growing interest in female entrepreneurs and some of the traits women bring to leadership roles. Could you tell us a bit about your career path and what your role involves now? My career began in the Central Bank in the mid-70s, not that long after the ending of the marriage bar.  Right from the start, I loved the bank.  I found the work interesting and progressed through the various roles and levels.  I soon started to study, attracted initially by the promise of money for passing the exams and then I discovered my love of…

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Women make up a third of company directors in Ireland – report

Adrian Brady, Eulogy

Women make up a third of company directors in Ireland – reportPictured: Adrian Brady, Eulogy Women account for a third of all directors in Ireland, according to the Irish Directors Report, which is based on CRO figures. The research, which was commissioned by Irish-owned, London-based PR agency, Eulogy PR and carried out by Blue Sheep, reveals that a further one in 13 Irish female directors is moving to the UK to develop her career and that 14pc are aged between 18 and 35 years old According to the report, 41pc of female directors (68,570) are in business services, 6.4pc (10,840) are in social work, 5.5pc (9,232) are involved in construction,…

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Two directors appointed to Enactus Ireland board

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Brian O’Gorman of Arthur Cox and George O’Connor of Enterprise Rent-A-Car have been appointed to the board of Enactus Ireland, the Irish branch of the university-based partnership between business and higher education for social change. The appointments are effective immediately. O’Gorman is currently managing partner of Arthur Cox.  A law graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he spent some years in London and Hong Kong with a leading international law firm and leading international investment bank before returning to Dublin in 1999 to join Arthur Cox, where he was appointed partner in 2000. O’Connor is managing director of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Ireland.  A graduate of DIT Business School, he joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s…

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Women Directors Want Greater Transparency in Appointment Process

Maura Quinn, chief executive, Institute of Directors in Ireland

Gender diversity on boards in Ireland is improving, but greater transparency in the appointment process is needed to increase the number of women directors, according to a new research report from the Institute of Directors in Ireland. The Women on boards in Ireland: Progress made, but obstacles remain, which has been released today, is based on interviews with 155 of the Institute of Directors in Ireland women members who currently hold an executive or non-executive directorship. In the research, 58pc of women said gender diversity on the board on which they sit has improved in the last five years. Over a third (37pc) said gender diversity is either a medium…

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UCD professor appointed chair of FSAI

Prof Michael Gibney

Michael Gibney, UCD Professor of Food and Health, has been appointed chairman of the Food Safety Authority (FSAI). The FSAI also appointed Raymond O’Rourke, a qualified barrister and a food regulatory and consumer affairs lawyer, and reappointed Prof Charles Daly, emeritus professor of food science and technology at University College, Cork, to its board. “Prof Gibney will be a tremendous asset to our board’s cumulative deliberations,” said Prof Alan Reilly, chief executive of the FSAI. “His appointment reaffirms our science-based ethos which underpins all the decisions, policies and actions of our organisation. “He has an impeccable global reputation for research on food and nutrition and has served on a number…

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New €70m energy efficiency fund can create 5,000 jobs, says Rabbitte

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A new €70m energy efficiency fund, approved by the Government yesterday, will provide project lending for energy efficiency works in the public and commercial sectors and has the potential to create 5,000 jobs, according to Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte. According to the Minister, the fund will be separate from, and additional to, the grants-based Retrofit programme for private homes, which currently maintains more than 4,000 jobs. He said the Government has authorised €35m in seed capital for the fund, which will leverage a similar amount from the private sector. “We estimate that about €250m in savings can be made in energy bills in the public…

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‘Rails Girls’ event to break down gender tech divide comes to Dublin tonight

Rails Girls participants

A worldwide movement that aims to bridge the gender divide in tech and teach women how to code comes to the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) tonight. A ‘Rails Girls’ workshop will hosted in NDRC’s offices in Crane Street in Dublin tonight from 6pm to 8pm and tomorrow (Saturday) from 9am to 6pm. Rails Girls is an international movement that teaches women how to code using Ruby on Rails, a web-based programming language. Ireland becomes the 36th country to host one of these workshops and joins countries such as Brazil, US, Japan, China and Ukraine, which have held events since the first workshop in Finland in 2010. In 2012 alone,…

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Ireland to play important role in advancing data protection regulation during EU presidency

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To coincide with Global Data Protection Day today, law firm Matheson hosted a seminar in Dublin with Irish Data Protection Commissioner Billy Hawkes. Ireland is set to play an important role in advancing the new data protection regulation throughout the EU presidency, according to Hawkes. The regulation, which is particularly relevant to foreign multinationals operating in and through Ireland, will come to a crucial point during the presidency and the Irish Government is preparing to play a significant part in its progression. The proposed new data protection regulation aims to strengthen and harmonise existing data protection law across the EU in order to ensure more transparency on information being collected,…

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