Ryanair’s former COO and deputy chief executive Michael Cawley joins airline’s board as NED

Ryanair's former COO and deputy chief executive Michael Cawley

Ryanair’s former COO and deputy chief executive Michael Cawley joins airline’s board as NEDPictured: Michael Cawley Former Ryanair deputy CEO and chief operating officer Michael Cawley has today been appointed to the airline’s board. Cawley worked for Ryanair for 17 years until he retired in March 2014. He is also a non-executive director of Paddy Power and Kingspan Group and chairman of Failte Ireland. “I am delighted that Michael has accepted our invitation to join the board of Ryanair,” said Ryanair chairman David Bonderman. “His experience, skills, and in-depth knowledge of the industry will be of great benefit to the board and we all look forward to working closely with…

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National CSR plan launched

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A new national plan on corporate social responsibility over the next three years was launched today by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton. According to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the new plan – Good for Business, Good for the Community – supports one of its key objectives, which is to make Ireland the best small country in which to do business. Specific measures in the plan include: Establish a stakeholder forum to support the development of CSR in Ireland, in the first half of 2014;Establish a baseline of CSR activity in Ireland, through the National Standards Association of Ireland;Work with stakeholders to raise awareness of CSR and support best practice CSR;Explore how…

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Desi Dobreva – The Branding Queen (Must Follow)

Desi Dobreva – The Branding Queen Desi Dobreva is a professional creative, specializing in content creation, social media, PR and helping your business reach rock star status. She can be found on a plane, writing the night away, standing up for animal rights or hugging her sloth. Business and Leadership sat down with “The Branding Queen” to talk about being an entrepreneur, growing a team, and fighting mediocrity and creating big wins for her clients’ businesses. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up and in what ways does that relate to what you do now? Words and stories have captivated me ever since I…

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Jon Shugart – CEO of BookProfits Program

Jon Shugart-CEO of Book Profits

Whether it was through marketing automation or the use of big data, Jon Shugart of BookProfits (along with his partner, Luke Sample ) has tackled problems that very few others have gone after solving. However, that is what gets him excited the most, and the more difficult the challenge, the more ready he is to jump in with both feet and get to work to solve it. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? In what ways does that relate to what you do now? I have always gravitated towards solving problems, even when I was young. Math was my favorite subject and I always felt I would be…

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Ireland remains one of the least trusting countries globally – Edelman

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The 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer has placed Ireland second from the bottom in a league table measuring levels of trust in 27 countries. Overall levels of trust in Ireland has fallen 2 points to 37pc during the past 12 months. The barometer finds that NGOs in Ireland remain the most trusted institution despite a significant fall of 10 points to 48pc. And business is the second most trusted institution in Ireland, despite a further three point decline to 38pc. Trust in media is down another three points to 34pc and has now fallen 11 points since 2013. Of the 27 countries surveyed only Japan (31pc) and Turkey (20pc) have lower…

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Tesco first retailer to donate all surplus food to charity using Foodcloud app

Tesco first retailer to donate all surplus food to charity using Foodcloud app Co-founders Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien Foodcloud and Christine Heffernan, corporate affairs director, Tesco Ireland Tesco Ireland and social enterprise Foodcloud have announced a partnership that means all surplus food from Tesco’s 146 stores will be redistributed to charities and community groups through the use of Foodcloud’s app. Two young social entrepreneurs, Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien set up Foodcloud in 2012 to connect businesses with surplus food with community groups and charities. The venture has graduated from Trinity College Dublin’s Launchbox, NDRC’s start-up accelerator programme Launchpad and is a winners of the Arthur Guinness Projects. It ran a pilot programme…

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Global stars to descend on Dublin to discuss women in tech

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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Irish start-up Pharmapod is European winner of The Global Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

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NDRC LaunchPad alumnus and Irish start-up Pharmapod was announced today as the European winner of The Global Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, an international business plan competition that identifies, supports and encourages projects by women entrepreneurs. Last June Pharmapod and its founder Leonora O’Brien was selected as one of the 18 Cartier finalists from over 1,200 applicants worldwide. This week she was invited to France for the final round of competition, which included submitting a detailed business plan and presenting her project in front of the jury. One winner was chosen from each of six regions worldwide with Pharmapod selected as the ‘Laureate for Europe’. The company will now receive a…

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Trust in government plummets – Edelman Trust Barometer

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Trust in government in Ireland has fallen by 11 points over the last 12 months according to the 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer, which also reveals that trust levels in NGOs, business and media is down over the last yar. The Trust Index, the average trust across the four institutions of business, government, NGOs and media, showed a seven point drop for Ireland to 39 points. This places Ireland as the third least trusting country of 27 surveyed. Government is the least trusted of the four institutions with only 21pc of people saying that they trust government to do what is right. This is the lowest level of trust recorded for…

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The Doyle Collection appoints CFO

Kieran Doohan

Kieran Doohan has been appointed chief financial officer at the The Doyle Collection. Doohan joins the company from Ballymore Group, where he was group financial controller and head of finance (Ireland). Previously, he held the position of financial controller (international division) at Mercury Engineering, between 2003 and 2007. He began his career in KPMG in 1996 and held a number of management positions in the firm’s Dublin and Sydney offices between 1996 and 2002. A fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, he holds a bachelor of commerce (BComm) and master’s of accounting (MAcc) from UCD, and a graduate diploma in the management and application of IT in accounting from DCU. Grainne…

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