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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

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

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

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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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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Business and Leadership Ltd.

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…

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Business and Leadership Ltd.

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

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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Business and Leadership Ltd.

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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Ryanair's former COO and deputy chief executive 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 him as we continue to safely and successfully grow Ryanair across Europe, to the benefit of…

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