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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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A national health innovation hub with the potential to support hundreds of new companies will be established in 2014, the Government has announced on publishing the 10th Action Plan for Jobs Quarterly Progress Report. It said the new National Health Innovation Hub would be “a win-win for businesses, the health system – and most importantly, for job-creation”. In essence, it means that innovative Irish healthcare companies will for the first time be able to easily gain access to the health system to test their products and services, increasing the chances of developing commercial ideas and creating jobs. The hub will aim to support Irish businesses in the pharmaceutical, medical devices…

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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 in 18 Tesco stores from October 2013 to February 2014, which involved Tesco donating almost 60,000 meals or 27 tonnes of food to 38…

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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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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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