‘Blue Nose Month’ launched in support of Irish Autism Action

Kevin Whelan, CEO of Irish Autism Action, TV presenter Kathryn Thomas, Ciaran Mulligan, CEO of Blue Insurance and Ian Kennedy, Blue Insurance at the launch of Blue Nose Month

‘Blue Nose Month’ launched in support of Irish Autism ActionKevin Whelan, CEO of Irish Autism Action, TV presenter Kathryn Thomas, Ciaran Mulligan, CEO of Blue Insurance and Ian Kennedy, Blue Insurance at the launch of Blue Nose Month Online insurance broker Blue Insurance has launched ‘Blue Nose Month’, its first campaign as part of a new partnership with Irish Autism Action, which includes a commitment to raise up to €50,000 over the coming year for the organisation. All monies raised through the fundraising efforts of the team at Blue Insurance will go towards supporting the numerous projects being undertaken by Irish Autism Action. These include a nationwide awareness campaign across…

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IWEA says Ireland’s over-complicated regulatory framework is choking the renewables sector

IWEA says Ireland's over-complicated regulatory framework is choking the renewables sector inister for Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan with, from left: Kenneth Mathews, CEO, IWEA, David Gunning, CEO, Coillte and Stephen Wheeler, chairman, IWEA, at the WInd Energy (IWEA) conference in the INEC, Killarney

IWEA says Ireland’s over-complicated regulatory framework is choking the renewables sectorinister for Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan with, from left: Kenneth Mathews, CEO, IWEA, David Gunning, CEO, Coillte and Stephen Wheeler, chairman, IWEA, at the WInd Energy (IWEA) conference in the INEC, Killarney At the start of its autumn conference yesterday, the IWEA shared some alarming statistics on Ireland’s renewables portfolio for 2011. We are the worst performers in Europe night now, despite having some of the best wave and wind resources on the planet waiting to be capitalised on, both to reduce our extremely high reliance on imported fossil fuels (over 80pc) and to engage in green…

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Dawn Meats awarded McDonald’s Europe ‘Sustainability Supply Award’

Jose Armario, McDonald’s; Joao Lopes, McDonald’s; Francesca DeBiase, McDonald’s; Richard Clinton, Dawn Meats; Niall Browne, Dawn Meats; Brian Hyland, Dawn Meats; Doug Goare, McDonald’s Europe; and Keith Kenny, McDonald’s Europe

Dawn Meats awarded McDonald’s Europe ‘Sustainability Supply Award’Jose Armario, McDonald’s; Joao Lopes, McDonald’s; Francesca DeBiase, McDonald’s; Richard Clinton, Dawn Meats; Niall Browne, Dawn Meats; Brian Hyland, Dawn Meats; Doug Goare, McDonald’s Europe; and Keith Kenny, McDonald’s Europe Irish company Dawn Meats has been awarded the McDonald’s Europe ‘Sustainable Supply Award’ at the bi-annual McDonald’s Europe Supply Chain Symposium in Lisbon, Portugal. This is awarded to the supplier that has shown outstanding leadership and demonstrable results in making the McDonald’s supply chain more sustainable. Dawn Meats has won a number of sustainability awards in recent years, including in the global Best of Sustainable Supply awards in 2014. Niall Browne, CEO Dawn…

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Ireland on track to meet 2020 renewables target with wind, says IWEA

Some 142 MW of new wind generation capacity has been installed in Ireland so far this year, representing a total investment of €225m, according to new figures from the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA). Speaking on Global Wind Day, which is marked internationally today, “Through the delivery of wind energy we remain on track to meet our 2020 renewable electricity targets, but it’s essential that policy makers maintain a stable policy environment to allow Ireland to continue to harness this home-grown Irish electricity and reap the considerable economic and social benefits we’ll gain from that,” said Kenneth Matthews CEO of IWEA . Last year, €352m was invested in Irish wind energy projects. The IWEA said…

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Towards a ‘Green IFSC’

Towards a ‘Green IFSC’

Towards a ‘Green IFSC’ The so-called ‘Green IFSC’ has the potential to put Ireland very firmly on the map as a support centre for the global renewables and clean tech industries, KPMG’s Mike Hayes tells Grainne Rothery. The belief that Ireland is very well placed to become both a centre of excellence and a key support for the global renewable industry is the driving force behind an initiative to establish what is loosely being called the ‘Green IFSC’ in Ireland. At the launch of the initiative in January of 2011, then Taoiseach Brian Cowen said its establishment would position Ireland as a leading financial services centre for the management of…

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Tesco launches FoodCloud pilot in the UK after success of Irish programme

Tesco has this week launched a pilot FoodCloud programme at 10 of its UK stores, following on from the success of the food redistribution scheme in Ireland. Last July, Tesco Ireland committed to donating all of its surplus food to local charities through a partnership with the FoodCloud social enterprise. Set up by Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien, FoodCloud connects businesses with surplus food to local charities that need it through its technology platform and app. The app allows store managers to alert local charities of the amount of surplus food they have at the end of each day. The charities then collect the food, free of charge. In the…

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Wave Energy Firm Wavebob Turns Heads at Green Machines Exhibition

The Irish wave energy firm Wavebob has been voted the most popular sustainability project at the Science Gallery Green Machines exhibition, which has attracted over 30,000 visitors including US Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu. The show was unique in that visitors had the opportunity to virtually invest in 18 very different sustainable design projects they think are the most likely to help kick-start a green revolution. Over €5.4bn was invested in the projects, which included projects ranging from a bamboo bicycle, a toilet with a built-in sink, and home insulation made from fungus through to wave power generators and a wind turbine designed by Phillip Starck. However, Wavebob came up…

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Shortlist revealed for Allianz Business to Arts Awards

The shortlist for the 24th annual Allianz Business to Arts Awards has been announced today. The awards, which will be presented by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys on 1 September at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, seek to recognise the importance of arts and business organisations working together on projects that impact the partners and benefit society as a whole. “Looking at the breadth of the projects shortlisted this year, the importance and relevance of arts education is clear,” said Brendan Murphy, CEO of Allianz Ireland. “We’ve seen fantastic examples of companies leveraging their own knowledge and experience in business to help students from national schools,…

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Resolving Personality Conflicts at Work

Resolving Personality Conflicts

Photo: Unsplash Sooner or later, everyone has interpersonal conflicts with colleagues. Such rifts can drag on for years. With the right technique, most can be resolved quickly. Understand The Cause Sometimes it’s clear why a person doesn’t like you or why you don’t like him/her. Perhaps you said or did something the other person objected to—or vice versa. If you have no idea why someone dislikes you, the animosity probably has more to do with him that with you. Some possible causes are: He thinks you dislike him. It doesn’t take much for a person with low self-esteem to jump to this conclusion. In his mind, his dislike is simply…

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Public Sector to be Targeted in Healthy Workplace Campaign

Healthy Workplace

The public sector is to be the focus of a new campaign to encourage healthy workplace policies. The campaign is being prepared by Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, and will be driven by the Healthy Ireland initiative, which aims to improve the country’s physical and mental health. As part of the campaign, employers across the public sector will be required to develop healthy workplace policies. This is also the requirement of the proposed Health and Wellbeing (Workplace Wellbeing) Bill, which was signed off at Cabinet recently. “We are putting this on a statutory basis to send a clear message that we mean business in improving the nation’s health,” said the…

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