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Broadcaster Dàithì Ó Sé helped to launch the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day 2015. He was on hand to do the task with the help of some little ‘Dell’ daffodil buds, Olivia McGowan, Lola Pastrana and Robyn Coleman in Fitzgerald Park in Cork. The Irish Cancer Society , with lead partner Dell, is calling for more support than ever for Daffodil Day as demand for support and services increases with growth in cancer incidence. Daffodil Day will take place on Friday, 27 March 27, 2015. It is all about the fight against cancer and selling daffodils on the streets in order to not just raise money, but also to raise awareness. While it can seem odd…

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Enniscorthy, Co Wexford based ICT solutions provider Datapac has renewed its sponsorship deal with Wexford Festival Trust, which is valued at €75,000 over three years. The Wexford Festival Trust produces the annual Wexford Festival Opera, which is one of Ireland’s longest established arts and cultural events, founded in 1951. Its next festival will take place from 21 October to 1 November in Wexford Opera House, recently officially recognised as Ireland’s national opera house. Ticket sales are expected to be well in excess of 20,000. As the festival’s exclusive IT and telecommunications partner since 2008, Datapac is upgrading existing IT infrastructures and delivering additional new technologies to support planned growth of…

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Great news, Sweden’s economy as emerged from its recession and the outlook is positive across all financial factors. Man Up, an Irish-created campaign to highlight the positive role that men can play in ending violence against women, has been adapted, translated and is being launched in Sweden to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Swedish rollout is the first country ‘syndication’ of Man Up, which has been gaining global attention since it was launched by Safe Ireland last month. The online Man Up film has attracted over 80,000 views from nearly 80 countries in just a few weeks. Following international interest, Safe Ireland has now…

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A bus powered on human waste took to the road in the UK this week with engineers believing it could provide a sustainable way of fuelling public transport and cutting carbon emissions. The 40-seater Bio-Bus, which runs on gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste that’s unfit for human consumption, helps to improve urban air quality as it produces fewer emissions than traditional diesel engines. The bus can travel up to 300km on a full tank of gas generated at Bristol sewage treatment works – a plant run by Geneco, a subsidiary of Wessex Water. This week Geneco became the first company in the UK to start…

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The Coca-Cola Zero Bikes scheme is to be rolled out in Galway, Limerick and Cork between now and Christmas. The Galway launch will take place on Monday 24 November and will be followed by Limerick going live on Monday 8 December and the Cork on Thursday 18 December. The National Transport Authority said today that people can pre-register now so they can use the bikes as soon as they are live on the streets. Customers who pre-register will also get a 50pc discount, receiving a special offer of €5 for an annual subscription.  This special offer will be available until the end of 2014. When a customer registers for an…

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David Wylie

In 2011, UK energy company Centrica – which bought Bord Gáis Energy for €1.1bn earlier this year – introduced a responsible procurement programme that seeks to mitigate the potentially adverse impacts of social and environmental risks within its growing supply chain. According to the procurement director, David Wylie, through the programme the company works with its suppliers to get a granular understanding of their supply chains and their key risk areas, and to put processes in place to improve operating standards. “We work with the ethos that it’s not about finding gaps in the supply chain, it’s about really trying to work with suppliers to improve standards and to improve…

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Coca-Cola Thank You Fund issues €125k to five organisations

Five organisations have received a total of €125,000 of funding from the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund. They are Canoeing Ireland, Killarney Rugby Football Club, Omagh Wheelers Cycling Club, Spraoi agus Spórt and Swim Ireland, each receiving €25,000. In existence since 2011, the fund awards grants to organisations for new initiatives aimed at encouraging people to incorporate physical activity into their day to day lives. The fund has reached the milestone of €500,000 in total funding with this latest round of grants. “Thousands of people stand to benefit from programmes that will variously: train a range of new kayak instructors to introduce young people to the sport; equip Kerry with its…

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The Coca-Cola Zero Dublinbikes scheme has today hit the 50,000 annual subscriber mark. According to Dublin City Council, the scheme experienced its busiest ever day this month with members taking over 15,000 journeys on 2 October. It said that since the bike scheme launched five years ago over 8 million journeys have been made and it is recognised as one of the most successful bike share schemes in the world. The recent partnership with Coca-Cola Zero and the expansion of the scheme, which has seen the number of bikes on the city streets almost treble to 1,500 and the number of stations more than double to 100, have made the…

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Today, on World Mental Health Day organisations across the globe are coming together to bring attention to mental illness. But, while the focus remains on breaking down stigma and encouraging people in difficult situations to seek help, waiting lists for mental health professionals in the public sector can be as long as 12 months, while in the private sector, therapist fees can be as much €150 per hour. MyMind, an award-winning social enterprise, relies on self-referral and fees based on ability to pay to bridge this gap, striving to make mental healthcare as normal as a GP visit. Social entrepreneur Krystian Fikert, CEO of MyMind, and Colin Edwards, general manger…

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Grow Ireland CEO, Michele Kerrigan

Health care professionals must make better use of community-based self-help groups for patients with mental health issues, according to the mental health organisation Grow. Figures from Grow indicate that only 37pc of people attending its services have been referred by GPs, psychiatrist and other mental health professionals. According to Grow Ireland CEO, Michele Kerrigan, poor integration between professional services and community support group networks means many patients are being denied a very effective resource. “The mental health services are under continued pressure,” she said. “In January of this year, one in four people were waiting more than three months to be seen by a community mental health team. By July…

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