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

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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Dublinbikes hits 50,000 member mark

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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Change leaders: beyond CSR – MyMind and Boehringer-Ingelheim

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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Self-help support groups underused in care of people with mental health issues – Grow Ireland

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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U2 and Ireland Funds’ philanthropic initiative set to become long-term and lasting part of Ireland’s national music education landscape

Music Generation, the music education programme initiated by Music Network following a €7m philanthropic donation by U2 and The Ireland Funds, is set to become a long-term and lasting part of the national music education landscape from July as the Department of Education and Skills commences phased co-funding of the programme with Local Music Education Partnerships. Music Generation provides young people with access to subsidised vocal and instrumental tuition in their local area. Since its foundation in 2009 the programme has established Music Education Partnerships in 12 counties, creating access for up to 18,500 children and young people and providing employment for some 220 musicians. In January 2013 the Department…

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200,000 bees to live in AIB HQ rooftop apiary in Ballsbridge

Boyne Valley Group and AIB have introduced the first rooftop apiary on a commercial building in Ireland in an attempt to help increase the country’s bee population. The initiative will see over 200,000 honeybees located on the sixth story roof of AIB Bankcentre in Ballsbridge. It is expected the bees will pollinate flowers and trees within a five kilometre radius of the hives and produce an average of 20 jars of honey per hive by the end of the summer. In total, the apiary has four hives. Boyne Valley Group has been a customer of AIB for 58 years during which time it has grown to produce more than 2,000…

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Topaz is official fuel supplier to GoCar car sharing initiative

Fuels and convenience retailer Topaz has become the official fuel supplier to GoCar, Ireland’s only car sharing initiative. The car club, which currently operates in both Dublin and Cork, now has up to 70 vehicles equipped with Topaz Fuel Cards for members to refuel on their trips. Launched in June 2012, GoCar works on a pay-per-trip basis which allows users the freedom to access a vehicle when and as they need it and now has over 2,000 members.   One of its advantages is that members aren’t charged for parking at any pay and display parking spaces in the Dublin City Council area.  As a result of this new partnership,…

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NTR loss drops to €16.2m as it focuses on wind energy

Renewable energy

Investor and asset manager of renewable projects NTR has reported a significantly lower loss of €16.2m for the year ended 31 March 2013, down from €88.8m the previous year. It said it had delivered the key components of its three-year strategic plan a year ahead of schedule by building cash reserves and consolidating the group into a “slimmer, renewable investment and asset management group, with a particular focus on wind energy”. The group’s total assets stand at €775m, further to it selling Greenstar Recycling for $180m as well as wind and solar assets and its remaining shareholding in ethanol producer Green Plains Renewable Energy. NTR expects to invest in wind…

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Ireland launches Global Green Asset Management Network

Ireland launches Global Green Asset Management Network

Ireland has launched a Global Green Asset Management Network at the Ireland Day Summit in the New York Stock Exchange. The move comes after green assets under management in Ireland doubled in the last year and tripled in the past four. Ireland now manages or services more than $10bn in green assets. The Green IFSC’s Global Green Asset Management Network aims to accelerate the growth of Ireland’s green asset management cluster by developing a forum for all market practitioners in the industry through which a consensus on regulatory, legislative and educational needs can be addressed through engagement with government, state bodies and other industry groups both nationally and internationally. “Irish…

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An Post trials electric post vans on city routes

Dublin postwoman Caroline Doyle

An Post and Renault Ireland are joining forces in Ireland’s first ever on-the-road trial of electrically powered post vans. The detailed like-for-like study will compare the energy/fuel efficiency, maintenance costs and overall performance of the Renault Kangoo ZE (electric) mini van against its traditional diesel counterpart over designated city postal routes in Dublin, Cork and Galway over the next 12 months. An Post operates one of Ireland’s largest fleets with over 2,700 vehicles ranging from smaller vans to large articulated vehicles.  The company uses more than 7.5 million litres of diesel annually and in 2011, the company’s fleet-related fuel costs were in the region of €10m. An Post chief executive,…

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