Search unveiled for healthcare charities making an IMPACT in their local community

‘GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards’ offers €60,000 in funding to up to 10 community-based healthcare charities

GSK, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, has unveiled the annual ‘GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards’ which recognise and reward community-based charities who contribute to the improvement of people’s health and wellbeing in Ireland.

The company, which employs 1,700 people across four locations in Ireland, is committed to enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer and the ‘GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards’ are a key element of this mission. This will be the fourth year of the ‘GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards’ and they are an expansion of the global healthcare company’s IMPACT awards programme which has been running in the UK and USA for 20 years.

The awards are open to registered charities that are working in a health-related field in Ireland and are at least three years old. Applicants are evaluated using six criteria from which the name ‘IMPACT’ is derived: Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community focus and Targeting needs.*

Up to five winning charities will receive €10,000 each in unrestricted funding, while five runner-up charities receive €2,000 each. In addition to the prize money, winning charities also receive a specially commissioned video and photography package to help them promote their work.

Jacinta Collins, Communications Director for GSK, says: “There are thousands of “unsung healthcare heroes” all over the country that operate with purpose and passion to improve people’s health and wellbeing in their community and GSK wants to ensure they receive the recognition they deserve. Since establishing the initiative in Ireland, we have been truly inspired and moved by our wonderful winners and the huge contribution they are making to Irish health on a daily basis. We have every confidence that this year will be no different and we are really looking forward to reviewing the entries we receive.”

Last year, the five winning charities of the ‘GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards’ were:

  • 22Q11 Ireland Support Group Limited – The national Irish charity for individuals and families affected by 22q11.2 deletion/DiGeorge Syndrome/V.C.F.S
  • Blue Teapot Theatre Company – Blue Teapot is a multi-award winning Theatre Company, Performing Arts School and Outreach programme for people with intellectual disabilities at the forefront of arts and disability in Ireland. They are committed to high quality theatre, training and the celebration of creativity.
  • Down Syndrome Centre – The Down Syndrome Centre provides specialist services such as early intervention, speech and language therapy, parent and baby classes to children with Down syndrome.
  • Irish Men’s Shed Association – The Irish Men’s Shed Association (IMSA) is a member-based organisation which exists to maintain links and share information through the network of men’s sheds in Ireland, ensuring men have the opportunity to maintain and improve their well-being on their own terms and within their own communities.
  • Sexual Health Centre – Based in Cork, the Sexual Health Centre provides information and support on sexual health without judgement.


The five runners up were:

  • Alcohol Forum
  • Coeliac Society of Ireland
  • Spinal Injuries Ireland
  • Turn2Me
  • Wexford Mental Health Association


Petal Pilley, Director at Blue Teapot Theatre Company, says: 

“Entering the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards was in itself an opportunity to evaluate our achievements to date and the services we provide in championing the work of creative people with intellectual disabilities.  

We would encourage others to enter this year or consider entering in the future. To be shortlisted, and therefore recognised for the impact of our work is a huge honour for everyone involved; from the actors, students, tutors, staff, directors, audiences and every single person that has played their part in getting Blue Teapot Theatre Company to the national stages and screens of Ireland and beyond. To quote William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: “I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks!”

You can read more about all of the 2017 winners here:


Organisations interested in applying for the ‘GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards’ must:

  • Be registered and located in the Republic of Ireland and be in existence for at least three years
  • Have a total annual income of between €20,000 and €1 million
  • Target community health needs in Ireland, with community defined as a geographical community or a community of interest
  • Be able to point to a track record of achievement in community health issues


The deadline for applications is 5pm Tuesday, 19th June 2018 and interested organisations can apply here:

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Guaranteed Irish launch ‘Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Month’ to call on Government to ensure early access to new medicines for patients

  • Organisation currently developing submission paper for Government outlining support required for pharmaceutical sector
  • Opportunity for Guaranteed Irish and Government to work together to establish Ireland as a ‘practice-leader’ in pharmaceutical sector

Guaranteed Irish today announced that ‘Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Month’ will take place in October, highlighting the pivotal role that this sector plays in Ireland’s economy and calling for Ireland to be at the forefront of its European peers in terms of early access to new medicines.

Guaranteed Irish is currently working closely with their members in the pharmaceutical industry to develop a submission paper that will be presented to Government in October. This paper will outline the support required to ensure the pharmaceutical sector remains in robust health in Ireland, with a particular focus on access to new medicines and overcoming existing barriers to continual innovation and R&D.

A range of events to mark ‘Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Month’ will take place during the month of October, including a round-table discussion with key political representatives. With each of the top-ten pharmaceutical companies represented in Ireland, Guaranteed Irish will be asking the Government to work in conjunction with them to establish the country as a ‘practice-leader’ in this field.

Speaking at the launch, Brid O’Connell, CEO, Guaranteed Irish said: “The Irish pharmaceutical sector is thriving, with the world’s top ten pharmaceuticals based here. We are the 7th largest exporter of medicinal and pharmaceutical products in the world and the sector continues to go from strength to strength, providing high tech, exciting career opportunities and contributing significantly to local communities across Ireland. It is crucial that this contribution is recognised by the Irish government. Patients are at the very heart of this industry and we are delighted to be working with MSD Ireland and our other members in this field to highlight the opportunity that Ireland has to be at the forefront of Europe in ensuring faster access for patients to new medicines.” 

Ger Brennan, Managing Director of MSD Ireland (Human Health), added: “MSD has been a proud member of Guaranteed Irish for over ten years, playing an active part in the communities in which we operate and creating sustainable and long-term jobs nationwide. We welcome the announcement that October will showcase the important work conducted in the pharmaceutical sector in Ireland and will highlight the opportunities for Ireland to adopt innovative approaches to ensure patients gain early access to new medicines and treatments. At MSD Ireland, we take a collaborative approach in all that we do and we are committed to working closely with all of our stakeholders to ensure we play a role in delivering innovative approaches and solutions in all elements of our business.” 

In addition to MSD, other leading pharmaceutical and healthcare members of Guaranteed Irish include AbbVie, BD, Hollister Inc., Ipsen, Forest Tosara Ltd, PPL Biomechanics, KCI Medical Ireland and Nutricia Ireland.

Guaranteed Irish is a not-for-profit business membership organisation championing homegrown and international businesses in Ireland. Currently, the 300+ members of Guaranteed Irish employ nearly 50,000 people in Ireland, generating a turnover of €11bn. Only member companies, which are required to meet a range of criteria before attaining membership, are given permission to display the Guaranteed Irish symbol as a badge of provenance and trust.

Membership of the Guaranteed Irish organisation spans all sectors including pharmaceutical; healthcare; technology; construction; energy; professional services; manufacturing; tourism; food and drink; craft and design; retail; lifestyle; and more. Members include KPMG, FBD, Kerry Foods, Matheson, Ervia,, Roadstone, Largo Foods, Foxford Woollen Mills, Magee 1866, Dulux, Clonakilty Black Pudding, Irish Country Hotels, Saint Gobain, Irish Pharmacy Union, Bord na Mona and Pat The Baker. The organisation considers three core criteria when assessing an applicant for membership – jobs, community and provenance.


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Selected at Number 3, List Showcases Public Cloud Companies with the Highest Levels of Employee Satisfaction

Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), a provider of software products to Property and Casualty (P&C) insurers, was recognized as one of the 25 Highest Rated Public Cloud Computing Companies To Work For in a new list released by Battery Ventures, a global investment firm, and Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites.

The list highlights 25 publicly traded companies—all business-to-business cloud companies–where employees report the highest levels of satisfaction at work, according to employee feedback shared on Glassdoor.

The distinction placed Guidewire at number 3 (out of 25 total) with an overall company rating of 4.5. The broader average across Glassdoor is 3.4. Guidewire’s CEO, Marcus Ryu, reflects a 97% approval rating on Glassdoor—compared to an average of 69% for all 770,000 employers on the site–and the company has an 89 percent positive business-outlook rating, again based on feedback shared by employees. The broader Glassdoor average is 48%. A positive business outlook means employees believe business will improve in the next six months.

“Since we first partnered with Glassdoor to compile this list in 2016, the cloud has only grown in influence and market power,” said Neeraj Agrawal, a Battery general partner who specializes in cloud investing. “It was also significantly tougher to make the list this year, with companies requiring a higher Glassdoor rating to make the cut—showing that companies can’t rest when it comes to focusing on culture and employee happiness.” Battery and Glassdoor also released a similar list of the 50 Highest-Rated Private Cloud Computing Companies to Work For.

More broadly, “we view these rankings as a key indicator of company health and potential growth,” said Agrawal, who will discuss the lists and their implications at this week’s CloudNY conference, a high-profile, invite-only event for cloud founders and CEOs. Agrawal also serves on the board of Glassdoor. A Glassdoor economic research study, as well as other third party studies, also show that companies with high employee satisfaction often post stronger financial performance.

“It is a great privilege to work with colleagues who share in common purpose: to serve an industry of indispensable importance to our society and to build an enduring culture in the process,” said Marcus Ryu, CEO and co-founder, Guidewire Software. “As more P&C insurers opt for our SaaS solutions, we must demonstrate our worthiness to be the more broadly adopted and trusted cloud-based platform for the global industry. Mission-driven and engaged professional colleagues will continue to be essential to fulfilling that ambition.”

Glassdoor noted that employees at these highly rated companies commonly mention in online reviews that they enjoy working for mission-driven companies with strong and unique company cultures; employers that promote transparency; and companies with experienced senior leaders who regularly and clearly communicate with employees. For instance, according to one anonymous employee review of Guidewire on Glassdoor:

“Guidewire is a great company and especially ideal for the career-minded individual. The company is large enough to offer a variety of jobs in all kinds of interesting locations. Even if you never change roles, your job changes and evolves as the company grows, keeping things fresh. This is an exciting time to work in the P&C insurance industry as well. Our customers and our employees are some of the nicest.”

For the latest career opportunities and to learn more about life at Guidewire, visit

Full lists of the Battery/Glassdoor highest-rated 50 private cloud companies and 25 public cloud companies to work for can be found here.


Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland release latest Complaints Bulletin

7 advertisements found to be in breach of the ASAI Code on grounds relating to

Misleading Advertising and Principles


The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland’s (ASAI) independent Complaints Committee has released its latest Complaints Bulletin which contains eight case reports on complaints recently investigated by the ASAI.

Seven (7) of the eight (8) advertisements were found to have been in breach of the ASAI Code on grounds relating to Misleading Advertising and Principles. The advertisements complained of related to Television, Email, Digital, Social Media, Internet, Broadcast and Press advertising. The ASAI Complaints Committee chose not to uphold one intra industry / interested party complaint.

The Complaints Committee is a completely independent arm of the ASAI and is responsible for considering and dealing with complaints submitted by the public, by a member of the ASAI, by a Government Department or any other person or body of persons. The Committee is made up of a range of experts from the advertising, media, education, consumer and marketing sectors.  See further details here –

Commenting on the latest ASAI rulings, Orla Twomey, Chief Executive of the ASAI, stated: 

The latest complaints bulletin from the ASAI illustrates our ability to handle complaints across a large number of mediums. While complaints were received in relation to Misleading advertising and principals, the rulings spread across a variety of media and platforms including TV, Radio, Press, Digital, Social Media and Internet. 

The ASAI is committed to protecting consumers in relation to advertising and our approach is to work with all advertisers, rather than against them, to ultimately ensure that all marketing communications are legal, truthful, decent and honest.  

The ASAI provide a free and confidential copy advice service to advertisers, agencies and media members to help them create responsible ads. If an advertiser has any concerns about a marketing communications’ compliance with the ASAI’s Code, they can contact us and avail of the free and confidential copy advice service.

Below is a list of complaints which have been found to be in breach of the ASAI Code:

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details

Sky Ireland



(7th Edition)


The complainants considered radio, tv, leaflet and website advertising to be misleading.  The independent Complaints Committee found the TV, leaflet and website advertising to be in breach of sections 4.1 and 4.4 of the Code

Complaint upheld in part








(7th Edition)


The complainant considered the advertisement to be misleading.  The independent Complaints Committee found the advertisement to be in breach of sections 4.1, 4.4, 4.9, 4.10 and 4.22 of the Code

Complaint Upheld







(7th Edition)


The complainant considered the advertisement to be misleading.  The independent Complaints Committee found the advertisement to be in breach of sections 4.1, 4.4 and 4.22 of the Code

Complaint Upheld




Full Body Workhouse



(7th Edition)


The complainant considered the advertisement to be misleading.  The independent Complaints Committee found the advertisement to be in breach of sections 4.1 and 4.4 of the Code

Complaint Upheld:




Lidl Ireland GmbH



(7th Edition)


The complainant considered the promotion was in breach of the promotional rules. The independent committee considered the promotion to be in breach of the Section 5.34, 5.36 and 5.37 of the ASAI Code

Complaint upheld in part




UK Shop Direct



(7th Edition)


The complainant considered the advertisement to be misleading.  The independent Complaints Committee found the advertisement to be in breach of section 4.1, 4.4, 4.9, 4.10, 11.1 and 11.5 of the Code

Complaint Upheld






The ASAI upheld complaints made by Intra Industry / Interested Parties in the following cases:


Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details

Lloyd Daly & Associates


Principles / Non-Response

(7th Edition)


The complainant considered the advertisement was misleading.  The independent Complaints Committee found the advertisement to be in breach of section 3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 4.9 and 4.10 of the Code

Complaint Upheld




The following complaints were investigated and following investigation, the ASAI Complaints Committee did not uphold the complaints.


Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details




Misleading (7th Edition)


The complainant considered that the advertising was misleading.  The independent Complaints Committee did not consider that the advertisement had breached the Code.

Complaint Not upheld




The ASAI conducts ongoing monitoring of advertising across all media and since 2007, has examined over 27,000 advertisements, with an overall compliance rate of 98 per cent. The ASAI Monitoring Service monitors compliance with the Complaints Committee’s adjudications.

Media members are reminded that advertisements found to be in breach of the Code cannot be accepted for publication.


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The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition unveiled as official media partner of the Guinness PRO14 Final Series

PRO14 Rugby, The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition have launched their partnership ahead of the first ever Guinness PRO14 Final at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on May 26, 2018. The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition will act as the official media partners for all six games in the Guinness PRO14 Final Series for 2018.

Fans of the Guinness PRO14 as well as readers and subscribers of The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition will benefit from exclusive offers, bespoke events and premium content as the anticipation intensifies ahead of this season’s showcase game at Aviva Stadium – visit or for more.

It is an historic season for the Guinness PRO14 after the Championship’s expansion into South Africa, which now sees the Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings compete across hemispheres against teams from Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

With their world-class sports journalists and a stable of former international players and coaches available to provide insight and expert analysis, The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition will be able to provide their readers, subscribers and Guinness PRO14 fans with the best coverage in the run up to the Final on May 26.

From Monday to Saturday, The Times, Ireland Edition delivers sports news and opinions from their expert team which includes Ronan Early, Garry Doyle and Ewan McKenna and Enda McEvoy. The Sunday Times offers an in-depth and authoritative mix of sport from reporters such as Peter O’Reilly, Stephen Jones and Christy O’Connor.

Dermot Rigley, Commercial and Marketing Director for PRO14 Rugby, was thrilled to unveil The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition as the latest partner for the Final Series: 

“The Times brand is known right across the world for its excellence and now that the Guinness PRO14 has become a truly global rugby Championship featuring some of the best players in game, it’s an ideal fit.”

“The excitement around the Guinness PRO14 has never been greater. The Championship is more competitive and unpredictable than ever, scoring is up, so too are attendances and viewership while our clubs are getting great results in European competition. On top of that, ticket sales for the Guinness PRO14 Final are really strong so we’re certainly the rugby tournament that has everyone talking and that will provide great content for readers and subscribers of The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition.

Oliver Keenaghan, General Manager with News Ireland, says:  

“We are particularly delighted to be working as media partners to the Guinness PRO14 Final Series for 2018. The Sunday Times and The Times, Ireland Edition are known for their high quality reporting and analysis on a broad range of sports and rugby plays a central role in the sports’ coverage of both products. We look forward to some top-class games over the coming months.” 

Ronan Early, Sports Editor with The Times, Ireland Edition, says:

“The Times, Ireland Edition invests in high-quality rugby, reporting day after day. We complement this by employing the best columnists in the business, Donncha O’Callaghan and Eddie O’Sullivan. We see rugby as a priority and as such, we are delighted to work as media partners to the Guinness PRO14.” 


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ABOUT THE GUINNESS PRO14 CHAMPIONSHIP: The Guinness PRO14 Championship is made up of 14 clubs – four Irish, four Welsh, two Scottish, two Italian and for the first time this season two South African teams. Teams play a total of 21 games in the regular season across two conferences with the six top-ranked teams qualifying for the Guinness PRO14 Final Series.

A total of 295 International players appeared in the Guinness PRO12 during the 2016/17 season with 26 players from the Championship called up to the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.


ABOUT THE GUINNESS PRO14 FINAL SERIES: The Championship knock-out stages consist of six games in total. A Play-Off match to earn the seventh European Champions Cup place; two Semi-Final qualifiers, two Semi-Finals and the Guinness PRO14 Final.

The 2nd Placed teams from each Conference will host Semi-Final Qualifiers against the 3rd Placed teams from their opposing Conferences. The winners of those games play away to the 1st Placed Teams from Conference A and Conference B in the Semi-Finals with the winners reaching the Guinness PRO14 Final.

The Champions Cup Play-Off game will be contested by the highest ranked teams from each Conference who have not automatically qualified for the Champions Cup. The team with the highest points total will be awarded home advantage with the winner qualifying for the European Champions Cup as the seventh-ranked team from the Guinness PRO14.




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In addition to providing a unique perspective on Irish news and sport, The Times, Ireland Edition ensures readers are always in the know about the global news agenda due to the wealth of content generated by over 200 journalists in London and 36 correspondents across six continents, all complemented by superb contributions from international names such as Caitlin Moran and Giles Coren.



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