92% of Irish mothers prioritise their children’s health over their own according to new survey by Pregnacae

  • Mums need to ensure they look after their own health after pregnancy – Aoife Hearne, mum of three, dietitian who has teamed up with Pregnacare 
  • Mums also reminded to increase their intake of vitamins required during and after pregnancy including folic acid, Vitamin D, calcium and iron – as well as Vitamin B12 to help combat fatigue
  • If they were pregnant again, 66% of Irish mothers say they would worry less and rest more!

Irish mothers are prioritising their children’s health over their own according to a new survey by Pregnacare, Ireland’s number 1 pregnancy supplement which provides special nutritional care before, during and after pregnancy.

The fact that 92% of mums say their children come first won’t be a surprise to anyone, as mums tend to focus on the needs of their baby as soon as they arrive into the world. However, Pregnacare has teamed up with Aoife Hearne, mum of three and dietitian to ensure mums also look after themselves and have all the nutrients they need to remain healthy and strong post-pregnancy to look after their little ones.

While a special diet is not required during or after pregnancy, mums do need to choose a diet that is healthy, balanced and full of the extra vitamins and minerals required by them and their baby. It is also a good time to ensure their intake of vitamins are increased, particularly those known to be at greater demand during pregnancy including folic acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, calcium and iron.

Interestingly, the Pregnacare survey showed that Vitamin B12 was the one nutrient that respondents were most unaware they needed an extra amount of. In fact, one fifth (20%) of mums say they didn’t realise it was important to increase your intake of Vitamin B12 in a bid to help combat tiredness and fatigue. And, with 63% of respondents saying that tiredness was the most challenging aspect of their pregnancy, it is important that women get enough Vitamin B12 during pregnancy.

For many women, intakes of magnesium, zinc, copper and potassiumcan often be below ideal levels too, meaning many are at risk of not meeting the increased vitamin and mineral requirements during or after pregnancy. While a healthy balanced diet will supply all of these vitamins and minerals, choosing a pregnancy specific multivitamin and mineral supplement, such as Pregnacare, can help boost dietary intake and ensure that mum and baby are receiving everything they need.

This ties in with the Pregnacare survey results, which shows that 72% of mums say they took supplements while trying to become pregnant, with most opting for Pregnacare Conception, and this increased to 93% saying they took supplements when they were pregnant for the benefit of their baby and themselves. Once baby arrived, however, this figure reduced, with 65% saying they continued taking supplements after the birth of their baby, indicating that mum puts baby first as soon as they are born.

While the basics of healthy eating after birth remain the same as during pregnancy, energy level requirements will be higher for breastfeeding mums and mums also need to ensure they replenish the nutrients lost from their body during and post pregnancy. In addition to an eating plan full of fruits and vegetables, one way to address this is to continue taking a supplement after pregnancy, as it offers new mums’ great peace of mind that they are safeguarding their diet with all the nutrients they need – and they can get on with the fabulous role of looking after their new bundle of joy!

Aoife Hearne, mum of three and dietician who has teamed up with Pregnacare, says it is important that expectant mums and their babies get the optimal nutrition they need for a healthy pregnancy.

“With 92% of Irish mothers saying they prioritise their children’s health over their own, it’s extremely important that women make sure to keep some focus on their own nutritional intake after the baby arrives, as well as during pregnancy. Good nutrition ensures both you and your baby get all the nourishment you need at this important time. A common symptom during (and after) pregnancy is tiredness and fatigue and Vitamin B12 in particular has been shown to help reduce this. Vitamin B12 is also particularly important for women who maybe following a vegan or lacto-ovo vegetarian diet during pregnancy and lactation.”

Aoife Hearne says that her best advice for women during pregnancy and new motherhood is to enjoy the experience and time with their baby:

“My best advice for women during pregnancy and new motherhood is to go easy on yourself, take power naps if you can, and forget the housework! Most importantly, trust yourself and your baby and enjoy every second as it passes by way too fast!”

The Pregnacare survey also asked mums what they would do differently if they were pregnant again, and 33% said they would worry less, 33% said they would maintain a better level of fitness and 28% said they would rest more. 22% said they wouldn’t change a thing!

The Pregnacare range provides special nutritional care for before, throughout and after pregnancy, including the recommended amounts of Folic Acid and Vitamin D plus other essential vitamins and minerals including iron and Vitamin B12. The range includes Pregnacare Conception, specially formulated for women who are trying for a baby, Pregnacare Original, Liquid, Plus and Max for throughout pregnancy, and Pregnacare Breast-feeding and New Mum for postnatal health.

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Winner of Best Maternity Supplement at the Mums and Tots Awards, 2018

Winner of Best Maternity Supplement at Maternity & Infant awards, 2018

Pregnacare Plus was awarded ‘Best Multivitamin and Supplement for Pregnancy’ at the National Parenting Products Awards, 2018

*Survey was undertaken by Everymum in March 2019 on behalf of Pregnacare and had 1,571 respondents

FBD Insurance ‘Urban Sanctuary Garden’ scoops Gold Medal at Bloom 2019

Kevin Dennis has been awarded Gold in the ‘Large Garden Category’ at Bord Bia’s Bloom 2019 for his FBD Insurance ‘Urban Sanctuary Garden’. Following a rigorous two-day judging process with an independent panel of expert judges, the award was announced as Bord Bia opened the gates for the 13th annual Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin.

Designed by horticulturalist Kevin Dennis, the FBD Insurance Urban Sanctuary Garden incorporates a contemporary urban lifestyle design, aimed at inspiring those living in towns or cities to become more engaged with their outdoor spaces.  

Whether it’s a compact garden, an apartment or an allotment, the FBD Insurance Urban Sanctuary Garden seeks to encourage visitors to realise the full potential of any outdoor area. The garden features architectural elements of cutting-edge landscaping, and offers a space that exudes modernity, diversity, calm and wellbeing.

A seasoned Bloom exhibitor,this is Kevin’s fourth medal in the gardening extravaganza, following a three-time gold medal-winning success with large garden entries.

Commenting on his win, Kevin Dennis, Horticulturalist and Founder of Cityscape Gardener, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been awarded a Gold medal. I feel very honoured to be participating in Bloom for another year and would to thank my sponsor FBD Insurance who have been a pleasure to work with. I’d also like to thank Bord Bia for their continued support and the whole Cityscape Gardener team for all of their hard work and commitment to bringing my vision to life.”

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Core to host its annual Hubble Hiring Day in June to hire a talent pool of diverse candidates to join the team

Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications company, is delighted to announce it will be hosting its annual Hubble Hiring Day on the 11th June. Taking place at Core’s Windmill Lane offices, the Hubble Hiring Day is an initiative aimed at attracting and hiring a talent pool of diverse candidates to join the Core team.

Hubble plays a crucial role in planning, supporting and collaborating across all the practices of the business, and is currently looking for more people to join them. Through Hubble, successful candidates will under-go a structured learning and mentoring programme delivered by the best trainers in a live environment. The Hubble team plans media space across all digital disciplines for some of the biggest brands in the country, while also supporting other practices in terms of audience and programme analyses and research work.

Core employs a team of 310 people and consists of nine practices – Creative, Data, Investment, Learning, Media (comprising of Mediaworks, Spark Foundry, Starcom and Zenith), Recruitment, Research, Sponsorship and Strategy. Core has been voted Agency Network of the Year for the last six years at the Media Awards and the company was also recently voted one of the top workplaces in Ireland by the Great Place to Work Institute for the tenth year running.

The Hubble Hiring Day provides Core with an opportunity to meet recent graduates, those returning to work, or those with other relevant experience who are interested in joining a market leading communications company. Through face-to-face meetings, potential recruits will gain a better understanding of what it’s like to work in the world of marketing.

Core has exciting plans for growth, and Ruth Ní Fhloinn, Hubble Director at Core, says this will create fantastic employment opportunities throughout the business,

“We are delighted to host our annual Hubble Hiring Day and welcome another aspiring group of individuals who are starting out their careers. The combination of structured learning and on-the-job training in live project environments will give candidates excellent exposure to the business and stand them in good stead for their future development in the company.”

“Every year we hire a diverse group of people who bring with them great enthusiasm, dedication and willingness to learn. Both myself, and the wider team are looking forward to meeting everyone in June and providing a detailed look at what it’s like to work at Core.”

If you have a passion for advertising and are curious to learn new things at a fast pace every day, you will find more information about the Hubble Hiring Day here: https://ie.indeed.com/viewjob?jk=ae77bc5414fe7869&tk=1dbil41lt17ct000&from=company

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FBD Insurance sponsors Bloom for third consecutive year including €5,000 holiday competition

FBD Insurance is delighted to sponsor Bloom, Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family festival, for the third consecutive year. As a true Irish insurer, FBD is very proud of the event which showcases Irish small businesses and produce on the global stage.

Bloom 2019 takes place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin from Thursday, 30th May to Monday, 3rd June. Bloom has grown year on year and is now a world class show exhibiting world class horticulture and design over a five day period. Bloom has successfully grown awareness of excellent Irish produce and innovation, many of whom are FBD customers.

From spectacular show gardens, to great food and live music there is something at Bloom for all the family. Bloom’s bevy of beautiful show gardens, twenty in total this year, has traditionally been its biggest attraction as designers vie with each other for gold medals and, in particular, for the much-coveted Best in Show award.

In addition to its overall sponsorship, FBD Insurance will also be displaying its own show-garden. Designed by horticulturalist Kevin Dennis, the FBD Insurance Urban Sanctuary Garden incorporates a contemporary urban lifestyle design, aimed at inspiring those living in towns or cities to become more engaged with their outdoor spaces.  

Whether it’s a compact garden, an apartment or an allotment, the FBD Insurance Urban Sanctuary Garden seeks to encourage visitors to realise the full potential of any outdoor area. The FBD garden will feature architectural elements of cutting-edge landscaping, and will offer a space that exudes modernity, diversity, calm and wellbeing. A seasoned Bloom exhibitor,this is Kevin’s fourth year to participate in the famous garden festival, following a three-time gold medal-winning success with large garden entries.

Fiona Muldoon, CEO of FBD Insurance, said: “FBD is delighted to once again sponsor Bloom and celebrate the wonderful creativity and hard work that goes into the festival each year. Bloom has grown into a showcase event for our small business producers who form a core part of our customer base. FBD supports this event in order to help them. The event successfully showcases our world class Irish produce and innovation. This year, FBD’s show-garden encourages visitors to harness the potential of any outdoor green space and highlights the importance of design in turning any small unused space into an outdoor paradise. 

We are also delighted to hold a competition for a holiday worth €5000 available to all visitors to Bloom”.

Kevin Dennis, Horticulturalist and Founder of Cityscape Gardener, added: “I am incredibly proud to be returning to Bord Bia’s Bloom. People living in urban areas have been central to the design of this garden and we hope to encourage visitors to spend more time outdoors while offering a contemporary, therapeutic space in which to relax in.”

FBD Insurance is giving Bloom visitors the chance to enter a competition where one lucky winner will win a holiday voucher worth €5,000. Visitors to Bloom can enter the competition at either of the two FBD Insurance stands at the FBD Show garden, or in the Postcard Garden section by the main red entrance to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize.

FBD Insurance are also giving Bloom visitors an exclusive €50 off car insurance and €50 off home insurance when they switch to FBD Insurance.

FBD Insurance has been protecting Irish consumers, farms and small businesses for 50 years, offering a wide range of products including car, home, business, commercial motor, life and farm insurance. With 34 branches nationwide, a head office in Dublin, a sales centre in Mullingar and 500,000 customers, FBD Insurance plc delivers quality products and premium service to customers nationwide

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FBD Insurance is delighted to sponsor Bloom, Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family festival, for the third consecutive year. As a true Irish insurer, FBD is very proud of the event which showcases Irish small businesses and produce on the global stage.

Bloom 2019 takes place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin from Thursday, 30th May to Monday, 3rd June. Bloom has grown year on year and is now a world class show exhibiting world class horticulture and design over a five day period. Bloom has successfully grown awareness of excellent Irish produce and innovation, many of whom are FBD customers.

From spectacular show gardens, to great food and live music there is something at Bloom for all the family. Bloom’s bevy of beautiful show gardens, twenty in total this year, has traditionally been its biggest attraction as designers vie with each other for gold medals and, in particular, for the much-coveted Best in Show award.

In addition to its overall sponsorship, FBD Insurance will also be displaying its own show-garden. Designed by horticulturalist Kevin Dennis, the FBD Insurance Urban Sanctuary Garden incorporates a contemporary urban lifestyle design, aimed at inspiring those living in towns or cities to become more engaged with their outdoor spaces.  

Whether it’s a compact garden, an apartment or an allotment, the FBD Insurance Urban Sanctuary Garden seeks to encourage visitors to realise the full potential of any outdoor area. The FBD garden will feature architectural elements of cutting-edge landscaping, and will offer a space that exudes modernity, diversity, calm and wellbeing. A seasoned Bloom exhibitor,this is Kevin’s fourth year to participate in the famous garden festival, following a three-time gold medal-winning success with large garden entries.

Fiona Muldoon, CEO of FBD Insurance, said: “FBD is delighted to once again sponsor Bloom and celebrate the wonderful creativity and hard work that goes into the festival each year. Bloom has grown into a showcase event for our small business producers who form a core part of our customer base. FBD supports this event in order to help them. The event successfully showcases our world class Irish produce and innovation. This year, FBD’s show-garden encourages visitors to harness the potential of any outdoor green space and highlights the importance of design in turning any small unused space into an outdoor paradise. 

We are also delighted to hold a competition for a holiday worth €5000 available to all visitors to Bloom”.

Kevin Dennis, Horticulturalist and Founder of Cityscape Gardener, added: “I am incredibly proud to be returning to Bord Bia’s Bloom. People living in urban areas have been central to the design of this garden and we hope to encourage visitors to spend more time outdoors while offering a contemporary, therapeutic space in which to relax in.”

FBD Insurance is giving Bloom visitors the chance to enter a competition where one lucky winner will win a holiday voucher worth €5,000. Visitors to Bloom can enter the competition at either of the two FBD Insurance stands at the FBD Show garden, or in the Postcard Garden section by the main red entrance to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize.

FBD Insurance are also giving Bloom visitors an exclusive €50 off car insurance and €50 off home insurance when they switch to FBD Insurance.

FBD Insurance has been protecting Irish consumers, farms and small businesses for 50 years, offering a wide range of products including car, home, business, commercial motor, life and farm insurance. With 34 branches nationwide, a head office in Dublin, a sales centre in Mullingar and 500,000 customers, FBD Insurance plc delivers quality products and premium service to customers nationwide

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Big bounce in child related injuries from Bouncy Castles and trampolines during communion and confirmation season according to Affidea ExpressCare Clinics

With the communion and confirmation season now in full swing, Affidea ExpressCare Clinics, which are ‘walk in’ facilities that treat minor injuries and illnesses, say they are currently experiencing a significant increase in child-related injuries, mainly due to accidents on bouncy castles and trampolines.

All three Affidea ExpressCare Clinics in Tallaght and Santry in Dublin and at The Elysian in Cork say there has been an upsurge in bounce-related sprains and breaks and the organisation is warning parents to take extra care when their children are jumping on bouncy castles or trampolines.

Wrist fractures and elbow fractures are the most common injuries sustained by children who fall from trampolines and bouncy castles. Other injuries can include ankle sprains, shoulder and leg injuries, lacerations and, in more serious falls, head injuries.

David Foley, Consultant in Emergency Medicine & Medical Director of the Affidea ExpressCare Clinics, says: “May is always busy with communion and confirmation parties and many parents now hire a bouncy castle or trampoline for the occasion. As a result, we are seeing a huge increase in child-related cases, ranging from sprains and fractures to head injuries. We are calling on parents to be super vigilant when their children are on bouncy castles or trampolines to minimise the chance of their child incurring a nasty break or sprain.”

The top three trampoline and bouncy castle related injuries are:

Ankle sprain

Ankle sprains are the most common type of injury in kids when playing on trampolines and bouncy castles. A minor sprain can be treated with ice and compression at home, but you should seek medical advice if there is severe swelling or pain, is red and warm to touch or your child cannot walk on it. 

Arm fracture 

Fractures can occur after a fall or bang, and can be scary for both the child and the parent. They can be very painful and your child may feel sick or faint after the accident. The arm may look deformed, swollen and/or bruised, be sore to touch or move or have bone poking through. You should always seek medical attention if you suspect a fracture.

Dislocation

Children can easily dislocate their shoulder, arm or knee after a fall. A dislocation can occur when the ligaments are torn or stretched, so if they are playing outdoors, it’s easily done. They will be in some pain but it’s important to move the affected area as little as possible. Instead, try to stabilise the area in whatever position it’s already in. Applying ice may help with pain and reduce the swelling. You should never, however, attempt to pop the bone back into place yourself. Get to the hospital, and let the doctor take care of it. 

Offering fast turnaround times without an appointment, ExpressCare Clinics treats minor injuries and illnesses such as fractures and sprains, lacerations requiring stitches, sports and DIY injuries, minor burns and scalds, eye and ear injuries, insect and animal bites, infections and rashes. Children over the age of one are also treated, eliminating the need for a stressful visit to a hospital A&E department with an injured child. All ExpressCare Clinics are open from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year.

Affidea ExpressCare provides services to all patients who attend on a fee for service basis, and it’sa covered benefit for health insurance providers Laya Healthcare and Irish Life Health.

For more tips and advice like these, or to find out more about Affidea’s ExpressCare Clinics, check out www.affidea.ie

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80% of Irish SMEs plan to invest ahead of Brexit, versus only 51% in the UK according to new research from Bibby Financial Services

  • 57% of UK SMEs believe their country will slip into recession this year
  • Irish SMEs focus on staff development and training, while increasing cash reserves is primary concern for UK businesses

While 80% of Irish SMEs plan greater investment in their business in Q2 of 2019, only 51% of UK businesses intend to follow suit, amid the uncertainty caused by Brexit. This is according to new research from Bibby Financial Services, a leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to SMEs.

Figures from Bibby Financial Services’ SME Confidence Trackers for Ireland and the UK also reveal the extent to which Brexit is weighing over the two countries’ business communities, with 41% of UK SMEs believing it will have a negative impact on their business, and 32% of Irish SMEs similarly seeing it as the biggest challenge to their business. Confidence is particularly low in the UK, where 57% of SMEs believe the country will slip into recession in 2019.

However, despite the greater rate of investment in Ireland, the average amount invested by both Irish and UK SMEs has fallen over the last twelve months. In the UK the average investment figure stands at just over £65,000, down from over £100,000 in Q1 of 2018, while in Ireland SMEs are planning an average spend of €110,000 over the next three months, down from €142,000 twelve months ago.

The research also points to the divergent approaches adopted by UK and Irish SMEs in their preparations for Brexit. In the UK, businesses have focused on building up their company’s cash reserves (21%), establishing new supply sources for goods (15%) and greater stockpiling of goods (15%).

In Ireland, by contrast, the main areas of investment are staff training and development (42%), digital and IT capabilities (33%) and additional machinery and equipment (33%).

The SME Confidence Tracker, produced by Bibby Financial Services, is a national survey of over 200 small and medium sized enterprises across the Republic of Ireland and 1,000 businesses in the UK, conducted on a bi-annual basis. Full reports for Ireland and the UK are now available.

Mark O’Rourke, Managing Director at Bibby Financial Services Ireland, says: “The research shows the differing approaches of Irish and UK SMEs in the face of continued Brexit uncertainty. In general, Irish SMEs remain more optimistic than their UK counterparts, and are focusing on investment in order to grow and future-proof their businesses as much as possible.

“Worryingly, however, over half of UK SMEs expect the country to enter recession this year, and there has been a marked reduction in investment in response to this.”

Bibby Financial Services Ireland is a leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to over 10,000 businesses worldwide. The company helps businesses to thrive and grow in domestic and international markets by providing bespoke financial assistance and a wide range of specialist and working capital funding options.

Bibby Financial Services Ireland’s funding portfolio includes invoice discounting, factoring, export finance, foreign exchange services and specialist funding for a range of sectors. The Irish operation was established in 2006 and has an expert team of 30 employees based in Sandyford, Dublin.

For more information about Bibby Financial Services Ireland, please visit: www.bibbyfinancialservices.ie

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Tax, talent, and regulatory standards set to top agenda as Guaranteed Irish hosts professional services roundtable

Event will feature contributions from Frances Fitzgerald TD, Carin Bryans of JP Morgan and Paul Brandon from the Irish Aviation Authority

Guaranteed Irish, the not-for-profit business membership organisation championing 600+ homegrown and international businesses in Ireland, is set to host a roundtable event at the InterContinental Hotel on Friday 10th May, focused on developing the knowledge economy and positioning Ireland as a world leader in the provision of professional services – spanning the legal, tax, financial and regulatory sectors.

The invitation-only event brings together Guaranteed Irish members and business leaders from across the professional services and fintech space, as well as government representatives, to identify the opportunities for Irish business to lead in innovation and technology.

Speakers will provide key insights into how Ireland can continue to provide ‘best in class’ professional services and the importance of promoting the sector as a key driver of the economy at a local and international level.

The event will feature contributions on a range of topics from political and industry leaders, including:

  • Finding opportunities for Ireland in a new Europe – Frances Fitzgerald TD

Former Tánaiste and MEP candidate Frances Fitzgerald will discuss how Ireland can best equip itself to thrive in a changed European landscape following the departure of the UK from the EU

  • Innovation and infrastructure in the financial services sector – Carin Bryans, JP Morgan Ireland

Carin Bryans is Senior Country Officer with JP Morgan, and will provide insight into Ireland’s financial infrastructure from the perspective of leading multinationals in the country

  • Working with Irish businesses to create flexible talent solutions – Anne Heraty, Cpl Resources Plc

CEO at Cpl Resources Anne Heraty will assess how businesses in Ireland can attract and retain high-quality staff

  • Building on Ireland’s payment success stories – Gary Conroy, Transfermate Global Payments

Gary Conroy is CPO at Transfermate, and will discuss the future prospects of Ireland’s booming financial transactions sector

  • Professional services expertise and Ireland’s aviation sector – Paul Brandon, Irish Aviation Authority

Head of Corporate Affairs Paul Brandon will discuss the role of world-class legal, tax, financial and regulatory expertise in driving Ireland’s aviation sector

  • Attracting Irish Executives Abroad – Ruth Curran, Merc Partners

Ruth Curran is Managing Partner at executive search specialists Merc Partners, and will describe how addressing Ireland’s income tax structure will be central to attracting Irish executives abroad to return to the country

Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish, said: “Ireland’s professional services sector continues to be a core driver of economic growth in the country, and we’re committed to supporting businesses in Ireland as they look to promote that expertise around the world and develop a true knowledge economy. The UK’s departure from the EU will offer further opportunities for Ireland to establish itself as a global leader in the provision of financial, legal and regulatory services, and our roundtable event will give attendees in-depth insights into the innovations set to drive the sector into the future.”

Guaranteed Irish will develop the outcomes of the roundtable event into a submission paper for Government, outlining the supports required to ensure the continued success of the sector and outlining how it can capitalise on the changing business landscape.

Guaranteed Irish has over 600 members that make a significant contribution to the Irish economy every year, both in terms of turnover and employment, as well as to their local communities.

Members of Guaranteed Irish in the professional services sector include KPMG, Matheson, FBD Insurance, RDS, Peninsula Ireland and CG Business Consulting.

The organisation considers three core criteria when assessing an applicant for membership – evidence of delivering quality Irish jobs, supporting local communities and a commitment to Irish provenance.

Total revenues among its members grew to €26.2bn in 2018, up €350m in just 12 months. Turnover figures for sales in Ireland by member companies also increased last year – rising by 2.3% to reach €11.2bn. Total employment at all Guaranteed Irish member businesses reached 71,390 in 2018, an increase of 43.3% (21,573) on the same figure for 2017. As well as existing members increasing their employee numbers, this figure also reflects the fact that 200+ new members joined the organisation last year. Members are also forecasting a further 5.8% increase in employment in 2019.

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4site awarded prestigious Silver award by Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents for outstanding health and safety practices

Drone technology now contributing to safety and wellbeing of the 4site team

4site, the providers of innovative engineering solutions for major infrastructural developments in telecommunications, has received a Silver award in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is a British charity that aims to save lives and prevent life-changing injuries which occur as a result of accidents. The RoSPA Awards scheme, which receives 2,000+ entries from organisations around the world, recognises achievement in health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Headquartered in Limerick, with offices in Dublin and the UK, 4site received the prestigious award in recognition of its practices and achievements in helping its staff and customers arrive home safely at the end of the working day. The company will be presented with the award during a ceremony in the UK in June. For more information about the RoSPA Awards visit www.rospa.com/awards.

4site employs over 80 highly skilled professionals, the majority of which are qualified engineers and technicians, to design, survey, build and maintain world-class fibre and wireless telecommunications networks across Ireland, the UK and further afield. 4site team adapt technology, tools and processes to deliver reliable and future-proofed turnkey services for clients such as Vodafone, CityFibre, Three, SIRO, Cignal, Huawei, Ericsson, Nokia, Imagine and CommScope.

The business has a dedicated Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager, David Healy, who ensures continued compliance with all required Health, Safety, Environment and Quality legislation. He also ensures that training, education and mentoring are core facets at all levels of safety management in the organisation.

The work conducted by the 4site team involves surveying acres of land on a daily basis and creating innovative engineering solutions to ensure the delivery of significant major infrastructural developments. 4site works on a continual basis to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their team while they engage in this activity.

For example, the company uses drone and camera technology to survey inaccessible locations, roof top sites, towers, masts and mountainous terrain, eliminating the need for employees to physically access these areas. The use of drones for surveying is also reducing the requirement for working at height or climbing on many telecoms’ structures.

Speaking about the award, Ian Duggan, CEO of 4site said:4site are delighted to receive a Silver Award in the RoSPA Awards 2019. As a first-time entrant we are very proud of the achievement and the hard work put in by our employees to maintain a safe workplace for their colleagues and customers. We will be aiming for a Gold Award in 2020!”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifications, awards and events, said:The RoSPA Awards have become the key fixture in the health and safety calendar for a number of years. Highly-respected, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, RoSPA award winners benefit from the wide-ranging rewards of improved sector reputation.”

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Average ‘sold price’ for houses in Dublin rises just 0.33% in 12 months indicating significant slowdown in housing market according to research by Perfect Property

  • Prices dropping in hotspots such as Ranelagh and Donnybrook, while Smithfield and Portobello see substantial price rises
  • More than €20 Million worth of property now being uploaded to Perfect Property platform every day

The average ‘sold price’ for houses across Dublin this year is almost identical to last year, indicating that growth in the housing market has slowed down, according to new research by Perfect Property, Ireland’s innovative property search engine.

An analysis of the Property Price Register by Perfect Property shows that the average sold price of a house in Dublin in Q1 2018 was €417,037, while in Q1 2019 the average sold price was €418,429, showing an increase of just 0.33%. The average current listing price on Perfect Property for the start of Q2 2019 is even lower at €372,000.

The figures also show a surprising drop in house prices in some key hotspot areas across Dublin. Ranelagh has seen house prices drop by 2.3% when you compare Q1 2019 to Q1 2018 while in Donnybrook, Stoneybatter and Clontarf, sold prices have dropped a significant 12.45%, 11.38% and 8.08% respectively.

Other areas, however, have seen an increase in price. Smithfield has incurred the biggest increase, with house prices 31.73% higher in Q1 2019 compared to Q1 2018, followed by Portobello rising 21.97% and Saggart not far behind at +20.35%.

This research was carried out by property search platform, Perfect Property, which features properties from a range of estate agents including REA, Knight Frank, Savills, REMAX and Sotheby’s. Currently the total average value of property uploaded to the website every day is €20.3 Million, with new properties worth more than €142 million added every week. The platform has a wide range of user-friendly features, meaning it is fast becoming the property search portal of choice for home buyers and sellers, as well as those seeking a new rental property.

Commenting on the recent figures, Laura Pollard, Managing Director of Perfect Property, said:

“Reviewing achieved sold prices, rather than listing prices, is key to understanding the true state of the market. The minimal growth from last year shows the impact of tightened lending criteria and concern over what a post-Brexit market could look like.  However, the lack of growth has not been experienced in all areas with hot spots such as Rathgar, Portobello, Clondalkin and Smithfield experiencing an increase in sold prices, so the research has produced varied and interesting results.”

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Extensive pilot study conducted by JNLR reveals that existing methodology is still best measure of Irish radio listening habits

A new pilot study conducted by JNLR, Ireland’s national listenership survey, has found that’ Day-After Aided Recall’ remains the best methodology measure of Irish radio listening habits.

The role of the JNLR Committee is to ensure the radio industry in Ireland and its stakeholders have access to the most robust and reliable listenership data available, carrying out a national sample of 16,500 respondents annually.

The JNLR Committee undertook a review of the approach currently adopted in the Irish market, comparing and contrasting it with alternative methodologies used in other markets, with a particular focus on the approaches being used and under consideration for the UK market.

Currently there are three broad philosophies for radio research measurement worldwide:

  • Day-After Aided Recall – what was listened to the previous day
  • Diary self-completion – where a respondent records their radio listening in a diary over seven days
  • Passive measurement – where a device, carried by the respondent, records the radio stations that the device/respondent could hear.

The current JNLR uses Day-After Aided Recall, interviewing people in their own homes and asking about radio listening on the previous day. This approach has been adopted since 1989 and has provided the industry with a remarkable level of data reliability.

In the UK, a Diary Self-Completion approach is used, and the JNLR Committee study involved trialling this approach in Ireland to find out if the data delivered was of a higher quality than the Day-After Aided Recall approach.

For the Diary Self-Completion trial, a sample of 650 respondents were recruited across the Dublin and South East (Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford and Tipperary SR) regions to match the profile of sample required for the JNLR. Similar to the standard JNLR survey, a range of quota controls were applied in terms of age, gender, social and working class. Each recruit was given the choice of completing a pen-and-paper or an online diary.

Participants were asked to complete the diary every day for seven days, although due to the self-completion nature of the task it is not possible to say exactly how much time did elapse between listening and completing the diary.

The diary trial findings revealed no significant data differences between the pen-and-paper self -completion diary and the current JNLR. For the online self-completion diary, listenership levels were unusually low, suggesting poor levels of compliance, possibly driven by the inconvenience of having to go online and log in each time a respondent needed to record a listening event. Overwhelmingly, even among younger respondents, the pen-and-paper self-completion diary was preferred over the online diary as the more convenient option.

The study concluded that a diary approach (pen and paper or online) does not provide better data, may impact data continuity and may require a move to a smaller sample size to reflect the increased difficulty in recruiting and monitoring diary respondents.

The third option open to the radio industry is to passively measure listenership by maintaining a panel of respondents who are required to carry a listening device at all times that would record the radio stations listened to. Over the past decade, the JNLR Committee has been closely following developments in passive measurement, with particular attention being paid to developments in the UK. On a number of occasions, international experts have been invited to present on latest developments in passive measurement to the Committee.

Passive measurement remains cost prohibitive for a market as rural and geographically distributed as Ireland. While the cost of the devices used has fallen (with the use of a smartphone, to ‘hear’ now a possibility), the costs of recruiting and maintaining a panel, and the costs associated with maintaining an audio-matching or encoding infrastructure, have not decreased.

The JNLR study concluded that, while cost is a key barrier, it is not the only barrier, as a move to passive measurement would also impact data continuity and there is no guarantee that passive would produce more accurate data: the technology measures the radio we can ‘hear’ and not the radio we ‘listen’ to. Additionally, passive technology relies on achieving a high level of compliance from panellists.

Having undertaken a full review and explored international best practice in radio audience measurement, the JNLR study concluded that the current Day-After Aided Recall methodology remains best practice for the Irish market at this current time.

However, while Day-After Aided Recall is the best approach for radio in Ireland currently, new approaches to data collection will form part of the JNLR Research Tender 2020 – 2022, for which expressions of interest are currently being sought.

Scott Williams, Independent Chair of the JNLR Committee, said:

“This study is a very satisfactory endorsement of the robust nature of the existing JNLR methodology. While there are a number of alternative methodologies for recording radio listenership currently in use, it’s clear that Day-After Aided Recall remains the gold standard for the Irish market. We would like to thank all the members of the JNLR Committee for their time in conducting this review and we are delighted that all members of the Committee, including members who represent advertising agencies (IAPI), advertisers (AAI) and the regulator (BAI), fully endorse its conclusions. It has always been important for radio in Ireland that the industry and all its stakeholders speak with one voice and work in partnership to promote the wonderful medium of radio.”

The JNLR Committee members are:

  • Scott Williams, Wireless (Independent Chair)
  • Barry Dooley, AAI
  • Andrew Robinson, BAI
  • Helen O’Rourke, IAPI (agency representative on IAPI Board)
  • Katie Boylan, IRS+
  • Gavin Deans, Media Central
  • Diarmuid O Leary, Red FM
  • Gareth Ivory, RTE
  • Dan Healy, RTE
  • Keith McCormack, Today FM / Communicorp
  • Brian McCarthy, Urban Media