Atlas of the Irish Revolution’ by John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and Dr. John Borgonovo named as the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year 2017

 

‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’, a book which tells the full story of Ireland’s revolutionary history from 1913 to 1923, has been voted the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year’ for 2017.

The ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year 2017’ was chosen by a public vote from the list of category winners announced at the recent Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Previous winners of this award include ‘Solar Bones’ by Mike McCormack ‘Asking for it’ by Louise O’Neill, ‘Academy Street’ by Mary Costello, ‘Staring at Lakes’ by Michael Harding, ‘The Spinning Heart’ by Donal Ryan and ‘Solace’ by Belinda McKeon.

Published by Cork University Press, ‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’ is a definitive resource that brings to life this pivotal moment in Irish history and nation-building. It draws together existing and ongoing research into the revolutionary period in a broad ranging and inclusive manner. It also includes contributions from leading scholars across a range of disciplines.

A chronologically and thematically organised treatment of the period, the book contains an analysis of conditions in the provinces, counties and parishes, telling the stories of particular individuals and families caught up in the events of these years. It also includes sections on the evolution of the revolution, and on its aftermath, legacy and the collective memory and cultural representation of this fascinating, transformative period of Irish history.

Dr John Crowley, one of the books editors, from the Department of Geography in UCC who worked alongside Donál Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and associate editor John Borgonovo on the Atlas of the Irish Revolution said:

‘We are very honoured to receive this award. The 1916 centenary clearly revealed not only Irish people’s appetite for understanding their history but more importantly their place in that history. The Atlas of the Irish Revolution builds on that sense of connection and public engagement by providing new ways of seeing the revolutionary period. The 300+ maps in the atlas along with the hundreds of other images create a unique portal through which local communities can engage with pivotal events in their own history. The atlas speaks to a deep interest amongst Irish people in learning about their past and we are indeed grateful that they have supported this project in such vast numbers.’ 

Now in its 12th year, the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards was founded to celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible. Each year it brings together a huge community passionate about books – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise and celebrate the very best of Irish writing talent.

The Awards consist of 15 categories including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry and the new Teen and Young Adult category

 

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Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland release latest Complaints Bulletin

18 advertisements found to be in breach of the ASAI Code on grounds relating to Misleading Advertising, Principles, Prices and Alcohol

 

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland’s (ASAI) independent Complaints Committee has released its latest Complaints Bulletin which contains 20 case reports on complaints recently investigated by the ASAI.

18 of the 20 advertisements were found to have been in breach of the ASAI Code on grounds relating to Misleading Advertising, Principles, Prices and Alcohol. The advertisements complained of related to Internet, Social Media, Radio, Leaflet, Direct Email, Press, Brochure and Email. The ASAI Complaints Committee chose not to uphold one consumer complaint and 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 – http://www.asai.ie/about-us/complaints-committee.

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

As we approach the busy Christmas and New Year period, it’s important that consumers know that the ASAI is committed in their best interests to ensuring that all advertising is legal, decent, honest and truthful.  

The latest complaints bulletin from the ASAI highlights the ASAI’s commitment to protecting consumers and holding advertisers to account when their advertising is not compliant with the requirements of the ASAI Code.  

The ASAI 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. This is especially important coming into the hectic promotional period seen at this time of year, an area heavily protected under the ASAI Code of Standards for Advertising and Marketing in Ireland.” 

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

 

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details
 

Italia Bauhaus Furniture Limited

 

Principals / Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The complainant considered the detail of the complaint and expressed concern at the advertisers failure to respond

Complaint Upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/business-office-furniture/

 

Dublin Tint

 

Principals / Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The complainant considered the detail of the complaint and expressed concern at the advertisers failure to respond

Complaint Upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/motoring-21/

 

Click.ie

 

Principals / Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The complainant considered the detail of the complaint and expressed concern at the advertisers failure to respond

Complaint Upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-58/

 

 

Frisby Homes

 

Misleading

 

The independent complaints committee considered the ad was likely to mislead

Complaint Upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/property-houses/

 

 

Eir

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 4.22, 5.5, 5.15 and 5.16 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-59/

 

 

Eir

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 4.1, 4.4 and 4.6 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-60/

 

 

Paddy Power

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The complainant considered the subject line of the email was misleading

Complaint Upheld in part

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/leisure-betting-5/

 

 

Minding Frankie (BC Productions)

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 4.1 and 4.4 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/leisure-10/

 

 

The Wellness Champions Cork

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 4.1 and 4.4 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/health-beauty-9/

 

 

 

 

Designer Rebellion

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 4.1, 4.4 and 4.9 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/household-furniture/

 

 

12 Quail Farm

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 4.1, 4.4, 4.9, 4.10, 11.1 and 11.5 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/food-and-beverages-3/

 

Totalminddynamics.com

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 4.9 and 4.10 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/health-beauty-17/

 

 

Musgrave Group (SuperValu)

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 4.1 and 4.4 of the Code

Complaint Upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/retail-supermarket/

 

Dublin-Plumbing.ie

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 4.9 and 4.10 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/household-6/

 

Munster Roofing

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 4.9 and 4.10 of the Code

Complaint upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/roofing-contractors/

 

Digital Food Limited Thetaste.ie

 

Misleading

(7th Edition)

 

The independent committee considered the ad to be in breach of sections 4.1, 4.4, 4.9 and 4.10 of the Code

Complaint Upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/leisure-11/

 

University College Dublin UCD

 

Prices

 

The complainant considered the advertisement had breached section 4.22 of the Code

Complaint Upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/education-7/

 

The Benner Hotel

 

Alcohol

 

The complainant considered the advertisement to be in breach of section 9.4 of the Code

Complaint Upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/alcohol-20/

 

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

 

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details
 

Sky Ireland

 

Misleading

 

Complaint Not upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-broadband-3/

 

 

The following complaints made by consumers were investigated and following investigation, the ASAI Complaints Committee considered that it was more appropriate to deal with the matter by way of a statement.

 

Virgin Media

 

Decency and Propriety

 

Complaint Not upheld

http://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-61/

 

 

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.

www.asai.ie

 

Or follow the ASAI on Twitter @THE_ASAI

 

Two thirds of UK SME’s say currency volatility created by Brexit has cost them £70,000 each – Report by Bibby Financial Services

Two thirds of UK SME’s say currency volatility created by Brexit has cost them £70,000 each – Report by Bibby Financial Services

Irish exporters encouraged to put practices in place to

safeguard against the fluctuating pound

 

More than two-thirds of UK SMEs trading in foreign currencies say that they have been financially disadvantaged to the tune of £70,000 due to currency volatility sparked by the EU referendum, according to a new study by leading SME partner, Bibby Financial Services (BFS).

A leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to Irish SME’s, 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.

Findings of the ‘Trading Places’ report reveal that 67 per cent of UK businesses with foreign exchange requirements say they have been adversely affected by currency volatility in the past 12 months, with an estimated financial impact of £69,669 (approximately €79,000) each.

The research found that currency volatility is the biggest challenge faced by UK importers and exporters today. Other key challenges for exporters include paperwork and administration, and logistics management. For importers, logistics and managing duty, VAT and freight payments were the main issues.

Despite currency volatility featuring as the top concern for both importers and exporters, research also found that almost a quarter of UK SMEs trading overseas (23%) have never reviewed their foreign exchange arrangements to see if they could better protect themselves against future volatility.

The Global Business Monitor, a report issued by Bibby Financial Services recently, shows that 20% of Irish SME’s see currency fluctuations as a barrier to international trade. The survey also shows that geo-political events loom large in the minds of Irish respondents, with 69% viewing Brexit as the top threat to global economic growth amongst Irish SME’s in 2017.

Mark O’Rourke, Head of Business with Bibby Financial Services Ireland, said:

“These figures from the UK are quite stark. While we don’t have figures for Ireland, we need to be aware that currency volatility will impact the bottom line for Irish SME’s who import or export. This report is a warning bell for Irish companies that they should be putting practices in place to safeguard against the fluctuating pound. By far the greatest challenge facing Irish SME’s importing and exporting is currency volatility. No matter how big or small and SME is, managing currency risk in today’s economic environment is vital. The businesses that will be successful in the long-term are those that are planning ahead and thinking strategically about how they can protect profit margins.” 

Bibby Financial Services Ireland (BFSI) is a leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to Irish SME’s.

A member of the Asset Based Finance Association, Bibby Financial Services Ireland’s funding portfolio includes invoice discounting, factoring, export finance, foreign exchange services and specialist funding for a range of sectors.

Bibby Financial Services Ireland is part of Bibby Financial Services Group, an independent financial services partner to over 10,000 businesses across 13 countries. 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

The Bibby Financial Services Global Business Monitor 2017 is available here: www.bibbyfinancialservices.ie/global-business-monitor-ireland

 

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4site appoints Bartosz Nahajowski as Fibre Programme Director

4site, leaders in designing, building and maintaining network infrastructure for utilities companies and network owners, has appointed Bartosz Nahajowski as Fibre Programme Director.

In this newly created position, Bartosz will direct and coordinate the design and build of all fibre networks for 4site clients. He will particularly focus on implementing a new design driven approach for ‘fibre to the home’ projects in a bid to increase efficiencies for clients such as SIRO, Huawei, Vodafone and others.

Bartosz appointment is part of a significant investment by 4site in fibre technology and resources, including the development of a new ‘Fibre Centre of Excellence’ at company headquarters in Limerick. This facility is unique in Ireland and testament to the focus on the need for increased broadband speeds for both homes and businesses in Ireland and abroad.

To facilitate this focus on fibre, Bartosz has overseen the development of a range of in-house technology and tools, including the recent launch of 4Survey, a customised mobile App developed in conjunction with ESRI Ireland which has resulted in a 50% reduction in data collection time and a 25% reduction in planning and design turn-around time – meaning significant cost and time efficiencies for clients.

Bartosz joined 4site 12 years ago and, in that time, has worked across a number of roles, most recently as Operations Director. Prior to moving to Ireland to join 4site, Bartosz worked as a mechanical engineer designer for the Polish Navy for four years, followed by an 18 month contract in the on and off shore steelworks sector in Spain. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree, and has worked primarily in the utility sector over the last 15 years.

With offices in Limerick, Dublin and the UK, 4site, which employs 80 people, provides innovative engineering solutions for major infrastructural developments in telecommunications, power, renewables and multi-site networks. Their highly skilled in-house technical teams design, survey, build and maintain world-class utilities networks, adapting technology, tools and processes to deliver reliable and future-proofed turnkey services for clients. Clients include Vodafone, SIRO, Cignal, Huawei, Netshare, 2RN (RTE), Three, Ericsson, Nokia and enet.

Established in 2002, 4site works with infrastructure owners and operators of distributed networks to design, deploy, maintain and operate utilities infrastructure across Ireland and the United Kingdom.

With over 15 years’ experience providing turnkey services in the UK and Ireland, 4site has earned a reputation as an independent, trusted partner who innovates, develops services, optimises assets and delivers cost efficiencies. By partnering with world leaders in the industry, 4site provides unparalleled service and quality, ensuring clients successfully meet the challenges presented by the always-evolving technology landscape.

 

For further details, please check out www.4sitenetworks.com

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