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.”



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

GEM Group secures planning permission for 913 residential units in Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath

  • Strategic Housing Development on 28.3 hectare site will address immediate housing needs and demand in the Meath / Greater Dublin Area
  • Development will include open space and neighbourhood centre facilities, including a primary healthcare unit, gym, retail units and childcare facilities
  • Work to begin in Q4 2019, with first houses delivered by Q3 2020

5GEM Group has welcomed the approval of planning permission by An Bord Pleanála for a Strategic Housing Development (SHD) at Dunshaughlin East, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath.

The development will be located on a 28.3 hectare site at lands to the north of the R147 / Dublin Road in the eastern part of Dunshaughlin. It will be built on residential zoned lands and is proposed as a planned extension of the town through a ten-year planning permission. Located south of Kellett’s Grove and Coldrick’s Pass, to the east of Dunshaughlin Business Park, the site is adjacent to the residential development at The Willows, which is currently under construction.

No third-party objections were raised in response to the planning application, and the site will be developed and built by GEM Group, which has over four decades of building experience in Ireland. A development plan will now be put in place for the site, with work commencing in Q4 2019, and the first homes delivered in Q3 2020. This will be a follow on to the 222 housing units at The Willows scheme in Dunshaughlin which is currently being developed by Gem Group over the period 2017-2019.

The proposed development will deliver a considerable quantum of much-needed housing, and associated development, for the Eastern and Midlands region, in accordance with planning and housing policy, including Rebuilding Ireland, the National Planning Framework, the Draft Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy for the Eastern and Midlands Regional Assembly and the Meath County Development Plan.

The development comprises 913 residential units, consisting of 505 houses, 186 duplex units and 222 apartments on the site. 90 of the homes will be allocated for social housing requirements. It will also feature neighbourhood centre facilities including a childcare centre, two retail units and a primary healthcare unit/gym. The approved application includes significant open space areas, such as playgrounds, as well as pedestrian and cycling infrastructure, making it an ideal location for first-time buyers and families. The development will also deliver a substantial section of the planned Dunshaughlin Outer Relief Road.

The Department of Education has recently agreed to acquire adjoining lands from GEM Group for a new educational campus and are shortly expected to apply for planning permission for a new primary school on the site, while new playing pitches will be provided for Dunshaughlin Youths Soccer Club, in collaboration with Meath County Council, on lands to the east of the development.

Housing will be provided across a range of typologies and designs, infusing the development with a sense of character and place. The development will also integrate with existing and planned developments in the vicinity and meet the highest standards in terms of planning and energy efficiency. Densities are in line with requirements for such locations under the new 2040 National Planning Framework / Government Guidelines. Architectural design will be executed by McCrossan O’Rourke Manning Architects.

The development benefits from strong transport infrastructure, with a number of operators providing regular bus services from Dunshaughlin into Dublin city centre every 10-15 minutes during peak hours. Dunshaughlin is also served by the ‘park and ride’ services at Parkway Rail Station which is just a five-minute drive to the south. The development will also support the future delivery and extension of existing rail links to Navan via Dunshaughlin, which is a transport objective for the region. The town is a 15-minute drive from the M50 and is served by the M3 motorway, which provides links to various employment zones, in particular the Dublin Enterprise Zone to the north of Blanchardstown.

Dunshaughlin is well placed to become a sustainable residential and employment growth area thanks to its strategic location on the M3/N3 corridor. As well as addressing housing needs in the Meath and Greater Dublin region, the development will be extremely positive for existing businesses in the area, while also creating opportunities for new commercial operations to set up in the vicinity.

As part of the application, a detailed Environmental Impact Assessment Report was prepared and can be viewed online, together with the full range of planning application documents, at www.dunshaughlineastshd.ie

GEM Group have been a leading new homes provider in Ireland since 1978. Having constructed thousands of homes over the past four decades, the GEM team has a reputation for quality and service, which is reflected in the satisfaction of our customers and clients.

Over the years, Gem Group has completed many notable construction and bespoke joinery projects and developments including the restoration of St. Mel’s Cathedral in Longford, Abbots Hill in Malahide, the LIV student residences at Church Street in Dublin and Clonfadda Wood in Mount Merrion.

GEM Group is a CIRI registered builder, complies with all international standards, and ensures strict adherence to best practice policy.


Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland releases latest Complaints Bulletin

  • 11 advertisements found to be in breach of the ASAI Code on grounds relating to Misleading Advertising, Health & Beauty, Safety and Children 

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland’s (ASAI) independent Complaints Committee has released its latest Complaints Bulletin, which contains 13 case reports on complaints recently investigated by the organisation.

11 of the 13 advertisements were found to have been in breach of the ASAI Code on grounds relating to Misleading Advertising, Health & Beauty, Safety and Children. The advertisements complained of related to Email, Social Media, Online, Television and Print advertising. The ASAI Complaints Committee chose not to uphold two consumer complaints.

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:

The latest complaints bulletin from the ASAI illustrates our ability to handle complaints across a large number of mediums. The ASAI is committed to protecting consumers in relation to advertising – across all mediums – and our approach is to work with all advertisers to ultimately ensure that all marketing communications are legal, truthful, decent and honest.”

Professor Bairbre Redmond, Independent Head of the Complaints Committee of the ASAI, says:

“Over the past few years, the Complaints Committee, comprised of independent and industry members, has dealt with a broad range of complaints. The Complaints Committee has also spent considerable time highlighting awareness in relation to advertising best practice within the advertising industry, ensuring all relevant parties are equipped with the knowledge and resources to correctly identify commercial marketing content across their platforms.”

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

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details
  123.ie   Safety / Driving   Six complaints were received regarding the advertisement. All complaints felt that the advertisement was irresponsible as it appeared to condone potentially dangerous behaviour on the part of the mother by representing her persistent and deliberate distraction of the driver in a humorous manner. They expressed concern that an insurance provider would use such an advertisement as it did not promote safe driving practices.   In breach of sections 3.3 and 3.24(a) of the code.   Complaint Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/car-insurance/
  Body Shape Performance   Misleading   The complainant stated that the gym was strictly a personal training gym and that only people who were there for personal training were allowed access. The description of the ‘1-week FREE gym trial’ prize however stated it did not include ‘any 1-to-1 time with our coaches’. After enquiring, the complainant was advised that the winner of the gym trial would need to agree to attend personal training sessions for the trial week. As this was not stated in the sponsored post, the complainant considered the advertising was misleading.   In breach of section 2.4(c), 4.1, 4.9 and 4.10 of the code.   Complaint Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/health-fitness/
  Joyce’s Supermarket   Misleading   The complainant considered the advertisement to be misleading as Deinhard Secco is a sparkling wine, not prosecco   In breach of section 4.1, 4.4, 4.9, and 4.10 of the code.   Complaint Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/retail-supermarket-3/
  Lidl   Misleading   Two complaints were received regarding two of Lidl’s advertisements. The first complaint was in relation to the email advertisement. The complainant considered the advertisement to be misleading as it had stated ‘50% off’ however, some of the prices after the discount were not ‘50% off’. The second complaint was in relation to the leaflet advertisement. The complainant considered the advertisement to be misleading as the price of wine was also not ‘50% off’. In breach of section 4.1 of the code. Complaint Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/food-beverages-14/
  Aer Lingus   Misleading   The complainant said she had booked tickets for a European flight with the intention of bringing an animal with her. She considered that the advertising was misleading on the following grounds. Issue one: The complainant said that information on aerlingus.com indicated that pet travel on flights on Aer Lingus regional flights cost €40 and on transatlantic flights cost €160. She said that this created a range for the consumer that costs for pet travel within Europe would be between these two figures. However, on contacting a number of freight forwarders (a requirement for pet travel within Europe), she was quoted prices of circa €1000 per flight.   Issue two: The complainant said that the advertisement linked to a named cargo company who advised the complainant that they only carried pets from London. No such information was available on the Aer Lingus website.   Issue three: The complainant said the four freight forwarders she contacted advised her that Aer Lingus does not carry pets on weekends and Aer Lingus does not fly pets to the complainant’s destination   In breach of section 4.1 of the code.   Complaint Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/travel-holidays-2/
  Mick’s Garage   Misleading     The complainant tried to avail of the 20% off offer but noted that it was limited to certain products only and when seeking the terms and conditions, noted that they were not immediately obvious as they were in a blog post from 14 months pervious. After telephoning the advertiser, the complainant was advised that the offer had excluded items that were already discounted. In breach of section 3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 4.9 and 4.28(a) of the code.   Complaint Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/motoring-27/
  Curry’s PC World   Misleading   The complainant said that the advertisement was misleading. When she selected the cordless vacuum cleaner depicted, the price in the checkout was not discounted   In breach of sections 4.1 of the code.   Complaint Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/household-9/
  Lycamobile   Misleading   The complainant, who had been a Lycamobile customer since late 2017, signed up to the offer. He said that he did not receive the advertised two free months and, on enquiry, was informed that the offer was for new customers only as outlined in the terms and conditions on the advertisers’ website. In breach of section 4.1, 4.4, and 5.15(e) of the code.   Complaint Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/telecommunications-73/
  Vape Business Ireland   Misleading / Health and Beauty   The complainants said that the advertiser’s twitter account had a tweet which referred to using a vape to quit smoking in Ireland. The complainants stated that no e-cigarettes are licensed by the HPRA for smoking cessation and quoted the HPRA ‘Guide to the definition of a human medicine’. The complainants stated that smoking cessation was a medicinal claim and therefore the claim on Twitter was in breach of the code.   In breach of sections 17.5 of the code.   Complaint Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/e-cigarettes-2/
  Largo Foods     Food / Children   The complainant considered that the posts were in breach of the Code on the following grounds:   Complaint 1: That the posts were being viewed by children under 16 and were therefore targeting children.   Complaint 2: That each post encouraged excessive and irresponsible consumption of the product.   Complaint Upheld in Part.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/food-non-alcoholic-beverages-2/

The following complaints were investigated and following investigation, the ASAI Complaints Committee did not uphold the complaints. Both complaints were made by a consumer party:

Company/Organisation Complaint Category Further Details
  Mondalez Ireland (Cadbury)   Food / Children   The complainant said that she considered Easter time to be of particular appeal to children and the possibility was, that children alongside adults, would view the posts. She said that she considered the posts to be irresponsible in content.   Complaint – Post 1 The complainant said she considered that the post was encouraging people to take part in the #CremeEggHuntingSeason as a matter of urgency, to avail of the promotional offer on the Creme Eggs. She considered that the promotion was encouraging people to consume an unhealthy amount of the product.   Complaint – Post 2 The complainant said that she considered the advertisement to be condoning poor nutritional habits and an unhealthy lifestyle to children. She said to encourage the eating of Creme Eggs for breakfast for either adults or children was in her opinion unhealthy advice.   Complaint Not Upheld   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/confectionary/
  Applegreen   Misleading The complainant considered the slogan ‘Low fuel prices, always’ to be misleading and untrue. He considered that the fuel prices were not low and that they were on the rise. He also considered the advertisers prices were not low in comparison to other fuel providers.   Complaint Not Upheld.   Link: https://www.asai.ie/complaint/motoring-26/

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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Core renews sponsorship of Design West, the international Design Summer School and Creative Festival, for a second year

Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications company, is proud, once again, to announce its collaboration with Design West, Ireland’s exciting International Design Summer School and Creative Festival which is running from June 22nd – July 5th. This is the second year that Core has sponsored the event, which is described as a ‘catalyst to recharge your creativity’.

Taking place at GMIT Letterfrack in Connemara, Design West offers participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of design, and work with leading international designers from renowned studios across the globe. It allows for collaboration between local and global thinkers – fusing trusted techniques with disruptive methods.

During the two-week programme, students participate in a voyage of discovery, learning, making, reflection and adventure in a non-urban environment which is perfect for sparking design inspiration.

Finian Murphy, Marketing Director at Core says: ‘Design West is a great example of creativity through diversity and we are delighted to be involved with a school that brings a variety of designers from around the globe to the beautiful village of Letterfrack in Connemara.”

“Design West shares Core’s love for working together, sharing ideas, and creating novel work. Similar to last year, we will send two people from Core to participate in the school, to unplug and immerse themselves in the rugged landscape and inspirational discussions. We are committed to providing further learning at Core, and inspiring creativity across the entire business. Design West is one of the great moments of the year when our people are able to expand their thinking further.”

The Design West Summer School programme will focus on a range of design related topics, such as the making of 2D and 3D design expressions, including visual communication, installations, abstract and environmental design. Participants will also engage with the stunning local environment through observation, the study of found objects, interactions between communities, landscape and nature.

With unrivalled facilities available at the GMIT campus, students will also have access to CAD, CNC technology, laser equipment, robotics and digital manufacturing.

The initiative was set up last year by Conor Clarke of the award-winning business ‘Design Factory’ and the programme will be led by Conor and a cross-disciplinary group of international tutors and professional technicians, including:

With just 24 places available, anyone interested in applying to attend Design West should log on to http://designwest.eu/  The deadline for applications is 10 May 2019.

Core has a team over 300 people across 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.




Vomiting, seizures and cold hands and feet among the least known symptoms associated with meningococcal meningitis, according to GSK survey of Irish parents1 New survey shows 42% of parents in Ireland cannot identify any types of meningococcal meningitis that are preventable by vaccination1

GSK marks World Meningitis Day with launch of ‘Know Meningitis’ campaign to generate awareness of the

disease and offer advice on how to spot the signs and symptoms

A new survey conducted by GSK shows that while almost all surveyed parents (95%) have heard of meningitis1, many are still unaware of the range of symptoms associated with the disease.

A rash is the most commonly associated symptom of meningitis (84%), followed by a stiff neck (73%) and dislike of bright light or headache (both 66%). However, there are a number of symptoms which the majority of parents do not relate to the disease, including vomiting (39%), convulsions / seizures (23%), and cold hands and feet (21%).1

To mark World Meningitis Day on Wednesday 24 April, GSK has launched the Know Meningitis campaign on social media platforms, an initiative aimed at raising awareness of the disease, which is rare but potentially fatal. Information about who is at risk, the signs and symptoms of the disease and how best to protect family members is available at www.knowmeningitis.ie.

The survey of 375 parents in Ireland was conducted as part of GSK’s campaign and half of respondents (50%) reported that they ‘know of someone’ or ‘know someone’ who has had meningitis.1 

Just over a third (37%) of surveyed parents are not aware of any of the major types of meningococcal meningitis (A,B,C,W,X,Y). Less than half (46%) of parents said they were aware of meningococcal B disease (MenB) and just under a third (32%) said they were aware of meningococcal C disease(MenC)1 – MenB and MenC account for the majority of disease in Ireland.2 There were also extremely low levels of knowledge of MenW (2%), MenX (1%) and MenY (1%).1

Those surveyed are most likely to consider babies and children under-five as being most at risk of contracting meningococcal meningitis, while only a quarter (25%) of those surveyed believe 15-19-year-olds are one of the high-risk groups, even though a peak in disease activity is also seen among this age group.3

The findings of the survey also point to confusion among parents about which vaccines their children have received through the national immunisation programme. Surveyed parents of 15-19 year olds reported that 62% of those children had received the meningococcal B vaccination as part of the HSE vaccination programme,1 even though it is not available through the programme for that age group.4

The Know Meningitis campaign provides parents and carers the information they need to better understand the disease, how to spot signs and symptoms and how it can be prevented.

It also aims to increase understanding around preventative actions that can be taken to protect against meningitis and to raise awareness that no single vaccine protects against all types of meningococcal meningitis. It is important to remember that whilst there are vaccines available to protect against some types of meningitis and septicaemia, there isno single vaccine to protect against all types of meningitis, so awareness of the signs and symptoms is key.2

Dr Philip Cruz, GSK’s Vaccines Medical Director for the UK and Ireland, commented: “While the survey shows that rash is perceived to be the most commonly associated symptom of meningitis, it is important that parents and carers are aware that the disease is not just having a rash that won’t go away. Some cases may not present with rash at all in the early stages. Parents and carers should ensure they are informed, and most importantly trust their instincts.”

Siobhan Carroll, CEO of ACT for Meningitis, added: “After the alarming statistics highlighted in the GSK survey on World Meningitis Day, ACT for Meningitis implore people to get to know the signs and symptoms of meningitis, ensure your children’s vaccinations are up to date and trust your instincts if you suspect meningitis and seek medical help immediately.”

More interesting statistics from the survey include:

  • A rash is the most commonly associated symptom of meningitis (84% say this), followed by stiff neck (73%) and dislike of bright light or headache (both 66%).
  • Only 39% of parents surveyed associate vomiting with meningitis and just 21% of parents surveyed associate cold hands and feet with meningitis.
  • Just over a third (37%) of parents surveyed associate confusion and irritability with meningitis and just 23% associate convulsions / seizures with the disease.
  • Women are more likely than men to be aware of any individual type of meningococcal meningitis (A,B,C,W,X,Y) (73% vs 46%).
  • 35% of parents with children aged 15-19 consider that age group to be one of those at highest risk.
  • Parents surveyed report that three quarters of those children aged between 10 and 19 years (76%) are up-to-date with the School Vaccination Programme.

Mick Wallace should stay in the Dáil if he wants to attend Dáil committees – Fine Gael MEP candidate Andrew Doyle

Responding to the announcement that Mick Wallace, if elected as an MEP, will keep attending Oireachtas Committees in Leinster House, Andrew Doyle, Fine Gael MEP candidate, Wicklow TD and Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, with responsibility for Food, Forestry and Horticulture says:

“My view is simple, If Mick Wallace wants to attend Dáil committees, he should stay in the Dáil. Electing him to Europe so he can attend Dáil committees is bizarre. The schedules of the Dáil and the European Parliament generally clash, so if someone wants to attend Dáil Committees, they would be unable to attend European Parliament. He needs to decide which he wants – the Dáil or Europe. He can’t have both. He needs to commit to one or the other.”

“The European Union is pivotal to Ireland and it is vital for Ireland to remain in the heart of Europe. As we face serious challenges and uncertainty, we can be proud that the EU has stood in solidarity with Ireland. We should not and will not send back even more Eurosceptics to represent us in Europe.”

“Fine Gael is part of the European Peoples Party (EPP) which is the largest party in the European Parliament. This allows MEPs in this group to have more influence, more negotiating ability and direct access to Commissioners, Ministers and key players.”

“In the current Brexit environment, it is essential that we elect an experienced candidate who will promote, fight for and stand up for Leinster, Agri-food, Tourism and Business in Europe. I offer invaluable experience that is pivotal to keeping, Ireland – and Leinster – at the heart of Europe. Ireland needs a strong and effective voice in Europe and I am that voice.”

Andrew Doyle

MEP candidate in the ‘Ireland South’ constituency for Fine Gael

Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture

Wicklow TD

Affidea investing €1.5 million in third ‘walk-in’ ExpressCare Clinic in Ireland to treat patients quickly for minor injuries and illnesses

New facility in Northwood, Santry, Dublin will create 10 new roles initially and is part of €25 million investment by Affidea in the Irish healthcare sector over past three years

ExpressCare Clinics already operating in Tallaght and Cork are designed to relieve the burden on busy hospital A&E departments

Affidea, Ireland’s leading independent provider of diagnostic imaging and outpatient services, is investing €1.5million in the establishment of a third ExpressCare Clinic in Ireland. The new facility is located in Northwood, Santry, Dublin and will open to the public in the coming weeks. 

Affidea already employs 300+ professionals across Ireland and 10 new positions will be created at the Northwood clinic, with more expected to come on stream as the business grows.

ExpressCare clinics by Affidea are ‘walk in’ facilities that treat minor injuries and illnesses that don’t require a hospital visit. The business already operates an ExpressCare Clinic in Tallaght, just 200 metres from Tallaght Hospital, and at The Elysian in Cork. The investment in the third facility at Northwood is part of an overall €25 million investment by the company in the Irish healthcare sector over the last three years. 

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.

As well as operating the three ExpressCare Clinics in Dublin, Cork and now Northwood, Affidea also has ten state-of-the-art diagnostic centres and two managed hospital services across the country that provide MRI, CT, Ultrasound, X-Ray and DEXA scan facilities*. This offers patients unrivalled access to diagnostic imaging which has previously been an issue in Irish healthcare.

Affidea operates the youngest and most modern fleet of MRI facilities within the Dublin region with an average age of less than three years, enabling it to provide high end diagnostic imaging in modern, comfortable settings. In 2018, the company provided medical services to over 200,000 people in Ireland and that number will grow further in 2019.

Affidea Ireland, which was established here in 2007, is part of the European Group, Affidea, which has 246 advanced diagnostic imaging, outpatient and cancer care centres across 16 countries. Focused on providing high quality affordable care, the company sees over 6.5 million patients per year, performs over 13 million examinations annually and works with over 8,000 professionals, of which 2,600 are medical doctors.

To tie in with the opening of the new ExpressCare Clinic in Northwood, Dublin, Affidea has also unveiled an advertising campaign encouraging consumers to consider why they should put up with the long waiting times associated with a busy hospital A&E when they can instead attend an ExpressCare Clinic by Affidea and access excellent medical practitioners delivering quality care in a modern stress-free environment.

The campaign features images of adults and children in considerable pain, accompanied by the wording ‘When waiting in A & E is unthinkable’. Zoning in on the fact that Affidea prides itself as a patient focused healthcare provider, the executions also feature the tagline ‘Be Seen As A Priority’ to highlight the fact that patients with a minor injury or illness who attend Expresscare Clinics by Affidea are seen by a doctor quickly.

Barry DownesCEO of Affidea Ireland, says“Our ExpressCare Clinics are designed to benefit the Irish healthcare sector by relieving the burden placed on Irish hospitals by large numbers presenting unnecessarily in hospital A&E departments across the country. Instead of attending a busy and stressful A&E environment, people can instead attend an ExpressCare Clinic to have their minor injury or illness treated quickly, professionally and to the highest standards in a comfortable outpatient environment.

“Our first ExpressCare Clinic opened in Cork end of 2017 and has been a huge success. Similarly, our ExpressCare Clinic in Tallaght, which opened just last year, has seen patients across Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Meath and Louth accessing the service. We’re now delighted to offer these patients even more convenience by opening a similar facility on the north side of the capital.

All patients attending our ExpressCare Clinics can also access our other on-site diagnostic imaging resources such as MRI and X-Ray services to ensure the right diagnosis is made first time. Our scale offers us the resources, facilities and efficiencies to deliver our results quickly, so that you can get the right treatment as soon as possible. It also frees up capacity for those in need of care in our hospitals.”

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 details, check out www.affidea.ie or

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Core announces Ciara Shaughnessy and Orla McKinney from Vhi as winners of the Cannes Young Lions ‘Core Young Marketers’ 2019 prize

Shaughnessy and Orla McKinney from
Vhi have been named as the winners of the Young
category of IAPI’s Cannes Young Lions Competition
2019 which
is sponsored by Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications group.

and Orla,
who worked as a team to create their entry for the competition, will now travel
to the Cannes Lions Festival in June to represent Ireland in the global ‘Young Marketers’
contest, competing against the best young creative marketing talent from over
100 countries. Upon arriving in Cannes, they will have just 24hours to
answer a brief set by a non-profit organisation. This year’s non-profit
organisation for the Irish regional competition was ENAR Ireland (European
Network against Racism).

Cannes Lions Festival is an eight-day long international festival of creative
thinking, digital innovation, education and networking. Attended by nearly
20,000 delegates from all over the world, it is the benchmark for the very best
in global creativity.

The ‘Young
competition is an opportunity for the brightest professional
minds working in the industry to demonstrate their strategic thinking and
creative approach to solving important marketing challenges.
Core recognises that creativity is not simply reserved
for agencies – it’s at the heart of clients’ businesses too.

To win an opportunity to travel to Cannes, entrants,
who had to be aged 30 years or under, were asked to develop a ‘big idea’ for ENAR
Ireland, the
European Network Against Racism. The brief asked marketers to think about how
their brands or organisations could creatively highlight the invisibility of
racism in Irish society.

A team
of 14 Young Lions in total will travel to Cannes with IAPI, representing the
best young creative talent in Ireland in the areas of marketing, media,
digital, design, PR, print and film.

Shane Doyle, Group Strategic
Director, Core, says:

“Core sponsor this category in
the Cannes Young Lion competition for a specific reason. It is the only
competition in this market that supports and celebrates creativity for young
The ‘Young
Marketers’ prize recognises that creativity is no longer simply reserved for agencies
– it’s at the heart of clients’ businesses too.
process begins and ends with the client and Core believes that
great work really does start with brave and
imaginative clients.

What has been most enjoyable
about being a judge for this competition is witnessing the appetite of young
marketers to be creative. This year’s entries showed great clarity, razor sharp
thinking, boundless enthusiasm, highly professional presentation skills and
above all thing, real creative endeavour. This illustrates the wealth of
creative potential of Ireland’s young marketers. As a result, Core is
absolutely delighted
to be
in a position to
support the next generation of marketers to
unleash their creative thinking, and
we are thrilled that Ciara and Orla will be representing
Team Ireland this year”.

For further details, please check out www.onecore.ie

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