Pure Telecom deploys Enet’s Direct Internet Access to provide businesses with a dedicated connection

Limerick, Ireland – Enet, Ireland’s largest wholesale network operator, has announced that Pure Telecom, one of Ireland’s leading broadband providers, is increasingly deploying its Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) product to provide Irish businesses with private, high-speed, reliable internet access. Enet’s DIA product removes the need to share internet access with other users and eliminates network congestion.

With access to a wide range of bandwidths up to 10Gbps, this service is suitable for businesses of all sizes seeking to establish a high performance, reliable connection to the Internet to ensure high-quality file transfer, video conferencing and VoIP experience. DIA is being delivered to a wide range of corporate customers around the country, including the Digital Office Centre in Swords, Dublin.

Bridget Murphy, Business Development Manager, Digital Office Centre Swords said: “Our centre is a leading provider of flexible workspaces to companies from SMBs to multinationals. Our clients are also from a wide and varied range of sectors from software and technology to professional services and creative industries. They all have one thing in common. DIA provides them with the high-quality 24/7 IT and telecoms services they require to successfully conduct their respective business reliably and securely.”

Cormac Ryan, Sales Director at Enet said: “At Enet, our continued focus is on creating value for our customers. Our DIA product allows us to provide Irish and International carriers with a dedicated connection option to premises nationwide – and we’re delighted that the Digital Office Centre Swords have been able to avail of it, through Pure Telecom, in order to provide their clients with high-quality IT and telecoms services.”

Jonathan Long, Head of Operations at Pure Telecom said: “Businesses of all sizes are increasingly reliant on high-speed, efficient Internet access to carry out a range of everyday tasks, from hosting video conferences to transferring critical data and information. DIA provides our customers with fast, hassle-free access to the Internet and the peace of mind that these tasks can be carried out smoothly and reliably.”

Enet is headquartered in Limerick and currently works with over 80 different service providers to bring high-quality data connectivity, broadband and wireless to more than one million end users throughout Ireland.

New online home décor platform – Dreamz.ie – offers the ultimate ‘one-stop-shop’ to help you transform your house into the home of your dreams

  • New Irish-owned platform takes the stress out of home renovation – providing you with the perfect go-to list for all top product ranges and suppliers
  • Avail of a consultation with interior designer Regina Rogers Fallon, now partnering with Dreamz, to help you achieve the look you want, all from the comfort of your own home
  • Dreamz features a range of new and on-trend brands including Elle Décor paint, Evergreen wallpaper, Cole & Son, Laura Ashley, House Beautiful, Sian Zeng, Knud Holscher, Caple and the Danish Bjarke Ingels Group collection and much, much more…

Are you a home décor enthusiast looking for a ‘one stop shop’ for all your home renovation and redecoration needs? Are you also keen to find inspiration for every room in the house, but really don’t have the time to surf online to find all the products you need to get the job done and achieve the desired look?

Look no further. The answer is Dreamz, a new online platform that simplifies the home improvement journey by featuring a treasure trove of design inspiration andthe required supplies – meaning you can now plan and organise your whole job, and all from just one website.

From flooring, doors and paint finishes, right through to taps, handles and hooks, Dreamz provides a wealth of latest and new-to-the-market styles, ensuring homeowners are fully educated on what’s possible to achieve when decorating or renovating their own home.

Sometimes we need to approach a project with fresh eyes – and Dreamz has the answer for this too!. Top Interior Designer Regina Rogers Fallon is on board to consult with you on your home décor project. Regina firmly believes that interior design should not just be focussed on style, but on creating a functional space that meets the specific requirements of each client. She is available to discuss your project with you virtually and is also available to come to your home to discuss all your colour and design requests – working within all Covid-19 guidelines.

Dreamz is the brainchild of home improvement enthusiast Annemarie Harte, former CEO of Hardware Association Ireland. Given her background in the industry, Annemarie has extensive relationships with a number of quality suppliers, so some of the fantastic brands already on board with Dreamz include Elle Décor paint by Crown, Cole & Son, Evergreen and Sian Zeng wallpaper, Laura Ashley and House Beautiful splashbacks, Knud Holscher cabinet handles, Caple taps and sinks, the Danish ‘Bjarke Ingels Group’, with new lines being sourced and added all the time.

Dreamz is the result of years of Annemarie’s own home improvement experience and her key aim is to simplify the journey for others by offering the inspiration and products to get the job done, all in one place.

“Having decorated and renovated my own home over the years, with some trial and a little error, it always frustrated me that I would waste days going from supplier to supplier to source what I was looking for. Over the years I curated my own home improvement ‘little black book’ of products and suppliers that I’d used and really loved, thinking that someday I might build a platform to share that information with others like me. Thus, Dreamz was born. Updating and improving your home should be an enjoyable experience, but often people find it stressful. Dreamz was created to make the experience uplifting and easy.”

Annemarie adds that new product lines and ranges will be added to the Dreamz platform on an ongoing basis, and she is also very excited to provide interior design as a service.

“At Dreamz, we choose our suppliers and products with careful consideration and always with our customers at the heart of everything we do. I’m particularly delighted to partner with Regina Rogers Fallon, who is highly regarded in Dublin’s design circles. Offering a tailor-made design service to our clients is something we wanted to do in tandem with providing an extensive product range. Clients can be assured of a personal experience at every stage with Dreamz and both Regina and I are very excited about this new service.”

“This is no ordinary marketplace, but an experience that engages our visitors with the highest quality products and professionals which inspires and excites them as they embark on a journey to make their house a home.”

www.dreamz.ie

Instagram @dreamzrooms

Almost 70% of people in Ireland plan to do less or no indoor socialising this Christmas and will prioritise family over friends and work colleagues- Core Research

  • People have no intention of ‘cancelling Christmas’ and instead plan to adapt expectations and behaviours while maintaining the festive spirit
  • 67% planning to meet with family outside of their household this Christmas while a proportion plan to socialise over Zoom
  • Irish adults plan to spend €1,350 on Christmas 2020 with 62% plan to shop less in-store or not at all when they reopen

68% of people in Ireland plan to do less or no socialising this Christmas, according to new research from Core, Ireland’s largest marketing communications company, and most say they plan to prioritise family over friends and work colleagues.

The research looks at the impact Covid-19 will have on Christmas, focusing on public and consumer sentiment towards the unfolding situation, adaption of shopping plans and where and how much people will spend this Christmas. The report is based on fieldwork conducted as Budget 2021 was being announced and the Government and public health authorities were finalising a return to tighter restrictions. The results are based on the views of 1,000 participants.

The research showed that while that there are increased levels of public concern (65%) about Covid-19, people have no intention of ‘cancelling Christmas’, with the majority of the public (67%) saying they will meet with family (outside of their household) this Christmas. However, 46% say they will not meet friends and 70% say they will not meet work colleagues.

When it comes to young adults, the cohort most likely to socialise at Christmas, 66% said they would attend less or no indoor social events this year, and only 15% said they would like to have people over to their homes. While there is a proportion of the population who are hoping that home visits will permit socialising indoors at Christmas, there are also groups who plan to return to Zoom screens and outdoor settings (12%) to socialise with close friends and family.

The research shows that we plan to spend on Christmas this year, as we have done in the past, with the average Christmas budget per person estimated to be €1,350. The largest proportions are expected to go towards gifts for friends and family (€208) and the big grocery spend (ex. alcohol – €194). Older Families (households with teenagers) have budgeted 40% more than the average, with plans to spend €1,896 this Christmas, while young adults (under 40s with no children) plan to spend €1,117 on their Christmas spend.

While the total Christmas budget for all Irish adults across Ireland is estimated to be €4.3 billion, with retail outlets closed for six weeks the challenge will be to guide people to click and collect or online delivery services during this period. 62% plan to shop less in-store or not at all when they reopen, and 67% say they plan to shop online more or the same as last year. As a result of this dual –channel purchasing behaviour, it is estimated that 45% of purchases will be made in physical stores, 27% will be a mixture of online and offline, and 28% will be ecommerce purchases.

Given Level 5 restrictions, much of the 27% of the ‘on and offline’ mix may convert into ecommerce, and within ecommerce, there is a division of intent to spend local and beyond. 16% of customers intend to shop on Irish based online retailers, but 12% say they will shop on foreign based sites.

Anne Zahan, Strategy Director at Core, said: “This research reinforces the fact that as with all celebrations that occurred over the course of COVID-19 (birthdays, marriages, births, graduations, etc.), Christmas too will be scaled back to its simplest form this year. Brands should therefore acknowledge the renewed sense of importance we have put on our loved ones, and show that there are people – with the same values we have – behind the brand.” 

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.

To view the full findings of the Core Research report please visit onecore.ie

Shortlist unveiled for the An Post Irish Book Awards 2020

Shortlist includes Keelin Shanley, Graham Norton, Marian Keyes, Steve Cavanagh, Roz Purcell, Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Rob Kearney, Mary McAleese, Bernard Brogan, Catherine Ryan Howard, Seán O’Brien, Liz Nugent, Mark Tighe & Paul Rowan, Louise O’Neill, Ray D’Arcy, Maggie O’Farrell, Neven Maguire, Emily Hourican, Roddy Doyle, Niamh Campbell, Luke O’Neill, Dara Ó Briain and many more

  • Ireland’s major literary event returns to celebrate Irish writing across 16 categories – with Dara McAnulty securing three nominations while Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Keelin Shanley, Patrick Freyne and Caoilinn Hughes all receive two nominations
  • The ‘RTÉ Radio 1 Listeners’ Choice Award’ features books selected by five of the station’s biggest names – Miriam O’Callaghan, Joe Duffy, Seán Rocks, Ray D’Arcy and Ryan Tubridy
  • New format TV show focusing on the overall ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year’ winner will broadcast on RTÉ ONE on 10th December

The shortlist for the An Post Irish Book Awards 2020, announced today via a virtual video, features a diverse mix of exceptional writing from new and established writers across sixteen categories, including Novel of the Year, Children’s (Junior and Senior), Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry, Teen and Young Adult and Irish Language.

The An Post Irish Book Awards celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible. Each year it brings together a vast community passionate about books – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise the very best of Irish writing talent and 2020 is no different.

Given the constraints of Covid-19, nobody will be surprised to hear that the initiative will be rather different this year. The two key events, the Shortlist Announcement and the Awards Ceremony, will be staged as virtual online events only. The Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 25th November and a television programme will be broadcast on RTÉ One television on Thursday, 10th December. This TV show will focus on the top overall category winners, and will culminate in one of these titles being announced as the ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year 2020’.

To tie in with the announcement of the An Post Irish Book Awards shortlist, the public are now being asked to cast their votes online for the best books of the year on the An Post Irish Book Awards website anpostirishbookawards.ie. All voters will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five €100 National Book Tokens vouchers. Votes may be cast until 16th November.

An Post is also continuing with their hugely successful #ReadersWanted campaign, celebrating the value and joy of reading and encouraging everyone to pick up more books, more often. Simply search for the hashtag online to get involved.

John Treacy, Chairperson of the An Post Irish Book Awards, says:

‘The publishing industry has faced unprecedented challenges this year which makes it all the more critical for us to support Irish books and Irish authors during 2020. Along with headline sponsor An Post, we will be promoting the Awards as robustly as ever with a campaign designed to showcase the best of Irish writing in all its glory. We also look forward to seeing readers vote for their favourite books in huge numbers as they always do.’

Debbie Byrne, Managing Director of An Post Retail, said that An Post is delighted to continue its support for the An Post Irish Book Awards again this year, particularly as reading is so important for our mental health and wellness by providing comfort and the possibility of escape to places and experiences beyond our physical reach:

“We were very proud to be able to support independent Irish booksellers in maintaining their business during Lockdown this year. Reading and its benefits are more important than ever to all ages and there is a wonderful selection of books from great Irish writers throughout the shortlists again this year.  Congratulations to all the writers, illustrators, publishers and booksellers.”

As official media partner of the An Post Irish Book Awards, RTÉ Radio 1 is this year continuing the ‘RTÉ Radio 1 Listeners’ Choice Award’. Five of the station’s biggest names – Miriam O’Callaghan, Joe Duffy, Seán Rocks, Ray D’Arcy and Ryan Tubridy – have each selected their favourite book of the year, which they would like readers to vote for. To cast your vote for the RTÉ Radio 1 Listeners’ Choice Award go to rte.ie/culture

Head of RTÉ Radio 1, Peter Woods, said: “Following the success of last year’s awards, we are delighted to again involve five of our best known RTÉ Radio 1 presenters, all of whom are big readers, in this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards. Books are a big part of the RTÉ Radio 1 schedule and we are happy to continue to provide a platform to celebrate our great writers and storytellers and encourage our listeners to vote for their favourite, from the list.”

The An Post Irish Book Awards 2020 Shortlist is as follows:

Eason Novel of the Year

  • Actress – Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape – VINTAGE)
  • The Wild Laughter – Caoilinn Hughes (Oneworld Publications)
  • Strange Flowers – Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland)
  • As You Were – Elaine Feeney (Harvill Secker – VINTAGE)
  • The Pull of the Stars – Emma Donoghue (Pac Macmillan / Picador)
  • Hamnet – Maggie O’Farrell (Tinder Press, Headline)

National Book Tokens Popular Fiction Book of the Year

  • The Glorious Guinness Girls – Emily Hourican (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • Home Stretch – Graham Norton (Coronet, Hodder & Stoughton)
  • The Bird in the Bamboo Cage – Hazel Gaynor (HarperFiction, HarperCollins)
  • Grown Ups – Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)
  • Braywatch – Ross O’Carroll Kelly, illustrated by Alan Clarke (Sandycove)
  • Here is the Beehive – Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury Circus)

Odgers Berndtson Ireland Non-Fiction Book of the Year in association with the Business Post

  • A Ghost in the Throat – Doireann Ní Ghríofa (Tramp Press)
  • Beyond the Tape – Marie Cassidy (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • Notes from an Apocalypse – Mark O’Connell (Granta Books)
  • Here’s the Story – Mary McAleese (Sandycove)
  • The Arms Crisis of 1970: The Plot that Never Was – Michael Heney (Head of Zeus)
  • Tell Me the Truth About Loss – Niamh Fitzpatrick (Gill Books)

Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year

  • Diary of a Young Naturalist – Dara McAnulty (Little Toller Books)
  • A Light that Never Goes Out – Keelin Shanley (Gill Books)
  • Never Mind the Boll***s, Here’s the Science – Luke O’Neill (Gill Books)
  • A Guarded Life – Majella Moynihan, with Aoife Kelleher (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • How Animals Saved My Life – Noel Fitzpatrick (Trapeze)
  • Winging it – Tommie Tiernan (Sandycove)

Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year

  • Diary of a Young Naturalist – Dara McAnulty (Little Toller Books)
  • Big Girl, Small Town – Michelle Gallen (John Murray)
  • Exciting Times – Naoise Dolan (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • This Happy – Niamh Campbell (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • OK, Let’s Do Your Stupid Idea – Patrick Freyne (Sandycove)
  • The Temple House Vanishing – Rachel Donohue (Atlantic Books / Corvus)

TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year

  • A Ghost in the Throat – Doireann Ní Ghríofa (Tramp Press)
  • An Irish Nature Year – Jane Powers, illustrated by Robert Vaughan (William Collins, HarperCollins)
  • Old Ireland in Colour – John Breslin and Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley (Merrion Press)
  • Thirty-Two Words for Field – Manchán Magan (Gill Books)
  • A Page from my Life – Ray D’Arcy (HarperCollins Ireland)
  • Twilight Together – Ruth Medjber (Doubleday Ireland)

Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year

  • The Nothing Man – Catherine Ryan Howard (Atlantic Books / Corvus)
  • The Cutting Place – Jane Casey (HarperFiction, HarperCollins)
  • Our Little Cruelties – Liz Nugent (Penguin Ireland)
  • After the Silence – Louise O’Neill (Quercus)
  • The Guest List – Lucy Foley (HarperFiction, HarperCollins)
  • Fifty Fifty – Steve Cavanagh (Orion Publishing Group)

Bookselling Ireland Cookbook of the Year

  • Clodagh’s Weeknight Kitchen – Clodagh McKenna with photographer Dora Kazmierak (Kyle Books / Octopus / Hachette)
  • The Happy Pear: Vegan Cooking for Everyone – David and Stephen Flynn (Penguin Ireland)
  • The Daly Dish – Gina Daly and Karol Daly (Gill Books)
  • Neven Maguire’s Midweek Meals in Minutes – Neven Maguire (Gill Books)
  • The Joy of Food – Rory O’Connell (Gill Books)
  • No Fuss Vegan – Roz Purcell (Penguin Ireland)

Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year

  • True Colours – Barry Geraghty with Niall Kelly (Gill Books)
  • The Hill: My Autobiography – Bernard Brogan with Kieran Shannon (Reach Sport)
  • The Russian Affair – David Walsh (Simon & Schuster)
  • Champagne Football – Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan (Sandycove)
  • No Hiding: My Autobiography – Rob Kearney with David Walsh (Reach Sport)
  • Fuel – Seán O’Brien with Gerry Thornley (Sandycove)

RTÉ Radio 1 Listeners’ Choice Award

  • Diary of a Young Naturalist – Dara McAnulty (Little Toller Books) – Championed by Ray D’Arcy
  • A Light That Never Goes Out – Keelin Shanley (Gill Books) – Championed by Miriam O’Callaghan
  • OK, Let’s Do Your Stupid Idea – Patrick Freyne (Sandycove) – Championed by Ryan Tubridy
  • The Wild Laughter – Caoilinn Hughes (Oneworld Publications) – Championed by Joe Duffy
  • Love – Roddy Doyle (Cape/Vintage) – Championed by Seán Rocks

Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)

  • The Dead Zoo – Peter Donnelly (Gill Books)
  • The Great Irish Farm Book – Darragh McCullough, illustrated by Sally Caulwell (Gill Books)
  • While We Can’t Hug – Eoin McLaughlin, illustrated by Polly Dunbar (Faber)
  • What We’ll Build – Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • The Haunted Lake – P.J. Lynch (Walker Books)
  • Will You Be My Friend? – Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram (Walker Books)

Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)

  • The Boldness of Betty – Anna Carey (The O’Brien Press)
  • Miracle on Ebenezer St. – Catherine Doyle (Puffin)
  • Is There Anybody Out There? – Dara Ó Briain (Scholastic)
  • Girls Play Too: Inspiring Stories of Irish Sportswomen – Jacqui Hurley, illustrated by Sinead Colleran, Rachel Corcoran, Jennifer Farley, Jennifer Murphy and Lauren O’Neill (Merrion Press)
  • The Story of Croke Park – Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, illustrated by Graham Corcoran (The O’Brien Press)
  • Break the Mould – Sinéad Burke, illustrated by Natalie Byrne (Hachette Children’s Books – Imprint: Wren & Rook)

Dept 51@Eason Teen / Young Adult Book of the Year

  • The Falling in Love Montage – Ciara Smyth (Andersen Press)
  • Savage Her Reply – Deirdre Sullivan, illustrated by Karen Vaughan (Little Island Books)
  • Queen of Coin and Whispers – Helen Corcoran (The O’Brien Press)
  • Gone Book – Helena Close (Little Island Books)
  • On Midnight Beach – Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Faber)
  • Hope Against Hope – Sheena Wilkinson (Little Island Books)

Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year

  • Through the Ears of a Fish – Eleanor Hooker (Poetry Magazine, Chicago)
  • Terminarch – Jo Burns (Listowel Writers’ Week)
  • In the Museum of Misremembered Things – Linda McKenna (In the Museum of Misremembered Things published by Doire Press)
  • Triskele – Catherine Ann Cullen (The Music of What Happens published by New Island Books)

Writing.ie Short Story of the Year

  • The Emperor of Russia – Jaki McCarrick (New Short Stories 11, Willesden Herald)
  • Margaret McNaughton – Kit de Waal (Supporting Cast, Viking)
  • I Ate It All And I Really Thought I Wouldn’t – Caoilinn Hughes (LitHub)
  • Supermarket Flowers – Dermot Bolger (Secrets Never Told, New Island Books)
  • You and Him – Louise Kennedy (Irish Times)
  • Wildflowers – Billy O’Callaghan (The Boatman and Other Stories, John Murray)

The Love Leabhar Gaeilge Irish Language Book of the Year

  • Éadaoin – Diarmuid Johnson (Leabhar Breac)
  • Bealach na Spáinneach – Liam Mac Cóil (Leabhar Breac)
  • Cur i gCéill – Celia de Fréine (LeabhairComhar)
  • Cnámh – Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde (Éabhlóid)
  • Múscail, a Ghiorria – Eithne Ní Ghallchobhair (Arlen House)
  • An Diabhal Déanta – Joe Steve Ó Neachtain (Cló Iar Chonnacht)

For further information, please log on to the An Post Irish Book Awards website or social media channels:

anpostirishbookawards.ie

Facebook: @AnPostIBAS

Instagram: @anpost_irishbookawards

Twitter: @AnPostIBAS

#APIBAS

#ReadersWanted

For more information on RTÉ’s support of the 2020 An Post Irish Book Awards, visit www.rte.ie/culture.

Get ready for the ultimate monster mash of frightful tunes as HalloweenFM.ie brings you the nightmare of Halloween

  • Ireland’s Halloween radio station to broadcast online at halloweenFM.ie from 22nd to 31st October
  • Tune in daily for shows that will send a shiver down your spine such as ‘Spooky Brekkie’, ‘Midday Haunting’, ‘Drive from Hell’ and ‘Nightmare Nights’

October 2020

HalloweenFM.ie, Ireland’s Halloween radio station, will rise again online from Thursday 22nd October to bring you the nightmare of Halloween for 10 days. Trick or treating and Halloween parties may not be on the cards this year (thanks a million Covid!), but with the digital station all set to play wickedly good music, it still promises to be a fang-tastic horror season!  You can listen at HalloweenFM.ie, or tell your smart speaker to ‘Start Halloween FM’.

Sponsored by TheCostumeShop.ie, listeners to HalloweenFM.ie will enjoy a wide mix of music from upbeat Halloween-inspired hits to a collection of ghostly songs and classics. Some of your favorite evil earworms will feature such as ‘Sweet but Pyscho’ – Ava Max, ‘Bad Guy’ – Billie Eilish and Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett’s ‘Monster Mash’.

Listeners will enjoy listening to a host of familiar voices presenting a range of shows that are guaranteed to send a tingle down your spine – including ‘Nightmare Nights’, ‘Spooky Brekkie’, ‘Midday Haunting’ and ‘Drive from Hell’. Each show will boast special guests, as well as extra content that will help you make this Halloween the most memorable yet, including the ‘Sixty Second Scare’ and the ‘Monster Movie Minute’!

Daragh O’Sullivan, Joint Programme Director of HalloweenFM.ie, says:

“We are delighted to bring HalloweenFM.ie online again this year. This year’s Halloween is likely to be a little different for everyone, but we are really looking forward to giving listeners a proper monster mash of the most frightful tunes. Be sure to tune in to our unique mix of content at halloweenfm.ie for the ultimate Halloween screamtrack.”

The station will broadcast from the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.

HalloweenFM.ie is available online, on your mobile, on your smart speaker and at www.halloweenfm.ie.

Follow our socials and hashtag for updates and more

Facebook: @halloweenfm

Instagram: @halloweenfm

Twitter: @halloweenfmie

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland welcomes Google to the EASA Network – the first digital pure play company member of the Alliance

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI), the independent self-regulatory body committed to promoting the highest standards of marketing communications in Ireland, welcomes Google, as the first corporate member of the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) and a partner of the ad self-regulatory (SR) network. This new partnership with a well-established and recognised advertising self-regulatory network demonstrates Google’s commitment to responsible advertising.

Google is the first digital pure play company to join the Alliance alongside 13 other industry associations representing the various stakeholders in the advertising ecosystem, which are all committed to ensuring responsible advertising and 28 advertising self-regulatory organisations (SROs), including the ASAI, which administer and enforce national advertising self-regulatory codes.

This network of independent consumer-facing SROs upholds high ethical standards in advertising by providing advice, monitoring compliance and handling complaints. This longstanding self-regulatory network promotes trust in advertising and helps to ensure that ads are legal, decent, honest and truthful.

The ASAI is a founder and member of EASA, the European Advertising Standards Alliance. EASA is a non-profit organisation based in Brussels which brings together 28 European advertising self-regulatory organisations (SROs) and 13 organisations representing the advertising industry in Europe – advertisers, agencies and various forms of media, including television, radio, press and outdoor poster advertising.

Matt Brittin, President, EMEA Business and Operations at Google said: 

“Google is both delighted and honoured to become the first corporate member of EASA. We firmly believe that maintaining consumer trust in the ads they see online is vital for the future of our industry, as well as to keep the web open and affordable for everyone. EASA and its network of European ad regulators play an absolutely vital role in this effort. We look forward to supporting EASA to maintain high standards of safe, responsible digital advertising for European consumers, whilst its members continue to evolve to keep pace with our rapidly changing digital advertising ecosystem.”

Welcoming Google to the EASA network in a joint statement with her co-members of EASA’s Digital Working Group, Orla Twomey, Chief Executive of the ASAI, commented:

We are delighted to welcome Google to the EASA network. The partnership will strengthen Google’s collaboration with EASA’s self-regulatory organisations, through which national ad industries commit to protect consumers from misleading or otherwise inappropriate ads. Additionally, the partnership will help ensure EASA’s network is stronger in rapidly changing times, including by tackling irresponsible advertising through the use of technology.”

The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland is financed by the advertising industry and committed, in the public interest, to promoting the highest standards of marketing communications that is advertising, promotional marketing and direct marketing. The objective is to ensure that all commercial marketing communications are ‘legal, decent, honest and truthful’.

The Code covers commercial marketing communications and sales promotions in all media in Ireland including digital (online banners, websites and social platforms), print, outdoor, radio, TV, leaflets/brochures, and direct marketing.

Further information on advertising self-regulation, the ASAI and the operation

of the system is available at  www.asai.ie

Follow the ASAI on Twitter @THE_ASAI

Progressive College Network criticizes Department of Further and Higher Education on handling of Covid-19 regulations within the English language education sector

  • PCN says Department has one set of rules for university students and another for English language students
  • Department of Justice tells schools that if they can’t provide in-person tuition, they will not be allowed recruit non-EEA students

Progressive College Network, the representative body for a number of English language schools across Ireland, is accusing the Government of “flip flopping” in relation to how Covid-19 has been dealt with in the English language education sector.

After the Department of Justice had originally directed all English language schools to resume in-person classes from 12 October, new advice was issued to the sector on Friday 9 October by the Department of Further and Higher Education, saying that schools should only return to classrooms where it is safe to do so. The Department of Justice has further stated (10 October) that schools that are unable to provide in-person tuition “within a reasonable timeframe” will no longer be able to recruit non-EEA students.

Progressive College Network says that receiving such advice just 72 hours before schools’ planned re-openings has caused widespread confusion and dismay among students and teachers, and has accused the Department of Further and Higher Education of having one set of rules for university students and another for English language students.

Throughout this process, the health and safety of English language students and teachers has been Progressive College Network’s chief priority. In July, Progressive College Network, together with other English language representative groups, presented the Department of Further and Higher Education with a consultation document setting out measures the sector had already taken to provide for health and safety in its classrooms, and inviting further discussion with the Department and the Department of Health to develop it more fully.

However there was no further engagement in relation to this until the letter from the Department of Further and Higher Education on 9 October, in which it now says this document must be updated “as a matter of urgency.”

English language schools had been preparing to reopen following a letter from the Department of Justice on 25 September, directing them to resume in-person classes by 12 October, so as to fulfill visa requirements. As the number of Covid-19 cases continued to rise and Ireland entered Level 3 restrictions, Progressive College Network failed to see how this directive was consistent with public health advice – and indeed the directive by the Department of Further and Higher Education that universities could continue to deliver online or blended learning.

Progressive College Network has also consistently supported the wishes of its teachers and students in promoting blended learning, where online teaching is supplemented by face-to-face lessons wherever possible, as the safer and more appropriate method of learning. A recent survey of Progressive College Network students found that almost four in five students (78%) would prefer to remain learning online, rather than return to classrooms.

David Russell, Chairman of Progressive College Network, said: “We’re immensely disappointed with how the English language sector has been treated by the Department of Further and Higher Education and the Department of Justice, and this flip flopping has created widespread confusion among teachers, students and staff.

“Two weeks ago, schools were told to prepare to reopen for Monday – despite the significant rise in case numbers around the country – before being told on Friday that they should only do so if the safety of students and teachers can be guaranteed.

“This is doubly frustrating as we have continued to engage with the Department to demonstrate how blended learning is the best option of the sector at this time – one that students are overwhelmingly happy with and that the Department is happy for universities to adopt.

“At the same time, we’ve been seeking greater clarity on the measures needed to safely reopen classrooms when the time is right to do so. We’ll continue to engage with the Department on this and will be working with NPHET to prepare a comprehensive health and safety report on the sector.”

The Progressive College Network was formed in 2015, to meet the demand for an alternate representative body for the private college community in Ireland. Currently it represents over 300 staff members and is responsible for teaching in excess of 3,500 international students annually.

All Progressive College Network institutions are ILEP (Interim List of Eligible Programmes) listed, are fully compliant with any and all regulations and operate to the very highest of standards. Progressive College Network has a bespoke Protection of Enrolled Learners insurance policy that protects students and staff within each of its institutions.

Extension of Help-To-Buy scheme is positive for property market – Lisney

Ireland’s largest independently-owned property advisory company gives its reaction to Budget 2020

Lisney, Ireland’s largest independently-owned property advisory company, has welcomed the fact that the help-to-buy scheme at its current increased level will be extended in the provisions of Budget 2021. It also welcomes the increases in housing expenditure, extension of the development land rebate scheme and measures to assist the hospitality sector. 

Help-to-Buy Scheme

Lisney strongly supports the decision to keep the extended help-to-buy scheme for first-time-buyers until the end of 2021. 

Aoife Brennan, Director of Research, Lisney, says:

“The help-to-buy scheme has been very successful in recent years and the government’s commitment to keep it in the extended format (i.e. maximum rate of €30,000 rather than €20,000) until the end of next year is very positive for the market.  It will assist in providing certainty to developers in terms of purchaser demand and means that they will continue to build homes and address supply issues.  For first-time-buyers, it will allow them to get on the property ladder sooner and take many of them out of the rental market quicker, hence assisting the supply pressures that are in that part of the market.”

Investment in Housing

David Byrne, Managing Director of Lisney, says:

“Additional support for social housing is critical for the overall functioning of the residential market.  We welcome the fact that €3.3bn is available for this purpose next year.  We note that funding will be made available for the delivery of 2,450 new social homes through long-term leasing by local authorities and approved housing bodies, which is positive.  There has been a growing interest from developers and investors to provide housing schemes for this purpose in recent years.  There are advantages for all parties in such arrangements.  For local authorities the key advantages are speed and delivery of units.  For developers, if agreements can be reached before construction begins, their risk is reduced and they could potentially benefit from cheaper funding as the end purchaser is effectively the government. 

Also positive for housing is the allocation of monies towards affordability measures including the Services Sites Fund, the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund and support for the Land Development Agency.  Services can be an issue with certain site development so the allocation of €1.4bn to water and waste water services is critical for future development”.

Licensed & Leisure Industry

The temporary reduction of VAT to 9% in the hospitality sector is very welcome, as is the COVID Restrictions Support Scheme (CRSS). 

Tony Morrissey, Director of Lisney and Head of the Licensed & Leisure Division, says:

“The previous reduction in the VAT rate in hospitality and tourism was widely acknowledged in assisting the sector to return to growth and as such, this temporary reduction is very welcome.  Licensed premises that rely significantly on food sales to generate large parts of their turnover or even those that rely on food to boost drink sales, will benefit from this, particularly in the context of COVID-19.

The CRSS is aimed at businesses that have either been prohibited from opening or have been trading at significantly reduced levels due to the restrictions imposed on them.  Pubs and restaurants are key examples and they have been seeking such an intervention since March.  The weekly payment (to a maximum of €5,000) will be viewed positively by the industry and along with the EWSS will go some way towards alleviating the financial hardship experienced.  Depending on how the situation evolves, it may be the case that extensions to the CRSS will be required post March 2021.

Stamp Duty Residential Development Refund Scheme

The scheme, due to expire in December 2021, will be extended to operations commenced by 31st December 2022.

Cathal Daughton, Director of Industrial Space, Lisney, says:

“This scheme provides a partial refund (4% of purchase price) of stamp duty paid on the acquisition of development land that is subsequently developed for residential purposes.  While its extension is positive, practically it may be more beneficial to apply a fixed stamp duty rate to residentially zoned land.” 

Core Research wins 2020 Confirmit Achievement in Insight (Air) award for research into impact of Covid-19 on elderly people living in rural Kerry

  • Confirmit AIR Awards recognise innovative leaders in Market Research

Core Research, part of Core, Ireland’s largest marketing agency, has received a 2020 Confirmit AIR (Achievement in Insight and Research) Award in the ‘Agency’ category. This recognition stands as a testament to Core Research’s dedication and success in delivering outstanding market research and insight practices. Core Research earned the prestigious award for its research into the impact that Covid-19 was having on elderly people living in Kerry. This research is important to support in planning the future needs of Day Service clients in Kerry.

Conscious that elderly people would not be comfortable answering an online survey and would also not want strangers calling to their doors, Core Research developed a solution in close collaboration with our client (National Office For Services For Older People & Palliative Care Strategy and the Kerry Community Work Department) to address these issues. Telephone interviews were conducted, and postal surveys were organised for those who did not feel comfortable speaking with a stranger. The result was an overall survey response rate of 59%, which far surpassed expectations. This research highlights the important role Day Services and the Community and Voluntary sector play in supporting older people and their families in the community. It also highlighted how re purposed services helped maintain people to remain well at home during the COVID situation. The impact of the closure of the day services has been significant and this research is important to support in planning both the future needs of clients and of the services that have been critical in maintaining core essential support mechanisms for older people during COVID 19.

The AIR Awards celebrates those committed to driving business success by unlocking powerful insights. Receiving a Confirmit AIR Award demonstrates Core’s ability to break down the barriers and transform complex data into actionable insights that enables their clients to fuel action.

Naomi Staff, Managing Director at Core Research said:

“We’re delighted to have won this award. It demonstrates how our team leveraged Confirmit’s multi-channel platform to provide innovative survey solutions which enabled us to capture insights from those working on the front line, family members who were caring for elderly relatives and crucially, those who were cocooning in rural Kerry.”

“The results of this study have provided strategic guidance and will play a critical role in how these front-line services will be restored post-Covid”

Eibhlis Cahalane, The National Office for Services for Older People and Palliative Care Strategy said:

“The National Office for Services for Older People and Palliative Care Strategy were delighted to work with CORE research on this project. The research has highlighted the impact of the closure of the day services on service users and service providers, it demonstrated how re purposed services have impacted positively on those accessing these services and is proving to be a very valuable resource in planning how to ensure we continue with adapted services particularly over the Winter months. It was a pleasure to work with Core research and they enabled the voice of the service users and providers to be heard in an independent and reliable way.”

Kyle Ferguson, CEO of Confirmit, said:
“We’re delighted to recognise Core as a 2020 Confirmit AIR Award winner for its excellence in delivering critical insights to its clients. Combining effective data collection capabilities with actionable and inspiring data interpretation is central to enabling MR businesses to deliver value to their clients. We are proud to partner with Core as they continue to make this combination possible and drive the future of the MR market forward.”


The Confirmit AIR (Achievement in Insight and Research) Awards have been created to recognise innovation and excellence in market research and insight practices. The AIR Awards provide an opportunity for market research agencies and enterprise insight teams to showcase their success by demonstrating their commitment to delivering insight that drives business performance.

Core employs a team of 330 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.

To learn more about Core, please visit www.onecore.ie

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Progressive College Network threatens legal action as Government aims to force English language schools to provide full-time, in-person classes next week

  • ‘Doublespeak’ criticized as ELE sector directed to return to classrooms while universities encouraged to adopt blended approach to learning
  • Progressive College Network considering legal action as it accuses Government of putting teachers and students in danger as case numbers rise

Progressive College Network, the representative body for a number of English language schools across Ireland, is considering taking legal action against the Government decision to force English language schools to return to full-time, in-person teaching by 12 October.

With an increasing rise in cases and the prospect of an increase to level four or five restrictions across the country, Progressive College Network has said it fails to see how a Department of Further and Higher Education directive to third-level universities to deliver online or blended content is consistent with the new demand that ELE providers return to the classroom in the next week.

On 25 September the Department of Justice wrote to ELE schools confirming that English language students must return to in-person classes 15 hours per week by 12 October, in order to fulfill visa requirements. However Progressive College Network has urged the Departments of Further and Higher Education and Justice and Equality to reconsider, as the health and safety of students and teachers remains its top priority.

It has instead highlighted the benefits of blended learning, where online teaching is supplemented by face-to-face lessons wherever possible, as the safer and more appropriate method of learning. A recent survey of Progressive College Network students found that almost four in five students (78%) would prefer to remain learning online, rather than return to classrooms.

Progressive College Network has also highlighted that a reduction in class sizes may be necessary to comply with social distancing in some schools, while others would likely have hundreds of students within a single building. Any reductions in student number would inevitably lead to refunds for students unable to complete their studies. No additional funding has been made available to ELE schools to facilitate reopening and ensure the safety of teachers and students.

David Russell, Chairman of Progressive College Network, said: “It seems an obvious contradiction that English language schools are being forced to reopen while universities are asked to remain online – and it’s putting our teachers and students at great risk. The Department of Justice is making a grave error of judgement in ordering ELE schools to reopen by 12 October, even as case numbers are continuing to rise and after NPHET has recommended level five restrictions for the whole country.

“It’s frankly incredible that these demands are being placed on the ELE sector at such short notice, and with little regard for the safety of students, teachers and the wider public. We’ve continued to engage with the Department to demonstrate how blended learning is the best option for the sector – and one that students are overwhelmingly happy with.

“This doublespeak on the issue – urging ELE schools to return to classes but allowing universities to adopt blended approaches – goes completely against public health advice to limit social contacts wherever possible.”

The Progressive College Network was formed in 2015, to meet the demand for an alternate representative body for the private college community in Ireland. Currently it represents over 300 staff members and is responsible for teaching in excess of 3,500 international students annually.

All Progressive College Network institutions are ILEP (Interim List of Eligible Programmes) listed, are fully compliant with any and all regulations and operate to the very highest of standards. Progressive College Network has a bespoke Protection of Enrolled Learners insurance policy that protects students and staff within each of its institutions.