29 personal stories of Irish polio survivors feature in updated edition of Polio & Us book published by Polio Survivors Ireland

  • Recent renewed interest in pandemics, epidemics and disease eradication by vaccine due to Covid 19 led to republication of the book


  • Polio survivors still need care and support now to help them maintain hard-won independence as they age


  • Legacy of polio should not be forgotten to ensure vaccination is sustained and to prevent polio returning


An updated edition of a book which shares 29 personal stories of polio survivors in Ireland and their ongoing struggles with the long-term effects of the disease has been unveiled by Polio Survivors Ireland.


Entitled Polio & Us, the book was originally published 15 years ago, but with significant renewed interest in pandemics, epidemics and disease eradication by vaccine due to Covid 19, the charity decided it was the perfect time to publish an updated version. The aim of the new publication is to help ensure that the legacy of polio is not forgotten and that eradication is protected.


Polio, or infantile paralysis, is a disease that struck fear into the hearts of parents across the world in the early 1950’s. The highly contagious disease could result in partial or complete paralysis for life. In an eerily similar parallel to Covid 19, the public were told to avoid large crowds, many events were cancelled while schools, circuses, cinemas and public baths were shut down, with much controversy at the time around what places should be closed, and for how long. Vaccination was introduced in Ireland in the late 1950s and while there is still no cure, the polio vaccine has resulted in the disease being largely eradicated across the world.


Polio & Us is essentially a time capsule of the stories of polio survivors and how they overcame the challenges of the disease. It was originally commissioned so that the trials and triumphs of those who contracted polio in the 20th century would not be forgotten. In addition, the story of polio in Ireland is one of a successful disease eradication that will resonate at a time of huge interest in vaccinations and viruses due to the Covid 19 pandemic.


Among those featured in the book are:


Anne – born in Drogheda in 1952

“I contracted polio on Friday, 13th November 1953, at the age of 17 months in my home town of Drogheda, and spent the first three weeks of the infection in the Dundalk Fever Hospital (as it was called then). Though supposed to be in isolation with no visitors allowed, my mother was permitted on one occasion to visit me.”


Joe – born in Dublin in 1936

“I went to bed one night in April, 1938, and when I woke up the next morning my mother told my sister, Jenny, to dress me. Jenny could not do this, as I was neither able to sit or stand…After many tests it was discovered I had polio and was then moved to Cork Street Fever Hospital and isolated. My family were not allowed to come and see me; and, in order to keep me breathing, I had to use a ventilator.”


Jackie – born in Dublin in 1957 who features on the cover of the book:

“As a result of polio, I have a shorter, thinner and weaker right leg. Due to this weakness, my left leg has had an awful lot of extra work to do. However, now as a result of Post Polio Syndrome, it too has begun to be affected.”


Paula – born in Kolar, South India in 1948

“Many hospital stays and twenty-one operations later, I was able to walk – first without crutches, and then without callipers; and when I was seventeen was discharged out into the wide world with what everyone thought at the time was a stable level of disability.”


Polio Survivors Ireland was established nearly 30 years ago and is the only organisation in Ireland providing practical services and support to those unfortunate enough to have contracted polio as babies or young children. They provide a range of services including mobility aids and appliances, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and respite, and raise awareness of the issues faced by polio survivors. They also work to educate medical professionals, social care providers and health policy makers about the reality for all those still impacted by polio.


Polio Survivors Ireland has a network of support groups around the country and they also provide a telephone support service for those who can’t leave their home. As well as providing stair lifts, callipers, bespoke footwear, electric scooters and wheelchairs, the organisation also helps survivors to access a range of supports. For those who are isolated, a listening ear is often the most important lifeline the organisation provides.


Fran Brennan, CEO of Polio Survivors Ireland, says:

“As we’ve seen with Covid 19, epidemics and pandemics are still a reality that can affect our everyday lives. However, the story of the polio epidemic in Ireland is one of hope, as the disease was successfully eradicated here by a vaccine. That said, the legacy of polio and the continuing struggles of polio survivors must not be forgotten and that is why we have reprinted Polio & Us.


Unfortunately, approximately 40% of polio survivors are now living with the late effects of this disease. Many have had years of rehabilitation to help regain independence, only to find their mobility impacted in later life once again by Post Polio Syndrome (PPS). This is why we continually work to raise awareness of polio.


Post Polio Syndrome causes sleep impairment, fatigue, new muscle weakness, muscle and joint pain, wasting of muscle, a severe intolerance to cold, speech difficulties, difficulty swallowing, and respiratory problems. Many will end up needing mobility supports and risk losing hard fought independence.


Some survivors may not realise that there is help available to them and that’s why we are here. In addition, many health care professionals have not received adequate training to treat polio survivors. As a result, we work to address this by distributing essential information to GP’s and other healthcare professionals to ensure PPS is understood.”



Polio & Us is available to purchase here: www.polio.ie

All proceeds from the book go towards services and supports for polio survivors

Keep up to date with Polio Survivors Ireland on Facebook @PolioSurvivorsIreland and on Twitter @PolioIreland


Magnet+ providing free phone and connectivity services to LGBT Ireland to mark Pride month and successful seven-year customer partnership

Magnet+, Irelands largest independent connectivity network, aided LGBT Ireland in the development and expansion of its crucial telecommunications offerings to members of the LGBTQI+ community including a national LGBT Helpline and a ‘tele-friending’ service


Magnet+, Ireland’s largest independent connectivity network, is proud to support LGBT Ireland this year for Pride month by sponsoring the LGBT Helpline for the month of June. LGBT Ireland has been a Magnet+ customer for seven years, over which they have built an extremely strong relationship. To mark the significance of Pride, Magnet+ is sponsoring all LGBT Ireland connectivity and phone services free of charge, to ensure any and all savings made can be redeployed into continuing to provide these crucial services to members of the LGBTQI+ community nationwide.


LGBT Ireland is a national organisation representing the LGBTQI+ community in Ireland. It has a number of objectives, one of which includes providing support services such as the national LGBT Helpline and the ‘tele-friending’ service (a weekly call for older, rurally based LGBTQI+ members) to the LGBTQI+ community in Ireland. With strong connectivity being essential for these services to function successfully, Magnet+ has played a key role by providing technological solutions such as Magnet Talk to support the successful operation of the National LGBT Helpline Network.


The Magnet+ voice solutions and services provided to LGBT Ireland over the last seven years have enabled the organisation to not only sustain their services, but has also allowed them to recruit and increase the number of volunteers working remotely nationwide to 65 this year, the highest it’s ever been. Magnet+ also assisted LGBT Ireland in its transition from traditional phone operations (i.e., picking up the receiver in an office) to using simple digital solutions (the Magnet+ Soft Phone or App) enabling the organisation to continue to expand their services and improve the digitisation of specific areas of the organisation.


Commenting on the partnership with LGBT Ireland, John Delves, Managing Director of Magnet+, says:

“Our partnership with LGBT Ireland is a long-standing successful customer relationship that we are incredibly proud of at Magnet+. Our relationship is built on trust, similar values and mission statements which includes people being the heart and soul of both organisations. We’re delighted to celebrate Pride this year and mark our seven-year partnership with LGBT Ireland by sponsoring all the connectivity and phone services for their national helpline free of charge, to ensure their vital services can continue. Keeping in line with this year’s Pride theme which is Courage, we’d like to encourage all our employees, customers and competitors to continue to stand up for what you believe in, call out unacceptable behaviour and be brave across all aspects of life – both personally and professionally.”


Commenting on the significance of Pride Month and value of good business relationships, Claire Murphy, Head of Fundraising and Partnerships for LGBT Ireland, says:

Pride is an important time of year as it gives us an opportunity to celebrate how far we’ve come in terms of equality for members of the LGBTQI+ community but more importantly, it is an opportunity to highlight and build awareness around the work that still has to be done. 


We needed a voice solution to sustain our helpline service and upon extensive research, Magnet+ was the most coherent, qualified and able telecommunications organisation to provide the services we needed. That was seven years ago and today I can honestly say our brands are still aligned, as well as confirming the premium level of customer support and technology they have provided us with over the course of our partnership. Magnet+ has helped us turn six regional helplines into a national service using a network of volunteers around the country. We’re open seven days a week across six locations and thanks to the services provided by Magnet+, we are able to sustain our services and provide the highest quality connectivity every day.”


Magnet+ and LGBT Ireland’s significant and long withstanding partnership is a representation of Magnet+’s overall commitment to its customers and showcases the ambitions of Magnet+ to always expand, transform and improve its offering to suit the customers need, which no other provider in Ireland is more capable, qualified or trusted to do.


To contact the National LGBT Helpline, call 1800 929 539. If you would like to donate to LGBT Ireland, click here: https://donation.lgbt.ie/


For more information and regular updates, check out https://www.magnetplus.ie/ or follow us on Twitter @MagnetPlus_ie

Nearly three-quarters of Irish people feel we need to be more open about discussing death and funeral arrangements – An Post Insurance ‘Let’s Talk About Funerals’

Nearly three-quarters of Irish people feel we need to be more open about discussing death and funeral arrangements An Post Insurance ‘Let’s Talk About Funerals’


A New ‘Let’s Talk About Funerals’ report conducted by An Post Insurance reveals key insights into people’s attitudes towards funeral arrangements and costs in Ireland


  • 46% of us want to be cremated instead of buried – with 18 to 24-year-olds least likely to choose cremation while those aged 65+ were most likely


  • 6 in 10 say they weren’t aware that Funeral Insurance existed


  • An Post Insurance also unveils a new ‘Let’s Talk About Funerals Guide’ to offer advice to those preparing for their funeral


Nearly three-quarters of people (73%) feel we need to be more open about discussing death and funeral arrangements, according to a new RED C survey unveiled by An Post Insurance. Entitled ‘Let’s talk about Funerals’, the report also shows that nearly the same proportion of people think it is important to be financially prepared for funeral costs.


The results, which reveal key insights into people’s attitudes towards funeral arrangements and costs in Ireland, also show that despite 73% saying it’s important to be financially prepared for a funeral, only one third (31%) feel that they are well prepared in terms of planning their own funeral and how the costs will be paid. In addition, 43% said they worry about the prospect of leaving unwanted funeral expenses behind for loved ones. Meanwhile, when it comes to choosing between cremation and burial, the report shows that those aged between 18 and 24 were least likely to choose cremation (33%) while those aged over 65 were most likely (53%).


Do you know how much an average funeral costs?

Interestingly, nearly 1 in 3 were unable to estimate average funeral costs in Ireland, most likely due to the fact that 84% have not organised or paid for a funeral in Ireland in the last five years. With the average cost of a funeral coming in at just under €6,000, the estimated costs were slightly over-evaluated by those who haven’t paid or organised a funeral in recent times.


Cremation Vs Burial

The figures also show that cremation is growing in popularity, with 46% of people stating that they would favour cremation over burial at their time of death. Those aged between 18 and 24 were least likely to choose cremation (33%) while those aged over 65 were most likely (53%).

When it comes to essential needs and individual preferences for a funeral, money does not seem to be a concern, with music and funeral cars named as the items that would most likely be dropped if cost became a problem. Professional flowers and a gathering for family and friends in a venue were also mentioned but to a lesser extent.


Funeral Insurance

Awareness of funeral insurance is quite low, with 60% saying they were not aware it existed. While 36% said they were aware of funeral insurance products, only 4% stated that they have an insurance scheme in place. Awareness of funeral insurance increases with age, with people aged 65+ more likely to have a funeral insurance product (14%).

Although respondents’ future interest in funeral insurance is moderate, almost 30% of people said they were ‘likely’ to invest in a funeral insurance product at some point to help cover future funeral costs.


Commenting on the findings, Gary Finnerty, Head of Marketing with An Post Insurance, said: “It’s encouraging to hear that so many people feel we need to be more open about discussing death and funeral arrangements. While it may seem insensitive to some, pre-planning your own funeral can take some of the burdens off loved ones at a difficult time while ensuring you get exactly the funeral you want. We’re keen to help people understand that a funeral insurance product is a simple way to help prepare financially for the cost – or part of the cost – of your funeral. By taking out this policy, you can ensure that you leave your loved ones some money to take care of the cost of your funeral – or for other expenses.”


About An Post Insurance

With twenty-two years in business and almost 150,000 policyholders, An Post Insurance (www.anpostinsurance.ie) is an Insurance Intermediary and a wholly-owned subsidiary of An Post, one of Ireland’s most trusted organisations and brands.  Based in Athlone, An Post Insurance employs 134 staff members and offers a range of Car, Home, Life, Travel, Pet, Farm, and Small Business insurance products. It does this through its Call Centre (0818 22 22 22), online (www.anpostinsurance.ie) and through direct referrals via An Post’s network of 940+ post offices.


To coincide with the report, An Post Insurance has also unveiled a new guide designed to help answer many queries people may have around preparing for their funeral. The guide can be found in Post offices nationwide and covers:

  • The cost of funerals in Ireland
  • How you can make practical plans for your passing
  • Funeral Insurance from An Post Insurance
  • How to make a Will – free of charge


*Methodology – This research was conducted by RED C, surveying 1,002 adults across the nation, representative of the Irish population in March 2022.


Get the peace of mind you need with An Post Insurance Funeral Insurance

For more information visit www.anpostinsurance.ie


Acceptance criteria, terms and conditions apply.  One Direct (Ireland) Limited, trading as An Post Insurance, is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. One Direct (Ireland) Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of An Post. An Post Insurance is a tied agent of New Ireland Assurance Company plc for life assurance business. Life assurance policies are underwritten and provided by New Ireland Assurance Company plc. A 1% Government levy applies to all premiums paid.



Notes to Editor:

An Post Insurance Funeral Insurance could give your loved ones a promised lump sum payment that can be used to help to pay for funeral expenses or perhaps repay any loans or bills you might still have at the time of your passing. It’s a single life plan that offers peace of mind for people aged between 50 and 75 years of age at the date of commencement of the policy. With premiums to suit applicants, features include:

  • Eligible if aged 50-75 and resident in the Republic of Ireland
  • No medical questions, check-ups, or reports needed
  • Up to €30,000 cover
  • Travel accident benefit
  • Choice of flexible payment methods
  • Full life cover benefit payable after 2 years
  • If your death takes place within the first 2 years, your beneficiaries will receive a sum equal to the amount you have paid in at the time of your death
  • Premiums cease at the age of 85, but life cover will continue until you die,
  • Consistent level of life cover and unchanging premiums


The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland hosted international three-day event series to discuss regulatory developments within the advertising industry worldwide

Three-day event series took place from Wednesday May 11th to Friday May 13th with conferences held in Google HQ and The Alex Hotel

Panellists featured members of the global SRO community including:

  • Charo Fernando Magarzo, Deputy Director General of the Spanish Advertising SRO and Chair of the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA)


  • Guy Parker, CEO of the ASA (UK) and President of the International Council for Advertising Self-Regulation (ICAS)







The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland last week welcomed international delegates from the global SRO community including the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) and the International Council for Ad Self-Regulation (ICAS), for a three-day event series to discuss relevant global issues including responsible advertising online, environmental and sustainability claims, other regulatory developments within the international advertising industry and to mark the 30th Anniversary of the EASA.

With over 70 guests in attendance across the three days of activities, key guests and speakers included:

  • Orla Twomey, CEO of the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) and SR Vice-Chair of the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA)
  • Michael Lee, Deputy CEO of the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI)
  • Suzanne McElligott, Interim Chair of the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI)
  • Charo Fernando Magarzo, Deputy Director General of the Spanish Advertising SRO and Chair of the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA)
  • Guy Parker, CEO of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA UK) and President of the International Council for Advertising Self-Regulation (ICAS)
  • Sibylle Stanciu Loeckx, Director at International Council for Advertising Self-Regulation (ICAS)

Key topics discussed and highlighted across the event series included:

  • Ensuring Responsible Advertising Online (and the continuing role of advertising self-regulation in ensuring a high level of consumer protection by enforcing or complementing EU regulations)
  • Environmental & Sustainability Claims in Marketing: Policy and SR Rules (including a global overview of green claims and advertising law as well as the challenges and common issues SROs face globally in relation to best ways to inform marketers and consumers on what is a complex area of advertising).

The series featured presentations and discussions including representatives of the EU Commission, national regulators, advertising self-regulatory standards bodies, digital pure-play companies and European and international trade organisations, including the World Federation of Advertisers.

Commenting on the success of the event Orla Twomey, CEO of the ASAI, said:

“We were delighted to host this year’s event series in Dublin for the Global SRO community. It was a fantastic opportunity to connect, educate and learn from our fellow SROs in person, including members of the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) and the International Council for Ad Self-Regulation (ICAS). Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the conferences across the three days. It was a privilege to contribute to the conversation about relevant global issues and listen to a range of perspectives on the future of self-regulation across the international advertising industry.”

Suzanne McElligott, Interim Chair of the ASAI, added:


As a founding member of both EASA and ICAS, ASAI recognises the important of connection and collaboration, which was evident during this three-day event.  The strength of the network is clear, with knowledge and expertise being freely shared.  ASAI is proud to be part of this community which works to ensure that all advertising is legal, decent, honest and truthful, across all media of communication.”



Commenting on the celebration of EASA’s 30th anniversary, Charo Fernando Magarzo, Deputy Director General of the Spanish Advertising SRO and Chair of EASA, said:


I am proud that ever since its creation 30 years ago, EASA has been true to its mission and the meaning of the word “Alliance” bringing together all the responsible actors of the advertising industry and promoting effective independent self-regulation as means to help ensure advertising is legal, decent, honest and truthful. I look forward to the next
30 years where I have no doubt, that advertising self-regulation will continue contributing to a high level of consumer protection no matter what new forms of media will appear

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’.


Check out www.asai.ie for more details and to also access a

copy of the 2021 ASAI Annual Report


To keep up to date on ASAI activity, follow the organisation on Twitter @THE_ASAI

Dentaltech unveils Ireland’s first-ever 3D printed dental prosthetics for anyone who requires full dentures or a removable tooth solution

  • Process eliminates need for uncomfortable traditional ‘impression trays’ and dentures are delivered within days – instead of usual four-week waiting period!


  • Backed by Enterprise Ireland, the Irish owned family business now focused on expanding its groundbreaking service offering to the UK and the USA


Dentaltech, Ireland’s largest provider and manufacturer of bespoke, high-quality dentures for people of all ages, has unveiled cutting-edge technology that allows their dentists to create revolutionary 3D printed dental prosthetics within days. The new ‘TRUEFIT by Dentaltech’ offering is ideal for anyone who requires full dentures, or who has a gap in their smile and needs a removable tooth solution.


Pioneers in the global field of denture creation and operating for nearly 50 years, Dentaltech is an Irish-owned family business that operates specialist denture clinics in Dublin, Waterford, and Wexford. The company manufactures their dentures at its in-house clinical laboratory in Dublin, which is the world’s largest certified digital printed dentures facility outside of the US and Canada.


The new ‘TRUEFIT by Dentaltech’ offering utilises the most advanced digital oral scanning techniques alongside 3D design and printing technology to produce better fitting, more comfortable, and more natural-looking full and partial denture solutions that significantly improve a patient’s ability to eat, chew, speak and socialise with dignity and confidence.


This new process eliminates the need for the uncomfortable traditional process of using ‘impression trays’ that have to set in the mouth and incur significant wait times. It now takes just one appointment and a matter of days for a patient to receive their new or replacement dentures or prosthetics – instead of up to four weeks!


In addition, the digital transformation significantly reduces the level of waste production in Dentaltech clinics. This is a clear step towards integrating more sustainable goals into the dental industry.


The ‘TRUEFIT by Dentaltech’ service can be utilised for:


  • Full dentures to replace multiple teeth on the upper or lower jaw


  • Partial dentures to fit the space left by one or more teeth that may have been lost or damaged through injury, infection, or a medical condition


  • Provision of a spare set of dentures in case a patient loses or accidentally breaks a denture


How does ‘TRUEFIT by Dentaltech’ work?


  • Step 1 – Digital Oral Scanning – A wand-like tool connected to a computer is used to create an accurate and instant 3D image of a patient’s mouth. The Dentaltech team then use computer-aided design and engineering software to design a perfectly-fitting denture that will match the patient’s teeth and gums perfectly. This results in dentures that feel more comfortable, secure, and natural from the moment they are inserted. The 3D image also allows the patient to see how their final smile will look.


  • Step 2 – 3D Printing – The skilled Dentaltech team then physically produce the dentures using 3D printing technology. This very fast and reliable process uses extremely high-quality, and sustainable materials which offer premium durability to protect against breakage. In addition, for the first time ever, a patient can now receive a spare denture at the click of a button. This is a global first, as, in the past, this process could take weeks and require further clinic appointments.


Dentaltech has a team of 35 fully qualified and highly experienced employees, including Dental Technicians, Denturists, Dentists, and support staff. All dental professionals are registered with the Irish Dental Council and indemnified. The company also engages in denture repairs, including ‘same-day’ repairs in Dublin, as well as denture cleaning, relining, and refitting.


Dentaltech is run by Bevin Mahon, co-owner and Managing Director. A natural entrepreneur and innovator, Bevin has played a vital role in paving the way for a new model in denture creation in Ireland and has been accredited five times as the ‘Business All-Star Thought Leader’ in Community Health for her contribution to changing the way dental and denture services are accessed.


She says that given the success of the business in Ireland, Dentaltech is currently preparing to expand its groundbreaking service offering to the UK and the USA. ‘As denture specialists, the decision to move to 3D dentures was a key priority for us as we want the most comfortable and natural-looking dentures for our patients. In addition, people are living longer meaning the demand for removable replacement dentures and teeth is growing.”


“And, with 12% of 15–24-year-olds in Ireland missing teeth, 33% over 35 missing one or more teeth, 6% aged 24-75 missing all-natural teeth, and 42% aged 75+ missing all their teeth and wearing full dentures*, there is a growing market for partial denture solutions. That’s why we see digital 3D printed prosthetics as the future of the dental industry and we’ve very proud to be the first in Ireland to have the training and the lab facilities to offer this full end-to-end service to all our patients in all our locations. Our focus is also on bringing our unique offering to the wider global market, starting with the UK and the US.’


Enda McDonell, Manager for Enterprise Ireland added,Enterprise Ireland is proud to back Bevin and the team at Dentaltech. It is an innovative, ambitious company that is leading the way in a very competitive market, both at home and abroad. The new TRUEFIT by Dentaltech product has the potential to deliver real patient benefits, while also assisting the business to operate in a more sustainable way. Dentaltech is just one example of great Irish-owned companies in the life sciences sector using innovation to compete and win internationally.’


Dentaltech is certified as a ‘Great Place To Work’ and over the years has received a host of prestigious awards including:


  • Business Excellence Award for Best Leadership and Culture Company (2019)
  • Business All-Star Award for Best Health Company (2019)
  • Business All-Star Awards for Best Small Business (2018)
  • Business Excellence Award for Best team (2010)


Dentaltech is also proudly listed on the register of companies that meet the UN Global Women’s Empowerment Principles, a set of principles helping to promote gender quality in the workplace.


TRUEFIT – it’s all in the name!


Find out more and book a free Denture Consultation at www.dentaltech.ie


Search for ‘Dentaltech Group’ on your social channel of choice to keep

up to date with our news


*Overview of Dental Services and Oral Health in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland 2022 – www.publichealth.ie

The Shelter: Animal SOS – Six-part RTÉ One television series returns for new season following the work of the DSPCA, Ireland’s oldest and largest animal welfare charity

  • New ‘behind the scenes’ series brings fresh insight into DSPCA’s vital work including the dedicated veterinary team who fight to save the lives of the many domestic and wildlife animals that need their help every day.


The Shelter: Animal SOS returns to RTÉ One for a brand-new series, that offers a behind the scenes look at the work of the Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA), Ireland’s oldest and largest animal welfare organisation. The programme is being aired in partnership with Purina PRO PLAN – who believe that nutrition is the foundation of long-term health and the starting point to an amazing life for animals.

The six-part series, filmed at the 32-acre DSPCA facility in the Dublin mountains over the course of a year, shares the trials and triumphs of a dedicated team of care-staff, vets and volunteers as they fight to save the lives of the many animals that need their help.

From kittens to foxes, puppies to ponies, every animal is given a chance at the DSPCA’s bustling shelter. The new series provides a unique perspective on the incredible work undertaken by DSPCA veterinary surgeon and former rugby player for Ireland, Elise O’Byrne White, as well as kennel carers Shane Lawlor and Tanya Clarke.

Vet Maria Nolan features in the first episode when she tends to a tiny injured kitten, Stevie, who was found on a building site, entangled in a plastic bag. It’s a race against time to save the unfortunate feline’s life.

The DSPCA is dedicated to the promotion of animal welfare and the protection and rehabilitation of sick, abused or neglected animals, and the organisation says that the television series will give the public a realistic behind the scenes look at the great work they do to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome over 2,500 animals every year.


Episode 1


  • In the first episode, Vet Elise and Nurse Mandy battle to save cat named June’s life.
  • Kennel carers Shane and Tanya give a very underweight lurcher, Willow, a new lease of life.
  • Vet Maria performs emergency surgery on a kitten found injured on a building site.


Elise O’Byrne White, Veterinary Surgeon at the DSPCA, said: “After last year’s series, both myself and the whole team at the DSPCA are delighted to be back on RTE One’s screens for the new series. Ever since I volunteered here, I have loved it so much! It’s a really unique place to work and every day since last year’s series throws up something new.” 

“It has always been such a great place to work in terms of the team and environment. We’ve got a great veterinary team and then when you look beyond that – we have a cattery, treatment facility and all of these places filled with caring, kind and fun people who are all trying to do their best for the animals. It’s such a great pleasure to be able to come into work every day and work with that team. We’re excited to once again show RTE viewers the work that we do.”

Joanne McKenna from Purina PetCare added: “As the official pet food and nutritional partner of the DSPCA for over a decade, we at the Purina PetCare are delighted, through the sponsorship of the series, to continue to help the charity tell its story. The veterinary team and volunteers do incredible work as they care for and nourish animals at their Centre. We see it as our responsibility to raise awareness of the importance of animal wellbeing and quality nutrition which is why we are proud to support such a deserving cause. This season, viewers have lots to look forward to as show shares all the emotion and joy that take place at the heart of the charity’s work every day”.

The DSPCA, a registered charity, is dedicated to the promotion of animal welfare and the protection and rehabilitation of sick, abused or neglected animals. Located on a 32-acre site in Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, the DSPCA campus offers shelter and care to a wide variety of animals. In fact, the organisation rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes over 2,500 animals each year – domestic and wildlife.

The DSPCA has a dedicated and trained force of Animal Welfare Inspectors to investigate complaints of cruelty and neglect, to provide guidance and education to animal owners, initiate prosecutions for offences and attend to sick and injured stray animals or those which have been abandoned.

The DSPCA Vet Team works seven days a week providing critical care, carrying out lifesaving surgeries and performing over 3,000 neuter/spay operations annually. They also provide ongoing care and veterinary support to over 300 animals in the DSPCA Foster Programme.

The DSPCA also works closely with the Irish Government to keep legislation updated and implemented to further improve the lives of all animals. Founded in 1840, the DSPCA is Ireland’s oldest and largest animal welfare organisation.

The Shelter: Animal SOS airs on Friday, 20th May at 7:30 pm on RTÉ One


An Encore Media Production for RTE.


Check out www.dspca.ie for more information


Twitter: @DublinSPCA

Facebook: www.facebook.com/dspca

Instagram: @dspcaadoptions


Lisney Residential becomes exclusive affiliate of Sotheby’s International Realty in Ireland

  • Lisney residential business to be rebranded to Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty


  • Lisney remains wholly Irish-owned and will continue as a full-service multi-disciplinary business offering clients a full-service property offering across both the residential and commercial markets.


  • Move will offer residential clients unrivalled local expertise and powerful global reach


  • Commercial division will continue to operate under the Lisney name


  • New Sotheby’s International Realty alliance for Lisney’s residential business forms a component part of an ambitious new strategic direction for the multi-disciplinary business


Lisney, Ireland’s largest independently owned multi-disciplinary property advisory company, has become the exclusive affiliate for Sotheby’s International Realty franchise for Ireland. Lisney’s residential business will now be rebranded as ‘Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty’. 

Lisney remains wholly Irish-owned and will continue as a full-service multi-disciplinary business offering clients a full-service property offering across both the residential and commercial markets.


Operating for almost 90 years, the company employs 125 people in a range of agency and advisory services departments across offices in Dublin, Cork, and Belfast. While the residential division will now be called Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty, the commercial division of the business will continue to operate under the Lisney brand.


Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty now combines the expertise and local knowledge of a longstanding Irish brand with the iconic Sotheby’s International Realty brand that has more than 1,000 offices in 78 countries and territories around the world.  The move will also provide Lisney’s residential clients with an enviable and unrivalled platform from which to market homes to as wide an audience as possible both at home and abroad. The firm will be the only Sotheby’s International Realty affiliated company in Ireland.


Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty will be Ireland’s first concierge residential property service providing a bespoke experience, underpinned by quality and service, that is tailored to each person based on an intimate understanding of their needs, desires, and aspirations.


David Byrne, managing director of Lisney, says,As a firm, we are continually looking for ways to enhance the service we provide our clients across the full spectrum of our business. We always strive to work with the best and the iconic Sotheby’s International Realty brand, built on a tradition dedicated to innovating the real estate industry, were the perfect partner for us. Our shared purpose of providing an outstanding quality of service and expertise to the residential markets in which we operate makes the Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty brand an innovative choice in the Irish marketplace.”


“The Sotheby’s International Realty brand is recognised globally as one of the most desirable global brands and this provides instant quality recognition to buyers relocating to Ireland. Ireland has a proven track record as a successful location for world-leading established and high-growth multinational companies from around the world. As a result, we are attracting an increasing number of ex-pats and international employees relocating to Ireland to work in high-profile global firms. We believe it is therefore important that all properties within the Irish residential marketplace have the ability to receive full exposure to the global market.’


“Fuelled by a shared sense of purpose, executed through market-leading talent, expertise, networks, client relationships, and a distinctive client experience, we believe this alliance has the potential to set a new standard of client-orientated service in the residential property market in Ireland.”


Philip White, president, and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty addedWe are thrilled to welcome Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty to the brand. David and his team are well recognized and respected in Ireland and will make a fine addition to the network. The country is attracting international attention and interest from major companies due to its quality of life, and I look forward to supporting their firm as they service this growing market.”


David Ashmore, of Ireland Sotheby’s International Realty since 2016, will join Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty as a Director, leading a specialist ‘Country Homes and Estates’ team focused on the sale and acquisition of select provincial homes across Ireland, making Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty a truly national brand. David brings with him an enviable track record in the sale and acquisition of fine homes and estates throughout Ireland, notably handling the sale of Abbeyleix Estate to the Collison brothers and Luggala Estate in Wicklow for the Guinness family. David’s specialist expertise and global marketing knowledge will augment and strengthen the Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty leadership team.


Meanwhile, under the leadership of David Byrne, Lisney has recently unveiled a new growth strategy framework for the overall business. The strategic ambition outlines that the company will focus on implementing the ‘Lisney Way,’ a concept that puts a high performing collaborative culture at its core to allow the market-leading team to continue providing a premium full-service offering through local and global expertise, networks, client relationships, and a distinctive client experience.


By placing the client at the centre of everything the business does, Lisney will continue to create client advocacy through an unwavering commitment to service excellence, fresh ideas, connecting people, and cultivating relationships.


David Byrne says, “As a long-established Irish property firm, we are very proud of the expertise we have in the business and that our clients place such trust in us. With this significant market goodwill towards the firm, there is a strong belief in the business, its provenance, legacy, and potential for the future. In partnering with Sotheby’s International Realty on the residential side of our business, in tandem with Lisney on the commercial side, we’re confident that only Lisney has the local knowledge and foresight to spot and unlock new opportunities in a rapidly changing marketplace for all our clients and this will become increasingly important as we continue to win high-value work and build stronger client relationships.”


“Our colleagues are also extremely ambitious for the future of Lisney and for their own future careers with the business. The team is innovative and creative, seeing opportunity where others see barriers. We’re also proactive and work fast, allowing us to make brave and bold decisions to ensure a better outcome for our clients. The overall future potential for Lisney is significant and we intend to ensure our new positioning creates an impact with clients and standout for the Lisney brand in the marketplace.”





73% of people say remote working has resulted in a better work-life balance while nearly 40% report a drop in stress levels – new research from NoCo

  • 46% say remote working has improved their productivity but 64% of those working from home say they miss the social aspect of a workplace


  • While 93% of employers currently facilitate a ‘work-from-home’ option, 62% of those surveyed would like their employer to offer a ‘closer-to-home’ workspace as an alternative option to help combat the challenges faced with working from home


73% of people say they achieved a better work-life balance when remote working according to new research from NoCo, Ireland’s largest hybrid workspace network. The study also revealed that 46% of people confirmed improved productivity as well as a significant drop (39%) in stress levels while working from home.


The research was carried out to access insights from employees who are currently working remotely in some capacity, and examine the challenges and opportunities that come with different types of remote working situations.


The study revealed that while there are benefits of working remotely from home including less time spent commuting (82%), better work-life balance (73%) and improved productivity (46%), there are also significant challenges that come with a fully remote ‘work-from-home’ environment including:


  • 32% confirm there is a higher utility cost when working from home
  • 64% confirm there the social aspect of work is significantly lacking when working from home
  • 30% confirm a lower broadband quality when working from home


While the study reveals 93% of employers currently facilitate a ‘work-from-home’ option, 62% of those surveyed would like their employer to offer a ‘closer-to-home’ workspace as an alternative. Over half (56%) of respondents said they would use this space if it was provided, with a further 11% looking to use this option on a full-time basis. 81% would be more likely to consider an employment opportunity if there was a closer to home workspace available to them.


65% of respondents believe that working from a ‘closer-to-home’ workspace would help alleviate some of the challenges faced with working from home. When asked to rate their at-home workspace based on comparing the quality of the furniture, technology, workspace size and comfort, adequate levels of light, air circulation, heating and cooling, less than a third (27%) stated their space was similar to the office standard and almost four in ten (36%) admitted their workspace either could or needed to improve.


Commenting on the results, Brian Moran, co-founder of NoCo, said:


“As our research clearly highlights, there is no shortage in demand across the country for remote working options from employers. While 93% of employers are offering a ‘work-from-home’ option, our research shows that employees are seeking an alternative solution to combat the challenges that we all experience while working from home.”


“At NoCo, our service includes a combination of remote and in-office benefits which provides both employers and employees with a balanced alternative. By offering a closer-to-home workspace to employees, employers avoid the risk of losing their talent to competitors both here and internationally.  We have all become accustomed to the remote working lifestyle over the last two years which means it has to be factored in to an employers offer when trying to attract and retain talent going forward. NoCo’s services offer a compromise of working from home and working from the office full time.”


NoCo is Ireland’s largest workspace network provider with remote working hubs in over 350+ locations nationwide. Its online platform service enables companies of any scale or size to connect their team to a network of ‘close to home’ workspaces across Ireland via one membership, one monthly invoice and one point of contact. A key part of the membership is the option of utilising open or shared workspaces in any of the locations on the network or alternatively, clients can have their own bespoke dedicated office network created for them.


For more information on NoCo visit  www.nocoworkspace.com or check out NoCo on LinkedIn

Who invented the Leaving Cert and should it be scrapped? Where did the magic number of 10,000 steps a day come from? What are the benefits of living with a dog?

Brainstorm, a new RTÉ One television series supported by Intel, delivers fascinating and surprising answers on everything from hurling to hangovers and pollen to postcodes


Social historian Donal Fallon presents a new five-part television series that seeks to answer a range of compelling and intriguing questions


First episode of Brainstorm airs on RTÉ One on Monday 2nd of May at 8.30pm


Images and episode stills available here – https://we.tl/t-o3e1BELVlH



Ever wondered why we count magpies or whether or not postcodes have an impact on house prices? Or why 10,000 is supposed to be the magic number for steps in a day? Or who the best snooker player of all time might be?


These intriguing questions – and many more – will be answered during a new five-part family television series called Brainstorm which will broadcast on RTÉ One from Monday May 2nd. Social historian Donal Fallon talks to a number of expert voices and delves into a diverse range of ideas and topics across subjects that include science, sport, history and society.


The series complements the RTÉ initiative ‘Brainstorm’ which, since Autumn 2017, has been providing captivating content across its various platforms, tickling the curiosity of readers and listeners and delving into the evidence behind news, events and current affairs topics.


Among the subjects covered on the series:

  • Can your accent affect your job prospects?
  • The story behind Michael Collins’ slippers
  • Who invented the Leaving Cert and is it getting easier? And should it be scrapped?
  • Why do amateur sport players play for free?
  • The history behind the sliotar
  • The many twists and turns in the history of the mobile phone
  • Douze points: The who, what and why of Eurovision voting
  • What is rhythm?
  • Is 10,000 really the magic number for steps in a day?
  • How your bilingual baby’s brain handles two languages
  • Is it ok to colourise historical photographs?
  • Why hay fever is going to get worse


A number of Irish educational facilities are represented in the new series, including contributors from Dublin City University, NUI Galway, TU Dublin, University College Cork, University of Limerick and University College Dublin

When it comes to finding out if dogs can bring emotional benefits to their owners, Donal Fallon spends time with TU Dublin’s Catherine Kelly and canine behaviourist Samantha Rawson.

Elsewhere, John Perry from the University of Limerick looks into the age-old question of where do amateur sport players, such as those in the GAA, get their motivation from? Social affairs are also on the agenda, with DCU’s Ruth McManus looking into how past housing schemes may give us possible solutions to the housing crisis, while TU Dublin’s Liz O’Sullivan examines whether a child’s diet affects their future.


The first episode of Brainstorm will air on RTÉ One at 8.30pm on

Monday 2 May and will also be available on the RTÉ Player.


Brainstorm has been produced by Midas Productions, an Irish company dedicated to creating thought-provoking, entertaining, challenging and informative television programming.

Stephen Smith, Executive producer with Midas Productions, says: “Brainstorm delivers informative and fascinating insights into a host of topics that we think about every day! It will be incredibly thought-provoking for the RTÉ One audience. Although there is a brilliant team behind the series, the real stars here are the contributors, whose insights will take the viewers on a wonderful journey to uncover the real story behind the topics. Social Historian Donal Fallon is a fantastic host, as his natural storytelling abilities allow him to bring our stories to life.”



Topic breakdown of each episode of Brainstorm:

Episode One – Monday, 2 May 2022

  • Who was the greatest snooker player of all time?
  • The benefits of living with a dog
  • Why hay fever is going to get worse
  • The story behind Michael Collins’ slippers


Episode Two – Monday, 9 May 2022

  • The history behind the sliotar
  • Can your accent affect your job prospects?
  • Does what we eat as children affect our future health?
  • Douze points: the who, what & why of Eurovision voting


Episode Three – Monday, 16 May 2022

  • Is 10,000 really the magic number for steps in a day?
  • What communion tells us about society?
  • How did we deal with a housing crisis in the past?
  • What is rhythm?


Episode Four – Monday, 23 May 2022

  • Why do amateur sport players play for free?
  • The many twists and turns in the history of the mobile phone
  • What is the hidden history in Nursery Rhymes?
  • What’s the impact of postcodes on Dublin house prices?


Episode Five – Monday, 30 May 2022

  • The science of a hangover
  • How your bilingual baby’s brain handles two languages
  • Is it ok to colourise historical photographs?
  • Who invented the Leaving Cert and is it getting easier? Should it be scrapped?



To learn more, visit:




Twitter – @RTEBrainstorm

Instagram – @rte_brainstorm


1,450 complaints received by the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) in 2021

2021 ASAI Annual Report shows significant majority (73%) of complaints were made

on the basis that an advertisement was perceived to be ‘misleading’


A total of 1,450 written complaints concerning 959 advertisements were received by the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI) last year, according to the organisation’s 2021 Annual Report which was released today. This represents a 12% decrease on the number of complaints received in 2020.


The ‘Travel / Holiday’ sector attracted the greatest number of complaints (207), followed by ‘Leisure’ (151), and ‘Household’ (145). ‘Digital Media’ gave rise to the highest number of complaints by media (696), representing 48% of all complaints, while complaints relating to broadcast media (TV and radio combined) totalled 603, and outdoor media attracted 67 complaints, an increase of almost 50% on 2020 (36). Of the 696 digital media complaints, 77 complaints related to influencer marketing advertisements, which were 5% of all complaints received.


The ASAI, which is the independent self-regulatory body committed, in the public interest, to promoting the highest standards of marketing communications, found that 68 advertisements were in breach of the ASAI’s Code of Standards for Advertising and Marketing Communications.


The ASAI Annual Report outlines that 73% of the complaints made in 2021 were on the basis that an advertisement was misleading, while 9% were made on the basis that an advertisement was offensive. There were also a wide range of other issues covered by the ASAI Code that were raised by members of the public, including concerns about health & beauty, motoring, food and beverages, telecommunications and alcohol advertising.


The ASAI was established in 1981 and the objective of the ASAI Code is to ensure that all commercial marketing communications are ‘legal, decent, honest and truthful’. The ASAI 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.


The ASAI offers advertisers, agencies, media and promoters a copy advice service on whether a proposed marketing communication or sales promotion conforms to the Code. Copy advice is communicated confidentially, is non-binding and is given free of charge. In total, 117 requests from advertisers, advertising agencies and media for copy advice were received in 2021, an increase of almost 2% since 2020. The ASAI copyadvice@asai.ie service serves as an authoritative opinion given by the Executive, but does not bind the ASAI Complaints Committee.


Complaints by Media

The number of media mentioned in relation to complaints is greater than the number of complaints in 2021. This is because complainants often mention multiple media when they describe where they saw or heard the marketing communication concerned. ASAI captures all the media they mention.


The ASAI conducts ongoing monitoring of advertising across all media including monitoring compliance with the adjudications of the Independent Complaints Committee.


In terms of engagement highlights, the ASAI attended a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media to discuss the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill. The ASAI recognises and supports that the new media commission will oversee the new regulatory framework for online platforms based in Ireland. However, it also believes that no one regulator could apply an effective advertising complaints mechanism for consumers across the EU and that the existing network of members of the European Advertising Standards Alliance, including the ASAI, should have a role as part of the regulatory framework.


New rules were introduced in 2021 for advertising of High Fat, Salt and Sugar (HFSS) products. These rules apply to non-broadcast media and include both restrictions on the amount of HFSS advertising and on the content.


The ASAI continued its engagement with influencer marketing and carried out research which showed that there were continuing concerns about transparency. The ASAI hosted a webinar called ‘#InfluencerMarketing in 2021 and beyond – retaining trust through transparency’ which was well attended by influencers and practitioners from the advertising space.



Commenting on the 2021 Annual Report, Orla Twomey, CEO of the ASAI, said:

“The ASAI is committed to promoting the highest standards of marketing communications in Ireland and our 2021 Annual Report is testament to this statement, conveying the sheer breadth of the ASAI’s activities across a range of areas including compliance, scheduled monitoring, copy advice, brand awareness, complaints investigation and adjudication, advisory corporate services and policy.


“The engagement with the ASAI and compliance with the adjudication of the independent Complaints Committee, demonstrates that advertisers in Ireland are completely on board with the ASAI in our bid to protect consumers and ensure the highest standards of advertising and marketing communications.


“2021 saw the ASAI continue to deeply engage in all our service offerings. In particular, there was a valuable increase with both our influence and strong contributions in the area of policy and Code, including recognising and supporting that the new media commission will oversee the new regulatory framework for online platforms based in Ireland and the introduction of new rules for advertising of High Fat, Salt and Sugar (HFSS) products that apply to non-broadcast media and include both restrictions on the amount of HFSS advertising and on the content itself. We also continued our engagement with influencer marketing through the #InfluencerMarketing webinar we hosted where we outlined the research previously carried out, showing the importance of authenticity and transparency. The requirement for ASAI contributions in these areas, all of national importance, are indicative of the place we hold as an acknowledged expert on setting standards for advertising.”


Suzanne McElligott, Interim Chair of the ASAI, added:

“From initial beginnings on Kildare Street, Dublin 40 years ago, the ASAI has developed and evolved to being recognised for its strong standards and expert knowledge on advertising regulation. Equally, ASAI is regarded as a key player alongside relevant State and private sector organisations operating in this space.


With the economic impact of the COVID pandemic resulting in a contraction of advertising spend in 2020, the industry experienced a recovery to pre-pandemic levels in 2021. ASAI has experienced a corresponding reduction in advertising complaint levels over the pandemic period, compared to the immediate prior years, even with the recovery in advertising activity. Fostering consumer confidence and trust in advertising offline and online continues as a core objective of the ASAI and the robust complaints mechanism for consumers to challenge advertising content remains an imperative for the industry and for ASAI to facilitate and support.”




Check out www.asai.ie for more details and to also access a

copy of the 2021 ASAI Annual Report


To keep up to date on ASAI activity, follow the organisation on Twitter @THE_ASAI