Irish Renewable Energy Developer DP Energy partners with Chubu Electric Power Company and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha to develop its significant tidal energy project in Nova Scotia, Canada

DP Energy, one of Ireland’s leading renewable energy developers, has entered into a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with a major energy utility company Chubu Electrical Power Company (Chubu) and international cargo shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) to develop the first phase of its tidal energy project in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Head-quartered in Cork with a reputation spanning over 30 years, DP Energy develops projects worldwide and already has a global portfolio of over 5GW under development across onshore wind, solar, and offshore wind technologies in Australia, Canada, the UK as well as here in Ireland.

As DP Energy’s lead development in the Ocean Energy space, the Uisce Tapa project is located at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) site in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. The area is home to some of the highest tides in the world, with tidal range in excess of 13 metres and currents that exceed 10 knots (5 m/s).

The project holds a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) of $530/MWh awarded under Nova Scotia’s Marine Renewable Energy Act and is the recipient of a $29.75 million grant from Natural Resources Canada under their Emerging Renewables Power Program. The project is already well advanced, with testing underway for the environmental monitoring platform being developed together with the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) under their Pathway Program.

The Uisce Tapa project will utilise the 1.5 MW Andritz turbine technology that has successfully operated for many years in the MeyGen project in Scotland. After completion of the first phase, DP Energy plans to expand the generation capacity to 9MW in the second phase before the technology moves to being fully ‘commercially ready’. The Andritz turbines are expected to deliver predictable renewable power from the tides driven by the lunar cycle over an operational life of some 25 years.

The signing of the Joint Development Agreement marks a significant milestone in the company’s Ocean Energy aspirations, with the Uisce Tapa project solidifying DP Energy’s presence in the Ocean Energy sector and reinforcing its position as a leader in the implementation of innovative new renewable energy technologies.

Commenting on the partnership, Simon De Pietro, CEO of DP Energy, Co-President of Ocean Energy Europe and a Board member of Marine Renewables Canada says; “We are delighted to be partnering with Chubu and “K” Line on developing an exciting project in one of the most challenging marine environments in the world, and believe our combined skillsets, together with the proven Andritz technology, will enable us to meet that challenge and deliver what will be a ground breaking project for the sector.”

In relation to the significance of the announcement, Simon also commented: “Whilst our first Ocean Energy project, Uisce Tapa, is modest in scale we anticipate it will fill the essential step from technology demonstration to early array demonstration that will lead to the development of further tidal energy projects at utility scale in Canada and other markets, and provide a stepping stone to DP Energy’s plans for wave energy off the West Coast here in Ireland.”

Irish writer and director Antaine Furlong unveils debut movie “Rising Wolf” – a sci-fi thriller featuring a young woman trapped in an elevator in a Shanghai skyscraper

  • Charlotte Best (Home and Away and Tidelands on Netflix), Jonny Pasvolsky (Mortdeckai opposite Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow and McLouds Daughters) and Alex Menglet (The Seagull) are amongst the cast members who feature
  • Rising Wolf is distributed by Sam Goldwyn Films and will air in Ireland and UK on digital and cable from August 9th, 2021

A dramatic new sci-fi thriller written and directed by Irish man Antaine Furlong is set to be released in Ireland and the UK next month. Rising Wolf, which is set in Shanghai, was filmed in Fox Studios in Australia and has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Film for US, Canada and rest of world distribution.

Featuring music by Academy Awards nominee and BAFTA winner David Hirschfelder, Rising Wolf has already had a successful opening in cinemas in Australia and New Zealand, will open across cinema and multiple platforms in the US on 6 August, and is due to open in Japan and across Europe on 9 August on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Sky, and Virgin.

Rising Wolf is a slick and deliberately disorientating thriller about a young environmentalist, Aria Wolf (Charlotte Best), who wakes up in an elevator in a high-rise building – with no recollection of how she got there! Trapped in a futuristic space and at the mercy of the villains responsible for her kidnapping, Aria knows she has to rely on her instinct to survive in a situation that is completely out of her control.

The film boasts an impressive ensemble cast of well-known names such as Charlotte Best (Home and Away and also Tidelands on Netflix), Jonny Pasvolsky (Rabbit, Mortdecai and McClouds Daughters), Alex Menglet (The Seagull), Susan Prior (Aftertaste and The Rover, for which she won an AACTA) and Tahlia Sturzaker (Netflix’s I Am Mother)

Rising Wolf is the brainchild of Wicklow man Antaine Furlong, who recently returned to his first love – film – after a stellar 20-year career in financing in the global entertainment industry. His interest in film goes back to his childhood in the small Wiclow village of Roundwood where his father used to run the local cinema out of their living room. From there, Furlong went on to do small jobs during summer holidays on various films like The Old Curiosity Shop with Peter Ustinov. He was also a production runner on Sweeney Todd with Ben Kingsley, directed by Academy Award Winner John Schlesinger as well as an assistant director, working with Mike Myers, on the Irish film Pete’s Meteor.

Rising Wolf is co-written with Kieron Holland and Sydney based Furlong says he is delighted that his dedicated team managed to successfully portray his unique and uncompromising vision to create a sci-fi psychological thriller – despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Myself and Kieron wrote this story 12 years ago and we’re delighted that it has finally come to fruition. When Covid struck we hit a lot of hurdles, but we got back up and persevered. It was a Herculean feat by everyone to get the movie completed, but we did it. When I watch Rising Wolf now, it represents to me everyone’s unwavering love for making the film, their professionalism dedication, and need to create. This is what art is – creating something from nothing.”


“……harnesses its strength through its ability to surprise with both its story and psychology”

“Antaine Furlong’s ambitious sci-fi-leaning action/thriller is a testament to the first time Australian filmmaker’s bold vision and wily intelligence to pull such a feat off

AU Review, Australia’s No.1 Arts, Film & Music Magazine (Online)

“Australia’s answer to Christopher Nolan”

Heavy Cinema – Radio & Podcast Reviewer Melbourne

“Furlong is a talent to follow”

Canberra Times – Australia’s Capital City News Paper

To watch the official trailer of Rising Wolf, visit:


Produced by: Antaine Furlong, Kristy Vernon (Sweet River, Gabriel), James M. Vernon (Hacksaw Ridge, Predestination, A Few Best Men), Drew Bailey (June Again, Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt))

Directed by: Antaine Furlong

Written by: Antaine Furlong, Kieron Holland

Cast: Charlotte Best (Tidelands, Puberty Blues), Jonny Pasvolsky (Westworld, The Front Runner, Mortdecai), Alex Menglet, Susan Prior (The Rover, The Gloaming, The Commons), Justin Stewart Cotta, Tahlia Sturzaker, Karelina Clarke

Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Suspense Thriller, Fantasy

Runtime: 102 mins 

Hashtag: #RisingWolftheMovie #RisingWolfMovie

Socials: Facebook: @RisingWolftheMovie / Instagram: @AscendantMovieOfficial

Guaranteed Irish collaborates with “The Green Grocer’s Daughter” to unveil new Luxury Irish Hamper Range bursting with unique artisan products made with passion and pride by talented producers and suppliers nationwide

A unique and innovative hamper range containing a host of local artisan food and beverage products has been unveiled by Guaranteed Irish in collaboration with The Green Grocer’s Daughter.

Consisting of an array of products offered by a variety of Guaranteed Irish members as well as products from the Green Grocer’s Daughter, the Guaranteed Irish Luxury Hamper range will be made available to Irish and international gift markets. Some of the luxury hampers available include:

  • The Guaranteed Irish Glendalough Luxury Hamper Box – featuring Ballykilcavan Brewery Stout, Sheridans Cheesemongers Cheese and Crackers, The Green Grocer’s Daughter Red Onion and Balsamic Jam, Clintons Irish Farm Grown Crisps and more
  • The Guaranteed Irish Kinsale Luxury Hamper Box – featuring Kinsale Mead, Hope Beer, The Green Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate Bark with Caramel Drizzle and Marshmallows, The Green Grocer’s Daughter Aromatherapy scented candle and more

The entire range can be found here:

Unveiled at the Guaranteed Irish new HQ in Molesworth St., “The Green Grocer’s Daughter”, which recently joined the Guaranteed Irish network, is an Irish brand whose own story is deeply intertwined with the Irish food and beverage industries over the past three decades. The business worked with other members of the Guaranteed Irish network to create a range of luxury hampers that combine opulence, sophistication and the finest products that Ireland has to offer. The Guaranteed Irish Luxury Hamper Range by the Green Grocer’s Daughter seeks to unify local Guaranteed Irish artisan members and encourage consumers and buyers to continue to shop local this year.

Sharon Fitzpatrick, Founder and CEO of The Green Grocer’s Daughter and Fitzers catering says: “The Green Grocer’s Daughter are delighted to collaborate with Guaranteed Irish to bring this new and exciting Guaranteed Irish luxury hamper range to market. Each hamper is bursting with unique artisan products that are made with passion and pride by so many talented producers and suppliers all across the country. As a greengrocer’s daughter, high-quality, local produce and Irish artisan food products are a part of my own heritage and the Guaranteed Irish luxury hamper range is inspired by the time I spent working in my father’s shop on Camden Street in days gone by.”

Bríd O’ Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish, said at the launch: “82% of Irish consumers agree that the ‘Guaranteed Irish’ brand “stands out” from others in its genuine support of Irish jobs, communities, and the circular economy (Red C,2021). Consumers are acutely aware that many of the brands that appear to be Irish are not authentic and do not support genuine businesses based in Ireland their support of jobs, communities, and provenance so it is important to look out for the iconic ‘g’ on packaging.”

“We are delighted to welcome The Green Grocer’s Daughter to our collection of consumer brands, and we believe this will be very popular for corporate gifts in the lead up to Christmas this year. Consumers are aware that for every €1 spent locally, €5 goes back into the local economy. If we all tried to buy one extra Irish food product in our baskets each week, what a difference that would make to our economy? We need to strengthen our own supply chains where possible, making our recovery #AllTogetherBetter.”

Notes to Editor: Guaranteed Irish is a business membership network that supports 1,600 businesses from indigenous SMEs to locally based multinational firms across various sectors, employing 100,000 people across Ireland, and generating an annual combined Irish turnover of €10bn. Championing business based in Ireland since 1974, the iconic Guaranteed Irish symbol is the national symbol of trust in business in Ireland. The symbol is awarded to businesses based in Ireland that support sustainable jobs, contribute to our local communities, and are committed to Irish provenance.

NoCo, Ireland’s largest workspace network provider, signs strategic partnership with The National Association of Community Enterprise Centres to expand nationwide reach to 350+ remote working locations

  • Partnership will offer NoCo members access to 250+ Enterprise Ireland supported centres and hubs across Ireland
  • Move will see NoCo support NACEC’s key objective in delivering the capability and capacity for enterprise promotion at community level

NoCo, Ireland’s largest hybrid workspace network, has unveiled a new strategic partnership with The National Association of Community Enterprise Centres that will increase NoCo’s nationwide network to 350+ locations.

The National Association of Community Enterprise Centres’ primary role is to support and develop the interests of community enterprise on a national basis. This includes the provision of physical space in 250+ locations nationwide for entrepreneurs, start-ups, scaling companies, SMEs and small scale FDI. NACEC members currently host over 1,800 businesses and supports 5,500+ jobs in their locations across the regions.

Today’s partnership announcement will see NoCo expand its network significantly by offering access to the 250+ Enterprise Ireland supported centres and hubs which NACEC represents. This means that NoCo members will now have access to a single network of over 350 remote working locations nationwide.

NoCo’s service enables companies 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. This service is suitable for organisations of any scale or size. A key element of the membership is the option of utilising open or shared workspaces in any of the locations on the network nationwide or alternatively, clients can have their own bespoke dedicated office network created for them.

Commenting on the announcement Frankie McSwiney, co-founder of NoCo, said: “We’re delighted to partner with the NACEC to aid the growth and expansion of NoCo’s services into over 350 remote locations around Ireland. As the return to workplaces approaches, it’s important that all employers consider long-term hybrid workspace network options for their staff. The expansion into an additional 250 locations nationwide thanks to this strategic alliance withNACEC will ideally give business owners that option. I’m looking forward to seeing the results of working alongside NACEC as our core objectives of providing workplace opportunities for companies at both community and national levels are aligned.””

Gary O’Meara, co-founder and Chairperson of NACEC, said: “Remote working has the potential to bring economic, social and environmental benefits to communities right across Ireland.  Talent will vote with their feet and companies like NoCo will grow this pipeline of talent into local communities through their ever-expanding partnership of hub locations.  At NACEC, we are committed to helping our member network, partnering with NoCo is one of the many ways we actively support our members to sustain and drive their local tenant bases.”

Enterprise Ireland’s Regions and Entrepreneurship Divisional Manager, Mark Christal, added: “Enterprise Centres are an essential element of the start-up ecosystem providing space, connectivity, mentoring and support to start-up founders and teams in every county. As part of our ‘Powering the Regions’ strategy, Enterprise Ireland is committed to delivering a remote working action plan and we welcome this partnership which will benefit enterprises in communities right across the country.”

NoCo is already seeing significant demand from some of Ireland’s largest high profile professional services firms, as well as current industry leaders in hybrid working such as telecommunications firm Welltel and managed legal solutions provider Johnson Hana. As companies begin to gradually return to the office environment, they are utilising the NoCo network to implement their hybrid working strategies.

Aviva launches new car insurance advertising campaign, developed by Core – Campaign, narrated through a child’s imagination, unveils new ‘It takes Aviva’ brand positioning

Core, in collaboration with Zenith, has developed a new advertising campaign for Aviva.  The new car insurance campaign also unveils Aviva’s new brand positioning ‘It takes Aviva’ for the first time in the Irish market.

Research conducted by Core for the new campaign revealed that consumers crave emotional confidence in their insurance provider, and this work will tell the story about how Aviva provides practical help when a car breaks down. The ad seeks to position Aviva as an industry leader focused on serving its customers. The ’man from Aviva’ humanises the brand and we tell the story from a child’s point of view to provide emotional resonance as well as humour and memorability.

The new campaign will run across all TV and radio stations in Ireland and on online video streaming services:

Speaking about the new campaign, Sharon Treanor, Head of Consumer Marketing and Trading at Aviva, said:

“We are delighted to unveil our new car insurance campaign launching our new brand positioning ‘It takes Aviva’ in Ireland for the first time.  ‘It takes Aviva’ is a promise to be the difference for our customers when they need it most and to show them how we can help them navigate the twists and turns of life. We want our customers to know that we will be there for them when things go wrong.  A breakdown is a real moment of truth and an opportunity for Aviva to support and help our customers.  Breakdown Rescue cover is a standard benefit on all our car insurance policies.”

Susan Kelly, Strategy Director, Core Strategy added:

Research showed many people don’t believe their car insurer or breakdown assistance policy will come through for them at a point of crisis.  This campaign gives customers confidence that Aviva’s people will always do their utmost to get you back on the road quickly with minimum hassle. The ad really personifies the Aviva promise in a warm and humorous way.”

The campaign was produced by Core Creative, in collaboration with Strategy, Research, Investment and media planned by Zenith, part of Core.

Client Team

Agency:                                    Core

Production Company:                BanjoMan

Director:                                    Mia Mullarkey

Producer:                                  Matt D’Arcy

Client Director:                          Julie Collins

Business Director:                     Jane Adams

Agency Producer:                      Fiona McGarry/Anita McMenamin

Copywriter:                               Blaise Hoban

Art Director:                              Eva Redmond

Creative Director:                      Mike Garner

Strategy Director:                      Susan Kelly

Media Planners:                        Greg Ashe / Aoife Bradbury

Aviva Marketing:                       Elaine Kearney


Notes to Editor:

Core is Ireland’s largest marketing communications company. Core employs a team of 330 people and consists of eight practices – Creative, Data, Investment, Learning, Media (comprising of Mediaworks, Spark Foundry, Starcom and Zenith), Research, Sponsorship and Strategy.

To learn more about Core, please visit


New Irish digital healthcare business, VIGO Health, partners with innovative Abi Global Health to offer instant online access to ‘Ask a Doctor’ service that provides trusted medical advice in minutes

  • First partnership of its kind in Ireland links VIGO Health customers to network of trusted Irish based doctors
  • Partnership allows unprecedented ease of access to doctors 24/7 via messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Messenger and Viber

VIGO Health, a new and innovative digital health cover proposition that covers everyday health costs under one simple plan, has today announced a partnership with Irish company Abi Global Health to provide customers with access to their virtual ’Ask a Doctor’ service.

The on-demand ‘Ask a Doctor’ service provided to VIGO Health by Abi Global Health is unlimited, available 24/7 and accessed online or via messaging apps without an appointment and gives customers access to trusted advice from a qualified Irish based doctor within minutes.

The facility is one of 30+ everyday health services offered by VIGO Health, a business primarily aimed at those without private health insurance but who would like access to a range of every day health supports. By combining innovative digital healthcare solutions and cash benefits, VIGO Health brings together a host of everyday supports to help customers connect to the health professionals they need, at the time they need them. Costing less than €10 a week, paid via a monthly subscription, the service offers one health cover plan for just one price – all on one digital platform.

Abi Global Health uses Artificial Intelligence and machine learning algorithms to match users’ questions to the best suited doctor who will answer in minutes. Users simply send their health questions to licensed doctors via their favourite chat apps (WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger) anytime, anywhere and within 3 to 5 minutes, the user will receive an accurate answer from one of Abi’s doctors.

Abi’s goal is to use micro-consultations to transform the way people interact with doctors. They do this by alleviating the pressure on the healthcare system by freeing up physicians’ time by up to 85%, compared to synchronous consultations via chat, voice, or video. 70% of Abi’s consultations prevent further medical intervention.

An Irish company, Abi Global Health operates in dozens of countries across Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa servicing more than seven million people, in partnership with insurance and healthcare companies, governments and NGOs.

Ruth Bailey, CEO of VIGO Health, says she is delighted that VIGO Health is Abi’s first ever first Irish customer. “This innovative partnership with Abi offers our customers incredible access to the health connections they need, wherever they are. Abi shares the same vision as us in relation to ease of access to the health support you need, at the time you need it.”

Kim-Fredrik Schneider, CEO of Abi Global Health, said: “Abi Global Health was founded around our shared belief that healthcare should be radically convenient, easily available and consistently excellent. This belief is also shared with our new partners VIGO Health, who we are delighted to have partnered with. We saw an opportunity in telemedicine to create an innovative service that has never been offered before – medical micro-consultations and VIGO Health really share this vision of innovation in healthcare.”

VIGO Health has also partnered with other leading industry names to deliver the service, including:

  • Health Hero – Provider of virtual consultations with GPs, Physios, Mental Health
  • Meaghers Pharmacy – Provider of free prescription delivery, along with a 10% discount for their online store
  • Charter Medical – Provider of ‘At Home’ screening kits

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Twitter – @AbiGlobalHealth

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New rules relating to advertising of High Fat, Salt and Sugar (HFSS) food and beverage products unveiled by the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland

  • No medium can be used to advertise HFSS products if more than 50% of its audience is under 15 years of age and restrictions apply to the percentage of HFSS marketing communications that can be carried by each media format
  • New rules also apply to sponsorship activities and use of licensed characters in promotional activity
  • Locations primarily used by children such as schools, creches, youth centres and playgrounds should be free from all forms of marketing communication for HFSS foods

30th June 2021: The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI), the independent self-regulatory body committed to promoting the highest standards of marketing communications in Ireland, has unveiled new rules relating to the advertising of High Fat, Salt and Sugar (HFSS) products which will be incorporated into the Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages Section of the ASAI Code.

The new rules will restrict marketing communications for HFSS foods and beverages from being directed or targeted at children under the age of 15 through the selection of media or the context in which they appear. The rules are in response to changing media habits among young people, as well as wider concerns in society about public health challenges for this age group. Thresholds for non-broadcast media will reduce the overall exposure to HFSS product marketing communications.

In summary, the new rules state that:

  • No medium can be used to advertise HFSS products if more than 50% of its audience is under 15 years of age
  • There are also thresholds on the amount of advertising for HFSS products that can be published by each media format. For example, no more than 33% of available outdoor space can carry HFSS product marketing communications, whilst for cinema, digital and print media, no more than 25% of the available space can carry HFSS product marketing communications
  • Marketing communications targeted at children for HFSS products cannot include a promotional offer or a competition. There are also restrictions on the use of licensed character
  • Locations primarily used by children will be prohibited to run any form of marketing communication for HFSS foods. Examples of such settings include registered crèches, pre-schools, nurseries, family and child clinics, paediatric services, schools, dedicated school transport, playgrounds and youth centres.

The above rules will be in addition to existing rules such as marketing communications should not denigrate a healthy lifestyle, not encourage unhealthy eating or drinking habits, not encourage consumption to take advantage of a promotional offer.

The new restrictions will come into effect on 1st December 2021 and ASAI will be working with media and advertisers to ensure the successful rollout of the rules. To facilitate this, ASAI will be taking a very practical and staged approach to their implementation. They will be proactively monitoring this area and, for the first six months after the effective date, will add any complaints that may be received into their monitoring structure, using them as a form of intelligence gathering.

ASAI will be developing a presentation that covers the rules in detail and they will also be offering other required supports to help advertisers and media with the implementation of these new rules. An introductory video by Orla Twomey, Chief Executive, is here.

Orla Twomey, Chief Executive of the ASAI, said: “The implementation of these new rules in the ASAI Code are a significant and positive change designed to help and protect the wellbeing of children as well limit the overall exposure of HFSS advertising to the general public. Key industry groups support the implementation of the rules, demonstrating the advertising industry’s continuing commitment to advertising self-regulation. 

As well as limiting HFSS product advertising, the new rules will alter the nature of how food advertising is seen by children.”

Below are the key changes and additions to Section 8 of the ASAI Code, Food & Non-Alcoholic Beverages: To view the Code in full, please visit

Placement of marketing communications for HFSS products in non-broadcast media

8.19          Marketing communications for HFSS food should not be directed or targeted at children under 15 through the selection of media or the context in which they appear.

8.20          No medium should be used to advertise HFSS products if more than 50% of its audience is under 15 years of age.

Media specific rules

8.21          Where a marketing communication for HFSS is permissible, it shall be subject to media specific placement rules, including maximum thresholds for each medium.  The details for each media are set out in the Guidance Note on High Fat, Salt and Sugar (HFSS) Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages on


8.22:       Locations primarily used by children shall be free from all forms of marketing communication for HFSS foods. Examples of such settings include registered crèches, pre-schools, nurseries, family and child clinics, paediatric services, schools, dedicated school transport, playgrounds and youth centres.

Promotional offers

8.24        Marketing communications, in non-broadcast media for HFSS food products, that are targeted at children at children should not include promotional offers or a competition, subject to the exception listed below:

(i)       Point of sale displays, packages, wrappers, labels, tickets, timetables and menus.

Licensed Characters and Celebrities

8.26                 (b)     Marketing communications, in non-broadcast media for HFSS food products, that are targeted at children should not include licensed characters or celebrities popular with children, subject to the exceptions listed below:    

                                 (i)            Point of sale displays, packages, wrappers, labels, tickets, timetables and menus;

                     (ii)           The prohibition does not apply to advertiser-created equity brand characters (puppets, persons or characters), which may be used by advertisers to sell the products they were designed to sell.

HFSS Sponsorship arrangements

8.28      These rules apply to all forms of commercial sponsorship, involving HFSS food, of activities or events of any kind. 

8.29      The restrictions will not extend to corporate identities, trading names, or masterbrands.

8.30      No sponsorship involving HFSS food will be permitted for any other setting dedicated to use by children of primary school age.

8.31      No sponsorship involving HFSS food will be permitted of events of particular appeal to children of primary school age. “

8.32      Existing sponsorship contracts and agreements which otherwise would be in breach of the code will be permitted to continue until they expire.

(See Effective Date for implementation date of rules 8.28 – 8.32)

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 web, social, mobile, in-game ads, influencer marketing (user-generated commercial content), print, outdoor, radio, TV, leaflets/brochures, SMS/MMS, cinema, and direct marketing.

Further information on advertising self-regulation, the ASAI and the operation of the system is available at

Follow the ASAI on Twitter @THE_ASAI

Leading renewable energy firm, DP Energy, appoints Adam Cronin as Offshore Technical and Engineering Manager

DP Energy, one of Ireland’s leading developers of renewable energy projects, has appointed Adam Cronin as Technical and Engineering Manager of its Irish Offshore team. Headquartered in Buttevant in North Cork and operating across the world, DP Energy is committed to using the most sustainable and environmentally responsible methods possible in all of their energy developments.

Currently, DP Energy has a 1,500-megawatt portfolio of wind and solar energy projects across Ireland, Australia, the UK and Canada. The company is also a driving force in ocean energy, with tidal energy projects ongoing in Canada, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is also working in the wave energy sector with a strong focus on opportunities in the west of Ireland.

Adam will lead DP Energy’s technical and engineering teams in the delivery of the company’s exciting and ambitious offshore renewable development brief in Ireland. The company has submitted foreshore site investigation licences for three off-shore wind projects around the Irish Coast and to develop these projects, DP Energy has partnered with global energy leader Iberdrola, one of the world’s largest renewable energy producers. Iberdrola has substantial experience in offshore wind development and, importantly, shares DP Energy’s commitment to a sustainable and ethical approach to development. Delivery of these three schemes, hoped to be operational between 2028 and 2030, will significantly contribute to Ireland’s Climate Action Plan target of 70% renewable electricity by 2030.

Adam has decades of experience in the design, consenting and development of marine and offshore projects. This includes offshore energy, subsea cabling, dredging and port and harbour developments supporting the offshore renewable sector. Prior to joining DP Energy, Adam was Director of the Marine Engineering practice at ByrneLooby. He has also held roles in the Department of Communications and Natural Resources and the Department of the Environment. He holds a B. Eng. in Civil and Coastal Engineering from the University of Sunderland and a MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.

Commenting on the appointment, Adam said: “I’m passionate about renewable energy and the sustainable utilisation of our marine resources and I’m delighted to join DP Energy during what is a very exciting and pivotal time for offshore wind projects in Ireland. The development of Irish offshore wind farms will significantly contribute to Ireland’s Climate Action Plan targets, leading the way in our fight against climate change.”

Twitter – @energy_dp

Irish advertising and marketing practitioners urged by Association of Advertisers in Ireland (AAI) to take part in first ever global industry census of diversity and inclusion

  • World Federation of Advertisers census questionnaire is live until 2 July
  • Irish survey results will feed into global initiative to investigate workforce composition across the industry
  • 22 countries taking part in bid to establish tangible baseline for the global industry which will help inform an action plan for improvement led by the WFA

The Association of Advertisers in Ireland (AAI), the national advocacy group for promoting the interests of advertisers, is delighted to announce that the first ever global census of the advertising and marketing industry is now open for completion by Irish advertising and marketing practitioners.

The research will assess where the global advertising and marketing industry is in relation to diversity, equity and inclusion by investigating workforce composition across the industry. It will also look at people’s perception of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including their sense of belonging and their perception of progress.

Members of the Irish advertising and marketing sector can now visit this site to give their insights and the census questionnaire will be live until July 2:

The WFA believe that the strains and pressures of the pandemic have made it harder for many organisations to prioritise their diversity and inclusion efforts, while research has found that many women, in particular, have considered leaving the profession. Working alongside Kantar, the goal is to generate the largest and most representative sample possible, with the aim of establishing a tangible baseline for the global industry which will help inform an action plan for improvement led by the WFA’s taskforce.

Ireland has been chosen as one of the 22 countries to participate in the census and the other countries are: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Greece, the Gulf Cooperation Council (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates), Hong Kong (SAR), China, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and USA.

The results will be compiled and analysed by Kantar and the key findings will be published by Campaign’s global network of editions later in the year and presented at leading industry events in October 2021. The results will also be used as the basis for an action plan devised and led by WFA’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force.

Barry Dooley, Chief Executive of the AAI, said: During lockdown, while some companies focused on survival, diversity and inclusion took a back seat but never before has D&I been so important. We owe it to employees to put greater emphasis on this as the breadth of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences is what enables success and drives growth. This global industry-first research is a huge step in advancing diversity and inclusion across the industry. In addition, the AAI and WFA look forward to conducting this survey every year so that this situation can be continually monitored for the benefit of the advertising and marketing industry as a whole.”

Stephan Loerke, WFA CEO, added: “This is a historic moment for our industry. For all the talk of ‘we are in this together’, the pandemic has shown this to be simply untrue. Inequalities have been exacerbated by recent hardships. Anecdotal evidence suggests the industry is going backwards on diversity and inclusion. It is imperative we get a first-ever industry baseline so that we can draw a line in the sand and move forward together in improving the state of diversity, equity and inclusion in our industry.”

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Business services, engineering, logistics and wholesale sectors generate most enquiries about Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme according to Bibby Financial Services Ireland

Bibby Financial Service Ireland providing individual facilities of up to €1m for eligible SME customers as part of Credit Guarantee Scheme

Bibby Financial Services Ireland, a leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to Irish SMEs, has said the business services sector has generated the most interest in the Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme since its launch.

As well as business services, other sectors that were most active in engaging with Bibby Financial Services Ireland about the scheme were engineering, logistics and wholesale services. The company is also reporting that a significant number of enquiries are from businesses located in the west of Ireland.

Bibby has participated in the Government’s Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme, brought in to support Irish businesses in the wake of the pandemic, since 31st March 2021, to provide individual facilities of up to €1 million for eligible customers. 

The Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme was announced by the Irish Government as part of a series of measures to support businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It offers a partial Government guarantee of 80% to SMEs and other businesses availing of products covered under the scheme.

Businesses can then use the funding both as a form of working capital to cover wages, stock and other overheads, and for further investment in terms of new equipment or machinery. While initially the Scheme was delivered via some of the major banks, participation has now been extended to include non-bank lenders and support a wider range of products, including invoice finance.

Invoice Finance enables SMEs to access cash flow tied up in their outstanding invoices, helping them to access income they have already earned but not yet received. This helps businesses avoid having to take on term debt.

Once a business issues an invoice to a customer, that business can receive up to 90% of the invoice’s value within 24 hours from Bibby Financial Services Ireland. The remaining balance will then be paid to the business minus an agreed fee when the customer has paid their bill.

This makes invoice finance an excellent funding solution for businesses that have customers on longer payment terms, or who often pay late. By releasing that cash quickly, businesses can manage the day-to-day activities and plan for growth with a sustainable cashflow that builds working capital. Unlike with a loan or overdraft, businesses can avoid high fixed repayments and increase their funding in line with business growth. Invoice Finance also offers the opportunity to potentially improve profit by paying suppliers early and taking advantage of substantial discounts.

Welcoming the announcement, Mark O’Rourke, Managing Director, Bibby Financial Services Ireland, said: “Ireland’s 250,000 SMEs are the backbone of our economy, and have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have seen a wide range of businesses applying for the Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme but it is especially interesting to see professional services and engineering among the sectors most interested. We’re delighted to be able to support these businesses through the Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme, helping them manage cashflow challenges, protect jobs and broaden the funding options available to them.

“Having the option to access invoice finance rather than a term loan will mean SMEs don’t necessarily have to take on additional debt, and our ability to quickly deliver funding when it is most needed means we stand ready to assist as many businesses as possible.”

Businesses can apply directly for the Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme by contacting Bibby Financial Services Ireland here:

The Covid-19 Credit Guarantee Scheme was extended in November 2020 and will now remain open for applications until 31st December 2021 or until fully utilised.

Bibby Financial Services Ireland is a leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to Irish SMEs. The company helps businesses to thrive and grow in domestic and international markets by providing tailored and flexible funding solutions for a range of scenarios including cashflow funding, new equipment purchase, growth and expansion, management buy-ins and buy-outs, refinancing, corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions.

Bibby Financial Services Ireland’s funding portfolio includes confidential invoice, trade and export finance, bad debt protection and specialist funding for a range of sectors. With a 95% client satisfaction rating, our clients have confidence that we support their business.

Bibby Financial Services Ireland is part of Bibby Financial Services Group, a leading global financial services partner operating in 40 locations across 10 countries. With 40 years’ experience, the business has a funding capability that exceeds £1 billion and an annual collective client turnover of £10.1 billion.

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