Three in four of those who menstruate are forced to limit their daily activity due to period pain and symptoms – National Health Watch Report by


New research from the National Health Watch Report by

unveils key insights into physical, mental and environmental health trends experienced by the Irish public


  • 91% plan to prioritise their physical health in the next six months
  • 78% intend to spend more time outdoors
  • 43% of those who menstruate have avoided playing sport due to periodrelated symptoms
  • 71% say they don’t smoke, vape or use an e-cigarette
  • 60% intend to use self-help apps and tools for mindfulness and meditation


Three in four people who menstruate in Ireland have had to limit their daily activity due to period pain and other menstruation symptoms, according to the 2023 National Health Watch Report conducted by, Ireland’s award-winning online GP service.


The report, which surveyed over 1,400 people across the country, reveals key insights into how health issues are affecting the nation and how they intend to deal with them across a variety of areas including physical health, mental health, environment and lifestyle and attitudes towards traditional and digital healthcare services.


Period Pain and Limitations: The report highlights that 85% of those who menstruate have experienced period pain, with 75% confirming they have had to limit their daily activity on various occasions due to a period-related illness. Almost half (48%) of those who experience a menstrual cycle say they have been forced to cancel plans and social events in the past due to these symptoms.


Participation in sports is also significantly impacted with over 40% (43%) saying they avoid playing sports and doing physical activity due to period pain. Workplace, school and university attendance has also suffered due to a period-related symptom or illness with one-third (33%) of those who menstruate confirming that they have missed at least one of the above due to their period.


Smoking and Vaping: Despite the increased presence of vaping in society today, more than seven in ten (71%) say they never smoke nicotine products including cigarettes, e-cigarettes or vapes. This result is surprisingly positive given the rise in concern regarding the usage of high nicotine-level disposable vapes, particularly in the younger generation. Of those who do use nicotine products, 42% consider vaping and e-cigarettes just as harmful to their health as smoking tobacco cigarettes.


Physical Health: Similar to 2022 results, the research revealed that the majority of people (91%) plan to prioritise their physical health over the next six months, with 88% of those surveyed already considering themselves healthy. The number of people opting to improve their physical health through the outdoors has grown significantly since last year with 78% of people choosing to spend more time exercising in nature in 2023 compared to just 30% in 2022.

Almost seven in ten (68%) plan to engage with a professional to boost their physical health and 40% are choosing to join a gym and work with a personal trainer. Almost 20% (18%) plan to engage with a nutritionist to create healthy eating habits and 10% would like to work with a medical professional to manage their weight and overall physical health.


Mental Health and Wellbeing: According to the survey, over three-quarters of respondents (77%) are intending to prioritise their mental health in the next six months. This is an encouraging result after last year’s National Health Watch Report revealed that 40% of respondents confirmed that their mental health had suffered due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Similar to last year, almost 40% will continue to talk to family and friends more to improve their mental health. Interestingly, 60% intend to use self-help tools or apps for mindfulness or meditation this year. This rise shows an increased trust and reliance people have developed on technology to help aid their mental health.


Traditional Vs Virtual GP Preference: Of those surveyed by, 66% say they still find it difficult to access traditional GP consultations, with nine out of ten stating this is due to lack of availability. 55% of respondents say the main reason for using an online GP service is that it is more cost effective than an in-person GP appointment and almost half (47%) say that using an online GP is quicker and more efficient.


61% say they are more comfortable having an online GP consultation rather than in-person consultation, particularly in relation to sexual health and wellbeing with 83% of people saying they would feel more comfortable seeking sexual health advice from an online GP service. Over three-quarters (77%) of people would choose an online consultation over an in-person appointment for weight management advice.


Commenting on these findings, Ian Kennedy, Chief Marketing Officer with said: “It’s clear from the results of the National Health Watch Report that there has been a continued shift towards spending more time outdoors and in nature to improve our physical health. While physical health is important, it is also imperative that we look after our mental health. With this in mind, I thought it was interesting to see such a significant percentage of people choosing to use self-help tools and apps to support mindfulness and for mental health purposes. It’s also encouraging to see that there is still such a positive attitude towards online GP services as this means telehealth providers like can continue to facilitate patients, particularly when our bricks-and-mortar medical services might need some support.”

Gaming career and educational opportunities on offer at GamerFest, Ireland’s biggest gaming and esports festival, at the RDS this May 27th and 28th

  • New ‘Industry Zone’ to feature range of career and education exhibitors including Pulse College and Black Shamrock Studio


  • Game development and career panels featuring 2K Games and Vela Games


  • Mr Gibbon, Shauna the Sheep, Ryan Mar, Antitinkerbell, The Gara Show, Dylan Garbutt and Aaron the Loco among leading content creators to attend


Interested in a career in the gaming industry? Or keen to find out the best educational avenue to secure a role in the sector?


GamerFest, Ireland’s biggest gaming and esports festival, is taking place at the RDS this May 27th and 28th and will feature a new Industry Zone which will provide visitors with the opportunity to truly explore the incredible educational and career opportunities within the domestic and international gaming sectors.


Now one of the fastest growing sectors in the world, the gaming industry is expected to be worth US $321bn by 2026, according to PwC’s Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2022-26. As Ireland has continued to grow its gaming industry during the past decade, the country is now in pole position to leverage the gaming industry for continued economic growth and job creation.

A host of companies have announced significant expansion plans for Ireland in recent years. This includes co-development games studio and GamerFest exhibitor Black Shamrock, who are currently adding 80 jobs in Dublin to bring its total headcount to 200 by the end of 2023.


Over 5,000+ gamers will gather in person at the event, alongside partners including, 2K Games, Vela Games, Fierce Fun Games, LERO Esports Lab and Trust Gaming. In addition to Black Shamrock Studio, Pulse College will also be on hand to offer a host of educational advice as well as top tips to those looking to pursue a career in the gaming industry.


Operating for over three decades, Pulse College has received international recognition for both its vocational and practice-driven academic courses in Audio, Music, Film, Gaming and Animation.


Other brands confirmed for GamerFest include eir, Club Loaded Energy, Currys, GG Machines, Mooju and Official Car Partner Cupra.


GamerFest CEO Stuart Dempsey says:

Over the last number of years, we have seen the Irish gaming industry go from strength to strength with the creation of new jobs and the establishment of a number of game development studios. We have created the Industry Zone ahead of this year’s event to provide advice and guidance for those looking to study or pursue a career in the gaming industry. From video game design and production to professional gaming, we want gamers to see first-hand the number of career paths available to them in the industry.”

The epic GamerFest weekend promises to be a celebration of all things gaming and will feature the latest gaming releases, VR gaming, esports, gaming challenges and a host of special guests including top Twitch and YouTube creators and a variety of exciting live stage content. Among those confirmed to attend are Mr Gibbon, Shauna the Sheep, Ryan Mar, Antitinkerbell, The Gara Show, Dylan Garbutt and Aaron the Loco with more exciting special guest announcements coming soon. Visitors will also have the chance to play a huge range of gaming titles, including the newly released Lego 2K Drive, a Lego-based racing game.


This year, GamerFest has also teamed up with Nativz Collegiate to launch their first ever Collegiate Challenge which will see Ireland’s top colleges face off on the GamerFest Esports Stage. Teams from University College Dublin and Technological University Dublin will go head to head on stage in both Valorant and Rocket League matches.


GamerFest has also confirmed a ground-breaking partnership with Williams Esports. Five state of the art Williams Esports sim racing rigs will be available at GamerFest so fans can put their racing skills to the test. In addition to a Fastest Lap Challenge taking place across the weekend, Williams Esports Irish driver Daire McCormack will also be in attendance, meeting the crowd and chatting about his sim racing career to date.


Since its establishment in 2017, GamerFest has established itself as a diverse, community-led gaming event for everyone with a passion for gaming, whether that be casual gaming with friends or those who engage in competitive esports tournaments, game development and design or content creation.


GamerFest takes place at The RDS, Dublin this May 27th and 28th

with tickets on sale now at


Find us on Instagram (gamerfest_ie) or follow us on Twitter or Facebook on @GamerFestIE

Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland releases latest Complaints Bulletin

  • 12 advertisements across social media, online, radio, television and print were found to be in breach of the ASAI Code on grounds related to a range of issues including Misleading, Substantiation, Decency & Propriety, Alcohol and Environmental Claims



The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland’s (ASAI) independent Complaints Committee has released its latest Complaints Bulletin, which contains 18 case reports on complaints recently investigated by the organisation.


10 of the 18 cases were upheld in full and 2 of the 18 cases were upheld in part. Advertisements across social media, online, radio, television and print were found to be in breach of the ASAI Code on grounds related to Misleading, Substantiation, Decency & Propriety, Alcohol and Environmental Claims. Two intra industry / interested party complaints were upheld in part. The ASAI Complaints Committee chose not to uphold complaints made against 3 advertisements and issued a statement to 1 advertisement.


The Complaints Committee is a completely independent arm of the ASAI and is responsible for considering and adjudicating on complaints submitted by the public, by an organisation, by a Government Department, or any other person or body. The Committee is made up of a range of experts from the advertising, media, education, consumer, and marketing sectors. See further details here –


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


“The latest complaints bulletin from the ASAI shows the scope of the ASAI and the significant part we play in ensuring that advertisements are legal, truthful, decent and honest for all Irish consumers. The ASAI fully investigates all complaints thoroughly to ensure that marketing communications in Ireland are adhering to the guidelines and not in breach of the ASAI code.

“The ASAI also provides a free and confidential copy advice service to the advertising industry to help them create responsible ads that adhere to the advertising code. If an advertiser, agency, or medium has any concerns about a marketing communications’ compliance with the ASAI’s Code, they can contact us and avail of the free and confidential copy advice service.”


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


Advertiser Medium Complaint Category Description Complaint Status Section Breached Link
K18 Hair Social Media (Instagram)  

Misleading / Substantiation



The advertisement promoted K18 hair mask. The advertisement posted by an influencer to Instagram depicted two images of her hair from behind with captions ‘before’ and ‘after’.


Issue 1:

The complainants considered the post misleading as the influencer did not disclose the use of hair extensions in the post.


Issue 2:

The complainants considered the ‘after’ picture misleading as hair styling and a brightening filter were used to enhance the appearance of the hair.


Issue 3:

Two complainants considered the post misleading as they said there was no indication of the post being advertising material.



Issue 1:


Issue 2:


Issue 3:

Not Upheld

4.1 and 4.4
The Brass Fox Leaflet Misleading / Substantiation  

The leaflet advertisement for The Brass Fox restaurant in Wicklow featured regular menu items and promotional items.


The complainant considered the leaflet misleading as the promoted daily deals were not available to purchase in the restaurant and only through the app via the restaurant’s partnership with FlipDish.



3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 4.5, 4.9, 4.10, 5.5, 5.15 and 5.26

Herbal Wise Limited


Company Website


Decency & Propriety


The online advertisement referred to ‘Slut Mix’ designed to help regulate the female hormonal system of mares.


The complainant drew attention to the fact that a supplier of the product in the UK had been told by the Advertising Standards Authority UK to not refer to ‘Slut Mix’ in their advertising.





3.17, 3.8 and 3.20

Winners Enclosure


Online (Social Media)


Decency & Propriety


A social media post featured a man presenting a boy with a cheque.


The complainant objected to the use of a child in a marketing communication for a gambling company. The complainant said that the competition referenced in the social media post was an underage competition therefore meaning the boy pictured was underage.


Upheld 10.1b and 10.17(e)
White Claw  

Online (Social Media)


Misleading / Substantiation / Alcohol


A post on the advertisers’ UK Facebook page promoted a competition to win tickets to a festival with followers having to comment on the post to enter.


Issue 1:

The complainant entered the competition on Facebook and after checking the page the day after the competition closed, noted that they were the only person to comment and therefore considered they had won. Upon contacting the page, they were told the competition also ran on Instagram and a winner was picked from there. The complainant considered the post on Facebook misleading as it had not stated that the competition was running on several platforms.


Issue 2:

The ASAI Executive noted that the post had not included any indication that the competition was restricted to over 18’s or that the prize would only be awarded to over 18’s.


Issue 1:


Issue 2:


5.5, 5.17, 9.9(a) and 9.9(b)

Celtic Field Sports



Online (Advertisers’ Own Website)


Misleading / Substantiation


The advertisers’ website promoted various hunts including Ibex goat hunting.


The complainant considered the reference to Ibex goats misleading as Ireland does not have this type of goat.


Upheld 3.10, 4.1, 4.4, 4.9 and 4.10

Horseware Products LTD



Online (Company Own Website)


Misleading / Substantiation


The website promoted various products within three product ranges with a range of statements claiming the products enhanced horse wellbeing.


The complainant stated that the health claims made regarding certain products were not proven clinically.





4.1, 4.4, 4.9 and 4.10



Online (Advertisers’ own website)


Misleading / Substantiation


The homepage of the website listed a 1000Mpbs product from €29.95 p/m.


The complainant considered the advertisement misleading as it had not stated the advertised price was only for 4 months and would increase to €59.95 after that period.


Upheld 4.1, 4.4, 5.5, 5.16
Euro Car Parks Ireland Ltd  

Online (Advertisers’ Own Website)


Misleading / Substantiation / Pricing


The advertisers’ website on the Point Square parking page advertised the evening parking rate at €14.00 from 6:00pm – midnight.


The complainant considered the advertised evening parking rate of €14.00 misleading. When booking online, the price on the third-party booking website was €16.00 with an additional €2.00 surcharge totalling €18.00.


Upheld 4.1, 4.4 and 4.23




Online (Third-Party)



Misleading / Substantiation / Environmental Claims


The advertisement stated “Energia’s Cheapest Electricity / 100% Renewable Electricity.”


Issue 1:

The complainant considered the advertisement misleading as they considered the consumer would reasonably assume that the claim ‘100% green energy” suggested no fossil fuels were used in generating the electricity. They said that assuming the advertisers adhered to the relevant regulations, the electricity provided was generated using fossil fuels which were then offset (or greenwashed) using Guarantees of Origin.


Issue 2:

The complainant considered that the advertisement was misleading as it omitted the fact electricity was generated with fossil fuels which were offset with Guarantees of Origin.


Issue 3:

The complainant objected to the claim “100% Green” on the grounds that it was an absolute claim which could not be substantiated that it would cause no environmental damage.


Issue 4:

The complainant considered the claim “Get 100% Green Energy to Your Home” misleading on the grounds that if the supplier was selling ‘dirty’ electricity to the consumer and offsetting it with Guarantees of Origin purchased elsewhere it was not possible to constitute green energy to a home.


Issues 1, 2 and 3:

Statement Issued

Issue 4;



4.1, 4.4, 4.9, 4.10. 15.2 and 15.5

SSE Airtricity



Online (Advertisers’ Own Website)



Misleading / Substantiation / Environmental Claims


The complainants considered the advertisement’s claim to provide 100% green energy to their customers’ homes and businesses from a single energy market that was made up of both renewable and non-renewable sources as misleading as it was not possible to state their customers received 100% green energy


Upheld 4.1, 4.4, 4.9, 4.10, 15.2 and 15.5



Radio and Online (Third Party Website)


Misleading / Substantiation / Environmental Claims


The complainants objected to the claims in the advertisement that Flogas provided “100% green electricity” to consumers as they understood that the electricity was sourced from the national grid made up of both renewable and non-renewable fuel sources. Therefore, making it not possible for the company to provide only renewable energy.

Upheld 4.1, 4.4, 4.9, 4.10, 15.2 and 15.5


The following advertisements were investigated and the ASAI Complaints Committee found that they did not breach the Code on the grounds raised in the complaints.


Advertiser Medium Complaint Category Description Complaint Status Section Breached Link







Bauer Media







Radio and Online (Company Own Website)
















The competition was promoted throughout the day by presenters of each radio station within the advertisers’ network for ‘The Cash Machine.’


Issue 1:

The complainants considered that it was misleading for the competition to have different names depending on the station it was on. They considered that listeners of only one radio station may not realise the competition is across multiple radio stations.


Issue 2:

The complainants considered the use of the term ‘Giveaway’ by some presenters when referring to recent winners as misleading as there was a charge to enter.








Issue 1:

Not Upheld

Issue 2:

Not Upheld


























Crown Paints Ireland Ltd


















Decency & Propriety


The television advert depicted a group of people singing a song about a couple called Hannah and Dave. The audience was told Hannah never wanted children but as the story progresses she changes her mind.


Issue 1:

Complaints considered the lines “fine for at least a time” and “one day out of the blue, she stopped thinking ‘no’ – then she threw herself at Dave and said ‘come on let’s go’” implied that Hannah was forced to change her mind about her stance on having children.


Issue 2:

Complainants considered the line “Hannah is hoping for a girl, Dave’s just hoping it’s his” as offensive and misogynistic.








Issue 1:

Not Upheld

Issue 2:

Not Upheld










































The television advertisement depicted a video montage of people using the Quooker tap at various settings while the voiceover said “With a Quooker tap you always have 100 degrees boiling, hot, cold, filtered, chilled and sparkling water all from one tap.” The final clip showed a young boy using the tap on his own filling multiple bottles with water.


The complainants stated that the advertisement depicted a dangerous scenario in which a child could be scalded by using a tap which can dispense boiling water.









Not Upheld














The ASAI chose to uphold in part two complaints made by an Intra-industry or Interested Party in the following cases:


Advertiser Medium Complaint Category Description Complaint Status Section Breached Link



Television & Online (Advertisers’ Own Website)


Misleading / Substantiation


Three advertisements featured a couple discussing the savings they made by shopping in Aldi with a price comparison to Dunnes and SuperValu. Similar advertisements featured on the Aldi Website.


Issue 1:

The complainant considered the campaign misleading as no evidence had been shown that any of the families in question actually swapped from Dunnes or Supervalu to Aldi.

Issue 2:

The complainant objected to the time periods used in the campaign. They noted that the shopping completed by the featured couple took place between the 3rd and 30th May 2021 and that prices were then compared with Dunnes / Supervalu on the 17th June 2021. They considered this misleading and not an accurate comparison.

Issue 3:

The complainant objected to the inclusion of other families on the advertisers’ website without substantiation or reference to savings made or products purchased.


Issue 1:

Not Upheld

Issue 2:


Issue 3:


4.1, 4.4, 4.9 and 4.10





Television & Online (Advertisers’ Own Website)


Misleading / Substantiation


Three advertisements featured a couple discussing the savings they made by shopping in Aldi with a price comparison to Dunnes and SuperValu. Similar advertisements featured on the Aldi Website.


Issue 1:

The complainant considered that the premise of the campaign was misleading as the advertisement suggested families swapped from their existing retailer to Aldi which was not the case.


Issue 2:

The complainant considered the advertisement misleading as the product and price comparison linked from the television ads and webpage only included information for one of the six families featured and no information on the savings made by the other families.


Issue 3:

The complainant objected to the time periods used in the campaign given that grocery markets are subject to pricing movements and the comparison was not on the same day.


Issue 4:

The complainant objected to some of the price comparisons chosen by Aldi and considered there were a number of instances where the retailers own brand product could have been chosen instead of the more expensive branded product.


Issue 5:

The complainant objected to the advertisement on the grounds that they considered the savings referenced were overstated due to the fact some comparisons were incorrect and a directly substitutable and cheaper alternative could’ve been chosen.



Issue 1, Issue 4 and Issue 5:

Not Upheld

Issue 2 and Issue 3:



4.1, 4.4,  4.9 and 4.10


The ASAI chose to issue a statement in the following case:


Advertiser Medium Complaint Category Description Complaint Status Section Breached Link



Online (Company Own Website)


Misleading / Substantiation / Environmental Claims


The complainant considered that the claim to provide 100% green electricity to consumers was misleading as they were aware the company operated a gas-powered plant which provided energy to the grid and that it was from the grid customers were provided with their electricity. In this circumstance, they considered that the electricity provided to customers was made up of both renewable and non-renewable energy.



Statement Issued





The ASAI conducts ongoing monitoring of advertising across all media and since 2007, has examined over 27,000 advertisements, with an overall compliance rate of 98 percent. The ASAI Monitoring Service monitors compliance with the Complaints Committee’s adjudications.


Media are reminded that advertisements found to be in breach of the Code cannot be accepted for publication.


Follow The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland on LinkedIn and Twitter @THE_ASAI

DP Energy, one of Ireland’s leading renewable energy developers, appoints Cormac Gebruers as Group External Affairs Manager

DP Energy, one of Ireland’s leading developers of renewable energy projects, has appointed Cormac Gebruers as Group External Affairs Manager. Headquartered in Buttevant, North Cork and operating across the world, DP Energy is committed to using the most sustainable and environmentally responsible methods possible in all their energy developments.


In his new role, Cormac will support Group business development and provide strategic and operational oversight of partnerships and stakeholder engagement across DP Energy’s extensive portfolio of projects. As a former professional mariner with significant supply chain experience, Cormac will also advise DP Energy on maritime operations and supply chain aspects of offshore wind projects.


Cormac has held leadership roles at the National Maritime College of Ireland, most recently as Head of College and previously as Head of Research. He has worked internationally in senior management roles including in business development with Transas (now Wartsila), a global market leader in maritime navigation solutions. Cormac has served on numerous Irish and European advisory groups, committees and boards.


He holds a BSc in Computer Science from University College Cork and a Diploma in Nautical Science from the National Maritime College of Ireland (Munster Technological University). He is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and a member of the Royal Institute of Navigation.


DP Energy has over 30 years’ experience in the development, construction, and operation of renewable energy assets globally and to date, the company has developed over 1GW (1000 MW) of energy projects, the majority of which are already built and operational. Currently, DP Energy has an immediate pipeline of over 7GW of both on- and off- shore wind and solar energy projects across Ireland, the UK, Australia and Canada.


Commenting on the appointment, Adam Cronin, Head of Offshore at DP Energy, said: “Myself and the team are delighted to welcome Cormac to DP Energy as Group External Affairs Manager. Cormac brings extensive leadership experience to the role along with significant knowledge of stakeholder engagement in both the public and private sectors. His expertise will be a welcome addition to the DP Energy Group on our mission to achieve a 100% renewable energy powered world. We are looking forward to working with Cormac in his new role.”


Twitter: @energydp

LinkedIn: DP Energy Group

Instagram: @dpenergygroup

Enet donates humanitarian aid vehicle to London-based charity ‘The Scrubbery’ to transport essential medical supplies to Eastern Ukraine

Enet, Ireland’s largest open access telecoms network provider, has donated a humanitarian aid vehicle to London based charity ‘The Scrubbery’ to transport vital medical supplies to Eastern Ukraine.


The vehicle (a specialised 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter) began its journey in Dublin on 20th April and has now travelled across Europe and into Ukraine. Stocked with compressors, scrubs, face masks and surgical equipment, the aid van will provide Ukrainian medical staff with the much-needed PPE equipment as well as wheelchairs and crutches for the injured.


Once the medical supplies have been delivered to its recipients, the vehicle will then be used as an ambulance for medical evacuations, providing a safe transport vehicle for injured people in need of medical assistance.


‘The Scrubbery’ co-ordinates local volunteers in Putney, London, to fulfil requests for scrubs from NHS hospitals and healthcare providers across London and wherever there is a need. So far, they have delivered over 48,000 items including scrubs, face masks and scrub caps as well as 1,500 well-being bags.


The opportunity for Enet to become involved arose through the introductions of Jerr Kealy of Kealy Motors in Sandyford and Mr Tony Fitzpatrick, Director of Industrial Relations at Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.


Peter McCarthy, CEO of Enet, said: “At Enet, we are grateful to be in a position to donate this specialised aid vehicle and work alongside ‘The Scrubbery’ in London, who carry out such important and significant work providing critical medical supplies in both the United Kingdom and now in Ukraine. It’s a privilege to be a part of this campaign and play a small part in providing support to those who need it most. Sincere thanks to Jerr Kealy of Kealy Motors and Tony Fitzpatrick for giving us the opportunity to support such a significant initiative.”


Enet operates the largest alternative wholesale telecoms network in Ireland, which comprises of over 5,400 Km of fibre infrastructure, including the Irish State’s Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), proprietary metro networks, a unique dark fibre backhaul infrastructure, as well as one of the largest licensed wireless networks in the country. Taken together, Enet’s infrastructure creates a fully integrated, nationwide network that is truly open access in nature, enabling retail service providers to deliver world class bandwidth services to their customers throughout Ireland.


LinkedIn: Enet (Open Access Networks)

Magnet+ Joins Forces with Ireland’s Premier Business Event, the All-Ireland Business Summit

Magnet+, Ireland’s largest independent connectivity network, is unveiled as the Connectivity Partner for the highly anticipated All-Ireland Business Summit on May 10th at Croke Park.


Every year the summit brings together hundreds of CEOs, business owners, and leaders to expand their networks and explore new business opportunities. This partnership between Magnet+ and the All-Ireland Business Foundation demonstrates a shared passion for empowering businesses. The summit has always celebrated Irish business successes and this year attendees can expect an extra source of inspiration and insights.


May 10th promises to be a celebration of excellence, vision, and growth, featuring an impressive line-up of inspiring speakers including Ivan Yates, Keith Barry, Aimee Connolly, Brent Pope, Gerry Hussey, John Delves (Managing Director of Magnet+) and many others, who will share their valuable insights and perspectives on business and life.


The All-Ireland Business Summit is a fantastic opportunity for attendees to network, stimulate their business growth, and learn from other successful business owners and leaders. Tickets to the event start at just €149 and are available now on


Join Magnet+ and the most dynamic business leaders in Ireland on May 10th at Croke Park for an event that offers a winning combination of insight, inspiration, and unmatched networking opportunities.


The Kinahans, a new true crime podcast from The Irish Sun, tells the story of Ireland’s most notorious crime family

  • The Irish Sun’s Damien Lane hosts the podcast detailing the 40-year history of the Kinahan family


  • Series features interviews with former Assistant Garda Commissioners Michael O’Sullivan and John O’Driscoll as well as families of the cartel’s victims


  • Hear key insights from Stephen Breen, Crime Editor of The Irish Sun, into the 2016 Regency Hotel attack


The Irish Sun, Ireland’s bestselling daily tabloid newspaper, is launching a new Irish true crime podcast called ‘The Kinahans’ which tells the 40-year story of Ireland’s most feared crime family.


Hosted by The Irish Sun’s Damien Lane (pictured above), a veteran journalist who has covered Irish life and crime for over two decades, the nine part series, which premieres on Wednesday, April 26, traces Christy Kinahan’s rise from low-key fraudster to leader of one of Europe’s biggest organised crime gangs. Top Gardai give exclusive insights into the inner workings of the cartel, with former assistant commissioners Michael O’Sullivan and John O’Driscoll revealing their dealings with the gang. The podcast also speaks to the victims of the Kinahans’ rise, community activists, politicians and those with keen insights into the subjects of this story.


Stephen Breen, Crime Editor of The Irish Sun, outlines the strange series of events that led to The Regency attack in February 2016, which resulted in the brutal murder of Kinahan Cartel lieutenant David Byrne and Ireland’s bloodiest ever gangland feud that same year.


The podcast also features a range of emotional interviews with victims of those whose lives have been taken as a result of the Kinahan Cartel, including Noleen Barr, sister of Michael Barr who tragically lost his life in 2016’s north-inner city feud.


Following on from the success of The Irish Sun’s hit 2021 podcast ‘The Making Of A Detective,’ the podcast aims to predict what might come next for The Kinahan Cartel, as they continue to evade The FBI, An Garda Síochána, Interpol and a number of other police services globally.


The series culminates in “The Irish Gangland Trial of the Century” as The Irish Sun’s Senior News Reporter Michael Doyle recounts the many twists and turns of the recent murder trial of Irish godfather Gerry Hutch.


The Kinahans premieres on Wednesday, April 26 with one episode released weekly and is available on all popular podcast platforms.


Kieran McDaid, Editor of The Irish Sun, says: “We are delighted to present another thrilling true crime podcast after the success of ‘The Making Of A Detective’ in 2021. Everyone knows of the Kinahan cartel, but this podcast reveals and dissects their ascent to the top of Irish gangland. Exhaustive investigative journalism brings new perspectives from contemporaries, the police force trying to catch them and the families of victims of their cruel reign. Hosted by our very own Damien Lane, a veteran journalist with decades of experience, with input from award-winning Crime Editor Stephen Breen and reporter Michael Doyle, who was inside the courtroom for the entire Regency trial, we are sure this podcast will enthral listeners and bring them fresh revelations.”


You can listen to The Kinahans podcast here on Spotify or Apple

The Irish Sun is Ireland’s bestselling daily tabloid newspaper, with the latest local and global news, fashion, entertainment and sport.


Check out or follow us on @IrishSunOnline


Stays in Mayo, Leitrim, Dublin, Kerry, Tipperary and Wexford feature in Top Ten Great Places to Stay in Ireland this Summer list compiled by The Sunday Times

  • Assembled by travel experts Patrick Hanlon, Jen Stevens, Roisin Healy and Jo Linehan, The Sunday Times list of 100 Great Places to Stay in Ireland this Summer includes an ultimate Top Ten list of Ireland’s premier holiday destinations


  • Ashford Castle in Mayo, Drumhierney Woodland in Leitrim and Carton House in Kildare all feature in the prestigious top ten list


  • Other categories include Best for Family, Best on a Budget and Best for Foodies


The Sunday Times, Ireland’s leading quality Sunday news brand, has unveiled its definitive Top Ten Great Places to Stay in Ireland this Summer as part of its Top 100 list – the ultimate guide to Irish staycations this summer.


Three of the Top Ten locations for 2023 include Ashford Castle in Mayo, Drumhierney Woodland in Leitrim and Carton House in Kildare.


100 Great Places to Stay in Ireland this Summer is a comprehensive guide to finding the perfect accommodation for this year’s staycation. Whether you’re looking for a family friendly location or a getaway on a budget, this list has something for everyone.


Compiled by travel experts Patrick Hanlon, Jen Stevens, Roisin Healy and Jo Linehan, the list features a host of exciting categories including:


  • Best for Foodies
  • Best for Family
  • Best for Luxury
  • Best for Spa
  • Best Boutique
  • Best Sustainable Stay
  • Best for Groups
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Best on a Budget
  • Best Campsites


Jennifer Stevens, Editor of 100 Great Places to Stay in Ireland this Summer says: “There is something very special about a break in Ireland and operators at all ends of the tourism scale here have spent the last few years elevating their offering. Whether that’s to be more sustainable, to transform their menu or to bring world-class products to their spa, hotels, guesthouses and resorts in Ireland compete on an international level. We were excited to compile a list of 100 Great Places to Stay in Ireland for 2023, each and every one is very special.”


The complete list of the 100 Great Places to Stay in Ireland this Summer can be found

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The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland unveils a new strategic focus to proactively ensure strong regulation in all marketing communications

The ASAI’s new strategic focus developed last year aims to strengthen the ASAI’s role as a self and co-regulatory body working with government and industry stakeholders

to reinforce compliance in advertising and provide solutions to challenges presented by the evolving media landscape in Ireland


The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland (ASAI), the independent self-regulatory body committed in the public interest to promoting the highest standards of marketing communications, has today unveiled a new strategic focus as part of their Annual Report 2022.


As identified as part of the ASAI’s renewed corporate direction, trust is the cornerstone of advertising, and fostering this trust between consumers and advertisers will remain a key pillar and undertaking for the ASAI in 2023. As the sole moderator of all advertising complaints in the industry for over 40 years, the ASAI will continue to enforce compliance in this area as a significant focus point of the new organisational direction.


To enhance this new strategic focus, the ASAI has also committed to provide additional resources to increase proactive monitoring and regulating. By committing to increased regulation and the formation of new strategic alliances, the ASAI will continue to foster trust in communications and ensure all content is legal, decent, honest and true. The ASAI is strongly positioned to be at the forefront of both self-regulatory and co-regulatory solutions and has the critical knowledge base to ensure the best solutions are achieved to address the challenges posed by the significant changes to the overall regulatory framework.


The ASAI intends to increase independence on the organisation’s board and make greater use of expert advice through forums and panels while also reaching out for wider industry engagement. Accordingly, ASAI has increased efforts and resources internally for 2023-2024 to ensure this happens.


ASAI has periodically undertaken various compliance monitoring projects, both offline and online. Such is the breadth of digital advertising, that monitoring by fully manual interventions alone can sometimes prevent monitoring at scale. With the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning, ASAI has being giving consideration to the potential use of such tools as a medium to long term part-solution to managing scale. Embarking on a potentially new permanent solution would be a significant investment for ASAI. With this in mind, the ASAI has worked in close partnership with EASA and other member SROs to consider the possibilities, as well as the potential for outsourcing to a dedicated software partner and what benefits it may have to offer on a long-term basis. Further exploratory work in this area will continue in 2023 to align with the renewed corporate direction of the organisation.


ASAI worked alongside the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) during the development of The Online Safety and Media Regulation Act (OMSRA) which was enacted in December 2022 and to explore co-sharing the new onerous advertising related obligations arising for Ireland following the transposition of the AudioVisual Media Services Directive by virtue of the OMSRA. Joining forces with the European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA), of which the ASAI is a co-founder, ASAI successfully partnered with them on providing the BAI with a solution to a critical citizens’ complaints mechanism for advertising content on video sharing platforms.  This places the ASAI at the centre of an evolving area to protect citizens rights at a pan-European level. The work resulted in a Statement of Intent between the BAI and EASA, with an intent to continue exploring and building on the work to date.


In addition to its work on the new organisational strategy, the ASAI also continued to provide an important complaint handling function to address consumer concerns about advertising and marketing communications.  In 2022, ASAI received 1,187 complaints about 897 advertisements.  The top three complained about sectors were: Health & Beauty, 193; Leisure, 170 and Motoring, 116.  As in previous years, the majority of complaints were made on the grounds that the advertising was misleading (72%) and digital media was the most mentioned media (52%).


The majority of complaints received either did not involve a breach of the Code or the advertising was amended or withdrawn by the advertisers.  A key element of the ASAI process is the Independent Complaints Committee who decide on cases submitted to them for formal adjudication. In 2022, 74 advertisements were submitted to the Complaints Committee with 59 advertisements found in breach of the Code.  Further details of the complaints resolved by the ASAI in 2022 are available in the Annual Report for 2022.


Commenting on the key highlights from 2022, CEO of the ASAI, Orla Twomey said:


The ASAI is committed to promoting the highest standards of marketing communications in Ireland and our 2022 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.


2022 saw the ASAI continue to deeply engage in and enhance our service offerings. The development of the new strategic focus and its ongoing implementation has been a significant achievement for the ASAI over the last 12 months and is an area of immense importance as we continue to navigate the ever-changing and evolving media landscape. 


Influencer marketing, which continues to grow exponentially, remains an area of significant concern for ASAI in terms of recognisability. While ASAI has had specific guidelines in place for influencer marketing, we look forward to co-creating new guidelines in partnership with the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission to revise standards and enhance content safeguards for consumers.


In 2022 we saw consumer awareness of the ASAI as an independent organisation that is responsible for overseeing advertising standards in Ireland increase from 43% (2020) to 55% (2022). This a welcome increase and something that we will strive to grow as part of our new strategic direction.”


Another significant highlight from 2022 was the appointment of Miriam Hughes as Chair of the ASAI last September. With over 30 years working in the Marketing and Communications business, Miriam’s extensive experience will be of immense benefit to the ASAI as the organisation continues to successfully navigate the complexities of the advertising eco-system and extending its reach with diverse stakeholders.


Commenting on the new strategic focus for the organisation, Miriam Hughes, Chair of the ASAI, said:


“It’s been an honour to join the board of the ASAI, particularly at such pivotal time for the organisation developing and implementing our new strategy. With more recent changes to the overall regulatory landscape, the ASAI is strongly placed to provide both independent self-regulatory and co-regulatory solutions to the challenges posed. This is a critical time for the organisation and the wider advertising industry, but we are well prepared having embarked on a new and ambitious corporate strategy to ensure we are highly effective in all areas.


Given the increasing complexities of the advertising, marketing and legislative eco-system, our new strategy has identified the importance of continuing and significantly increasing a focus on enhancing strong relationships with key stakeholders. The ASAI will work even more proactively to maintain its critical role as the regulator for advertising in Ireland, as we seek to develop a closer regulatory relationships and alliances with Government.


We intend to ensure Ireland has a world-class capability in protecting the integrity of all marketing communications across all platforms and ensuring all such content is decent, honest and true. Building on its productive work with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, the ASAI Executive are proactively engaging with the newly formed media commission, An Coimisiún na Meán, the statutory body with responsibility for online safety and media regulation.  Allied to the organisational strategy, they will capitalise on the opportunity to provide and extend ASAI services to key stakeholders involved, including at Government Department and State Agency level as well as social media platforms headquartered in Ireland.


Our recent sentiment survey demonstrated that trust in advertising has remained low for consumers in Ireland, which is similar to the situation globally. This is a concern for our board, for consumers and Government alike, as well as for the advertising industry. We have committed to renewed strategic focus, in fostering trust in advertising by deploying additional resources to proactively monitoring, regulating and enforcing high standards across all communications sectors.”


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’. Media are required to abide by the Code and not to publish an advertisement or conduct a promotion which contravenes Code rules. 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.


Check out for more details and to also access a copy of the 2022 ASAI Annual Report.


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


Lisney unveils brand refresh for commercial division – now known as Lisney Commercial Real Estate

  • Move follows the rebranding of residential business to Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty last year


  • New positioning is part of growth strategy framework for the overall business


Lisney, Ireland’s largest privately owned multi-disciplinary property advisory firm, has unveiled a new name and refreshed brand identity for the commercial division of the business. Now known as Lisney Commercial Real Estate, the division will continue to operate at the forefront of the Irish property market solving the strategic property asset needs of clients in a proactive and insightful way.


This announcement follows the rebranding of the organisation’s residential division to Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty last year. By aligning with one of the world’s most iconic and well-known brands, Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty is now Ireland’s only 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.


Lisney, which remains wholly Irish-owned, has been 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.


The rebrands of both the residential and commercial divisions of Lisney are part of a growth strategy framework for the overall business. This 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, Managing Director of Lisney, says: Lisney is an iconic Irish brand which has built up a reputation synonymous with professionalism, trust and integrity in the Irish property industry. As a full service multi-disciplinary property advisory business, we understand that our strength is in the power of our collective expertise across the full spectrum of the Irish property market which allows us to provide a 360-degree perspective to our clients.


We are single-mindedly dedicated to achieving value for our clients and we wanted to create an evolved, dynamic and contemporary visual brand identity for Lisney Commercial Real Estate, which demonstrates our vision for the commercial side of the business and our expertise in the market.”


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