The Irish Sun teams up with Irish children’s charity Barnardos for annual Family Fun Day and Big Toddle Art Competition

  • First ever Barnardos Big Toddle Family Fun Day will take place on July 7th in Airfield Estate, Dublin

 

  • Colouring competition is now open to children under ten with sponsor Sunway Holidays giving one lucky family the chance to win a trip to Lapland

 

The Irish Sun and Barnardos have teamed up to host the first ever Big Toddle Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 7th in Airfield Estate, Dublin. The Irish Sun has also partnered with the charity once again for the Big Toddle Art Competition, with the competition sponsor, Sunway Holidays, offering one lucky family the chance to win once in a lifetime holiday to Lapland.

 

Taking place in Airfield Estate in Dundrum, Dublin between 1pm – 4pm, the Big Toddle Family Fun Day is celebrating 21 years of the Big Toddle bringing families together to raise much needed funds for Barnardos.

There will be an afternoon of fun and games, arts and crafts and children’s entertainment, including a magic show and a special appearance from Barnardos’ mascot Buddy.

 

The theme of the day is ‘Big Toddle Little Heroes’, with those attending encouraged to dress up as their favourite superheroes.

 

Tickets are available here with all the money raised going to help the charity’s Early Years Services which provide support for children to learn, develop, and increase their readiness for school.

 

In addition to the Family Fun Day, The Sun has also launched the Big Toddle Art Competition sponsored by Sunway Holidays. The competition is open now until 7th July to children under 10 years of age.

The grand prize for the art competition will see a family of four (two adults and two children 12 and under) win an Enchanted Escape Sunway Package to Lapland where they can visit Santa and indulge in magical Christmas fun.

 

Editor of The Irish Sun, Fiona Wynne, says: “We are delighted to be partnering with Barnardos once again on our most popular and colourful campaign of the year. We are also looking forward to hosting the Family Fun Day event in Airfield Estate on July 7th and to be able to offer the winning artist and their family such a super prize with huge thanks to Sunway.”

 

Director of Fundraising with Barnardos, Mary Gamble, says: “Over the last 21 years, our Big Toddle campaign has raised just under €4.7million, funds that support Barnardos’ Early Years services. These services are a safe and welcoming place for young children between 2-5 years, and it’s where we help the children to develop and learn and to get ready for moving into ‘big school’. Big Toddle is our largest annual fundraising campaign and definitely our most adorable. Never mind Christmas, Toddle time is our most wonderful time of year!”

 

CEO of Sunway Holidays, Mary Denton, says: “Sunway are delighted to support the wonderful work that Barnardos do with their sponsorship of The Irish Sun colouring competition again. Barnardos works tirelessly to support vulnerable children and families in Ireland and we, at Sunway, are happy to support them and allow them to empower families to build a better future for their children. Happy colouring everyone!”

To enter, contestants can colour in the image from The Sun’s website here, and either email or post their entry into The Irish Sun before July 7th.

 

For more information on the Big Toddle Family Fun Day and the Big Toddle Colouring Competition visit TheSun.ie

 

All eight episodes of The Stardust Tragedy, a podcast from The Irish Sun, now available to listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

• Eight episodes, narrated by The Irish Sun’s Damien Lane, detail the catastrophic night of 14th February 1981 and the aftermath

• Series features interviews with first responders, survivors and the families of victims

• Hear key insights into the inquest, the investigation, and the 43 year long fight for justice

 

The entire eight part series of The Stardust Tragedy, a brand new podcast from the Irish Sun which investigates one of the most heartbreaking disasters in Irish history, is available to listen to now on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Narrated by The Irish Sun’s Damien Lane, a veteran journalist who has covered life and crime in Ireland for over two decades, the eight part series tells the story of the tragic night of 14th February 1981, when 48 young people lost their lives and the shocking events that followed.

Brought to you by the makers of the number one podcast ‘The Kinahans’ and ‘The Making of a Detective’, The Stardust Tragedy tells the story from the very beginning up until the current day, with several individual stories of the young victims as they set off for the Valentine’s night disco in the Stardust nightclub in Artane.

The podcast continues with a thorough investigation into the fatal fire, testimonies from survivors, firefighters and first responders on the scene, and the devastating aftermath that followed as families fought for over four decades for justice for their loved ones. The series concludes with Episode 8: Unlawful Killing, which provides expert insight into the final verdict from the Stardust inquests.

Fiona Wynne, Editor of The Irish Sun, says: “Few events in Irish history have soaked into the souls of the Irish people the way the Stardust fire has. The scale of the loss, the grief and the sadness is difficult to comprehend, 48 young lives robbed in minutes, with broken families left to pick up the pieces.
But living alongside that pain has been the inspirational courage, tenacity and grit of those left behind, driven for over four decades by love, stopping at nothing to get justice for their son or daughter, brother or sister, family or friend.

In The Stardust Tragedy, the families of the victims take us through the chaos and horror which unfolded on Valentine’s Day 1981, right up to the long-awaited and triumphant ruling of unlawful killing on Thursday April 18, 2024, 43 years later.

It is a privilege to be able to share their stories.”

You can listen to all eight episodes of The Stardust Tragedy 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 www.thesun.ie or follow us on @IrishSunOnline

Phase one of new exclusive Wellfield development in Malahide, Dublin unveiled by Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty on behalf of Ashcroft Developments

  • Spacious four- and five-bedroom homes available at Park Avenue, Streamstown Lane in Malahide from €950,000

 

  • Interior design elements by award winning designer Jackie Carton at Carton Interiors

 

  • A2 BER energy rating houses combining high levels of roof, wall and floor insulation

 

 

Ashcroft Developments are pleased to announce that sales are about to commence at their latest new residential scheme. Phase one sales at Wellfield Malahide, an exclusive new development of stunning four and five bedroom detached and semi-detached homes, are being brought to the market this weekend by Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty. Wellfield is ideally situated at Park Avenue on Streamstown Lane in Malahide.

 

Located within walking distance of the vibrant Malahide village, the contemporary red brick homes feature higher than standard ceilings on the ground floor, with generous living spaces throughout for growing families at all stages of life. Roomy attic trusses can be accessed by pull down ladder stairs and can be used for storage or future upward expansion of living space. The properties also have extensive front and rear garden space, with wiring for electrical vehicle home charging point available on the external wall.

 

Sustainability is paramount in Wellfield and the luxury homes feature high levels of energy efficiency with a BER rating of A2. Each home includes a three-zone air to water heat pump system, offering 24/7 programmable heating controls and allowing for the independent management of both living and sleeping areas, as well as hot water. The ground floor benefits from underfloor radiant heat distribution, giving an even circulation of warmth throughout the living areas. Additionally, the properties are equipped with an Aereco low energy demand driven ventilation system, which operates quietly to extract moist air from wet rooms based on humidity levels.

 

Sleek interior design features throughout the properties, with wall paint colours, bathroom tiling, sanitaryware, and kitchen designs selected by award winning interior designer Jackie Carton from Carton Designs. Built-in wardrobes by Cawley’s Furniture allow for stylish storage solutions, with sleek panel profiled solid core interior doors and satin chrome finish door handles by Carroll Joinery. The properties showcase bespoke custom designed kitchens with handleless units and 30mm quartz countertops, along with fully integrated Neff appliances.

 

Maureen Cummins, Development Manager at Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty says: “We are delighted to bring phase one of Wellfield to the market. Malahide is a beautiful coastal village with excellent restaurants, great shopping and of course, stunning views of the sea front. The properties are exceptionally spacious with four bedroom houses ranging from 1,460 – 1,886 sq. ft. and five bedroom houses ranging from 2,177 – 2,445 sq. ft. Generous storage and stylish interior design are key elements of the homes, along with top of the range fixtures and fittings including bespoke kitchens and appliances by Neff. Each property has generous rear and front gardens with green open spaces and walking tracks throughout the leafy development. Wellfield is in a prime location with Malahide Castle, Dublin Airport, the M50 and M1 just minutes away.”

 

Prices start from €950,000 for a Four Bedroom Semi-Detached house and from €1,050,000 for a Five Bedroom Semi-Detached house.

 

To learn more visit www.wellfieldmalahide.ie or register your interest with [email protected]

The Sunday Times to remove paywall for two days this weekend – June 8th and 9th – to allow readers enjoy free access to world-class journalism

  • Readers can sample all website content including extensive local and European election coverage, superb interviews, groundbreaking investigations, unrivalled sports coverage and inspiring travel and home content

 

  • The initiative, in association with Sky, will be supported by extensive advertising campaign across radio and digital

 

The Sunday Times is removing the paywall on all content for two days this coming weekend to allow readers enjoy free access to world class journalism.

Over Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th, readers will be able to sample all the premium content available on TheSundayTimes.ie website including the latest interviews with cultural icons and world leaders, groundbreaking investigations and unrivalled sports coverage, to inspiring travel and home content. Readers will also enjoy the latest updates on the Local and European elections from Political Editor Hugh O’Connell and Political Correspondent Claire Scott.

 

Following the open access this weekend, readers will then be able to subscribe for just €5 for 12 months.

 

The ‘Open Weekend’ paywall removal initiative is in association with Sky, who will engage in a takeover of the homepage on the website across the weekend.

Laurie Kelly, Group Marketing Manager of News Ireland, says the initiative will be supported by an extensive advertising campaign.

 

“We’re really delighted to open up The Sunday Times’ website for Irish readers this weekend, particularly as there will be a very busy political news agenda with the Local and European elections taking place. It’s a great opportunity for both new and loyal readers to experience the amazing range of high-quality work generated by our dedicated team of journalists in Ireland and across the world. We are supporting the initiative with radio advertising on RTE, Newstalk and across our own Wireless radio stations. We will also have a range of digital advertising across the weekend, as well as engagement via The Sunday Times’ newsletter and own other owned channel communications.’

 

To enjoy this weekend’s free access to

The Sunday Times, simply visit TheSundayTimes.ie

 

Nine in ten Irish people over 50 worry their funeral costs will be a financial burden on their families – An Post Insurance survey

  • 68% have made no actual plan for their funeral, many saying they have had conversations with their loved ones about their funeral preferences
  • Cremation now the preferred burial option (47%) for over 50’s
  • Three quarters say it’s no longer important to wear black to a funeral, and that shaking hands and expressing sympathy is still a key Irish tradition

 

Nine in ten Irish people (94%) over the age of 50 worry that their funeral costs will be a financial burden on their family, according to a new Red C survey* unveiled by An Post Insurance into the attitudes to death and funerals in Ireland.

 

However, despite these concerns, a significant 83% of those surveyed say they don’t have a funeral specific insurance policy in place to help pay for their funeral.

 

While two thirds (65%) of those surveyed say they are ‘comfortable’ discussing death and funerals, only one in three have made some plan for their funeral. 68% of people haven’t made any plans.

 

Three in four respondents say they have had ‘conversations’ with loved ones about their funeral preferences and wishes, but despite this, 88% have not included their funeral preference and wishes in their will.

 

Cremation now the preferred burial option among the over 50 age group:

Being cremated has increased in popularity among the over 50 age group, with nearly half (47%) of respondents now preferring this option. 39% of respondents expressed a wish for a traditional burial, while 4% would rather their body be donated to science or have an ‘alternative’ style of burial such as a ‘green’ burial. 11% say they have given no thought whatsoever to how they want to be laid to rest.

 

€6,000 – the average cost of a funeral in Ireland in 2024:

The survey reveals that when it comes to the cost of a funeral, expectations versus reality are mostly aligned. Those who haven’t yet paid for a funeral (72%) estimated that it will cost approximately €6,409.

 

This is aligned with the actual average cost of a funeral, which research shows is now approximately €6,252*, according to survey participants who have paid for a funeral in the past five years. However, this is a 14% increase on the cost of funerals in just two years (€5,484*) and is a significant 42% increase since 2016 (€4,062**).

 

Live streaming of funerals now accepted as the norm thanks to Covid 19 pandemic:

The survey also reveals that traditional attitudes to funerals are shifting as a whole. Three in four people believe it’s no longer important to wear black to a funeral, and 69% believe that broadcasting or livestreaming funerals for those who can’t attend is a good idea, an option that gained prominence during the Covid 19 pandemic.

 

That said, Irish funeral traditions are still important to many. Wakes are still a respected tradition in today’s society with 81% agreeing it is an opportunity to pay tribute to the person who has passed away and three quarters believing it helps those left behind with the grieving process. A wake in their own home is the preferred choice of those surveyed (69%).

 

The following traditions are outlined as most significant by respondents:

  • 74% – shaking hands and expressing sympathy
  • 67% – soup, sandwiches and ‘good hospitality’ at the afters
  • 41% – a singsong after the funeral
  • 54% – telling stories about the deceased

 

With premiums starting at just €15 per month, a funeral insurance policy with An Post Insurance is an effective means to pay for some, or all, of the cost of your funeral, depending on the level of cover you take out.  For example, €15 (including 1% Government levy) per month a 50-year-old would be assured for cover of €4,700***.

 

Under an An Post Insurance Funeral Insurance policy, your loved ones will be provided with a fixed lump sum on your passing, once your policy has been in place for two years. If your death takes place within the first two years, your beneficiaries will receive a sum equal to the amount you have paid in at the time of your death. Total premiums over the term of the policy may exceed the death benefit. Costs can increase over time, while cover remains fixed***.

 

Remarking on the survey, Suzanne McGuinness, Head of Marketing at An Post Insurance, said:It’s great to hear that attitudes are becoming more positive around the discussion of death, and that Irish people are becoming more pro-active in forward planning.

“With such a high percentage of people worried about funeral costs, we are keen to help Irish people understand that taking out funeral insurance is a simple way to help them prepare financially.

 

While it may seem gloomy to think about, taking out a funeral insurance policy will ensure that some of the costs of your funeral will be covered, lessening the impact on your loved ones during a difficult time.”

 

Financial Advisor Paul Merriman, collaborating with An Post Insurance, echoed the same sentiment. Merriman said: “It’s encouraging to see that although some lovely funeral traditions are being maintained, there is a positive change in the Irish public’s willingness to discuss their own funeral. It’s important that these discussions are taken to the next step to ensure you get exactly the funeral you want.

 

A funeral insurance policy is a great place to start in terms of taking care of the expenses and ease the financial burden on your loved ones.

 

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

For more information visit www.anpostinsurance.ie

€7.5 million forestry land portfolio offered for sale by Lisney offers potential investors stable returns, ESG alignment and opportunity to promote environmental sustainability

Lisney, Ireland’s largest independently-owned multi-disciplinary property advisory company, has been instructed to oversee the sale of a €7.5 million forestry portfolio in Ireland, spanning approximately 428.7 Ha (1,059 Acres) for sale by private treaty.

 

The portfolio comprises 11 distinct plots with three in Wicklow, two in Kildare, one each in Louth, Westmeath, Donegal, Galway, Cork and Waterford. The parcels of land range from 27 to 241 acres and can be sold as a portfolio in one lot or as individual lots. The locations are:

 

  • Laragh East, Co. Wicklow
  • Tinode, Co. Wicklow
  • Trooperstown, Co. Wicklow
  • Carrick, Co. Kildare
  • Parsonstown, Co. Kildare
  • Stonehouse, Co. Louth
  • Lackan, Co. Westmeath
  • Barnesmore, Co. Donegal
  • Derrybrien, Co. Galway
  • Garryantaggart, Co. Cork
  • Coolydoody, Co. Waterford

Each plot has been managed in accordance with both FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) standards, representing a blend of commercially viable and environmentally sustainable opportunities.

 

All lands have good accessibility with forestry roads in place and are planted with 18 species of trees with Sitka Spruce, Doughlas Fir, Norway Spruce, mixed Broadleaves, and others. All trees are at various stages of maturity.

 

Offers are sought in excess of €7.5 million for the entire portfolio however lots can be sold individually, with the guide prices ranging from €235,000 to €1,155,000.  

 

Lisney’s Cathal Daughton and Thomas Byrne are handling the sale. They anticipate the portfolio will attract strong interest from national and international investors seeking stable returns, ESG alignment and portfolio diversification supported by favourable market dynamics and government policies promoting forestry investment in Ireland.

 

Contextualising Ireland’s Forestry Sector

The sale of this forestry portfolio underscores Ireland’s forestry sector’s significance. Recent trends emphasise the urgent need for expanded forest cover and sustainable management practices. Despite the opportunity, last year’s planting figures fell short of the Government’s 8,000-hectare target, signaling challenges in addressing climate change and biodiversity loss.

 

Forests are crucial for carbon sequestration and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Ireland’s forest coverage is among the lowest in the EU at 11.6%, prompting calls to reach 18% by 2050 for climate action.

Investing in forestry offers benefits beyond financial returns, including carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, and soil protection. Government support through grants, tax incentives, and subsidies enhances the appeal of afforestation and sustainable forest management, making forestry an attractive investment.

 

Forestry stands out as a stable, resilient asset class amidst shifting market landscapes, offering diversification, and promising long-term returns.

 

Jeep Ireland partners with FM104 to provide four new top of the range Jeep Avengers for the FM104 Street Team

  • FM104’s Strawberry Alarm Clock giving away a Jeep Avenger to one lucky listener as part of the stations new ‘Breakfast Anywhere’ campaign

 

  • ‘Breakfast Anywhere’ will culminate in an exciting LIVE challenge in Jeep HQ in Citywest – with finalists battling it out to walk away with a brand new Jeep Avenger

 

Jeep Ireland has partnered with FM104, Dublin’s hit music station, to provide the radio station with four new top of the range Jeep Avengers for the FM104 Street Team. This strategic partnership marks a significant milestone for both brands as they embark on a journey to connect with communities right across Dublin.

 

FM104’s Street Team travel around Dublin every day to bring exciting events, promotions and giveaways directly to listeners. Jeep Ireland has provided the team with four adventure ready Jeep Avengers, specially tailored to accommodate the diverse needs of FM104’s Street Team. Equipped with unparalleled driving capabilities and iconic Jeep durability, the Avengers are the perfect vehicle for FM104’s dedicated crew as they navigate the vibrant streets of Dublin, engaging with listeners and creating excitement wherever they go.

 

To celebrate the new partnership, Jeep Ireland has also given FM104 a Jeep Avenger to give away to one very lucky listener as part of a new on air campaign called ‘Breakfast Anywhere’.

 

The campaign highlights that no matter where you are or what you’re doing, The Strawberry Alarm Clock, Dublin’s number one breakfast show, is there to keep you entertained and up to date throughout the morning with all the latest news, showbiz and lots of fun.

 

As part of the campaign, the FM104 Street Team will travel with their four new Jeep Avengers to a range of locations across Dublin to encourage listeners to tune in wherever they are to enjoy the banter, chats and latest hit music with Strawberry Alarm Clock hosts Jim-Jim, Crossy and Zeinab between 6am and 10am each week day morning.

 

So whether you’re on the way to work, dropping the kids to school, running in The Phoenix Park or canoeing down the River Liffey, keep an eye out for the FM104 Street Team and tune into The Strawberry Alarm Clock via FM radio, the FM104 website, the FM104 app or through your smart speaker.

 

And to be in with a chance to win the amazing Jeep Avenger, simply tune into The Strawberry Alarm Clock to find out how to enter. The competition will run until the 8th May, with finalists taking part in an exciting LIVE challenge in the Jeep HQ in Citywest.

 

John Saunders, Managing Director at Jeep Ireland, says: “We are absolutely thrilled to join forces with FM104 and provide their Street Team with the unmatched performance and versatility of the Jeep Avenger. This partnership not only aligns with our brand’s ethos of adventure and exploration, but also underscores our dedication to supporting local communities and initiatives. We can’t wait to see the Jeep Avengers in action as FM104 takes on the streets of Dublin.”

 

Vivienne Nagle, Managing Director at FM104 says: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with Jeep Ireland. Our Street Team is recognised throughout Dublin and bring so much excitement to communities across the county. The addition of the four Jeep Avengers to our fleet will further elevate our Street Team’s capabilities and enhance our ability to connect with listeners.

We are also incredibly excited to offer listeners of The Strawberry Alarm Clock an unforgettable opportunity to win their very own Jeep Avenger as part of our Breakfast Anywhere campaign. The Strawberry Alarm Clock has long been a staple of morning routines across Dublin, providing listeners the perfect blend of entertainment and music to kickstart their day. With the Breakfast Anywhere campaign, we’re making it easier than ever for listeners to tune in wherever they are.”

 

For more information about Jeep Ireland and FM104, visit www.jeep.ie and fm104.ie

FM104 extends their legendary house and dance music show to two nights a week and unveils its new name – ‘Freaks with Al Gibbs’

  • Award winning show gets a revamp and will feature remixes, festive acts and dance club regulars while also showcasing rising stars in the Irish club scene

 

  • Friday edition of ‘Freaks with Al Gibbs’ will also be broadcast on Cork’s 96FM and Limerick Live 95 from 8pm to 9pm, bringing the iconic show to an even wider audience nationwide

 

FM104, Dublin’s hit music station, is extending their legendary house and dance music show ‘Freaks on Friday’ to two shows a week – Friday and Saturday evenings. And to accommodate the exciting development, the show, hosted by award winning DJ Al Gibbs now has a new name – ‘Freaks with Al Gibbs’.

On air for nearly two decades, FM104’s Freaks on Friday has enjoyed an almost cult-like following with lovers of house and dance music. From this week, the iconic Friday night slot from 7pm to 10pm will have some new features, including the ‘Freaks Remix Hour’ which will be dedicated to the best remixes to get listeners ready for the weekend. In addition, music legend Al Gibbs has also created a series of new ‘Freaks Iconic Mixes’ which are mega mixes of well-loved Freaks tracks.

‘Freaks with Al Gibbs’ on Saturday will broadcast on FM104 from 9pm to 11pm and will play some great new music, with Al also introducing listener’s to up and coming artists and acts in the house and dance music scene.

Both shows will showcase rising stars in the Irish club scene as well as supporting homegrown Irish talent, with guests such as Obskur, Yasmin Gardezi, Boots and Kats and DJ Elmo.

Each week, listeners can also catch up with live club action as Al plays snippets from gigs, along with world class recorded DJ mixes from acts such as Camelphat, Vintage Culture, Hannah Laing, For Amour, Purple Disco Machine, Hot Since 82, Meduza and many, many more.

And in more good news – the Friday edition of Freaks with Al Gibbs will also be broadcast on Cork’s 96FM and Limerick Live 95FM from 8pm to 9pm, bringing the legendary show to an even wider audience nationwide.

You can listen to Freaks with Al Gibbs every Friday and Saturday evening by tuning your radio to Dublin’s FM104, logging on to FM104.ie, downloading the FM104 app or asking your smart speaker to play Dublin’s FM104!

On Friday’s, listeners in Cork and Limerick can listen by tuning their radio to Corks 96FM or Limericks Live 95FM, logging on to their website, downloading their app or asking their smart speaker to play the radio stations.

Al Gibbs, presenter of the show, says:

I’m so excited with our new line up and also the opportunity to bring the show to new territories, especially cities like Cork and Limerick who have huge dance and music heritage. The demand for dance and house music has never been higher. We recently sold out the 3Arena with IBIZA Orchestra, which was around 13,000 people. We’re doing really cool things in FM104’s new studio and I can’t wait for both our online and on-air listeners to see and hear the new show from what I believe is the hottest studio in town.

We have huge plans for Freaks this year with events, parties and some very special little ideas so stay tuned. Its an exciting time to be a music DJ in Ireland and radio is in such a strong place. We can’t wait for you to hear our new format!”

In addition to ‘Freaks with Al Gibbs’, FM104 also broadcasts the iconic Strawberry Alarm Clock from 6am to 10am every morning, with Jim-Jim, Crossy and Zeinab delivering an entertaining mix of music, comedy and guests.

This is followed by the 10-3 Show with Tara Murray and then it’s time for Graham and Nathan from 3pm to 7pm. Then it’s time for the FM104 Hit Mix, followed by ‘Switched On’ with Louise Tighe from 10pm to midnight.

 

Keep up to date on all FM104 news here:

 

Kids Can’t Wait campaign launched by The Irish Sun to demand Government urgently address waiting lists for children who require life changing spinal surgeries

  • Publication utilising campaign to give sick children and their families a voice

 

  • Public can support the cause by signing a petition at thesun.ie

 

 

The Irish Sun, Ireland’s bestselling daily tabloid newspaper, has unveiled a ‘Kids Can’t Wait’ campaign in print and online to help support sick children on waiting lists and their families.

 

Hospital waiting lists in Ireland have been steadily increasing for the last number of years with more than 106,000 children now waiting for various medical treatments. However, with new figures emerging that 288 children are currently on a waiting list for life-changing spinal surgeries, The Irish Sun has stepped in to shine a light on how the State is failing sick children and give their families a voice.

 

The focus of The Irish Sun’s ‘Kids Can’t Wait’ campaign is to encourage the Government to urgently resolve the backlog of operations on the waiting list, giving these children a chance of living a normal life.

 

The Irish Sun is now calling for children’s orthopaedic and urology surgery waiting lists to be cut and for no child to be left waiting over four months for an operation. The media outlet is also asking that anyone who wants to support the cause signs their petition at thesun.ie.

 

Once the petition hits 1,000 signatures The Irish Sun will share it with Government and demand action is taken to end the waiting time for children that desperately need surgical care.

 

The campaign, which is already strongly supported by The Labour Party, shares the personal stories of children who are currently waiting for spinal surgery, with their conditions getting worse as time goes by and having detrimental effects on their overall health and wellbeing. As a result of these delays, many children will be outside the therapeutic window when their treatments are eventually approved, leading to further complications.

 

Earlier this month, the Seanad heard how at least one child has become permanently paralysed since the issue was raised publicly before Christmas. Their plight has been spearheaded by Senator Tom Clonan, who has a child with a disability. Both outgoing Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and current Minister for Health Stephen Donelly also admitted that the health service is failing these children.

 

Editor of The Irish Sun, Fiona Wynne says: “It is heartbreaking to hear of so many children suffering while waiting for medical care across Ireland. These children have been failed by the Irish Government and the State. They should be carefree and enjoying their childhood days, but instead, the burden of waiting for medical care weighs heavy on them and their family. Here at The Irish Sun, we want to show these children and their families support and demand the government to take immediate action.”

 

For more information and to sign the petition visit: https://www.thesun.ie/news/12372479/kids-cant-wait-petition/

Employees at Haleon Dungarvan raise over €25,000 for range of Irish charities to help them provide invaluable services to local communities across the country

  • The Gavin Glynn Foundation, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Barnardos, St. Vincent de Paul and many more to benefit from the fundraising

 

  • Haleon Dungarvan has raised over €75,000 for host of charities since 2018

 

26th March 2024: Haleon, the world leading healthcare company and one of the largest employers in the South East of Ireland with over 900 employees, today announced that employees at Haleon Dungarvan, the home of power brands Panadol and Polident, raised over €25,000 for a range of Irish charities last year. The charities include The Galvin Glynn Foundation, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Barnardos, St. Vincent de Paul and many more, with the funds going towards supporting the invaluable services these charities offer throughout communities in Ireland.

 

Haleon Dungarvan, which has a long-standing tradition of supporting the local community, has raised over €75,000 for a range of Irish charities since the establishment of its local charity committee in 2018. Haleon Dungarvan also supports the local community throughout the year with the sponsorship of initiatives such as the St. Patricks Day Parade Dungarvan, Dungarvan Pride Festival and WLR Clubbing – an initiative ran by WLFRM where clubs and community groups in Waterford apply for a cash bursary with the winner decided by public vote.

 

Haleon also offers Dungarvan Chamber of Commerce vouchers to their employees in Dungarvan through their annual reward scheme. These vouchers are accepted by over 150 local shops, restaurants and service providers and support businesses and employers in the area who create real, quality jobs in the community, contributing to a strong economic future for the region.

S.S Paul, Site Director Haleon Dungarvan, says: “At Haleon we are very proud to be an integral part of the Dungarvan Community through our fundraising efforts for charities, support of local community initiatives and our annual reward scheme, where our team chooses Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber Shopping Vouchers to support the local community. As a team, we are committed to doing what matters most and to be able to support on a local level has really engaged the team.”

Liam Power, Manager of Garveys Supervalu, says: “Dungarvan Chamber shopping vouchers stimulate additional spending within the community. Recipients often use them for a variety of purposes, from everyday necessities to indulgent treats, thereby supporting a multiplier effect in the local economy. We always note the immediate impact of Haleon staff receiving vouchers, as their shopping carts become more adventurous and stockpiling ensues, ensuring reserves for leaner times.”

With over 900 employees, Haleon Dungarvan has a pivotal role in the global Haleon story. Haleon´s history in Dungarvan commenced in 1981 with the opening of Stafford Miller for the production of Sensodyne, Polident and Poligrip, and in 1987, an Over-the-Counter (OTC) facility for the manufacture of Panadol was unveiled. In 2000 the two neighbouring facilities, pain relief and oral care products, merged as one business and became GSK. As of July 2022, we celebrated our demerger from GSK, becoming a standalone company, 100%, focusing on consumer health.

 

Haleon’s leading brands are built on science, innovation and human understanding and are trusted by millions of consumers globally. Haleon has nine large scale multinational power brands and a strong portfolio of local brands. Dungarvan is very proud to be home to two Haleon power brands, Panadol and Polident, with a purpose to be the home of both brands for the next generation.

 

With a strong portfolio of brands, Haleon is well positioned to play a vital role for people all around the world, in a sector that is growing and more relevant than ever.