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Weekly Round-Up, October 28 2015

By Publications Checkout
Weekly Round-Up, October 28 2015

Last week saw the the hosting of the IFTA Gala Television Awards, with 25 awards presented, including a Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy for Brendan O’Carroll. Hosted by Amanda Byram, the awards welcomed 500 guests from the world of television to the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Dublin. Gala is the first ever headline sponsor for the IFTA Gala Television Awards, something it has amplified in-store via consumer promotions and across its social media platforms, where it asked consumers to vote for their favourite TV show – with the honours going to TV3’s Red Rock.

Dunnes Stores has paid out £40,000 to a woman who claims she was forced to leave her job as security manager because of her age. Gloria Dunbar of Belfast took her story to the Equality Commission, alleging that she was discriminated against, reports the Belfast Telegraph. In settling the case, Dunnes Stores did not accept that it had acted in breach of equality legislation.

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) is advising parents to check for safety labels when shopping for Halloween costumes and accessories. Maurice Buckley, Chief Executive of the NSAI says, “Consumers should look out for safety standard labels on their Halloween costumes, props and toys, such as “flame resistant” and the CE mark.” Halloween props like masks, pitchforks, and brooms should also have a visible CE mark. This means that the product has undergone safety testing in the design and manufacturing process.

The Irish Independent is offering each of its readers one free return flight to European destinations, including Amsterdam, Stockholm, Paris, Liverpool, Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Milan, and Brussels. This promotion is running from Monday 19th October to Saturday 7th November and each reader must collect ten unique tokens from daily editions of The Irish Independent.

Following the publication of research suggesting a link between processed red meats and certain types of cancer, the FSAI has stated on its website that moderate consumption of such foods can still be part of a healthy diet. The WHO research (conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer), showed ‘positive associations between eating red meat and developing colorectal cancer’, which has led to it being described as ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’, while processed meats have been labelled ‘carcinogenic to humans’.


AIB was the big winner at the first Pakman awards, which took place in the Shelbourne Hotel last week and were attended by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. The bank was recognised for its work in recycling, energy and waste management. The Pakman awards formed part of Repak’s Recycling Week.

Sugar-free brand Free’ist has picked up a gold award for its Sugar Free Caramel Crunch Popcorn in this year’s Blas na hEireann Food Awards’ snacks category. This marks the first time the Belfast-based company has entered the awards. Free’ist launched a range of sugar-free popcorns this year, including Sweet & Salty, Nacho Cheese and Lightly Sea-Salted.

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