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Weekly Roundup, January 17, 2017

By Donna Ahern
Weekly Roundup, January 17, 2017

Stephen Rae, Editor-in-Chief of Ireland’s leading media Group, INM, has joined the board of the World Editors Forum. The World Editors Forum represents editors and CEOs in 300 news organsaitions, among them the, Singapore Press Holdings, Times Media Ltd, La Stampa (Italy), Toronto Star, Dainik Jagran (India), Suddeutsche Zeitung (Germany) Hurriyet (Turkey), Zero Hora (Brazil), VG (Norway) and the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ). Stephen Rae said of his appointment: “I am delighted to join the board at such a critical time as media finds new revenue streams and takes advantage of the online revolution.”

An agroforestry project has won the Teagasc special award at BTYSTE 2017. Asa Curran, Tiarnan Collins and Jack Ryan-Purcell from Schull Community College in Co Cork, were behind the project, which investigated combining growing trees with agriculture on the same land as a method of offsetting carbon emissions. The pupils’ science teacher and mentor is Larissa Kelly, and they have been invited to meet with Teagasc’s Forestry Development Officer John Casey and Eugene Curran from the Forest Service as part of their prize.

Revenue officers seized approximately 60,000 cigarettes at Rosslare Europort on Thursday, 12 January. The cigarettes have a retail value of over €32,500 and were concealed inside two cars. Assisting the revenue officers searches was Detector Dog Alfie.

Haulage firms are being urged  to ensure their drivers are drink and drugs free by Dr Mary Flanagan, Coroner for Cavan/Monaghan. Dr Flanagan’s request comes after an inquest into a fatal January 2016 accident involving two lorries found traces of heroin and anxiety and depressant drugs in the driver’s bodies.

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland has appointed Brian Foley as its new Communications and Public Affairs Manager. Brian has 20 years’ experience in the media & communications sector, initially as editor of a number of trade magazines and more recently as communications consultant with the Construction Industry Federation.


Wolf Blass has launched a new Rugby Limited Edition range. Throughout February and March, each bottle of Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay will feature one of the fifteen rugby positions, from Loosehead Prop (1) to Full Back (15). Wolf Blass has teamed up with rugby pundit Brent Pope to launch the rugby-themed bottles in Ireland, and forms part of the wine brands ongoing ‘here’s To The Chase’ campaign.

The Competition and Consumer protection Commission has been notified of a proposed acquisition of distributor Johnson Brothers. Businessmen Daniel Geoghagen and Tim Cummins are acting to take joint control of the company through Shannon Transport, a logistics company based in Co Limerick.

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