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FitzGerald labels Coir posters 'noxious propaganda'

The anti-abortion group Coir has been accused of spreading “noxious propaganda” though its posters by former Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Garret FitzGerald in his Saturday column in The Irish Times. FitzGerald said that Coir was seeking to abuse the memory of three of Ireland’s 1916 leaders, Thomas Clarke, Padraic Pearse and James Connolly, by […]

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Ben Dunne signs up to The Irish Sun

Ben Dunne, the former Dunnes Stores director who now runs a chain of gyms and fitness clubs, is to write a weekly consumer column for The Irish Sun every Saturday. News International said the move was part of its ‘Value Campaign’ to help Irish consumers. Dunne has long been a colourful character in Irish media. […]

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Main parties pledge over €1 million on Yes for Lisbon

Ireland’s three main political parties, Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour, will collectively spend about €1.2 million on trying to secure a Yes result in the second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, it was revealed when they presented their publicity plans at formal campaign launches this week. Taoiseach and Fianna Fail leader Brian Cowen said […]

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Guinness goes with 3D hurling final billboards

Diageo has launched a series of Guinness 3D billboards in Tipperary, Kilkenny and Dublin ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland senior hurling final at Croke Park. The ads are three-dimensional versions of this year’s Guinness ‘A County Will Rise’ hurling campaign which had different themes for each of the 12 counties in this year’s senior championship. The […]

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Bewley's sponsor coffee break item on Tom Dunne Show

Bewley’s is sponsoring the coffee break at 10.30am on Tom Dunne’s magazine-style talk show which airs on Newstalk 106-108FM from 9am until noon weekdays. Sky sponsors the show which averages 75,000 listeners. Michael Markey, marketing manager, Newstalk, said the Bewley’s contract is for six months but made no mention of the deal’s cost. Dunne is […]

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Magners League kicks off with Munster match on Setanta

Live coverage of the new Magners League starts on Setanta Sports tomorrow, Friday, September 4th, with Munster’s trip to the Firhill Arena to face the Glasgow Warriors with an 8pm kick-off on Setanta Ireland. The same channel will broadcast live coverage of Leinster and Ulster’s first games this weekend. Scarlets v Leinster kicks off at […]

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Afternoon Show makes its return on RTE One

RTE One’s flagship daytime TV show, The Afternoon Show, returns weekdays from Monday, September 7th with regular co-host Sheana Keane. Sile Seoige will deputise for regular co-host Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh while she recovers from a minor procedure. There was some speculation that the show, which last season had an average audience of about 110,000 per […]

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Coughlan tells TV3 viewers about her alcoholism

Jazz and blues singer Mary Coughlan spoke frankly about her battle with alcoholism and the times she used to drink three or four bottles of vodka a day before she went ‘on the dry’ 15 years ago. Speaking on TV3’s Midday all-female panel show, Coughlan said she would drink for ten or 12 days and […]

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Ipsos MRBI deal likely to be ratified by Europe soon

The deal allowing Ipsos acquire the Market Research Bureau of Ireland (MRBI) polling and media audience measurement agency from WPP for an undisclosed sum is expected to be officially sanctioned by the European Competition Authority either later this month or by early October. The Ipsos MRBI deal followed lengthy negotiations after WPP acquired MRBI’s parent […]

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Mail offers massive discount on page ad

Associated Newspapers Ireland is canvassing agencies this week with a one-off offer of €999 for a full page colour ad in the Irish Daily Mail next Wednesday – 9/9/09. Hazel Galbraith of OMD said the offer is a discount of over 90 per cent on the normal rate of €11,340. The Irish Daily Mail had […]

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Ted Kennedy and Andrea Corr top searches in August

The death of US senator Ted Kennedy and the wedding of pop star Andrea Corr were the two most popular search topics on Google in August from Irish online users. Kennedy searches rose by over 5,000 per cent in the days following his death, Google reported. Searches for ‘Andrea Corr wedding’ were up by 3,000 […]

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82c stamp issued to mark Guinness 250

An Post has dedicated a new 82c stamp to mark the 250th year of the Guinness Brewery at St James’s Gate in Dublin. The stamp, which shows an 18th century portrait of Arthur Guinness by an unknown artist and his signature, covers airmail letter postage to anywhere in the world.

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Recruitment specialist sets up MCR

Rory Brennan, a former director of The People Group, has set up a new company, Marketing Career Recruitment (MCR). Essentially, MCR, based in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, will take over the business previously handled by Mark Mitchell Marketing & Sales, which ceased trading recently.

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