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DAA chief Dalton Philips

DAA chief Dalton Philips

Louis Fitzgerald

Louis Fitzgerald

Bewley's Oriental Cafe on Grafton Street, Dublin

Bewley's Oriental Cafe on Grafton Street, Dublin

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DAA chief Dalton Philips

DAA boss Dalton Philips may be heading to sandwich maker Greencore soon, but staff dished up their own lunchtime surprise last week.

Siptu invited all DAA members to a “lunchtime gathering” outside management’s fancy new Dublin Airport Central development on Friday last. The meeting was billed as “a show of solidarity against the ongoing irregularities and incorrect pay deductions that our members are experiencing due to the MyTime payroll system”.

But in truth the lunchtime soirée could have bubbled up over any of a whole range of frustrations and issues between staff and management in recent weeks and months. And the delicacy of the situation for the trade union leaders was evident in a text one shop steward sent to a large group of colleagues to “clarify” the nature of the gathering.

“It’s not a protest per se, more a gathering/rally: as if classed as a protest it becomes unofficial industrial action, which it’s not – just a get-together of staff on their ‘lunch break’,” he wrote.

In sandwich terms, perhaps it could be described as the difference between a toastie and a panini: it all goes down the same way – but one definitely has a nicer ring to it.

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Louis Fitzgerald

Louis Fitzgerald

Louis Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald’s surf and turf plans for Dame Street

Dublin city planners are looking for more information from Louis Fitzgerald about his latest establishment on Dame Street in Dublin.

The owner of the Stag’s Head and Kehoe’s is planning on setting up Fitzgerald’s Surf and Turf at the former location of Smokin Bones and Snap Printing.

But planners told his company Titleridge they want more information about proposed opening windows as there are concerns over noise and encroachment onto Dame Street.

The owners of the building, Stephen, Ciaran and Oliver McGrath, have an existing application in for upgrades to other parts of the
multi-storey building.

Hospitality veteran Fitzgerald is behind some of the best known pubs in the country, including The Quays in Galway – and apparently he has no plans to slow down.

Electric Picnic to get a shot of coffee culture with three-year Bewley’s Live Nation deal

The move by Bewley’s to become the official coffee partner at Electric Picnic and Kaleidoscope is the first step in a big push by the firm to expand its audience to the caffeine-loving youth market, Ergo has learned.

Synonymous with coffee in Ireland for generations – but perhaps not so much with younger generations - Bewley’s has trebled its marketing budget.

The new three-year deal with Live Nation, the entertainment giant behind the two festivals, is likely just the first of a number of youth focused marketing initiatives.

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