Red Cross chief denies board members stepped down over PAC report
The Secretary General of the Irish Red Cross, Donal Forde, has contacted us about our story last week in which we reported that six members of the board of the Irish Red Cross Society are stepping down, following a report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the Irish Red Cross. Mr Forde has asked us to point out that the new board was due to be elected at yesterday's meeting of the General Assembly. "The closing date for nominations for this election was on Friday May 11 -- almost a full week before the PAC published its report on their review of the Red Cross Society," he said. "These elections are an annual and routine process and those members who chose not to seek re-election did so for their own individual and personal reasons and not as a result of a PAC report that had not been published at that time," Mr Forde said.
Mr Forde added that members who had not sought re-election did not do so in response to criticisms of the society in the PAC report. "In reality, these six members who have not sought re-election to the board will remain as active, valued members of our general assembly and will continue to be very involved in many facets of the society's affairs. "
Author kicks off Goldsmith festival
AUTHOR of the best-selling Political Corruption in Ireland, Elaine Byrne, will be one of the guest speakers on the opening night of the Goldsmith International Literary Festival in Abbeyshrule, Co Longford, on Friday next, June 1. The theme of this year's festival is 'Citizens of the World' and will be a mixture of speakers and traditional entertainment. The Goldsmith festival opens in the Rustic Inn, Abbeyshrule, and includes talks in the pub and in Ballymahon library as well as barbecues, sessions and tours of Goldsmith country. Other speakers during the three-day festival include GAA administrator Liam O'Neill, Professor Peter Denman and former government adviser Cormac Lucey. Full details from www.goldsmithfestival.ie or Teddy McGoey at the Rustic Inn 044-9357742.
New SEAT Ibiza -- perfectly in tune
To celebrate the new SEAT Ibiza arrival, SEAT Ireland are rewarding motorists who test drive the new Ibiza from now until the end of June, with 50 free music downloads from Universal Music. Motorists can also enter into a competition to win a VIP music prize to Snow Patrol and Florence + The Machine in the Phoenix Park on July 8 with hotel accommodation and merchandise included.
Horsey website to cover mane events
Equilinks.ie, a new Irish website will service the multi-million euro market for equestrian events, which until now lacked an internet information provider. Equilinks will serve 100 riding associations, 200 AIRE-approved equestrian centres and the 1.33 per cent of the Irish population regularly involved with horses. Linda Codoul and Norman Storey, creators of Equilinks, say their new website will give updated information on all aspects of the equestrian industry including calendars, competitions, changes and cancellations. Although aimed primarily at riders, breeders and spectators, Equlinks will also engage with the ever-expanding equestrian tourist industry. In 2009 alone, 46,000 equestrian tourists spent over €27m in Ireland. Contact: Linda and Norman at www.equilinks.ie
Congress high note for Three Tenors
IRELAND'S greatest voices, the Three Tenors, Declan Kelly, Morgan Crowley and David Martin, will open the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 in the RDS in Dublin on Sunday, June 10 with some specially selected songs for the big event which will include Panis Angelicus and The Prayer. The trio will also feature in the closing day in Croke Park on Sunday, June 17.
Stylist a cut above in local business
Well-known Blackrock hairdresser, Aidan Fitzgerald, received a special award for his services to the business community in the Co Dublin village last week. The award was presented by An Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, John Bailey in recognition of Aidan's 30 years in Blackrock. Aidan is currently chairman of the Blackrock Business Network which promotes the town through community and business events. (See www.iloveblackrock.ie). Other awards went to Breda O'Brien of the Sallynoggin Youth & Community Facility; Dan Hurst of the Network for Older People; the Dun Laoghaire Lions Club and 'Message in A Bottle'; Alan and Sheryl McElwee of 'Serve the City' and Kay Gleeson of the Sandycove and Glasthule Residents' Associations.