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New INM group marketing boss

INM has appointed Geoff Lyons (36) as group marketing director of Independent Newspapers (Ireland).

Geoff joined the company in 1999 after graduating from DIT with an MSc in marketing, working with the Sunday Independent and Irish Independent before becoming group marketing manager in December 2009.

Declan Carlyle, INM managing director, said: "Geoff's appointment follows the integration of our print and digital marketing teams and prepares the ground for our many exciting initiatives in digital."

"Geoff and his team have consistently driven innovation which helped ensure all our titles, whilst leaders in their respective markets, continue to grow market share, gaining new readers every day."


THE three teenagers who saved a girl from drowning at a north Dublin beach are to be nominated for a national bravery award.

The heroes – David Grant, Alex May and Ben Graham – all 14 – will be put forward by the Irish Coastguard.

The Skerries unit of the Irish Coastguard will be nominating them.

The three said they did not hesitate to go to the aid of Shelomith Freeman (13) when they heard her friends shouting for help close to Balbriggan Harbour.

Shelomith is now out of intensive care.


BREAST-FED children are more likely to climb up the social ladder than their friends who are not, research suggests.

The study suggests those who are breast-fed are likely to have a higher social class than their fathers by the time they reach their mid-30s.

Woman 'gave baby bleach'

A woman gave the baby of a complete stranger a feeding bottle containing bleach, a court heard today.

The 11-month-old boy drank some of the liquid and vomited after being handed the bottle in a branch of McDonald's. Elaine Joyner (53), of London, is charged with administering a poison.