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Optimise Award Feels Right for Galway-based company

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Tara Dalrymple (right) CEO and Co-Founder of Feels Right receives her IEDR Optimise Award from Angela Butler, Finance and Operations Manager, IEDR.

Feels Right, the innovative Galway tech start-up which specialises helping companies reward employees with rewards that allow them to devote their efforts to their work, was recently presented with an award for being an IEDR Optimise Fund winner.

Feels Right is an employee reward, recognition and compensation platform which enables companies to buy credit for their staff to have personal tasks completed for them whilst they are working – such as new parents support, dog walking, errand running, sitting in for tradespeople, as well as health and wellness services i.e. massage, reflexology, acupuncture, nutrition and physio.

The reception was held in the Shelbourne Hotel with the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White, and David Curtin, Chief Executive of the IE Domain Registry in attendance.

Speaking about the award, Tara Dalrymple CEO and Co-Founder of Feels Right said: “Since winning the award, we have been working closely with our allocated web design partner in rebranding our current site. This has produced not only an amazing looking website, but has enhanced the offering and created a truly great user experience”.

Minister Alex White told guests that the country’s return to economic growth created new chances for the business sector.

“That coupled with renewed consumer confidence, and the extra money – albeit modest – that is now finding its way into people’s pay packets all provide opportunities for Irish business.

“The growth rate of the digital part of the economy is about 20% each year. That’s why the Statement of Government Priorities put an emphasis on the digital economy, because it has huge potential to help sustain and accelerate the recovery in jobs and incomes that is now underway,” he said.

It’s the latest award for Feels Right, which also scooped the ‘One to watch’ in the ICT category of the SCCUL Enterprise Awards 2014, and has been listed in top 20 tech start-ups to watch in 2015.

 

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Implementing the EU Green Deal more urgent than ever after COP26

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An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, greets European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, and Commissioner Mairead McGuinness during their visit to Dublin in July 2021

For some time now, the European Union has been leading the way in the fight against climate change. As European Commissioner Mairead McGuinness recalls, “When the Commission committed in December 2019 to achieving climate neutrality by the middle of this century, this was ground-breaking – a clear sign of EU ambition and a signal to the rest of the world to make bold and ambitious commitments. Several of the world’s leading economies have also now committed to climate neutrality by 2050. Europe will keep working with our global partners to achieve our collective ambition to tackle climate change.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen confirmed that, “Europe is on track to be the first climate neutral continent by 2050. We have reduced our emissions by more than 31% compared with 1990, while at the same time growing our economy by 60%, which shows that you can cut emissions and prosper.” Europe’s Green Deal recognises that the transition to a low carbon economy can be driven by investing in green technologies, which provide hundreds of millions of good, safe, sustainable jobs worldwide.

As a world leader in the fight against climate change, the EU ensured that progress was made at COP26 on three important objectives. President von der Leyen cited these objectives as “First, to get commitments to cut emissions to keep within reach the global warming limit of 1.5 degrees. Second, to reach the target of 100 billion dollars per year of climate finance to developing and vulnerable countries. And third, to get agreement on the Paris rulebook.”

Regarding the ‘Paris rulebook’ to measure the implementation of international climate agreements, Commissioner McGuinness confirmed, “This work is quite technical but it is vital for ensuring accountability. All countries need to be sure that others will match their words with actions – and avoid that some countries take unfair advantage of the work of others.”

COP26 demonstrated that we must remain aware of the scale of the changes necessary to reach our climate goals. For example, over 100 countries followed the EU and US in pledging to reduce methane emissions by 30%.

COP26 also focused on sustainable finance – opening the way for moving large amounts of money – private funds – towards sustainable investments. As Commissioner for financial services, Commissioner McGuinness noted, “Public funding has an important role, but it will not be enough to reach climate neutrality. The private sector, and the financial sector in particular, are central to helping us meet our climate targets.”

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Pieta recruits new Galway therapists

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Pieta’s Regional Manager for Connacht, Ulster & Midlands, Grainne McGill

Pieta, the national suicide and self-harm prevention charity, has announced it is on a current recruitment drive to hire qualified and accredited therapists, specifically with child and adolescent experience in Galway city and Tuam.

The recruitment drive comes as the demand for Pieta’s services for under 18s has increased by 42% since 2020 and almost a quarter of these have attempted suicide.

Pieta is focused on therapists performing its day-to-day tasks from centre locations; working hours are flexible with several options available including 15, 20 or 25 hours per week with one evening required.

The roles will be varied, and candidates will have the opportunity to engage in flexible working arrangements through Pieta’s in-person and video counselling service.  Candidates must have experience working with teenagers and children.

Pieta’s Regional Manager for Connacht, Ulster & Midlands, Grainne McGill said it was always hard to see people struggling – but particularly when they are under 18.

“So far, this year we have had almost 1,500 clients under the age of 18 and almost 8,000 hours of therapy provided to this age group. Our services are needed now more than ever, and an increase in the volume of therapists with specific experience to deal with our increasing younger age group is priority for us,” she said.

For further information, visit https://www.pieta.ie/     careers/

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Teeing up for tourism success

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Head of Business development in Fáilte Ireland, Paul Mockler

A couple of golf clubs in the south and east of the county have joined with compatriots in the Midlands to ensure a greater slice of this tourism sector that generates €300 million a year across the country.

Ballinasloe GC and Portumna GC joined representatives from Slieve Russell, Glasson Lakehouse Mount Temple GC, County Longford GC and Farnham Estate as the Ireland Golf Tour Operators Association (IGTOA) hosted its first in-person event in 18 months to highlight the incredible golfing experiences available throughout Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.

The IGTOA and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands Golf Challenge and Business Networking Dinner, in association with Fáilte Ireland, took place in the newly refurbished Glasson Lakehouse hotel & golf resort outside Athlone.

They heard that the golf tourism industry attracted 200,000 visitors a year to Ireland before the outbreak of Covid-19 – accounting for 1.6 million bed nights.

And those clubs within the Hidden Heartlands region want to claim their share of that.

Head of Business development in Fáilte Ireland, Paul Mockler said that the state tourism promoter has, and will continue to, support and invest significantly in the golf tourism industry.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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