Top Oil on the Tuam Road in Galway was announced as the overall winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh at a special awards ceremony which took place in the Westwood Hotel on Thursday the 12th May 2016.
Former Minister of State for the Gaeltacht, Joe McHugh, presented Top Oil with Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh, a beautiful piece of sculpture specially designed by the famous artist Pádraic Reaney symbolising the 14 Tribes of Galway, with one ‘present day Tribe’ representing the winner of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2016 and other winners to come.
The gala awards ceremony attracted over 100 representatives from all aspects of Galway life who came to celebrate the use of Irish in business in the city as well as Galway’s status as the first city in Ireland to gain bilingual status.
Top Oil was also named as the winner of the ‘Services’ Category sponsored by Snap Galway before going on to scoop the overall award on the night.
The Moltóirí said that they were particularly impressed by the integration of the Irish language into Top Oil: from a ‘Seirbhís i nGaeilge’ to bilingual signage, bilingual stationery, Gaeilge on delivery trucks and a new bilingual logo – “Fuelling Ireland/Éire Á Breoslú”.
They were also impressed with how the staff were inspired and encouraged to use Irish. Top Oil also intends to extend the use of the Irish language to other branches around the country.
Other category winners for Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh 2016 were Faherty Paints (Retail winner, sponsored by Galway Bay FM); the Connacht Hotel (Tourism & Hospitality winner, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland) and the Galway Technology Centre (Other Companies winner, sponsored by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann Gaillimh).
They all received a business package to the value of €2,000 from their respective category sponsor as well as a replica of Gradam Sheosaimh Uí Ógartaigh specially designed for the Gradam by Pádraic Reaney and sponsored by Údarás na Gaeltachta.
A reflection of the high standard of entries this year is Bronnadh Speisialta na Moltóirí, a special award designed to acknowledge a business who has entered the Gradam for the first time and has achieved a very high standard which could not go unrecognised.
This award, sponsored by Judy Greene Pottery, was presented to Péarla na Mara. The Moltóirí were particularly impressed by the attitude and passion for the language displayed by the owner. Péarla na Mara have embraced the ‘Spirit of the Gradam’ and see it as something that is integral to the success of their business.
For the first time this year, the Moltóirí bestowed a University Scholarship sponsored by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh on a business that is making a special effort to develop a ‘Service in Irish’ for their customers.
Michaela McDermott of Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop was presented with a one year scholarship on the language acquisition course, ‘An Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge’, a university qualification from NUI Galway.
More than one third of adults have no pension
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has published new research outlining Irish adults’ preparations for their retirement.
The research findings show that a high percentage of consumers do not have any pension plan in place. When asked their reasons for not having a pension in place, 32% stated that they have yet to get around to it, 20% feel they are too young and a further 20% don’t feel they can afford it.
Almost a quarter (23%) of those in the 55-64 years age group – those who may expect to retire in the next decade – reported that they don’t currently have a pension in place. 77% of this age cohort expect to qualify for the State Contributory pension as one way of funding their retirement.
Of the 735 adults who took part in the research, two thirds (66%) stated they would be using the State Contributory pension to help fund their retirement. The research also shows that 32% of those questioned were unaware of the amount of the State Contributory pension payment (currently €253 per week).
Respondents intend to supplement their pension plans with a variety of other forms of retirement funding, including, selling a property (24%), rental income (23%), equity release (15%) and selling a business (14%). One third of those aged 25-34 expect to use funds from the sale of a property or income from a rental property as a source of funding in retirement.
Kevin O’Brien, Member of the CCPC, said: “This research suggests a lack of provision for adequate retirement income among a considerable cohort of Irish adults.
“It raises concerns therefore around the long-term financial well-being of consumers, with 38% having no pension in place.
Of those surveyed, many cite the time to set up a pension or being too young as barriers to making pension provisions.
“Pension planning is key to maintaining financial well-being in retirement and it is evident from this new research that many Irish adults do not have the necessary provisions in place to provide for a secure retirement, despite the significant tax reliefs available on pension contributions.
Local Ireland welcomes move to 0% VAT for news publishers
Local Ireland, the association representing 32 weekly paid-for newspapers around the country, has welcomed the decision by the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to remove VAT on newspapers.
President of Local Ireland Declan McGuire said: “This is a very important move for news publishers.
“Zero per cent VAT will allow local newspapers around Ireland to invest in journalism and in the transition to new digital business models.
“News publishers have faced a series of major challenges over recent years, most recently the huge increases in the cost of newsprint. This move will help support jobs in the industry and sustain the quality of our service to readers.
“We very much appreciate this endorsement by Government for the valuable role we play in our communities and the public service content we provide.
“I would like to thank the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure and all the Ministers, TDs and Senators from across the political spectrum who have given their support to our campaign to end VAT on journalism.”
Executive Director of Local Ireland Bob Hughes said: “Local news publishers are the lifeblood of the communities they serve. Along with our national colleagues represented by NewsBrands Ireland, we play a vital role in Ireland’s democracy.
“Today’s decision will protect the future of trusted, professional journalism in Ireland against the tide of global disinformation that threatens to undermine healthy democratic debate and analysis.”
Galway call-out with entries now open for Guaranteed Irish Business Awards
Guaranteed Irish has announced the launch of the 2023 Guaranteed Irish Business Awards, celebrating the best of locally based businesses in recognition of their contribution to business in the country.
The Awards – back after their inaugural year – aim to put the spotlight on local businesses that have made a commitment to support local jobs and contribute to local communities across the country.
The event, which will be MCed by broadcaster Anton Savage, will take place at an awards luncheon in The Shelbourne Hotel on Tuesday, March 14 2023.
“Guaranteed Irish has been supporting businesses in Ireland for almost 50 years and is recognised as the national symbol for trust in business and provenance,” explained Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish.
“It’s important to celebrate the best of homegrown businesses as well as firms that have chosen to operate locally here in Ireland. Through the Guaranteed Irish licensed symbol, consumers identify businesses that build local supply chains, support local jobs, and embrace sustainable business practices.
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