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23 – 29 November

ISME featured in the media


The Irish Times, 28/11/19
Push on for Black Friday to go green and stay local
ISME asks shoppers to be environmentally conscious and buy Irish. As shoppers get ready to take advantage of Black Friday bargains, the push is on to encourage more of them to shop local, buy Irish and think green.
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Echo Live, 28/11/19
Green Friday: 10 reasons to buy local this Christmas
During Black Friday, the average Irish person buys four products and spends €300, with global data for 2018 showing an 1,852% increase in sales compared to an ordinary day. We are hoping that people will consider spending some of this money on locally produced products and services — there is so much choice out there!
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RollerCoaster.ie, 28/11/19
Why is everyone talking about Green Friday?
Green Friday is a tonic to the madness of Black Friday. Which day will you be partaking in? Black Friday. What’s the deal? It’s an American thing that crossed the Atlantic in an explosion of commercialism. Where once we had to wait till St Stephen’s Day to nab a deal, now the third Friday in November is the benchmark for bargains.
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Connemara FM, 28/11/19
Shop Local
Neil McDonnell spoke about shopping local, buying Irish on Thursday’s early evening Tourism programme ‘Failte’ with Carmel Murray.
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RTE News 29/11/19
Green is the new black as big shopping season kicks off
Business group ISME is appealing to consumers to back local businesses today, Black Friday, and in the lead up to Christmas. Isme says local shops use local services, accountants, suppliers, as well as employing local people.
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Insurance reform  in the media


TheJournal.ie, 24/11/19
‘I feel really sorry for those businesses’: Minister says he’s ‘pushing hard’ on high insurance costs
The Minister with responsibility for taking action on the cost of insurance has said he has sympathy for the businesses around the country faced with much higher premiums who can’t operate without insurance.
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DrinksIndustryIreland.ie, 25/11/19
AIR insists Ministers D’Arcy, Flanagan and Donohue “get serious”
The Alliance for Insurance Reform has expressed its intense frustration at the news that Galway Community Circus, a charitable youth project and one of Ireland’s flagship social circus projects, has been forced to cancel all classes for its 650 members “and may be forced to close its doors due to the lack of available, adequate insurance, jeopardising one of the main projects of Galway Capital of Culture 2020”.
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BreakingNews.ie, 25/11/19
School ordered to pay €3.5k over refusal to take TY student with nut allergy on school trip to France
A secondary school has been ordered to pay €3,500 to a Transition Year (TY) student with a life-threatening nut allergy over discriminating against her when not allowing her to go on a school trip to France.
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The Irish Examiner, 25/11/19
Action on behalf of boy, 3, who fell and fractured leg in Wexford playzone settled for €65,000
A boy who fell seven feet to the ground while in a playzone area four years ago has settled his High Court action for €65,000. Jamie Cummins was only three years old when he fractured his right thigh bone in the fall as he climbed steps to access a mid level three tier play and slide area at Wexford Playzone.
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The Irish Examiner, 25/11/19
10-year-old girl who cut knee at funfair settles High Court action for €80,000
A young girl who fell cutting her knee as she walked on the boardwalk beside a ride at a funfair has settled her High Court action for €80,000. Leah Bonner was 10 years of age when she tripped and fell near the Waltzer ride at the fairground in Dungloe, Co Donegal. She suffered a laceration to her knee and the High Court heard today she has been left with a six-inch scar.
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Brokers Ireland, 26/11/19
Minister Michael D’Arcy Conference Adresses to Brokers Ireland Members
Brokers Ireland were delighted to welcome Minister of State Michael D’Arcy  (Public Expenditure & Reform with responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance) who delivered the opening address at Brokers IrelandAnnual General Insurance Conference in Croke Park on Wednesday 20th November 2019.
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The Irish Examiner, 27/11/19
Woman who fell on way to toilet block in caravan park loses appeal over failed damages action
An elderly woman who suffered a serious arm injury after falling at a caravan park in Co Waterford has lost her appeal over the dismissal of her damages claim. Philomena White, now in her early eighties, had sued William Doherty and S & K Carey Ltd, as occupiers of Woodstown Caravan Park, over her fall on May 3rd 2010. She was aged 73 at the time.
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Irish Legal News, 28/11/19
Ms Justice Mary Irvine to chair first meeting of new personal injuries committee next week
A meeting of the seven “members designate” of the Personal Injuries Guidelines Committee will be convened early next week by Ms Justice Mary Irvine of the Supreme Court, Ireland’s top judge has announced.
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Radio Kerry, 28/11/19
Public meeting focusing on reform of insurance industry in Listowel tonight
A public meeting focusing on the reform of the insurance industry will take place in Listowel tonight. Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris and his party colleague councillor Pa Daly will address the meeting, which will get underway at 8pm in The Three Mermaids.
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The Irish Examiner, 28/11/19
Insurance crisis puts thousands of leisure, hospitality jobs at risk
Thousands of jobs could be lost in the next six to eight months unless Irish rules on minor injuries insurance claims are brought in line with the rest of Europe. The Alliance for Insurance Reform says its member companies in nightclubs, leisure clubs and childcare services have lost 400 to 500 jobs due to escalating insurance costs in recent years.
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The Irish Examiner, 28/11/19
€25-a-week cleaning lady, 79, awarded €105k for fall down stairs
A cleaning lady who fell down a stairs at the Blackrock Market in Dublin fracturing her arm has been awarded €105,000 by a High Court Judge. Mary McKenna who was 74 years of age at the time of the fall on a wooden staircase was working three hours one morning a week at the market for €25 a week.
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The Irish Times, 29/11/19
Chief Justice signals cautious approach over personal injury payouts
Ms Justice Mary Irvine was the obvious choice to chair the new judicial committee set up to issue guidelines for personal injury payouts, which are blamed for the rising insurance premiums driving companies out of business.
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The Indpendent, 29/11/19
Shane Phelan: ‘Failure to reform defamation laws opens door to libel tourists’
A well-known American self-help guru is using the Irish courts to sue a New York-headquartered publisher whose main audience is in the US. Should we be surprised Tony Robbins has issued defamation proceedings against Buzzfeed in a Dublin court? The answer is most definitely not.
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