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Swooning suavely sideways – spare me

February 25, 2015

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This week, Lucy Kellaway called on us all – but perhaps predominantly women given the focus of the piece – to “lean in to laziness”. Kellaway, having just caught up with a Uni friend, confidently guided us on doing less, not more, to succeed in business.  For years we’ve been told “work smarter not harder” and that […]

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Monkey Business in the War on Obesity?

February 12, 2015

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As Coke launches “Coke Life” in its shiny green packaging (for “green” read the implied “natural”, “healthy” – aka “you don’t have to avoid Coke to reduce your waistline” – messaging) and the Food Safety Authority has declared the need to put calorie-counts on menus, recent research from Duke University informs us that apes, much […]

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The Dark Knight of “Feminism”

August 5, 2013

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Oh no, not another blog about anti-woman Twitter trolling? Well, no, not really – at least not intentionally. The recent debate about anti-woman threats and trolling on Twitter has brought to light another, different, argument about the very nature of feminism and women’s rights. I have historically counted myself a feminist – my gran always […]

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Speaking out, standing ground and shouting back is the only option: ceding territory to the trolls is a mistake

August 4, 2013

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Much has been written in the last number of weeks on twitter trolls, threats against women and the need to “take back Twitterville” as a community. Some of the commentary has been excellent in its balanced and rational approach – such as Marta Cooper’s piece in The Telegraph and Padraig Reidy’s commentary. Much of the […]

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Plain and simple – putting lobbying in the firing line?

August 2, 2013

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Over the last couple of months there has been an increasingly heated debate about a proposed move to plain packaging for cigarettes in the UK which has, aside from the health policy concern, brought the issue of lobbying into the firing line. As early as January this year, Philip Morris International (PMI) is reported to […]

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Finding a serious message amid the noise: When a picture isn’t worth 1,000 words

August 1, 2013

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Part of working in ‘PR-land’ is the constant striving to communicate more… more clearly, more effectively, in a more targeted/tailored way, in a way that ‘speaks’ to people to move, empower, inform and motivate them. But there are times when less is more. The current plethora of poorly conceived infographics is clearly a case in […]

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Michael D creates space so that voices of all kinds can be heard

November 11, 2011

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A huge and heart-felt Comhghairdeachas! to our new President Michael D Higgins. What was most striking about Michael D’s inaugural address, apart from his all too familiar and ever-welcome eloquence, was his genuine tone of inclusion. I’ve worked in policy and public affairs for over ten years now and have often been confronted by significant […]

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Does that come with a cape? #Aras 11 Rolls On…

October 11, 2011

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Aras 11

Today we had the Matt Cooper’s Today FM Aras Debate. Highlights included “Grey Gay” Mitchell announcing he’d be fine with Ireland re-entering the Commonwealth and reasserted that he’d welcome Christians into the Aras (well, after all, it’s about the togetherness of it all isn’t it?). Davis reiterated that she wasn’t in it for the cash […]

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