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  • 054 NO FEE ONE 4 ALL » Inside Ireland
    reverse the decision to end full time BA Irish degree programme on Belfast Campus Home raquo 054 NO FEE ONE 4 ALL 054 NO FEE ONE 4 ALL June 8 2012 Share Tweet By Alix NO REPRO FEE Ian Deegan Store Manager Debenhams Miriam Flahive Area Manager Oasis Gerry Bohan Sales Director Fields Karen Koster Xpose Presenter TV3 Michael Dawson MD Gift Voucher Shop Peter Dolan Marketing Manager Woodies and Pat Kiely Commercial Director TV With over 25 million in unspent One4all Gift cards shopaholicâ s they helped to launch Irelandâ s first ever Retail Week to encourage shoppers dig out their unspent One4alls Running from Saturday 9th June until Sunday 17th June retailers around Ireland will be offering discounts promotions add ons as well as in store events to celebrate Retail Week set up by Irelandâ s leading gifting experts One4all For more information visit www one4all ie Photo Leon Farrell Photocall Ireland Comments Latest Opinion Apple and the tax debate In this week s opinion piece Ian Parsley turns its attention to some famous multinationals and the tax debate What is the future of Argos This week we ask about the future of British catalogue retailer Argos with

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  • Opinion: Do we care more about those of the same class, or even same race in news reports of attacks? If so, we probably need to address it » Inside Ireland
    BUT WITH BEIRUT TOO When three people were murdered in a terrorist atrocity in Boston Twitter went in to meltdown When 147 students were gunned down in Kenya in April however we just scrolled on This is something which is not completely irrational but it should concern us When do we care Likewise last weekend Daesh or ISIS carried out attacks of unimaginable brutality in Paris and Beirut The former got almost all the public attention This is understandable More of us have visited Paris and were likely to know people currently in Paris than Beirut Paris is also more like us a Western city in an established democracy Why the Paris Story In the case of Paris we in the West many familiar with the city were able to relate better to acts of inhumane brutality but also of astonishing kindness and heroism and superb journalism too not least by some of our own We were genuinely shaken by such fear and terror so close to home in every sense Of course we connected to it more closely than to the attacks in Lebanon We have connections to Paris However it is also greatly disconcerting or at least it should be What we are saying really is either that we place an economic value on life therefore people killed in the West are more important than people killed on the Developing World or worse still that we care more about those who are like us Or both To emphasise this is not irrational but it matters Social justice is impossible The fundamental implication is that if we accept that we care more about those who are close to us or about those whose lives have economic value we accept that social justice is impossible Logically we tell the rest of the world even the best educated in poor countries that in fact we do not care about them They can burn hundreds at a time for all we care How do we expect them to respond to that Worse how does this notion that we care primarily about those who are like us play out even within our own homeland Do we care more about those of the same class or same locality or same religion or even same race Is this not all on the spectrum somewhere If so we probably need to address it at least to some extent To be clear I had hardly noticed Kenya and I probably noted Beirut only because refugees from there were among my childhood friends I am as guilty as anyone else However we do need to ask ourselves what the implications are of who we care about and who we don t Comments Comments are closed Latest Comment and Opinion Opinion Apple and the tax debate In this week s opinion piece Ian Parsley turns its attention to some famous multinationals and the tax debate Comment The water charges will do for Irish Labour what the Poll Tax did

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  • Opinion: With James McClean debate, Sport must unite rather than divide » Inside Ireland
    won widespread acclaim for his refusal to be conscripted into wearing a poppy an emblem he apparently regarded as unrepresentative of the community he comes from While that decision also had its detractors one suspects that the Derry native is quite taken aback at the sheer scale of this latest episode Sympathy I can t second guess the motivations behind McClean s latest act of defiance but although I have a tremendous amount of sympathy for a young man in the eye of a media storm I do wonder if this latest maelstrom could have been avoided After all it s not uncommon for sportsmen to show consideration for the anthem of another country irrespective of an individual s personal beliefs about the nation in question It s not as if the Irishman was being asked to sing along to God Save The Queen against his will while being simultaneously compelled to salute the English flag No reasonable person could support that McClean was merely being asked to stand respectfully while the British anthem was played along with the other members of Tony Pulis s multi national squad This is where I think a lot of McClean s defenders have got it wrong the issue here is not one of coercion but rather one of mutual tolerance and respect And it cuts both ways Consider when the English rugby team comes to Dublin for the Six Nations No Irish supporter expects England s players to loudly serenade the Aviva Stadium with Amhrán na bhFiann in fluent Irish But we do expect not unreasonably that our English visitors show respect to our national anthem And I dare say if such etiquette wasn t duly observed quite a few Irishmen perhaps some of those rushing to McClean s defence in recent days would find such a scenario rather unpalatable Every international sportsman is required to observe respect for the national anthems of other teams it s part and parcel of global sporting competition Sport and politics should be separate It would create anarchy therefore if players dispensed with the established pre match protocols of silent observation and respect for opposition symbols I imagine there are many players who compete against opposing nations whose practices they perhaps find questionable but choose to keep their protests outside the sporting arena It is also my firm belief that sport and politics should be kept completely separate at all times There are those who have questioned whether McClean should be allowed to continue in English football after this latest controversy but such a contention is utterly nonsensical As an EU citizen who pays substantial taxes in his country of employment the Irish midfielder has every right to remain there as long as he wishes Equally in a liberal democracy everyone can exercise their right to peaceful and dignified protest within the law I wholeheartedly support the right of James McClean to protest on any issue political or otherwise that is close to his heart We must

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  • Opinion: Seven tips for developing your small business » Inside Ireland
    that s exactly the impression people will get 2 Use a more impressive physical address It s time to stop asking your customers to write to you at Flat 3 A virtual office service provides you with a business address in the right place and a local contact number answered by a trained receptionist in your company name All of your mail can be directed to this address and managed accordingly You ll present a more professional image as well as freeing up time to focus on core tasks 3 Avoid coffee shop meetings Face to face meetings are essential for any business Conducting these at home or in a crowded and noisy coffee shop can be counter productive Instead hire meeting space for as little as an hour at a time giving you a quiet private room and access to any facilities you need What s more this space can be booked at a location convenient to the person you re meeting preventing them from having to travel and immediately creating a favourable impression 4 Multiply yourself You might be the only employee but a collection of different addresses such as Enquiries Company com and Complaints Company com gives a feeling of multiple departments or at least multiple staff members Remember that you re a small business with limited employees so you re not being deceptive You and your staff probably really do fill multiple roles at once 5 Become an industry expert Share your knowledge Educate others Write an e book within your area of expertise and give it away on your website Start a blog and keep it up offering useful advice to customers and industry partners Attend conventions forge a network and offer to be a speaker Where you can offer yourself to the press to be interviewed for stories and features related to your work As people start to see you and your name everywhere offering your wisdom and experience they ll automatically assume that your company is a successful and trustworthy organisation 6 Get social Mainstream social media platforms such as Twitter Facebook and LinkedIn are all invaluable resources for any business trying to grow its public image Talk to your customers and other local businesses and get involved in discussions related to your industry If your prospects see your company with 30 000 followers and one of your competitors with only 30 who do you think they ll be more inclined to choose 7 Align with bigger names If you ve worked with big name brands don t keep it a secret Get their logos onto your website Mention your affiliations and networks and if you don t have any get some Join the UK Marketing Association or become a certified energy conscious enterprise Sponsor a well known charity that you feel strongly about and display their badge on your websites and social media profiles with pride Growing your business is never an easy task and there s no single quick fix But

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  • Comment and Opinion » Inside Ireland
    the Scots and we should be holding our own government to account on how our own path to independence gleamed with social justice and how they have yet to deliver the universal healthcare which has been proclaimed to be the most sacred thing in Scotland and its future Comment We need a change of perspective in the North to care about what really matters JP Boyle argues that perhaps the peaceful July 12th period might herald a change in perspective for Loyalism which could mean campaigning on what really matters such as climate change or welfare cuts and could bring the North into the 21st century 14 years after everyone else The gap is closing between Northern and Southern hemisphere in rugby Despite the successful year for Irish and northern hemisphere rugby New Zealand are still the team everyone in international rugby has to find a way to beat Comment Irish exporters should look at creating a credible presence rapidly anywhere across the globe that they do business Irish exporters should look at options to allow them to create a credible presence rapidly anywhere across the globe that they do business Opinion BOD was one factor which contributed to golden era of Irish rugby This week s opinion column looks at the retirement of Brian O Driscoll and argues that the BOD factor contributed to the golden era of Irish rugby We need political parties that do not believe in preordained futures for Ireland In this week s Opinion piece following bad results for the SDLP in the North s local elections Stephen asks is there a future for the SDLP and argues we need political parties that do not believe in preordained futures for Ireland Opinion The challenges to Irish business with new postcode system This week s opinion looks at the challenges to Irish business with the introduction of the new postcode system next year Opinion Student unions in North will keep demanding equal mariage despite Stormont vote This week s opinion piece looks at the loss of the vote in the Northern Ireland Assembly to extend equal marriage to the North and Fergal McFerran argues that sudent unions will campaign until rights have been extended to the LGBT community This year s Eurosong contest almost as funny and entertaining as My Lovely Horse This week s opinion column looks at the Eurovison Song contest arguing that with the debate so far this year s Eurosong debate in Ireland was almost as funny and entertaining as My Lovely Horse Comment Fast broadband connection not among Irish governments list of priorities In this week s Comment piece Andrew Walwyn argues that although it seems that fast broadband is not among the Irish governments list of priorities they could suggest alternatives to fibre optic broadband which could be cheaper and easier to run Comment Free speech means free speech which cannot be restricted only to things you agree with Following the decision by DUP Councillors to cancel a comedy play

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  • Advantages & challenges for those who go into postgraduate study » Inside Ireland
    week placement with the Limerick Post and ended up staying there for most of the summer in 2012 Rise in the percentage of postgraduate students in employment There has been a rise in the percentage of postgraduate Masters and PhD students in employment in Ireland since 2008 which is good news for those who would prefer not to move overseas for work The latest HEA statistics also tell us that there is a lower percentage of postgraduate Masters and PhD students working abroad now 11 of postgraduate Masters and PhD students were working abroad in 2012 compared to 13 in 2011 The latest HEA stats available are up until and including 2012 It seems that the higher you go with your studies the better your chances of employment In the latest statistics obtained from the University of Limerick 81 of their doctorate graduates are in employment 73 of their taught Masters graduates are in employment and 66 of postgraduate diploma graduates are in employment It must be stressed here that not 100 of UL graduates were surveyed when these statistics were obtained but it gives us a good general idea of graduate trends Mature students There are increasing numbers of mature students who decide to return to study for different reasons Some have been made redundant and see it as an opportunity to choose a different career path or to gain specific skills to enhance their job prospects in the future Others decide to do it for professional reasons Daragh Dukes is a Limerick based composer and producer who decided to return to UL to pursue a Masters in Music Technology in 2011 His production company Dukes Productions has been composing music for film tv radio as well as for brands and commercials since 2009 UL were running a Masters course that covered the area in which I was working I had been looking for an opportunity to update and broaden my knowledge of related skills and technologies I d say my reasons were both professional and personal Daragh said While returning to full time study after years out of that environment can be daunting for many Daragh enjoyed it He said As a mature student it meant setting up good time management For me there was less time to socialise but the interaction with staff and students was one of the benefits of my course The main challenge for me was preparing for exams which I have always found difficult Daragh Dukes More importantly the Masters qualification has helped Daragh professionally I use a lot of what I learned at UL in my work every day It has also opened up teaching and lecturing work for me which provides me with more income Daragh said Unemployment rate Latest CSO Central Statistics Office statistics also confirm that employment rates increased as the level of education attained increased with an employment rate of 81 for those with a third level qualification CSO statistics also showed that 91 of the labour force

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  • Seven Community groups share International Fund for Ireland support » Inside Ireland
    seven community groups in Counties Antrim Armagh Down Leitrim and Belfast The funding approved at the organisation s recent Board meeting in Bushmills County Antrim will go towards a range of rural and urban initiatives designed to support community led peace building and reconciliation efforts The seven projects are supported through the Fund s Peace Impact Programme PIP which provides groups with the means to develop innovative solutions to sensitive and divisive issues including engagement with young people who are vulnerable to recruitment or attack by paramilitaries The International Fund for Ireland is an independent international organisation established by the Irish and British Governments in 1986 The Fund s main objectives are to promote economic and social advance and encourage contact dialogue and reconciliation between Unionists and Nationalists throughout Ireland The Chairman of the International Fund for Ireland commended the groups for their work in bringing stability to difficult environments Many of these groups are making the first significant efforts to resolve complex community issues and tensions said Dr Adrian Johnston The reality is that hard divisions still remain in our society and we risk losing everything if communities and politicians cannot agree to tackle them together In difficult times the Fund is providing critical support aimed at calming the pressures at ground level and creating a foundation for lasting change Dr Adrian Johnston The Peace Impact Programme has awarded more than 2 185 000 2 622 000 to 31 projects across the North and the southern border counties since commencing last year Interface areas of Belfast Some of the projects are intergenerational cross community schemes involving two communities that have experienced inter communal violence and difficulty The latest funding package includes 67 974 81 568 to Grace Women s Group Ardoyne GWGA to run a 17 month cross community

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  • Education and Training » Inside Ireland
    issues is nothing short of despicable called for and urgent action to deal with the issue Student Blog Will Jess get that place at Coventry University In this continuing blog of a Derry student applying through the UCAS system to an English university we find out if Jess gets her conditional offer from Coventry University Blog Interview stage at Coventry will Jess get in In this continuing blog of a Northern student applying for a university degree in England Jess is now at the interview stage of her choice college Coventry University Will she get in Student Blog Going to England for that college interview In the continuing series about a Co Derry student s process to get to College Jess Morrison is now at the stage where she has had a conditional offer in England and is off for an interview Student Blog Waiting for that college place interview In this continuing blog about the dramas of applying into the UK university application process UCAS student Jess Morrison is now at the stage of waiting for interview dates from colleges if at all Umbrella group for student unions in North have encouraging meeting with Stormont Minister The umbrella body for student unions in the North has held an encouraging meeting with the Stormont Education Minister John O Dowd Blog The thought process of a university applicant Jess Morrison a blogger from County Derry begins a series of blogs about the dramas of applying through the UCAS system the British equivalent to the CAO Jess a BTEC student at an FE college in the North hopes to go to England to study Media Belfast woman nominated for London Award for work with integrated education in NI A 74 year old Belfast woman has been nominated for an award for her work with integrated education in Northern Ireland at a prestigious London ceremony at the end of January Students organise Day of Action to protest against cuts to the EMA scheme Students from across Northern Ireland have taken part in a day of action on Wednesday to protest against cutting the Education Maintenance Allowance Fianna Fáil supports USI Campaign against student fee increases Fianna Fáil has supported the USI campaign to highlight their opposition to fee increases and cuts in student grants in next month s Budget Education funding has fallen off the cliff unions tell rally Around 2 000 teachers protested against education cuts outside Dáil Éireann on Wednesday in a event organised by INTO ASTI and TUI Pupils from the North allowed to re sit English exam following review Northern Ireland Pupils who took the GCSE English exam with the AQA Awarding Organisation will be able to re sit their exam according to Stormont Education Minister John O Dowd Widening Participation strategy is good news for all future students and for our education system says umbrella body Stormont Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has lauched a new integrated strategy for widening participation in higher education in Northern

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