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September 11, 2012
What’s Been Keeping Us Busy In Recent Weeks…

DHR Communications has been kept busy in recent weeks, working with clients on a number of high-profile initiatives and events, and there’s more to come in the near future.

Samaritans Ireland recently announced the introduction of a new national helpline number – 116 123. The free-phone line has been supported by the six largest telecoms operators in the country – BT Ireland, Eircom / Meteor, O2, Three, UPC and Vodafone. The companies have committed to a two-year funding programme for the Europe-wide phone number’s Irish operations. Pictured below, at the launch announcement, are Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister for State at the Department of Health; Torlach Denihan, Director of IBEC’s Telecommunication and Internet Federation; and Suzanne Costello, Chief Executive of Samaritans Ireland. More information on the helpline can be found here.

Meanwhile, the Simon Cumbers Media Fund is busy preparing for a special event in the coming days.  A showcase of work by journalists covering development issues will be launched by Minister of State for Development and Trade, Joe Costello TD,  on Tuesday, 18th September at 6pm at the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. Renowned BBC journalist Ben Brown will also speak at the event, outlining the challenges facing international journalism. Work that will be exhibited was funded by the Simon Cumbers Media Fund in 2010 and 2011. If interested in attending, please RSVP to info@simoncumbersmediafund.ie. Meantime, the winter 2012 round of the fund is now open to applications. Journalists are invited to submit proposals for coverage of a development issue, with the closing date for receipt of applications set at Friday, 12th October.

In recent weeks, we’ve also been working with the Digital Hub Development Agency on a visit by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Naoise Ó Muirí, to The Digital Hub.  And, in our ongoing work with Active Retirement Ireland, we’ve promoted a race night at Kilbeggan, highlighted a number of policy issues of concern to the organisation and are currently planning a PR strategy for ARI’s annual national bowls tournament, which will take place later this month.

The rest of September will also see DHR Communications busy on a raft of new projects, involving clients in the NGO and statutory sectors. We are working with MSF Ireland (Médecins Sans Frontières) on a new week-long campaign at the end of this month, aimed at raising awareness of their life-saving work in emergency situations. With exhibitions and events running from 23rd-30th September,  the full programme for MSF Ireland Week will be announced next Monday, 17th September.  For more information please like the Facebook page for MSF Ireland Week here.

We are also working on a new journalism fund aimed at supporting investigative coverage in the media of Irish social issues, while honouring the memory of one of Ireland’s greatest journalists, the late Mary Raftery. The Mary Raftery Journalism Fund will help shine a light on three elements of Irish society – mental health, migrant rights and children’s issues. With the fund launching at the end of the month, more details will soon be available on a new, dedicated website. You can find out more about the fund on Facebook and Twitter.


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