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News Frustration as Insurance Reforms Delayed Again THE Alliance for Insurance Reform has reacted with intense frustration to the recent confirmation that plans to establish a long-proposed Garda Insurance Fraud Unit have made no progress. Additionally, the Minster with responsibility for insurance, Michael D’Arcy TD, announced that a previous plan to rapidly address the disproportionate scale of damages for minor, fully recovered personal injuries by way of an ad hoc judicial committee has been abandoned in favour of legislation establishing a full Judicial Council; legislation that is before the Seanad but has made no progress whatsoever since November 2017. “The scale of general damages for very minor, fully recovered soft tissue injuries is promoting a claims culture in Ireland,” argued Eoin McCambridge, Alliance Director and MD of McCambridge’s shop and restaurant in Galway. “The Departments of Justice and Finance and the Judiciary have wasted six months since the publication of the Personal Injuries Commission final report working out a framework to review and reform the Book of Quantum that sets those damages. In the meantime, thousands of additional personal injury claims have been lodged, many of them encouraged by

the enormous sums of money to be made out of so-called ‘paracetamol injuries'.” Peter Boland, Director of the Alliance, said, “We now wonder whether the Government is serious about insurance reform at all… Increasingly, there is evidence to suggest that insurance reform is not a priority for the Government despite the damage insurance costs are causing to communities, charities, sporting organisations, arts groups and small businesses all over the country. This is an issue the Alliance and its 36,000 member organisations and their 639,000 employees will be pressing hard in the run-up to local elections in May.”

Guaranteed Irish Unveils €1.2m Marketing Campaign GUARANTEED Irish recently unveiled a new marketing campaign worth €1.2m, aimed at showcasing its members’ success. The campaign was launched to coincide with Guaranteed Irish Month in March, an annual event that shines a spotlight on businesses in Ireland that create sustainable jobs and add significant value to their local communities.

Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish, and Minister Helen McEntee, pictured at the launch of Guaranteed Irish Month.

A €200,000 multi-channel campaign highlighted Irish business success stories across radio, TV, digital and print media, featuring leading brands such as Sudocrem, Viatel, Mincon and Kingspan. Guaranteed Irish has also announced a series of individual partnership campaigns in conjunction with FBD Insurance and SuperValu, worth an additional €1m, which will see them incorporate the Guaranteed Irish logo in their own marketing activities. “Guaranteed Irish plays a key role in facilitating cooperation between leading businesses in Ireland and helping them demonstrate their commitment to Ireland’s economy and society. We’re proud to be supporting our members and highlighting some of the biggest success stories for businesses that have benefitted from displaying the Guaranteed Irish mark,” noted Brid O’Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish. In addition to the extensive marketing campaign, Guaranteed Irish has also rebooted its website to host a new series of podcasts and additional content, as well as a custom portal that allows its members to more easily trade and do business with one another.

New GM at Molson Coors MOLSON Coors Brewing Company has announced the appointment of Ryan McFarland as General Manager for the island of Ireland. Ryan has been with the company for three years and was previously Director of Northern Ireland. Prior to joining Molson Coors, Ryan spent 12 years working in the luxury and premium spirits sector, holding senior UK and Irish roles within Bacardi Brown Forman and Remy Cointreau. Ryan will bring his extensive industry experience to this role as the business continues to grow both its on-trade and off-trade channels across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. As well as his new position within Molson Coors, Ryan will also be joining the board of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI). “I am thrilled to take on the role of General Manager for the island of Ireland as we look to deliver a more aligned approach for Molson Coors,” he said. “We’ve made fantastic progress in Ryan McFarland, General building our business over the past few years, but with our broader portfolio of exciting brands Manager, Molson Coors Brewing Company. we believe there is plenty of opportunity to accelerate that growth.”

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Retail News, is Ireland’s longest established FMCG B2B magazine. It has been around for over 60 years, from the birth of the supermarket, th...