Waterford’s transition year students invited to ‘Go Places with Bus Éireann’


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7 weeks to closing date for Bus Éireann’s new Transition Year competition


RTÉ Presenters Bláthnaid Treacy and Stephen Byrne encourage TYs to enter


  • Entries must be submitted by the entrant’s school after 9am on February 28th and before 5pm on March 16th. 
  • Open to all Transition Year students in Cork and beyond, the national competition focuses on developing ideas around bus transport through project work in several different categories.
  • Five regional winners will receive €3,000 in cash for their school, and the overall winners will also receive a day trip with entry to Tayto Park for their class*, with a private coach


Schools Prize Fund of €15,000


Monday, January 23rd 2017 - The deadline is fast approaching for Bus Éireann’s exciting new competition for Transition Year students, ‘Go Places with Bus Éireann’, whichis running for the first time in the current academic year, 2016/2017.  With seven weeks left to enter, participating students will be in with a chance of winning one of five regional prizes of €3,000 for their school, and one national prize of a fun filled day out for their class* to Tayto Park, including complimentary use of a private coach.


Projects are being invited under a range of categories including ‘Safety’, ‘Technology & Communication, ‘Environment & Sustainability’, ‘Community’, and ‘Society, Culture or Sport’.  They can be submitted in various ways including via video, a written submission, a PowerPoint presentation or an academic poster. 


Students are being asked to submit their ideas for how school transport and public bus transport can best support schools and the wider public. Bus Éireann is the operator of School Transport for the Department of Education and Skills and is also the largest provider of regional city, town and rural public transport services, with 650 vehicles in operation on 275 routes throughout the country. Its school transport operation involves over 6,000 vehicles servicing 3,000 routes to 2,000 schools.


As ’Go Places with Bus Éireann’ is based around project work with an education element, it can perfectly complement Transition Year curriculum. 41 million journeys on the School Transport Scheme


Bus Éireann’s PR and Media Manager Nicola Cooke said: “Every day, we carry 112,500 students to school and back – that’s over 41 million journeys per year on the School Transport Scheme alone.  We’re looking forward to hearing from Transition Year students from all over the country about some new and different inputs into public bus transport.”


Launching the competition, Bláthnaid Treacy, RTE’s ‘Can’t Stop Dancing’ and 2FM presenter said: “With the Junior Cert behind them, TY students have more time to think about what makes them tick. Public transport is so important and who better to help Bus Éireann get some ideas for the future than students?  This is a great opportunity for Transition Year students to get stuck in and play a part in shaping our public services.”  


RTE’s 2FM and Two Tube presenterStephen Byrne, who co-hosts with Bláthnaid, said: “We all use public or school transport at some point in our lives, so why not have your say?  There are loads of ways to be creative and Transition Years are well placed to come up with ideas. Projects are a great way of collaborating on these. Topics could range from better use of apps and social media – a personal interest of mine – to safety on board or engagement with schools and community groups.”


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Operation Transformation makes a tasty return to Whitfield


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Following the success of previous years, Whitfield recently launched its food and health initiative, Eat Right Live Right, to run in tandem with RTE’s ‘Operation Transformation’.


Now in its third year, the popular Eat Right Live Right programme places emphasis on the importance of nutritionally balanced meals for the patients, visitors and staff of Whitfield. A range of healthy and tasty meal choices are available with special focus on providing optimum nutrition for people with illness and complementing their recovery plans.


Meals are developed with similar nutritional profiles as those on Operation Transformation, are prepared with locally sourced, fresh produce and the “Dish of the Day” recipes are available at the Atrium Café.


The initiative received great support in previous years and 2017 seems to be no exception. According to Alan O’Connor, Whitfield’s Catering Manager, the project, even in its early days, has received great feedback not only from the patients and visitors but also from the staff.


“Many of the staff are choosing the Operation Transformation meal offers daily.  Not only are they getting a tasty, appetising meal, the options are low in calories but high in nutrition and energy. Perfect fayre for those working in a busy healthcare environment.”


Eimear McDonnell, Clinical Nurse Manager said “The catering staff have to be commended for introducing this healthy food programme. Our patients receive the most nutritionally apt meal options which is vital in aiding recuperation. The staff too are really embracing the new healthy options.”


“Often, we consume food just as a fuel to keep going throughout the day, but the options on offer are great. They are flavoursome, bursting with nutrients and made from the freshest locally sourced ingredients. When such a wonderful array of healthy meal options is readily available it really is much easier to choose right to eat and live right.”


Whitfield’s chefs and dieticians work together in serving up the Operation Transformation meal options. The kitchen team creates each meal from scratch to ensure that customers enjoy higher quality food with more taste. The meals are nutritionally analysed to ensure the nutrient profile is suitable for patients. They are low in fat and salt, a good source of fibre, and made from ingredients containing no gluten. There are also options suitable for vegetarians ensuring there is something healthy for all palates.


Alan added “We have a lot of interest from people who have tried the options here and would like to make them themselves at home, which is why the recipes are available from the catering department. Anyone can get a copy of the recipes and have their very own Operation Transformation meal options at home.”


The daily menu includes Operation Transformation favorites such as Kale & Red Pepper Soup, Chicken Cacciatore, Mediterranean Cod en Papillote and Puy Lentil, Spinach & Mint Soup. Also on offer is a range of vegetarian and salad options including Mixed Bean & Tomato Salad and Sweet Potato & Fennel Salad.


If you would like to learn more about Whitfield Clinic’s health food options, offer some suggestions, or if you just want to see what’s for lunch, contact Whitfield Catering department at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Bus Eireann 'The Big Red Seat Sale'


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New First Aid Training Courses at LCE Training Academy


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Morgan McKinley 2017 Salary Guide


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Morgan McKinley 2017 Salary Guide covers salary ranges for professionals working in Ireland


2016 saw a strong performance for the Irish economy with GDP growth increasing to 4.2% and the unemployment rate decreasing from 8.5% to 7.3% during the year, the lowest it has been in eight years. These positive indicators resulted in strong upward trends in domestic consumption and general investment, which did slow in the second half of the year. Forecasting into 2017 is difficult given the  uncertainty which exists around Brexit and the potential implications for the Irish economy.  


Given the increased prominence of a hard exit scenario GDP forecast now stands at 3.5% for 2017. Any negative shock to foreign demand is expected to flow through the economy which has implications for the labour market and employment. Approximately 30% of all employment is in sectors that are heavily related to UK exports particularly small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agri-food and tourism sectors.  Total employment in Ireland as we close out 2016 is at its highest level since Q4 2008.


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