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Emily O Reilly, Ombudsman to speak at DkIT

As part of its 40th Anniversary Speaker Series DkIT is pleased to announced that Ms Emily O Reilly, Ombudsman, will speak on the topic: Is there a better way? Creating societies that focus on well-being and happiness

Ms Emily O'Reilly was appointed Ireland's third Ombudsman on the 1st June, 2003, by the President of Ireland, Mrs Mary McAleese, on the nomination of both Houses of the Oireachtas (Dáil and Seanad). Prior to her appointment, Ms O'Reilly was a journalist and author and had been a political correspondent for various media outlets since 1989.

The new Ombudsman was also appointed Ireland's second Information Commissioner, under the Freedom of Information Act, 1997, on 1st June, 2003. In her role as Commissioner, Ms O'Reilly provides an independent review of decisions relating to the right of access of members of the public to records held by public bodies.

In addition, under the European Communities (Access to Information on the Environment) Regulations, S.I. 133 of 2007, Ms. O’Reilly, (as holder of the Office of Information Commissioner) was assigned the legally separate role of Commissioner for Environmental Information. Her role is to decide appeals taken by members of the public who are not satisfied with the outcome of their requests to public authorities for environmental information.

She is also an ex-officio member of the Standards in Public Office Commission, the Dáil Constituency Commission, the Commission for Public Service Appointments and the Referendum Commission.

Ms O'Reilly is a native of Tullamore, Co Offaly , Ireland and is married with five children. She was educated at University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin and was the recipient of a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard University, Cambridge, U.S.A. In June 2008 she was elected Chairperson of the British and Irish Ombudsman Association. In December 2008 the National University of Ireland presented the Ombudsman with the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, in recognition of her contribution to public service and to human rights.

The talk is open to everyone, and especially welcome members of the public The details are:

Date: 21 September
Time: 1 pm
Venue: Slievefoye Room, Library, T K Whitaker Building


US Company opening software development office in Dundalk

US Company Prometric are opening a software development office in Dundalk, are looking to fill 4 senior positions, Software Development Mgr, Planning & Project Mgr, Test Quality Mgr, Test Publishing Mgr. Prometric sells a range of services, including test development, casino test delivery, and data management capabilities. They delivers and administers tests to approximately 500 clients in the academic, professional, government, corporate and information technology markets.

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Postgraduate Research at DkIT

Undertaking a Postgraduate research degree at Dundalk Institute of Technology can be a rewarding experience both in terms of your professional and personal development. It can give you that cutting edge that is required in the competitive world.

The number of postgraduate researchers undertaking a PhD or Research Masters programme of study within the Institute has risen dramatically in recent years. The aim of the Research and Postgraduate Studies Office is to provide help and information to new and existing postgraduate students by research. When you enrol as a postgraduate research student within the Institute not only will you be gaining specific expertise in your research area but also you will be offered a range of training initiatives such as generic skills workshops and online tutorials.

For more information, see here.


Local PR company hires DkIT Graduate

9dots, the All-Ireland PR agency has recruited its first full-time staff member, first class honours PR degree graduate Karen Doherty. Karen has been appointed as Account Executive and will provide public relations consultancy to clients across numerous sectors in Ireland, as well as the UK.

Founded and managed by PR veteran, Roisin Duffy, 9dots, the All-Ireland PR agency is in its first year of trading and is already competing alongside some of the most established PR companies in the country. Due to significant growth in the past year, this new and dynamic PR business is expanding its existing team of external associates and consultants to provide for its award-winning clients.

Karen studied public relations for four years at the School of Business and Humanities at DkIT. In October 2010, she became one of Ireland's first ever PR graduates to obtain a Bachelor of Arts.

“I am delighted for Karen", said Shane Hill, head of Department of Management and Financial Studies, DkIT. "Karen was an excellent student and it is wonderful to see one of our first PR graduates secure employment locally within such a dynamic local organisation.”

During her work experience at DkIT, Karen got the opportunity to provide PR support to some high profile companies including Pat the Baker, The Regional Development Centre, iRadio i105-107FM, Serious PR, Greenshoots Incubation Centre, Go Europa and Brandt Technologies. Karen also got the opportunity to provide PR for DkIT’s Guinness World Record breaking attempt for the most people rocking the boat at the one time. This saw DkIT receive nationwide media coverage on television, online, in print and on radio.

"I am very pleased to welcome Karen on board as Account Executive", said Roisin Duffy, founder and managing director of 9dots, the All-Ireland PR agency. "Karen will be based at 18 Francis Street and play a key role here in terms of delivering for our clients. Already, in her short time with us she has been achieving great results. The PR degree course at DkIT prepares students well for the 'real world' of work given the subjects it covers and the 5 month work placement it offers. I first met Karen on her work placement a few years ago when I was providing consultancy to IQ360, a cross-border entrepreneurial programme between the RDC at DkIT and Greenshoots at the Southern Regional College. At that time, Karen impressed me with her natural way of communicating, her attention to detail and her appetite for good news stories. At 9dots, we are reporters as much as advisers and communication is our discipline. Karen is now a valued member of our team and she is embarking on a new journey with us and our clients."

Karen is a member of Dundalk’s best-known dance group, Dance Kids Stage School. For the past three years, Karen has managed PR for the dance group, which has seen it go from strength to strength.

"I am delighted to join the 9dots team as there is so much going on and we're working with such great companies and individuals. At the best of times it is so difficult to get into the PR industry, but now more so than ever during the recession. There are less jobs and more pressures on PR companies so I am very happy to have found a PR role. It's great that there is a local PR firm so close-by and one that is adhering to such professional industry standards and working with some of the best companies in the country."

For more information on 9dots, the All-Ireland PR agency visit http://www.9dots.ie


Photos from the archive

Work has begun on digitising photos from the DkIT archive for the 40th Anniversary of the college next month. A dedicated site will be launched in the near future, but meanwhile Alumni of the college get a sneak peak at some of the photos - maybe you an spot yourself or a former lecturer? This particular batch is from the 70s, with photos from the official opening as well as several photos from the Mechancial Engineering diploma.

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