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The EU DORA Legislation and a Communications Strategy
28Mar
The EU DORA Legislation and a Communications Strategy
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the EU DORA Summit, the only conference in Ireland that predominantly focused on the critical importance of the DORA legislation which will be implemented at the beginning of 17th January 2025. My main argument was I do not believe the DORA legislation goes far enough and was...
Remembering Charlie Bird – a long-time friend
12Mar
Remembering Charlie Bird – a long-time friend
It is very hard to summarise the impact a pal has had on you and your life when you are faced with such news as Charlie Bird passing today (Tuesday, 12th March). Charlie Bird has been a beacon of light for so many people down the years. His ability to deal with world and domestic...
Reflecting on the recent two referenda: Communication Breakdown and where did it all go right for our no campaign
11Mar
Reflecting on the recent two referenda: Communication Breakdown and where did it all go right for our no campaign
This weekend we were very actively involved in one of the two referenda, specifically, the care referendum. The two referenda on family and carers proved a good example of a complete failure to inform the public to the background of having these referenda in the first place. Many members of the public felt these were...
Your Body Is Your Key
16Feb
Your Body Is Your Key
How was your day? May I ask did you have difficulty arriving at the carpark and getting into the building? Did you have to show your ID to come up the lift, passed security and log on to your station in the office? Today, some medical doctors’ offices are now using palm scanners to check...
“Legacy of Wonder” Ernest Shackleton Memorial Unveiled In Westminster Abbey
14Feb
“Legacy of Wonder” Ernest Shackleton Memorial Unveiled In Westminster Abbey
“Superhuman effort isn’t worth a damn unless it achieves results.” The words of one of the world’s greatest explorers, Ernest Shackleton. He was born in Kilkea, Co. Kildare in 1874. During his life he proudly led three expeditions to Antarctica. Today, and a fitting tribute to his birthday, Thursday 15th February, Princess Royal, Princess Anne...
The Year of Voting and Deepfakes
24Jan
The Year of Voting and Deepfakes
Meanwhile back in the U.S., some voters in the State of New Hampshire received a phone call from President Biden telling them not to vote today. It was a very impressive fake. The so called robocall is thought to have been generated by Artificial Intelligence. The U.S. Attorney General’s Office says it appears to be...
2024: What Does The Year Ahead Hold?
22Jan
2024: What Does The Year Ahead Hold?
We were thrilled that our Managing Director Paul Allen was invited to participate in the latest podcast from the All-Ireland Business Foundation. The podcast focused on lessons learned down the years and what the future may hold for people running businesses. In the podcast Paul talked about his company’s success which is based on unwavering...
The Last Beatles Song – Were you the only person to cry when you heard The Beatles new song?
23Nov
The Last Beatles Song – Were you the only person to cry when you heard The Beatles new song?
  As the tune came on the radio a tear ran down the side of my face. The Beatles new song “Now and Then” has become a number one hit. Paul McCartney once said he never thought the Beatles would last. He said “We thought then, maybe we’d have ten years. That was the maximum...
That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for AI
7Nov
That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for AI
In an ever-changing world of AI, a research group has released an AI model designed to spread fake news and disinformation by pretending to be a legitimate and widely-used open-source AI site such as the ones we are all trialling. The proof-of-concept and their promotional stunt, dubbed “PoisonGPT,” is aimed at highlighting the potential dangers...
Charlie Birds “Climb with Charlie” Wins in Global Public Relations Awards
2Oct
Charlie Birds “Climb with Charlie” Wins in Global Public Relations Awards
RTÉ’s legendary broadcaster Charlie Bird’s major fundraiser Climb with Charlie has won an award at the Global Alliance’s World Public Relations and Communication Awards which took place in Chennai, India, (21st September). An entry was submitted by his pal and Public Relations professional Paul Allen of firm Paul Allen and Associates. The firm was the...
“Climb with Charlie” Shortlisted for Global Public Relations Awards
22Aug
“Climb with Charlie” Shortlisted for Global Public Relations Awards
Our campaign “Climb with Charlie​” has been selected as a finalist for the World Public Relations & Communication Awards 2023, organised by Global Alliance. RTE’s legendary broadcaster Charlie Bird set up the “Climb with Charlie” campaign following his diagnosis with Motor Neurone Disease to help and show support for everyone who has to climb their own physical...
How Open is Your Mind as a Leader?
10Aug
How Open is Your Mind as a Leader?
In today’s busy world, some believe that noise can champion many situations,  particularly when you look at social media. Not a day goes by that many of us are surprised with the levels of poison that circulates on some social media channels, which is countered by talented new voices. It is comforting to know that...
Safeguarding Democracy in the Age of Disinformation
10Jul
Safeguarding Democracy in the Age of Disinformation
Fact-checkers see claims circulating online and check them, clarifying the confusing ones and refuting the lies. As such, they are not prone to conspiracy theories or moral panics. Fact-checkers warn that the next elections in Western democracies will be under attack from many fronts and it seems governments are doing little to stop it. Renowned...
The Battle Against Greenwashing: EU’s Dramatic Crackdown on ESG Rating Agencies
9Jun
The Battle Against Greenwashing: EU’s Dramatic Crackdown on ESG Rating Agencies
The Battle Against Greenwashing: EU’s Dramatic Crackdown on ESG Rating Agencies   In a world teetering on the edge of environmental catastrophe, it is imperative to separate the sheep from the goats when it comes to companies and investment funds claiming to be environmentally responsible. The European Union, ever vigilant in its pursuit of a...
Good Friday Agreement: Bill Clinton says getting involved was ‘leap of faith’
24Apr
Good Friday Agreement: Bill Clinton says getting involved was ‘leap of faith’
Good Friday Agreement: Bill Clinton says getting involved was ‘leap of faith’ It was a week of outstanding knowledge, vision and decency, people who sat at opposite sides of a table 25 years ago now sat together. The attendance of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, former US President Bill Clinton and...
Leadership and Lessons from Antonio Conte
27Mar
Leadership and Lessons from Antonio Conte
Leadership and Lessons from Antonio Conte What is leadership all about and why is it so important? We often look to the world of sport for inspiration from outstanding leaders and winners. From the understated Andy Farrells’ brilliant success in building a happy and winning culture with the Ireland rugby team to Sir Alex Ferguson’s...
Landmark YouTube Case Highlights Children’s Data Concerns
2Mar
Landmark YouTube Case Highlights Children’s Data Concerns
Landmark YouTube Case Highlights Children’s Data Concerns Another day, another large tech company under fire for breaches of data laws. This week, its YouTube’s turn. In a real life David versus Goliath showdown, UK campaigner Duncan McCann is taking YouTube to court over breaches of laws on privacy and data collection of children using the...
HMRC Cracking Down on Influencers
24Feb
HMRC Cracking Down on Influencers
HMRC Cracking Down on Influencers Attention social media influencers, gamers and online traders – did you know that our nearest and dearest neighbour in the UK, His Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, is currently chasing down unpaid tax from an assortment of over 4,300 social media influencers, gamers and online traders? According to our favourite UK...
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