Mulvihill took up her position this week. Speaking about her appointment she said, “I’m delighted to be joining the IIA at this critical time. As Ireland aspires to a Smart Economy, it’s vital that the necessary supports are available to business owners, in terms of infrastructure, investment and expertise. Already, we have some fantastic Irish success stories of internet businesses across a range of sectors; financial services, leisure and travel, retail and media. The internet brings so much opportunity for cost saving, process efficiency and customer care – way beyond simply having a website. As a Smart Economy, Irish businesses can and will be at the forefront of innovation and optimisation of internet usage. The IIA is a member based association and so my vision for the IIA is to see our members, Irish businesses, leading the way in the development and application of internet capability and in doing so growing new markets in Ireland and abroad”.
“The Irish Internet Association is unique among Irish business associations in that it offers all companies the opportunity to network beyond and across sectors and scale. Membership of any association must bring value for money, value to the bottom line. IIA members benefit from excellent networking and business development opportunities. seminars, training and our Net Visionary Awards programme. Members also have the opportunity to participate in our working groups which provide a platform for policy and best practice development”.
Mulvihill has a strong background within the Irish SME sector having previously held the position as Senior Manager for Family Business Advisory Services at BDO Simpson Xavier. Mulvihill also has extensive retail experience having spent eight years in London and Amsterdam with the Kingfisher Group. She was at the forefront of managing one of the first transitions of a major UK retailer from high street to online and has also worked as a consultant to a number of new business start-ups.
Dublin, 25th June 2009
Communications Minister Eamon Ryan TD today launched the 100mpbs Post Primary Schools Project, which will deliver high-speed broadband connectivity to second level schools across the country. An investment of some €16 million for the first seventy-eight schools taking part in the Project was announced at the Digital Hub Learning Studio today.
Under the existing Schools Broadband Programme, primary and post-primary schools in Ireland can access a basic level of broadband connectivity. The 100mpbs Post Primary Schools Project marks the next phase in the Government’s ambition to develop our schools as world-class centres of e-learning and to educate the next generation of knowledge workers and digital entrepreneurs.
Launching the new Programme, Minister Ryan said, “Today we are laying one of the foundation stones of Ireland’s new Knowledge Society. Providing our schools with high-speed wireless connectivity opens up a whole new world of learning for our children.
We are taking online learning out of the confines of the computer room. In classrooms and corridors, students and teachers will potentially be able to carry out interactive chemistry experiments and access demonstrations and exhibitions from all over the world.
A class learning French in Dublin could talk in real time with a class in France. A leaving Cert Physics student will be able to take part in Ivy League lectures and experiments. With this level of connectivity, the opportunities for interaction and collaboration are unlimited.”
Schools have been selected against various criteria including geographical location, and an adequate mix of schools to ensure broad social inclusion. The speeds available are similar to those that are being offered to high-end national and multinational companies that operate in Ireland. They allow for the quick upload and download of material, instant connection to websites, and the increased and varied use of online applications.
“We must equip our students with the skills and creativity they need to thrive in the new digital world we are entering”, said Minister Ryan. “There is no surer way of preparing them than by bringing the Internet right into their place of learning and allowing them to experiment and interact online.
Today’s announcement opens a door to them, to take part in Ireland’s digital future”.
This project is the result of cooperation between the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and the Department of Education and Science, the Higher Education Authority, HEAnet and the National Centre for Technology in Education.
The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has begun a tender process for broadband service providers. It is expected that numerous service providers will be involved. The tender will be accessible at: www.e-tenders.gov.ie
The Schools which will receive 100mpbs Broadband connections are:
|Carlow Vocational School||Kilkenny Road||Carlow||Carlow|
|St. Leo’s College||Convent Of Mercy||Dublin Road||Carlow|
|Cavan Institute||Main St.,||Cavan||Cavan|
|St Caimin’s Community School||Tullyvarraga||Shannon||Clare|
|St Flannan’s College||Ennis||Co Clare||Clare|
|Cork College Of Commerce||Morrison’s Island||Cork||Cork|
|Coláiste Choilm||Ballincollig||Co. Cork||Cork|
|Christ King Girls’ Secondary School||Half Moon Lane||South Douglas Road||Cork|
|CarrigalineCommunity School||Waterpark Road||Carrigaline||Cork|
|Loreto Convent||Letterkenny||Co Donegal||Donegal|
|St Eunan’s College||Letterkenny||Co Donegal||Donegal|
|St Columbas College||Stranorlar||Co.Donegal||Donegal|
|LoretoCommunity School||Milford||Co Donegal||Donegal|
|Pobalscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola||An Fálcarrach||Leitir Ceanainn||Donegal|
|Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada||An Leadhbgarbh||Árainn Mhór||Donegal|
|Coláiste Phobail Cholmcille||Baile Úr||Oileán Thoraí||Donegal|
|Ballyfermot College of Further Education||Ballyfermot Road||Dublin10||Dublin|
|Malahide Community School||Broomfield||Malahide||Dublin|
|LoretoSecondary School||Balbriggan||Co Dublin||Dublin|
|Castleknock Community College||Carpenterstown Road||Castleknock||Dublin|
|Scoil Phobail Chuil Mhin||Cluain Saileach||Baile Atha Cliath 15||Dublin|
|Hartstown Community School||Hartstown||Dublin15||Dublin|
|St Dominics College||Cabra||Dublin7||Dublin|
|Mount Temple Comprehensive School||Malahide Road||Dublin3||Dublin|
|St Josephs College||Lucan||Co Dublin||Dublin|
|Coláiste Bríde||New Road||Clondalkin||Dublin|
|St Mac Dara’s Community College||Wellington Lane||Templeogue||Dublin|
|St Marks Community School||Cookstown Rd||Tallaght||Dublin|
|St Benildus College||Upper Kilmacud Rd||Stillorgan||Dublin|
|St Aidan’s Community School||Brookfield||Tallaght||Dublin|
|Trinity Comprehensive School||Ballymun Rd.,||Dublin9||Dublin|
|Collinstown Park Community College||Neilstown Rd.||Rowlagh||Dublin|
|St Pauls Secondary School||Greenhills||Dublin12||Dublin|
|RosminiCommunity School||Grace Park Road||Drumcondra||Dublin|
|St. Colmcille’s Community School||Scholarstown Rd||Knocklyon||Dublin|
|St Joseph’s College||Nun’s Island||Galway||Galway|
|GortCommunity School||Gort||Co. Galway||Galway|
|Gairmscoil Éinne Oileain Arann||Cill Rónain||Inis Mór||Galway|
|Coláiste Ghobnait||Inis Oírr||Oileáin Arann||Galway|
|Coláiste Naomh Mhuire||Convent Of Mercy||Sallins Rd.||Kildare|
|MaynoothPost Primary School||Moyglare Rd||Maynooth||Kildare|
|St Kieran’s College||Secondary School||College Rd||Kilkenny|
|Colaiste Chiarain||Croom||Co. Limerick||Limerick|
|Presentation Secondary School||Sexton Street||Limerick||Limerick|
|Mercy Secondary School||Ballymahon||Co Longford||Longford|
|St Oliver’s Community College||Drogheda||Co.Louth||Louth|
|Ó Fiaich College||Dublin Road||Dundalk||Louth|
|St Vincent’s Secondary School||Seatown Place||Dundalk||Louth|
|St Mary’s Diocesan School||Beamore Road||Drogheda||Louth|
|St Louis Community School||Kiltimagh||Co Mayo||Mayo|
|St Peter’s College||Dunboyne||Co.Meath||Meath|
|Community College Dunshaughlin||Dunshaughlin||Co Meath||Meath|
|Killina Presentation Secondary School||Rahan||Tullamore||Offaly|
|St Nathy’s College||Ballaghaderreen||Co Roscommon||Roscommon|
|Summerhill College||Sligo||Co. Sligo||Sligo|
|Cashel Community School||Dualla Road||Cashel||Tipperary|
|St Paul’s Community College||Browne’s Road||WaterfordCity||Waterford|
|St Angela’s||Ursuline Convent||Waterford||Waterford|
|St Declan’s Community College||Kilmacthomas||Co Waterford||Waterford|
|Moate Community School||Church Street||Moate||Westmeath|
|Athlone Community College||Retreat Road||Athlone||Westmeath|
|Our Lady’s Bower||Retreat Rd.||Athlone||Westmeath|
|Good Counsel College||New Ross||Co Wexford||Wexford|
|Mary Ward||Railway Road||Gorey||Wexford|
|Vocational College||Enniscorthy||Co Wexford||Wexford|
|Loreto Secondary School||Vevay Rd||Bray||Wicklow|
Fergal O’Byrne, IIA CEO, would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the IIA, to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Speaking about the challenges ahead for Irish business, he said, "There is no doubt that next year will be a challenge for us all. However, I believe that the Irish internet industry is well poised to maximise the opportunities that will present themselves in a more challenging business climate."
The IIA will be running events aimed at making your business run smoother and more efficiently by leveraging the best tools and knowledge that online has to offer. The IIA will also be communicating with you via a whole range of new channels, offering you increased ways to maximise the benefits of your IIA membership. As a not-for-profit organisation the IIA relies on membership, events and sponsorship to run its extensive range of activities. Fergal, Roseanne and Irene would like to thank you for your continued support and they look forward to working with you in 2009.
For your information the IIA Offices will be closed from 12 noon on 24th December 2008 until 9am on 5th January 2009.
Friday the 13th June has been a great day for the IIA. I go home happy (keep your eyes peeled around the Digital Hub for a smiley-faced cyclist) on a day when one new member joins the IIA. I’ll be cartwheeling home today because the Institute of International and European Affairs have become our third new member today and it’s not even lunch time! Every new member means that we can improve our services, benefits and discounts for all members so keep on joining.
I first became aware of the IIEA when Fergal O’Byrne, our CEO, passed on an invitation to their recent event Perspectives on Privacy in the Information Age at which Peter Fleisher, Google’s Privacy Counsel and Billy Hawkes, Data Privacy Commissioner spoke. I blogged about it at the time.
The IIEA is in their own words “is a policy research think-tank and forum based in Dublin. It provides members with early warning of EU policy developments and in-depth analysis of their implications for Ireland and Europe and flag key policy issues that shape the business environment.” One of their current research projects which would interest some IIA members is their Digital Future Project. They are seeking contributions in relation to a number of strategic questions for Ireland’s Digital Future.
*Paraskavedekatriaphobic? I had to say that on radio once. Multitalented me.
Every once in a while the IIA receive a request from beyond our shores for a visit. Usually it is a technology or business lecturer who is bringing a group of students to Ireland for a few days to see the Tech Tiger in action. While I am flattered on behalf of the IIA that they would like to visit us and learn more about what we do, there isn’t much to see in IIA HQ. Most of our wares are displayed online for obvious reasons. While I am aware that this is also the case for many of our members, some of you might be keen to demo your goods to these international visitors and technologists of the future. Naturally I would prefer to suggest another avenue for these visitors rather than a bald refusal so if you think you would like to forge links with the future of Europe and offer them tea and bickies, please do let me know.
I recall a number of guest lecturers during my undergrad and postgrad days that really made an impression and imparted some pearls of wisdom which I have catalogued for future reference. They are so deeply catalogued however that I can recall none of them for your entertainment edification.