Renault teams with Irish Restaurant Awards 2017

Renault Ireland and The Restaurant Association of Ireland have announced Renault Ireland as the official car partner of the Irish Restaurant Awards 2017, writes Trish Whelan . The Irish Restaurant Awards (RAI) will travel around the country driving new Renault models for a series of regional events this March to announce county and regional award winners across 15 different categories. County winners will be announced at four regional events with over 600 guests expected to attend each. This year’s host counties for the events are Kilkenny, Fermanagh, Limerick and Sligo. This year over 80,000 individual nominations were cast online from 11-25 January. Pictured above are Ciara Doyle (Business Development & Sponsorship Manager, Restaurant Association of Ireland), and Liz O’Gorman (Marketing Manager Renault Ireland) with two chefs from The Radisson Blue St Helen’s, Stillorgan Road, Dublin. Speaking on the quantity of nominations received, CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland

Road Safety Awards presented

A Donegal-based road safety programme aimed at rehabilitating dangerous drivers has won the National Supreme Award at this year’s Road Safety Authority (RSA) ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards.

Run by Gary Doggett and supported by Judge Paul Kelly and Garda Inspector Michael Harrison, the Pro-Social Drivers Programme is a driver rehabilitation programme which was established in 2012 to address the high instances of anti-social driving in Co Donegal.

The programme consists of four modules — Emotional Control, Social Responsibility, Driving Under the Influence and Consequences. Referrals to the programme come from the Courts Service, the probation service, solicitors, concerned parents and individuals who recognise the need for training in this area. To date, 18 programmes have been completed with a total of 180 participants.

A total of 37 individuals and organisations were honoured for their commitment and dedication to road safety at the ninth annual ‘Leading Lights in Road Safety’ Awards which were presented by RSA Chairperson Liz O’Donnell and RSA Chief Executive Moyagh Murdock in Farmleigh today.

Awards were presented in categories including media, education, business, emergency services and public sector.

Main Awards
Business – Sixt Rent a Car, Dublin; Education (Community) – Pro Social Drivers Programme, Co Donegal; Education (Pre-School) – Kilcloon Preschool, Co Meath; Education (Primary) – St Benin's Girls National School, Duleek; Education (Secondary) – Take Care Be Internationally Aware, Coláiste Treasa Secondary School, Cork;  Education (Third Level) – University of Limerick – Smarter Travel; Education (Special) – Sophie's Journey Foundation; Emergency Services –  Community Policing Unit, Roxboro Road Garda Station, Co Limerick; Local Media – Give Your Phone the Boot - South East Radio;  National Media – RTÉ Documentary on One, We Decide Who Lives or Dies; Road Safety Ambassador – Gillian & Ronan Treacy;  Road Safety Officer – Declan Keogh, Kildare County Council; Public Sector – Cork City Fire Department; CPC Training Organisation of the Year – Flexibus, Co Meath; CPC Trainer of the Year – Jerry Meredith, Ice Training Solutions, Dublin; Judges Award in Technology and Innovation in Road Safety – Andrew Irwin, Drive Safe App' Approved Driving Instructor (Car) – James Malone; Approved Driving Instructor (Bus) – Joseph Lally; and Approved Driving Instructor (Motorcycle) – Brian Mc Gonagle.

Special Recognition Awards
Forbes Vigors, Transport Infrastructure Ireland; Learn Early Montessori Academy and Crèche; James Jones; The DRIVE Programme, Southill Outreach; Dr Ashraf Butt, Cavan & Monaghan Hospital; Inspector Edmund Golden; Michael Reade Show, LMFM Radio; Shaun Doherty Show, Highland Radio; Clodagh White; Fiona Brennan; and Live to Play, Ulster GAA.

Crashed Lives Awards
Christy Kelly; Gary Finlay; Patrice O'Connell; Emmet & Ciarán O'Mahony; Sgt Dave Lynam; Laois Fire & Rescue; and Mary Joyce.


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