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Future Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Ireland

Future Chinese president Xi Jinping visits Ireland

Shanghai and the Pudong skyline … the country’s biggest city and a global financial hub.

Vice president Xi Jinping visits Ireland

China’s vice president Xi Jinping attended the China Trade and Investment Forum organized by Enterprise Ireland, IDA, Bord Bia and Science Foundation Ireland.

The visit of China’s vice president Xi Jinping has already delivered the signing of two agreements at Dublin Castle, promoting trade between China and Ireland. Both agreements were signed by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton and China’s vice minister of Commerce, Gao Hucheng. Hucheng is also China’s International Trade Representative.

The first assignment scheduled a programme of events to promote collaboration between Irish and Chinese companies. Enterprise Ireland is the main partner in this programme and already has three offices in China – supporting trade between Irish and Chinese markets.

Looking to China

Enterprise Ireland reported that its clients’ exports to China rose by 10% in 2010 to €251 million; initial estimates show that 2011 delivered a further 10%.

According to the government, the other agreement consists of creating a working group to encourage investment between China and Ireland. Foreign direct investment has increased in the previous year and will continue thanks to these agreements.

Over 200 Irish companies are already exporting to China and more than half that number have offices there.

The main opportunities to enter the Chinese market lie in the following key sectors: aviation, education services, financial services, health, software, and agricultural machinery.

The more Irish and Chinese companies collaborate, the more we will be happy to help them connect and communicate effectively (with their partners in the Chinese language).

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Visit to Trinity College and the Book Of Kells

The Four Courts in Dublin

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Our Visit to the Book Of Kells

As part of our preparation for Seachtain the Gaeilge and all things Irish we decided to visit Trinity College to view the Book of Kells. It’s always important to reflect on our culture and language to better understand how we communicate today.

Trinity College is a place steeped in history so studying there must be a great opportunity for students. The fantastic gates of Trinity College open up another world to you inside. After passing under the entry and crossing the alley, a large paved stone court welcomes visitors. In the middle an arch rises up and by its right side sits the Sir Lecker statue. He is anecdotally decorated with a pair of wool-pompom shoes. Obviously a joke by one of the students coming and going within the multiple buildings composing Trinity College.

Following the instructions given by the shop you can easily find your way and arrive at the entrance of the prestigious Trinity College Library. This is one of the most important research libraries in the world. The Book of Kells, the oldest book in Ireland is kept there.

It’s a few weeks to go before celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge, the Irish Language Week (5th to 17th March), so we took the opportunity to discover a monument of Irish culture.

You can see the Book of Kells on display in the library at Trinity College. It is a lavishly decorated book of manuscripts written in Latin of the four gospels of the life of Christ. The book has long been associated with Saint Columcille (c 521 – 597 AD) from Donegal, and was probably produced early in the 9th century by the monks of Iona located at the western coast of Scotland. For security, the book was sent to Dublin circa 1653. It arrived to Trinity College through the agency of Henry Jones (bishop of Clogher). It was not intended for daily reading, but rather to decorate an alter for special occasions.

The Book is written on vellum (calfskin), so the presence of hair follicles has been found on some leaves. In its original state it has been calculated that the book used the skins of about 185 calves. We can see on a picture that some leaves have been spoiled with sizeable holes. In spite of its age, the book is really well preserved with little damage. The details of the images and the meticulousness of the realisation is stunning. Four books were shown to the visitors in the East Pavilion…

  • The Book of Kells (two gospels are exhibited)
  • The Book of Armagh
  • The Book of Durrow

The main chamber of the Old Library is called the Long Room. It houses around 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books. Running through the aisle, on both sides, lies a collection of marble busts that have been commissioned from several sculptors. The harp is the oldest to survive from Ireland and probably dates from the 15th century. It became an emblem of the early bardic society, and thus appears on Irish coins.

At STAR Translation Services, we are aware of the importance of history and culture. We help to promote the Irish culture through our services by translating your documents professionally into Irish, we contribute to the communication of the Irish language and Irish culture.

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Which Members Of The Dáil Can Speak Irish?

Which members of the Dáil can speak Irish?

General Post Office, Dublin / Stock photo

Several Members of the Dáil can Speak Irish

Dáil business to be conducted in Irish for Irish Language Week. This year during Irish Language Week, on 7th of March, the main business of the Dáil will be conducted in Irish. The Irish Times reported this weekend that Dáil Éireann will conduct business through Irish during the event to mark the occasion. It will be very interesting to see who will be able to converse correctly and if any real business will be done.

For the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, it should be an easy enough day for him. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív will comfortably take the opportunity to talk about issues other than Gaeilge. But the pressing question is, who will answer for the technical group?. How many deputies can speak and discuss the tougher political agenda of the day in Irish?

The Irish Times bet on Joe Higgins… Who would you bet on?

If they need help, they could ask us here at STAR Translation for Irish translation services. We also translate into over 70 languages.

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Review of the Official Languages Act 2003

Official Languages Act 2003, Four Courts, Dublin

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Official Languages Act 2003 / Athbhreithniú ar Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2003

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is conducting a review of the Official Languages Act 2003, in line with the commitment specified in the Programme for Government.

The closing date for submitting the survey and/or the template to the Department, in either Irish or in English, is 31 January 2012.

For more details, visit the Department Of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (English) and (Irish).

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Ireland punches above its weight, International rankings

Irish landscape

Ireland punches above its weight, world rankings

Interesting figures from Enterprise Ireland highlight the strengths and successes of Irish businesses and what they are delivering to international markets.

According to figures published by EI, Ireland’s results are very strong in world rankings:

  • The largest exporter of infant formula in the world. 1 in 7 formula-fed babies drink infant formula produced in Ireland
  • 5th largest exporter of beef in the world and 2nd in Europe after The Netherlands
  • 50% of the world’s aircraft, on lease, is managed in Ireland
  • €1.9 trillion in funds are administered from Ireland
  • Largest net exporter (exports or imports) of pharmaceuticals in the world
  • 7th largest exporter in the world
  • 8 out of 10 top pharmaceutical companies have operations in Ireland
  • 50% of the world’s leading financial services companies are based in Ireland
  • The 10th largest investor in the US, with hundreds of companies employing more than 120,000 people across the US
  • Investment from the US into Ireland is greater than US investment in China, India, Brazil and Russia combined
  • 130 Irish companies employ more then 8,000 people in China

We work with Irish companies to help drive export sales by providing translation services for more than 70 languages.

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Source: Enterprise Ireland

How to Create a Social Media Policy

Captain Pat O'Connor and Damien Mulley, how to create a social media policy

Captain Pat O’Connor and Damien Mulley discussing Social media policy.

How to Create a Social Media Policy

On Friday, we attended Enterprise Ireland’s Social Media club  at the EI’s Headquarters in East Point Business Park.

Two fantastic presentations from Captain Pat O’Connor, Spokesperson and Media Relations, Irish Defence Forces and Damien Mulley of Mulley Communications on how to create, roll out and manage your social media presencewith a social media policy. As you can imagine for the defence forces this would be a tricky and sensitive area. How do you allow people to blog/tweet and socialise whilst protection national security interests and people’s public / private interests. Captain O’Connor spoke excellently about how they manage this balance. The defence forces have a very well thought out policy and process for publication of information. His presentation was open and he shared a great many valuable lessons with everyone in the room.

Damien spoke about how to manage your presence and policy, and the key elements you need to have in place for a successful “social” presence.

  1. It is very important to remember that in today’s world, a Tweet carries the same weight as a press release. Captain O’Connor spoke about how some of the defence forces tweets had reached the news before the official press releases, so you need to be careful about how and what you tweet
  2. You need to have a social media policy in place. Social Media Governance is a great site with lots of free examples and templates for social media policies
  3. You should assign people as social media commentators and train them accordingly
  4. You should register your social media profile on all the various systems even if you don’t plan to use them. It can be an expensive and long process to get them back if someone “cybersquats” them
  5. Have an emergency response policy for social media. This is important to ensure you respond accordingly to manage any situation that may arise. One company who had their database of clients “hacked” immediately sent out press releases about their data breach. This was picked up quickly by the search engines. Discussions were about the data breach and not about the actual hack. This was a much softer message and a great PR win for them
  6. Finally, ensure you tie your business strategy in with your social media strategy. Know your audience / customers: where they are (and on what platforms), how to communicate and publish appropriate messages for them. Just like any offline marketing strategy, you need to know who they are, what they are doing, where they are and when to target them, for each message

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Irish presidential debate in Irish – Or was it?

Irish presidential debate

Four courts in Dublin / Stock photo

Irish presidential debate as Gaeilge

Was the Irish presidential debate in Irish or not? What did you think of the debate last night? Cad a cheapann tú?

It’s interesting that Michael D. Higgins was the only fluent Irish speaker in last night’s debate. Did you see the debate? What did you think?

Should our president be fluent as Gaeilge [in Irish]?

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Positivity is infectious

Positivity is infectious, be positive

After attending The Docklands Business Forum social networking event last night for the first time, I can say that positivity is infectious. And yes, spot the new guy as I had arrived 20 minutes early!

The Dockland Business Forum is a group full of like-minded business people working together to promote a thriving business community across Dublin´s Docklands.

The guest speaker at the networking event was Bobby Kerr, Chairman of Insomnia Coffee. Kerr presented ‘Down to Business’, a Sunday business breakfast show on Newstalk and is a Dragon on RTÉ’s Dragons’ Den. Kerr exudes positivity and charm and he transferred this positivity to each and every one of us at the event.

His top ten tips for success included how to be positive (and surround yourself with positive people); have a plan and stick with it as it will get better; have a product or service that people want and will buy; and get a mentor.

But for me, his advice to “stick with it as it will get better” really stood out.

It is this type of positivity that reassures businesses to stick with it and face these hard times head on, which will eventually lead to better times. You don’t have to do it alone as communities like the Docklands Business Forum allow all us to share and promote positivity.

Successful business is all about community, people buy from people they like. Positive networking encourages more open business.

The Docklands Business Forum is always looking for new members. Join us at the next networking event.

Dominick Branigan, Business Development Executive

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Barack Obama or Queen Elizabeth, Best Irish?

Best Irish Speaker for First Timer

Whose Irish was better: Barack Obama or Queen Elizabeth?

Personally we thought the Queen’s pronunciation was quite good. It was great to hear both speak Irish, though. Even if it was only a few words.

Only in Ireland could something like Barack Obama’s car get stuck on a bump happen. How can they do a complete sweep of the country only to miss a little bump at the American Embassy’s gates that may cause a problem. We don’t think that will be forgotten quickly.

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Changes to the VAT Information Exchange System (VIES)

Change to VAT information exchange system, Ireland

In January 1993, frontier controls on the movement of goods between EU member states were abolished and Irish exporters involved in EU trade have been required to furnish periodic VIES statements to Revenue from that date.

The VAT Information Exchange System (VIES) was put in place by the EU to assist in the policing of the new VAT arrangements from 01/01/1993.

Under the VIES legislation, all Vat registered traders who make intra-community supplies of goods must furnish the Revenue Commissioners with a VIES statement listing such supplies.

From 1st January 2010, there are important changes to VIES, please see details below.

Introduction of Services to the VAT Information Exchange System – VIES

Council Directive 2008/08/EC (amending Directive 2006/112/EC) provides, with effect from 1st January 2010, that Irish VAT registered suppliers must submit a VIES statement detailing all the VAT registered customers in other member states, to whom he or she has supplied services in respect of which that customer is liable for payment of the VAT due.

Traders may submit on a quarterly basis, or monthly if preferred. Please see the relative EU directive 2009/08/EC.

The EU legislation is presently being transposed into Irish VAT law. Information on this will be available on the Revenue website when the legislation is finalised.

In line with Revenue’s electronic approach, all VIES Statements should be e-filed through Revenue On-line Service, aka ROS.

If you are involved in supply of services to other member states, please register with VIMA as soon as possible.

For further information please contact your local VIES section.

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