CRH plc announced that it reached agreement to acquire Lafarge-owned Mykolaiv Cement. With the addition of Mykolaiv Cement, located in the Lviv region of Western Ukraine, CRH becomes the market leader in Ukraine, allowing it to further leverage the benefits of the new Podilsky factory.
CRH in Ukraine: CRH entered the Ukraine market in 1999 with the acquisition of Podilsky Cement and in 2011 commissioned a state of the art dry process kiln at that facility with an annual clinker capacity of 2.3 million tonnes. Also in 2011, CRH acquired a majority stake in Odessa Cement.
Source: CRH plc.
By Debbie Deegan
We have been deeply honoured in To Russia With Love with the wonderful gift of a Russian Icon. It was presented to us in the Russian Embassy in Dublin this week by Ambassador Peshkov. Damien Clancy, and other board members were present for the presentation.
It was gifted to us by the Iconographer, Leonid Kurzenkov, after he heard about our work with the orphaned and abandoned children in many regions of Russia. He was deeply moved by the fact that Irish people have been working with the Russian Administration for the past fifteen years, and changing the lives of thousands of Russian children. Leonid Kurzenkov is a well know painter in Russia, he is a deeply religious and caring man. Leonid invited me to his artist’s studio in Moscow to see the Icon as it was being painted, this was a fantastic and rare opportunity.
DIT hosted a Business Breakfast Seminar in association with the IRBA “Perspectives on International Banking and Finance” in the College of Business, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin on Thursday, 7th February 2013.
The event was the held in recognition of the importance of high calibre graduates with advanced financial and economic expertise in the public and private financial services sector with a focus on the Russian Federation. This Seminar explored perspectives of knowledge requirements in the public policy domain. The development of international public service linkages and strategic networks in the area of International Banking and Finance in the current economic environment were also discussed.
The event was attended by over 30 people including academics and banking practitioners. The new MSc in International Banking and Finance as launched by DIT was highlighted. This was of particular interest to the audience because it enables students to study for at least one semester in the Financial University, Moscow.
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Bank of Ireland is proud to announce its sponsorship of and cooperation with Ireland Russia Business Association. Philip Smith, Head of Trade Finance, Bank of Ireland Global Markets enthuses “Russia has been a key market for us for many years and we are delighted to join IRBA in supporting Irish exporters who wish to trade with this growing dynamic economy. Our product offering is by no means limited to Trade Finance and exporters may also be able to benefit from Bank of Ireland’s FX strategy and currency account services which complement our comprehensive support to members of the IRBA”.
Bank of Ireland offers a full range of Trade Finance products and services, protecting exporters against the non-payment and non-performance risks inherent in foreign trade. James Collins, Senior Manager, Trade Finance and relationship manager for the Russian market adds “We have very strong relationships with a number of banks in Russia who work with the Bank of Ireland on a regular basis on Letters of Credit (L/Cs), Standby Letters of Credit (SBLCs), Guarantees and Irrevocable Reimbursement Undertakings (IRUs) in particular. Now is the ideal time for Irish exporters to capitalise on Bank of Ireland’s Trade Finance capabilities and for the Bank to further increase its ongoing engagement with Ireland’s exporter base.” Read more…
By Alex Chernenko
Over the past years, we have witnessed a big change in Irish society with the influx of people from various countries. 16.71% of the Irish population are foreign nationals according to Census 2011. About 200 languages are spoken in this country today. State service providers and businesses have experienced an increasing demand for translation and interpreting services. Foreign people themselves have experienced a need for service providers who can understand them. There was a suitable niche for translation services. As the result, Alex Chernenko, a freelance translator and interpreter with years of experience, a former Limerick Leader Newspaper community journalist and UL student, founded a company Freelance Providers Ltd in 2009. The name speaks for itself. The idea was to start a company that would provide a full range of professional freelance services to businesses and individuals alike. Alex saw a great opportunity and went for it. The company initially consisted of just 2 people up until 2011. Within a year, it has turned from a small agency into a growing business. TRANSLIT became a department responsible for translation and interpreting and later included all business and corporate services such as company formation and bookkeeping. Read more…
Kilroy’s College was established in 1932 as Ireland’s first distance learning provider. Today Kilroy’s College offers more than 60 diverse courses – all through the medium of e-learning and traditional correspondence (by post).
We plan to offer evening classes in Russian for beginners and intermediate level classes during the working week or on Saturday afternoons. Students can simply study Russian for fun or they may work towards sitting the Leaving Certificate examination if required Read more…
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The Embassy of Ireland held a tourism promotion event in Moscow on 21 November to which Russian tour operators and travel media were invited. The presentations outlined the advantages of Ireland as a tourist destination and an in-depth explanation of our visa system. The event was very well attended with approximately sixty attendees. The Embassy is currently following up on specific questions raised by some of the guests present.
Follow on, the Embassy organised a familiarisation trip to Ireland for a small group of Russian journalists on 23-28 November. The programme included briefings at the ESRI, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Bord Bia and Trinity CollegeDublin. The journalists were accompanied by an Embassy staff member.
Source: Embassy of Ireland, Moscow
Debbie Deegan, founder of orphaned children charity “To Russia with Love”, published her stories – how her determination led to overcome obstacles, ranging from the scepticism of ‘Celtic Tiger’-era Ireland to the intricacies of soviet-style bureaucracy, and the threat of violence from international criminals, to fulfil a promise and to improve the lives of vulnerable children.
This book will make you laugh, make you cry but above all, help you realise the importance of the work that the team at To Russia with Love carry out every day.
To Russia with Love has helped over 5,000 abandoned and orphaned children in the Bryansk region of Western Russia and across the Russian Federation through education and development programmes. All of the young people leaving the orphanage since 2007 accessed further education and are living in accommodation supported by To Russia With Love.
The book is published in paperback at €12.99. All proceeds to To Russia with Love.
Enterprise Ireland is looking for candidates for their International Graduate Programme 2012 – 2014 with placement in Moscow: download details (PDF, 100K).