Ireland's Electrical Magazine 91 June-July


Kerry McLaverty, CEO, LauraLynn, with Leo Donovan, CEO, WEEE Ireland, at the presentation of a €40,000 cheque, generated by WEEE Ireland’s recycling of batteries across 2021

Battery recycling campaign nets “incredible” €520,000 for LauraLynn Children’s Hospice

WEEE Ireland has donated a further €40,000 to LauraLynn, bringing its total contribution to €520,000 since the partnership began 11 years ago. The gift to Ireland’s only children’s hospice will provide much-needed overnight respite stays for dozens of children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Every battery recycled by WEEE Ireland goes towards a donation fund to support this vital work. “The funds that we have received from WEEE Ireland as a result of the battery campaign have had such a positive impact on the children and families who avail of LauraLynn’s care and specialised supports,”

said Kerry McLaverty, CEO of LauraLynn. Leo Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland added: “WEEE Ireland is delighted to be part of LauraLynn’s story since 2011. As well as supporting the fantastic work of LauraLynn, recycling batteries plays a huge part in helping protect the environment for future generations.”

Byrne elected to Lighting Europe Board

Gabriel Byrne, Lighting Association Ireland (LAI) delegate to Lighting Europe, was elected to its Executive Board during the recent general assembly in Brussels. Gabriel is a long-standing member of the lighting business community in Ireland and is currently Chairman of Fantasy Lights Group, the company he founded more than 30 years ago. He was a founding member and

Kirby Group Engineering has made a significant donation to Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABII) to support their work in Meath. ABII has established support, social and cognitive groups to help people right across the country. Kirby’s donation of €25,000 for the team at ABII Meath will be used by the charity to pilot a new clubhouse for their county. Taidgh Dooley, Associate Director of Kirby’s Leinster Business Unit said: “Supporting the communities in which we work is very important to us at Kirby. We’re proud to play our part in helping the work of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland empowering people to live to their potential”. Barbara O’Connell, Chief Executive and Founder of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland added: “We are so grateful to the Kirby Group for its generous donation which will make such a difference to so many people living with brain injury in Meath”. Kirby donates €25,000 to Acquired Brain Injury Charity

the first Chairman of Lighting Association Ireland (LAI). He remains a guiding member of the LAI, and is also President of the Electrical Industries Federation of Ireland (EIFI). On his election Ourania Georgoutsakou, Lighting Europe Secretary General, said, “Gabriel’s long experience in lighting, both as a company owner and as a leader of industry associations, will be of great value to the Lighting Europe Executive Board.” Gabriel said, “The work done in Lighting Europe today will shape the future of Europe’s lighting industry for the next five to 10 years. Our members are collaborating to define sustainability for lighting across all applications and products, and our team is working with regulators to draft rules that are easily understood and enforced, and that accelerate the uptake of quality lighting.” FOLLOW US ON:


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