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ST16 Dublin raises charity cash

As ever, the Security TWENTY eve-of-event dinner on Tuesday, April 5 raised money for charity, from a raffle, the heads and tails game, and as at the ST16 event in February in Nottingham, an after-dinner casino. Diners were as generous as ever but there was one difference – only some of the cash donated was in sterling; as most was in euros, as the event by Professional Security was a first for the magazine, outside the UK.

ST16 Ireland ran at the Red Cow Moran Hotel on the outskirts of Dublin. The dinner raised 2500 euros for Dublin Simon Community, a charity for the homeless. It was only fitting that among the raffle winners was Dublin Simon Community Corporate Account Executive Clair Rooney; and long-time Irish loss prevention and security man Donie O’Callaghan, who suggested the good cause.

On the Wednesday, more than 50 exhibitors were on show while in the next room speakers included Paul A Scallon, the CEO of the Republic of Ireland’s security industry regulator, the PSA (Private Security Authority); and on the risks that drones may pose, Wayne Floyd, MD of Iris Sky Systems, who has experience through the Irish Defence Forces of piloting UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). Opening speaker was Graham Day of Cyber Risk International; other speakers included Sarah O’Donnell of the Irish Security Industry Association (ISIA), who took the audience through the ISIA’s survey of women in private security in the Republic – which found percentages of women across security sectors was well below the norm; women make up more than half the general workforce in the Republic. The ISIA held its AGM at the Red Cow Moran on the afternoon of the ST16 event.

Sheenagh McCullagh of EmPower HR went through the recent employment law changes in the Republic. As at past ST events, conference chairman was Mike White.

In closing the conference, Professional Security MD spoke of the ST event returning to Ireland; for the exact date, watch this space!

The next ST event runs in Manchester, returning to the Hilton Deansgate; the dinner’s on July 4, and the conference-exhibition on July 5. The conference-exhibition is free to attend whether you’re in loss prevention or private security, a consultant, specifier, installer or end user of security, or just want to know more about security products and services, or to learn from the speakers. For more details email organiser Liz Lloyd –

For a gallery of pictures from the event, visit the gallery part of the Professional Security website.


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