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The Hardware Show 2017 - Biggest Show Ever

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is delighted to announce, with three months to go, that The Hardw...


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Teagasc Applying to Field Test GM Potatoes as Part of EU Research Study

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Teagasc are applying to the EPA for a licence to undertake a series of field studies using GM potatoes resistant to potato late blight disease to determine the potential impact this technology could have on our ecosystems.

As part of the 22 partner ‘AMIGA’ consortium that represents 15 EU countries and is funded through the EU’s Framework 7 research programme, Teagasc propose to carry out the research over the next 4 years. Pending license approval, the work will take place at the Teagasc Crops Research Centre in Oak Park, Carlow.

Research confirms that GM late blight resistant potatoes have the potential to significantly reduce the fungicide load on the environment and hence provide an economic advantage to farmers. Teagasc researcher Dr. Ewen Mullins said: “It is not enough to simply look at the benefits without also considering the potential costs. We need to investigate whether there are long term impacts associated with this specific GM crop and critically we need to gauge how the late blight disease itself responds. This is not just a question being asked in Ireland. The same issues are arising across Europe.”

After decimating the Irish potato crop in the 1840s and sparking the Great Famine, the organism (Phytophthora infestans) which causes late blight disease remains a very real threat to Irish potato growers. As new, more aggressive strains of the pathogen have arrived in Ireland over the last 4 years, farmers have had to adapt by increasing the amount of fungicides applied but this is not sustainable; especially in light of new EU laws designed to reduce the amount of chemicals that are applied on our crops.

While the agronomic and economic benefits of using GM to deliver novel control strategies for late blight disease are clear, the intractable debate that has taken place between the proponents and opponents of GM, continues to highlight the public’s wish for further, impartial information on the potential impact of GM crops in Ireland.

In response Teagasc will also conduct an outreach programme with stakeholders and the public through focus groups and open days, to facilitate an inclusive and impartial discussion on the issues that most concern people.

Head of crops research in Teagasc John Spink said: “The field study will be isolated from the on-going conventional potato breeding programme that has been successfully running at Oak Park for over 40 years and with no linkage to the biotech industry on this matter, Teagasc are clear that their work is not about testing the commercial viability of GM potatoes. The GM study is about gauging the environmental impact of growing GM potatoes in Ireland and monitoring how the pathogen, which causes blight, and the ecosystem reacts to GM varieties in the field over several seasons.”

Featured Event

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05 March 2017 - 06 March 2017

RDS Simmonscourt @ Simmonscourt, Merrion Rd, Dublin 4, Ireland

The Hardware Show 2017

Date & Time: Sunday 5th & Monday 6th March 2017 from 9.30 - 5.00pm.

The Hardware Show 2017, Ireland’s premier trade event for hardware/DIY retailers and builders merchants takes place on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th March at the new larger venue of RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin. Off the back of increased confidence in the industry, the show is set to be the biggest event of its kind next year.

Kieran Burke, Commercial Director of Grafton Merchanting ROI and Vice-President of Hardware Association Ireland, comments: ‘The 2017 Hardware Show will build on the success of the 2015 Show by enhancing both the visitor and exhibitor experience. The Show will be larger with clear emphasis on attracting greater visitor numbers. To facilitate the ‘bigger and better’ Show, we are delighted that the Show will take place in Ireland’s premier conference facility, RDS Simmonscourt. I would encourage all stakeholders in the industry to participate, it’s your Trade Show!

The show will feature:

  • Innovation Awards
  • Presidents Ball
  • Hardware Education Hub
  • Industry Advice & Presentations
  • HAI Hub
  • All the Latest Products and Innovations
  • Over 3500sqm Exhibition

Organized by Hardware Association Ireland (HAI), the industry’s trade association, the biennial show is already 66% sold with over 2,400sqm taken and has the capacity to go to 3,600sqm. New features of the show include a Demonstration Zone, involving best practice and handling for tools and products from four key areas – Building Materials, Paint/Décor, DIY/Hardware and Plumbing/Bathrooms; a Skills Zone where apprentices will show off their skills in the areas of Electrical and Plumbing and HAI have joined forces with Google who will bring the latest innovation and technology to the show.

The Hardware Show is recognized for bringing together leading brands across the retail and merchant sector and the extra capacity at the RDS means more opportunities for suppliers and visitors alike.

Companies who have already booked space include ABC Abrasives, Amalgamated Hardware, Ames True Temper, Aquasource Distributors, Arc Building Products, B&G, Birkdale Sales, Bostik Industries, Brett Martin, Calor Gas, Canadia Distributors, Classic Hardware, Contech, Core Software, CPL Fuels, Crown Paints, CQFD Profiles, Curust, John Dargan & Sons, Deanta Doors, DFE Ltd, Donal Lynch Hardware, Dosco, Draper Tools, DS Supplies, Dulux, Eastern Agencies, Ecological Building, Fleetwood, Frisco, Gorilla Glue, Henkel, Herbst Software, Homeline, IITC, IKO Ltd, Intact Siftware, Irish Cement, Jefferson Professional Tools & Equipment, John Murphy Castlerea, Keypoint Abrasives, Kilsaran, Larsen Building Products, Locks & Hardware, McLoughlins RS, N and C Enterprises, OHRA Regalanlagen GmBH, Olympics Fixings Ireland, Pipelife, Portwest, Rawlplug, Regatta Professional, Retail Distribution Systems, Rhino Distribution, Ronseal, Shop4choice, Sika Everbuild, Snickers Workwear, Solus Bulbs, St. Gobain, Stafford Fuels, Tegral, Timco, Tucks Fasteners, Tucks O’Brien, United Hardware, Uppercross Enterprises, Varian IS & Co, Waterford Stanley, WEEE Ireland, Westaro Hosing, Whiteriver Group and Wood Concepts.

More brands and additional show features will be announced over the coming months.

Annemarie Harte, CEO of HAI said: "We are delighted that having made the move to the RDS the industry has responded well and with just under six months to go we are in excess of 50% exhibitor space sold. We are responding by introducing new features to attract more visitors and to ensure this will be the biggest and best show yet.”

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About Hardware Association Ireland (HAI):
Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is the national representative body for hardware/DIY retailers and builders merchants, as well as manufacturers/distributors to the trade. We uniquely represent all levels of the supply chain and include within our membership ranks national and international companies, multi-branch chains and smaller independent hardware businesses. HAI speaks with one consolidated voice and fulfills a unique and vital role in connecting merchants with their suppliers in a non-commercial environment. HAI members play a key role in the construction supply chain, providing an efficient and effective route to market for building material products and a vital source of credit to customers.

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