With a career in newspapers spanning more than 30 years, Gary McDonald is among the Irish News' most experienced journalists. He has been the paper's Business Editor for 15 years, during which time he has picked up numerous awards for his work, including the CIPR Business Journalist of the Year on a record four occasions. Gary's gregarious nature means he is well suited to a role that goes beyond traditional reporting, where he often represents the company at a corporate level. This is best illustrated in his successful involvement in the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards.
A competitive Highland bag-piper, weekend hockey reporter and editor of the Ulster Scot, Banbridge-based Gary is far removed from what many regard as the stereotypical Irish News journalist.
However, he is a popular and valued member of staff, who exemplifies the title's pluralist ethos. Gary is also renowned for his healthy appetite for good food and stout.
THE scene of one of the north's worst terrorist atrocities and one of the longest and widest retail thoroughfares in Ireland are separately in the running for a UK-wide competition to be named best town centre high street.
DERRY-headquartered food firm the Foyle Group has beefed up sales and profits as it continues its long-term investment programme - and after it recently became the first European Union agri-firm in two decades to put Irish beef back on people's plates in China.
TOOMEBRIDGE-based SDC Trailers, the UK and Ireland’s market-leading trailer manufacturer, had sales of £122.2 million between April and December last year, returning a bottom-line profit of £4.9 million, its latest accounts show.
LISBURN Council has vowed to do "everything it possibly can" to persuade a tyre repair materials firm not to uproot from the city and transfer its manufacturing to Belgium - a move that would plunge 53 staff on to the dole.