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.
RYANAIR is to slash its presence at Belfast International Airport due to the uncertainty created by Brexit, the weak UK market and the British government's refusal to scrap the £26 air passenger duty (APD) on domestic return flights.
A LONG-disused church on Belfast's Ormeau Road is to be transformed into the city's latest luxury boutique hotel as part of an £8 million investment by the owners of the Galgorm resort and Fratelli Group.
IS your business, school or organisation intending to be among the hundred-plus who'll be entering the 13th running of the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards? Do you need some guidance on how to complete an entry that will wow the judging panel (which will again by chaired by NI Chamber of Commerce immediate past president Ellvena Graham)? In an innovative addition to this year's initiative, the Irish News has introduced a free 'Writing a Winning Application' workshop, which takes place on Wednesday March 27 (8am-9am) at the Belfast headquarters of KPMG in the Soloist Building, Lanyon Place.