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.
SOCIAL enterprises are now a "significant growth area" and has become a fundamental element of a re-balanced and more plural economy in Northern Ireland, being worth £645 million to the region's economy and employing around 25,000 people, a new report has found.
THE overall average house price in Northern Ireland currently stands at £162,914, virtually unchanged on the previous quarter but a 1.2 per cent higher than this time last year, according to latest market research from the Ulster University.
THE parent company of artisan food manufacturer Finnebrogue has revealed another major uplift in sales, profit and employee numbers as it consolidates its position a UK-leading supplier of top tier sausages, bacon and venison.