IABCN Ambassador Club Member & Former Taoiseach Award Honoree, John Mullen of Apple Vacations, buys Carton House resort
The Irish Times 

The Nama-backed sale of Carton House hotel and golf resort near Maynoothin Co Kildare was completed on Thursday with a closing price believed to be about €57 million.

The resort hotel was sold by the Mallaghan and Kelly families to Irish American businessman John Mullen.

Mr Mullen’s parents are from Co Mayo and this will be a personal investment and his first in Ireland. The 668-acre estate was put on the market in July with the consent of Nama. The 165-bedroom estate also includes two golf courses and extensive sports and spa facilities.

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There is bipartisan support in Washington for Irish position on the Border
By: Congressman Brendan F. Boyle and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick
The Irish Times

As bipartisan members of the Congress of the United States, as well as the House Foreign Affairs Committee, we are deeply committed to preserving the peace and stability achieved for the six counties of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland under the Good Friday Agreement.

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Almac Discovery publishes USP7 inhibitors from UbiPlexTM Platform

Craigavon, N.I., UK, 4 December 2017Almac Discovery, a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and identifying innovative therapeutics for the treatment of cancer, has today published its findings on the discovery and characterisation of highly potent, selective and reversible inhibitors of ubiquitin-specific protease 7 (USP7) in the journal Nature Chemical Biology. Despite substantial efforts over nearly two decades, the development of validated deubiquitinase (DUB) inhibitors that exhibit drug like properties and a well-defined mechanism has proven particularly challenging—overall, Almac’s findings successfully demonstrate the tractability and druggability of DUBs, and provide important tools for additional target validation studies.

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Local Spark Creates Momentum for International Success, SmartInvest Ventures Welcomes New Partner

WILMINGTON, Delaware, November 29, 2017 SmartInvest Ventures (“SmartInvest”), an international venture capital firm, announced today that Martin Hunt, joins the team as a general partner, along side Charles “Chuck” Kerrigan, Fred Hosaisy and managing general partner, Gerry Moan. With more than 25 years of experience in private equity, insurance, strategy consulting and investment banking with over $20 billion in M&A transactional experience, along with degrees from the Harvard Business School and Swarthmore College – where he was a McCabe scholar, Mr. Hunt brings both his expertise and local connections to SmartInvest’s newest geographical focus – Delaware.

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Independence Blue Cross Foundation partners with Penn State University to address the stigma of opioid addition

Philadelphia, PA — At an opioid crisis update event hosted at Independence Blue Cross (Independence) with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Independence president and CEO Daniel J. Hilferty announced a new initiative to fight the stigma of addiction. The initiative pairs the Independence Blue Cross Foundation with the Justice Center for Research at Penn State University for a multi-media public awareness campaign to share stories of addiction and recovery to reduce the shame often associated with opioid abuse. The initiative will support the development and launch of a campaign to tell real stories of recovery, giving a face and voice to those affected by the crisis. The campaign will also explore the effect of substance abuse on individuals, families and the community.

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