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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Topaz Ireland Wins Company of the Year

    Company also wins Best Employer title at the Retail Excellence Ireland Awards.

    IRELAND -- Topaz, Ireland's leading fuels and convenience retailer, has been crowned Irish Retail Company of the Year, presented to the company at the Retail Excellence Ireland Awards, held in Galway over the weekend. The company also won the Best Employer Award over other brands including Unicare and McDonalds.

    "We are so proud at being named overall Irish Retail Company of the Year," Frank Gleeson, retail director said in a released statement. "This means a huge amount to Topaz, as we have only been around for a couple of years. Yet this shows how far we have come in this short time. It was also very pleasing to note the judging panel was looking for evidence of a business strategy that demonstrably contributes to the Irish economy, and that has always been a priority for us."

    The awards, now in their 14th year, reward excellence in practice in the world of retail. The ceremony took place in the Radisson Blu hotel in Galway, and was hosted by RTE presenter, Miriam O'Callaghan.

    "We are also thrilled to have won the 'Best Employer' award. This is especially significant as we would not have won this award without the full support of our employees. We value our employees so highly and we are extremely grateful for their commitment, energy and dedication every day," Gleeson stated.

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