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Wednesday, 19th April 2017

Waterford Institute of Technology

Waterford Institute of Technology is once again making national headlines for all the wrong reasons. At the recent Public Accounts Committee meeting representatives of WIT were questioned and in turn left more questions

unanswered. The Chairman of the P.A.C. Sean Fleming, T.D.,

Fianna Fail, called the failure to have up to date accounts for W.I.T. as “disgraceful”.

Faced with a deficit of €15m. the financial problems facing the Institute are very severe and the recent public controversies will no doubt have an impact on the morale of the staff. The Waterford Institute of Technology has been mired in controversy since the debacle of the departure of Professor Kieran Byrne five years ago. During that time we have seen several Presidents and Chairpersons come and go, with an atmosphere rather unsetttling to put it at its mildest.

The external review by the

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Wednesday, 19th April 2017

Buses might be back on the streets of Waterford and the inter-city services might be operating but it is anyone's guess for how long this might be. There hasn't been a date set for the ballot on foot of the Labour Court recommendations between the two opposing sides in the dispute but it is already looking as if bus drivers are in opposition to any termination of their strike action.

In several interviews with bus driver representatives here in Waterford it has been made abundantly clear that the overall feeling amongst members is one of anger that a more fitting settlement has not been made. How this will translate into an overall national ballot has yet to be seen but it is clear that the feeling here in Waterford is very much against the 'yes' vote in the ballot.

While it is

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Wednesday, 19th April 2017

Lookin’ good - O’Connell Street

dear editor,

As you are aware eight months ago, we set up the O’Connell Street Business and traders group. The group has been busy and I would like to take this opportunity to bring you up to date with what has been going on.

O’Connell Street will be a sea of colour next month thanks to all the businesses and residents who gave generously in making our street a better place to do business in and to live in. An overwhelming 90% of the people approached agreed to take part in this year’s City of Bloom. In the last eight months since the O’Connell street Business and Traders group were formed a lot has been achieved and a lot more is planned for the street.

To date over 20 buildings have been painted – thanks to all those who

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Wednesday, 19th April 2017

The RNLI Duck Race scheduled for West Waterford Festival of Food is generating great excitement as the 663 ducks are congregating around Dungarvan Bay for this important event in Davitt’s Quay on Saturday April 22nd with the starting time of the race at 3.30pm when they will be set afloat. Each duck costs €3 or two for €5. And there is talk of marriage in the air.

Helvick Lifeboat Station will be conducting a free lifejacket clinic at the RNLI stall near Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club (DHSC) on Davitt’s Quay from 1 -4pm.

“Bring your jacket along to the lifejacket clinic where Austin Flynn Hon RNLI Sea Safety Officer will advise on the importance of choice, fit and maintenance. A lifejacket will buy you vital time in the water and could save your life, but only if you’re wearing it” said Helvick

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Wednesday, 19th April 2017

A public meeting to be held in the Granville Hotel on next Thursday 13 April will be addressed by Gino Kenny TD of People Before Profit on his Bill to make medicinal cannabis available for use in treating conditions such as Cancer, Epilepsy, MS and chronic Pain.

The meeting, to be chaired by Una Dunphy of PBP, will also hear from Vera Twomey who recently walked the 260km from her home to the Dáil as a protest against decisions to restrict access to the drug to her daughter Ava, who has rare form of epilepsy called Dravet’s syndrome, and suffered up to 300 seizures a day before Vera started using a cannabis extraction as a medicine for her.

Health Minister Simon Harris has refused to authorise access for Ava and continues to criminalise other child and adult patients using cannabis-based treatments.

Tom Curran,

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Pay Up

During a period where the Government is facing strike action, or the threat of strike action, from various public bodies it is not surprising that another union has come out and said that it is gearing up for a battle to ensure that it's members get the pay increases that they believe they are owed.

The CPSU which represents approximately 300,000 public sector workers has just held a vote to see whether it's members would support holding a strike ballot and the support of such action has been overwhelmingly positive. It seems that the rank and file of the CPSU are in a fighting mood and they haven't been slow in saying where the inspiration for their potential strike action comes from.

When the Gardai threatened to strike some months ago and it was called off at the 11th hour due

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Summer in Ireland can be a fraught affair at the best of times. There is perhaps no better country in the world like Ireland when we have a good summer and there is definitely no better county than Waterford with everything that we have here on our doorsteps.

There is a lot going on in Waterford this summer. Some projects, such as the refurbishment of The Apple Market are almost done while the work on City Square seems to be going ahead at a rate of knots. Then of course there are the other large developments that have been announced in the last number of weeks that have genuinely put a pep in the step of most Waterford people.

Altogether it does look like it's shaping up to be a great summer. Now, if only the weather will play ball!

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

House Emergency?

Or simply failure to supply Housing...

dear editor,

I was recently reading a front page article titled “Housing Emergency.” It’s hard to see how any politician from this government’s persuasion, or previous governments, could refer to the lack of housing available to the Local Authority as an “emergency” given that present and previous governments, and Local Authorities, have failed, and failed miserably to build the required number of social houses needed and to take into account the projected number of people who would be requiring housing in the future and those who are coming from other EU countries and who fulfil the criteria to be deemed to be in need of housing. An emergency is something which presents itself without warning; not something that has been tolerated for the past number of years which has brought us to the current under

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

A memo which will bring to a conclusion the pension battle of around 100 former Waterford Crystal contract workers will be brought to Cabinet this week, Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan T.D. has confirmed:

“Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar informed me last night (Thursday) that the memo to facilitate the payment of the outstanding pensions will be approved by Cabinet next week. I expect the workers to have their payments within weeks.

“The lengthy delays imposed upon these workers for resolution of their pensions claim - despite a recommendation from Labour Relations Commission Chief Executive Kieran Mulvey – have been quite appalling. However I am delighted that resolution has finally been reached.”

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

The results of the Macra na Feirme Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections were announced in the Irish Farm Centre, Dublin on Tuesday.

James Healy from Kilmartin, Donoughmore, Co. Cork has been declared the 36th Macra na Feirme National President. Meanwhile Tom O’Donoghue from Cappoquin, Waterford has been elected as the Munster Vice-President.

Tom has served as county chairperson for Waterford for the past couple of years. Speaking about the election he said, ‘I love Macra, I have gained so much from my time in the organisation. I will give 110%, to further develop and grow our organisation. I want to see the Munster counties working together for the betterment of our organisation.’

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    Waterford Institute of TechnologyWaterford Institute of Technology is once again making national headlines for all the wrong reasons. At the recent Public Accounts Committee meeting representatives of WIT were questioned and in turn left more questionsunanswered. The Chairman of the P.A.C. Sean Fleming, T.D.,Fianna Fail, called the failure to have up to date accounts for W.I.T. as “disgraceful”.Faced with a deficit of €15m. the financial problems facing the Institute are very …

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