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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

There’ll always be days like this!

Throughout our very short stay on this wee green planet, we will recall many moments in history, which are significantly relevant and personal to us. Yes, these will of course include cherished family memories. Your first real girlfriend or boyfriend. That first kiss. Engagements, weddings, your first child, christenings, communions and the deaths of family, friends and loved ones. Very private, intimate periods in our own historic time clock, where for an instant, time quite literally stands still. We will remember those seconds, minutes and hours as though they were yesterday. These snapshots of joy, tears and often sadness, live with us forever and to a certain extent make us who we are today.Outside of these special "Family memories", we might just recall momentous moments, in a sporting love affair. As

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Wednesday, 30th May 2018

"Does this sound democratic and in the spirit of open dialogue?" asks former IFA County Chairman.

Innogy Renewables Ireland, Ltd (subsidiary of German multinational RWE) and Coillte have given the people of West Waterford and East Cork little notice by advertising their ‘Public information Event’ in the local media only a week and a day before the event.

The communities of Knockanore, Kilwatermoy & Glendine, Ballyanthony, Coolbeggan East and West, Dunmoon, Dunmoon South, Knockaun Kilcalf, Lyre, Breeda and further afield into East Cork are struggling to attend at such short notice. To add to the problem the ‘Public information Event’ is only open between 4-9pm at KGK Community Hall on Thursday 31st May, making it very difficult for hard working families with young children to find time to attend this crucial meeting which will inform them of the fate of their community.

The

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

Michael Garland, bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

To vote or not to vote?

Cannot vote in the upcoming referendum, as I am not an Irish citizen. In my opinion, that's how it should be. To remove The 8th

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

RTE and other broadcasters, have been running "Live" debates

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

Nine new, exciting startups in Ireland's sunny South East recently began the first ever NDRC at ArcLabs accelerator programme, supported by Enterprise Ireland. The programme is the second regional accelerator undertaken by NDRC, following the successful delivery of NDRC at PorterShed, in Galway, last year.

Once a company joins NDRC, the team works intensively with each, over a short time frame, to help them understand what value their company can offer customers, their strategy for growth and getting them ready to meet the demands of both investors and customers. The short time span and the intensity of this commercialisation work is the acceleration process. It is this offering of capital investment and development support that makes NDRC effective.

Ben Hurley, NDRC CEO, said: "It is wonderful to welcome such exciting new businesses into NDRC's portfolio. With the help of our regional partners,

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

A barrel FULL of Rotten Apples!!!

The fallout from the Cervical Check debacle, will I have absolutely no doubt, rumble on for many a week to come. There now appears to be revelation after revelation, that all is not well in the higher echelons of Government’s many broken departments.

Our HSE, is spending more time and money looking after itself. Rather than the very people it was set up to protect. Does it really surprise anyone, we are once again being told, that more and more of tax payers’ money is being completely and utterly wasted? No! It has been going on for what seems like millennia. Our representatives in power, can do little or nothing to affect positive change. In fact, successively elected TDs to the Dail, have tried to take on Government Departments, only to fall

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Buffet doesn’t hedge his bets, should you?

Warren Buffett’s annual shareholder letter is probably the most widely read dispatch in the business world. His insights, expressed with his trademark clarity and humour, are a bounty for investors.

In December 2007, Buffett made a 10-year bet with hedge fund firm Protégé Partners. Each would choose an investment for a 10-year period and the each would pay $500,000, a total of $1m to the winner’s chosen charity.

Buffett picked a low cost investment in an unmanaged S&P 500 index fund. Protégé Partners picked five "fund-of-funds" which in turn owned interests in more than 200 hedge funds.

In December 2007, the housing crisis in the US had already started and the early signs of stress in the banking sector had begun to appear. The run on Northern Rock in the UK occurred in September.

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

In Dublin, the increase in rents in the year to March 2018 was 12.8% and rents in the capital are now 30%, or €430 a month, higher than their previous peak a decade ago. Rents continue to rise rapidly in other cities also. In Limerick city, rents were 17.1% higher than a year ago, while in Waterford, the increase was 14.6%. Galway saw its rents increase by 13.6% in the same period, while in Cork, rents rose by 9.3%. Outside the five main cities, rents rose by an average of 10.1%.

There were 3,086 properties available to rent nationwide in April. This is the lowest number ever recorded for this time of year since the series started in 2006, and the figure marks a 17% decrease on the same date a year previously. In Dublin, there were just 1,265 homes available

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

The Irish Property Owners Association is very concerned that constant legislative interference and penal Tax Treatment is damaging the private rental sector. The Daft Report again reflects the increasing shortage of available accommodation and the increasing cost of renting. "When will the State listen?" asked Stephen Faughnan, Chairman "The Daft Report does not reflect the rents payable for existing tenancies, which may be 50% less, and are constrained by Rent Pressure Zone Legislation of 4% max. which not alone dwarfs the income but also dwarfs the capital value of a property". Addressing IPOA members, Chairman Stephen Faughnan drew a stark comparison between what rent is payable to a private landlord and what is left as profit at the end of the day. "Every euro of rent received by landlords is significantly reduced by a variety of taxes, levies, charges and

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

MICHAEL GARLAND,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

"Off with her head!” "Off with her head!” is of course a line from that wonderful book "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, published in 1865. Written by the English author Charles Dodgson or to give him his more recognisable name, Lewis Carroll. A book that’s been read to millions of children at bedtime and no doubt still is. Enjoyed by every single parent, making each characters come to life, as they were finally getting the kids off to sleep. A darker commentary of literary nonsense, which some say still has relevance in today’s society.

Boy oh boy, we could do with The Queen of Hearts right now. With all the balderdash surrounding the debacle that is Cervical Check, will we actually see any heads rolling? The usual stock position of Government and Senior Department Officials is to blame

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