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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

REA O'Shea O'Toole are delighted to present this very attractive property to the market.

Airfield Point built in 2006 is a beautifully presented 4 bedroom detached house in a mature setting only a short stroll from the renowned fishing and holiday village of Dunmore East on the South East coast of Ireland. A most attractive detached home ideally located in a quiet cul de sac near the main entrance to this most sought after development. The accommodation which extends to 1859 sq.ft. comprises a bright spacious entrance hallway with Guest w.c., spacious Lshaped Sittingroom-Diningroom with doors leading to the large Kitchen/Dining area overlooking the south facing rear garden. The utility room, is adjacent to the kitchen and a livingroom and guest bedroom are accessed from the hallway. Upstairs there are three bedrooms, the main bedroom is en suite with a walk

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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Searches for new homes in Waterford have increased by 117% in the week's following the launch of the "Help-to-buy" scheme by the Government, according to Ireland’s No.1 Property website – Daft.ie.

The property website which has 2.21 million unique users each month recorded an increase of 117% in searches for new homes in Waterford when compared with the same period last year.

Commenting on the data; Martin Clancy from Daft.ie said: “The spike in searches was quite large and certainly points to an increased interest in new homes on the back of the launch of the "Help-to-buy" scheme for first-time buyers. The areas to attract the most interest in Waterford were Waterford City, Dungarvan, Tramore, Ballyduff and Portlaw.”

"In Waterford City, prices between September and December 2016 were 16.4% higher than a year previously. The average house price is now €148,000, that's an

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Wednesday, 25th January 2017

John Smiles Qualified Financial Advisor

Why did commodities do so well in 2016?

After five years of negative returns, reaching a decade low in January 2016, commodity-related investments outperformed the broader equity and fixed income markets in 2016. The strong outperformance was driven by several factors. Slightly reduced concerns around the Chinese economic outlook, diminishing expectations of US interest rate rises and encouraging signs on the supply and demand fronts have all contributed to a positive backdrop for the sector.

The Chinese government’s stimulus efforts resulted in improved macroeconomic data boosting many industrial metals and bulk commodities prices. Iron-ore gained over 30% as Chinese steel demand increased and the price of coking coal increased by more than 130% in 2016.

A fall in production of commodities together with reduced capital investment over the past five years resulted in a supply glut and a consequent

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Wednesday, 25th January 2017

Commenting on UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech, Nick Donnelly, Waterford Chamber CEO said, "Ultimately the speech was no more than an articulation of the UK’s top-line negotiating position.

“Businesses in Ireland are no further advanced in understanding the issues that will need to be dealt with at the conclusion of this process but can take some solace in matters which the UK specified as being key elements in the negotiations. The reference to the special relationship with the Republic of Ireland and the importance of retaining the Common Travel Area is welcome although more clarity on barrier-free arrangements with Northern Ireland remains critical for businesses on both sides of the border.

“The acknowledgement of the desire to take in ‘elements of the Single Market’ and a “new agreement on Customs Union’ is positive for Irish exporters but will clearly be very

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Wednesday, 25th January 2017

New CIF President Dominic Doheny has called on the Government to work with the construction industry to create an ambitious strategy that delivers sustainable growth, exports and jobs across Ireland today at a meeting of Ireland’s leading construction executives.

Mr. Doheny, who is from Tullamore, Co. Offaly and is joint Managing Director of John Flanagan Construction Ltd, said; “The Government is turning to construction to deliver ambitious targets in the delivery of world class infrastructure, housing and the specialist buildings that attract and retain global companies to Ireland. They must set out with industry a growth strategy that builds our capacity to deliver the sustainable level of 25,000 housing output required annually and the €43billion infrastructure set out in the Government’s Public Capital Programme.

DKM consultants estimate that achieving these targets would see the construction industry grow from €15bn to €20bn by

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Wednesday, 18th January 2017

John Smiles

I’ve got my final salary

pension transfer value,

what do I do now?

So, you have received your transfer value quote and don’t know what to do next - then consider getting independent pension advice as there are a number of issues you need to think about.

It’s quite possible that DB pension transfer values are peaking, particularly if bond yields continue to rise. Companies are now ‘willing buyers’ of your pension entitlement, as they want to eliminate this liability before it fully crystallises on retirement. Any delay in moving the pension fund could result in a smaller transfer value.

If your sponsoring employer is a big, safe, blue chip company; you have a nice pension to look forward to with no hassle in terms of re-investing a transfer value, you might consider remaining in the scheme. However, today companies are under pressure to

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Wednesday, 18th January 2017

Set amidst mature woodland and just 5 minutes’ walk from Dunmore East Strand makes this three bedroom detached residence the ideal costal retreat. Located in the quaint fishing village of Dunmore East, this property comes to the market in exquisite condition after been recently fully re-furbished. It is situated minutes from all local amenities and services.

Deceptively spacious inside and finished to a very high standard throughout, the house benefits from an extra-large side entrance with the potential to extend, pvc double glazed windows, zoned gas central heating system, alarm and Phillips intelligent lighting system. Cobble-lock driveway to the front and side provides ample parking and it has lawned gardens to the front and rear. It is located at the entrance to a quiet cul-de-sac and is not overlooked.

Spacious accommodation on the ground floor consists of entrance hall, sitting room, dining

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Wednesday, 18th January 2017

Revenue recently published the latest Local Property Tax (LPT) statistics for 2016, detailing LPT Exchequer receipts of €463m and showing a continuing high compliance rate. LPT collected in 2016 included approximately €50m in prepayments for 2017, and €70m in payments for 2015 and earlier years, as well as almost €8m in Household Charge (HHC) arrears.

Commenting on publication of the latest statistics, the Collector-General, Michael Gladney, said that since Revenue assumed responsibility for collection of arrears of HHC in July 2013, more than €64m has been collected, bringing 360,000 additional properties into compliance. Referring to the continuing high LPT compliance rate, Mr Gladney said “the vast majority of property owners fully comply with their LPT payment obligations, either in a single payment or with phased payments. As long as payment obligations are being met, Revenue will automatically roll over existing payment

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Wednesday, 18th January 2017

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

Imagine ALL the people!

“No need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man.”

On Saturday last, we all marched, once again, for the very basic of welfare state rights. Better cardiac care, serviced by University Hospital Waterford. I would estimate that around circa 6,000 took part in the march and I noted, perhaps for the first time on such an occasion, that there were significant numbers of “Older people” taking part. This was the silver generation getting out and voting with their feet - something that Government should be very wary of, as this generation has real teeth (well some do)!\

The social media pages have been awash with TDs’, posting pictures to let their adoring hordes know that they marched for us. With perhaps the exception of one, who has made it very clear that he will

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Wednesday, 11th January 2017

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Are you looking for an opportunity to transform your business? We're currently looking for people and properties to take part in the next series of What does 2017 hold in store for investors?

2016 made a complete mockery of predictions and polls; the world today, according to the forecasters, would look rather different with the UK still a member of the European Union, a Clinton Presidency set for the White House and both US and UK stock markets having fallen in value. In fact, the opposite has proved true and despite several political upsets in the UK, Italy, Brazil and the US many investors made a lot of money in 2016.

The FTSE 100 rallied to an all-time closing high on Friday December 30 of 7,143 – a significant rally based on most companies in the FTSE 100 not

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Letters to the Editor


    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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