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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Waterford City Councillor Seamus Ryan, has welcomed this week's announcement by the government of new measures to deal with the mortgage arrears crisis.

"The mortgage arrears crisis is one of the most serious social and economic issues facing Ireland. There are currently 94,500 private residential properties in arrears of over 90 days, and while figures released by the Central Bank show that the rate by which mortgages are falling into arrears is falling, it remains a cause of huge distress to many families, and an impediment to economic recovery. According to Cllr Ryan many Waterford families are currently in mortgage arrears and continue to experience great distress.

"The measures announced this week show that the government is serious about tackling this issue. The targets set by the Central Bank will ensure that long-term, sustainable solutions will be sought by the banks, easing

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Respond! Housing Association ‘Jubilee30 Celebration' as Ireland's leading housing charity has been honoured with an invitation to visit Áras an Uachtaráin. A delighted group of Respond! families, volunteers and staff members travelled to meet with His Excellency, President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins on 13th March 2013. This trip gave Respond!, who has been to the forefront of social housing for over 30 years, the chance to celebrate their joint vision, with the President, of creating positive change through inclusive, collaborative and united communities.

According to Pat Cogan ofm, CEO and cofounder of Respond! Housing Association, "We are grateful for the recognition this invitation to the Áras, affords our organisation, our staff and our residents across the country. We understand that President Higgins is complying

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Tuesday, 12th March 2013

Waterford Dyspraxia Support Group Meeting

The Waterford Dyspraxia Support Group will hold a meeting on Thursday March 14th at Faronshoneen Community Centre, Ardkeen,Waterford at 7.30pm. Guest speakers on the night will be a representative from The Dyspraxia Association and Ciara O’Loughlin, BSc. (Hons.) Occupational Therapy, Paediatric Occupational Therapist, based in Kilkenny and also covering Carlow, Waterford, Laois. Ciara is with 'The Sunflower Clinic ' who we rate highly in the field of Dyspraxia/DCD. All very welcome. For More info contact Valerie on 087 9712115 or Dyspraxia 01 8747085.

Seminar on the Importance of Accessible Open Children’s Play Spaces

As a follow up to the national seminar in September 2012, Streets Ahead: Activating Spaces for Children, Waterford City Childcare Committee in collaboration with St Brigids & Sacred Heart FRCs and Barnardos will host an event to highlight the value of providing accessible, appealing, open

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Tuesday, 12th March 2013

Retiring from work and social welfare payments

Question: I will be 65 in May 2014, and will be retiring from work. I know that my State Pension will not be paid until I am 66, so can I claim any other social welfare payment in the meantime?

Answer: There is no statutory retirement age in Ireland. Age of retirement is determined by your contract of employment. In many cases this is age 65.

The State Pension (Transition) will no longer be paid from 1 January 2014, so many people will have an income gap before they can claim the State Pension (Contributory) at age 66.

You can claim Jobseeker’s Benefit (which is based on your PRSI contributions). If you are aged between 65 and 66 your Jobseeker’s Benefit will continue until you qualify for your State Pension at age 66 (even if it would

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Tuesday, 12th March 2013

THE recent defacing of the plaza situated on the quay has brought great shame and disgust to the city. Benches were set on fire and ripped out of the ground and it is a great travesty to see our city suffer this property damage. Fingers are being pointed at the skaters of Waterford City but local skaters say that’s unfair. The term ‘Innocent until proven guilty’ springs to mind.

If the skaters use this place regularly to practice something they love to do, why would they all of a sudden destroy it and ruin it on themselves?

How do we know that it was these skaters? I have often passed the plaza and have seen a group of skaters there not causing any damage, other times I have passed and seen groups of teenagers smoking and drinking.

People wonder why the skaters don’t

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Tuesday, 12th March 2013

Waterford's status as a destination for lucrative conference business has been boosted by the success of a major local government conference held in the city last weekend (7/8 March).

Waterford Cllr Hilary Quinlan who was chief organiser of the event said the city had "put its best foot forward."

Cllr Quinlan (pictured) who is President of the Association of County & City Councils added: "We had almost 200 representatives from councils all over Ireland and the feedback was unanimous in its praise for Waterford and its attractions."

Cllr Quinlan said that conferences could bring good business to Waterford in the tourist off-season: "Waterford has so much to offer with quality hotels and good accessibility by road and rail. Based on the weekend's success the city can sell itself to conference organisers as a destination capable of handling large numbers of delegates."

Eamonn McEneaney of

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