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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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    Cultural AttitudesThe recent survey by Price Waterhouse Cooper into cultural attitude that exist in the police force made for some interesting reading. One of the main findings in the report was that respondents felt that it was best to keep your head down and if you did think that something was wrong that it was better for yourself if you kept quiet about it.Another finding was that a significant amount of Gardai felt that it was who you knew and not what you knew that determined how far you advan …

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