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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Sinn Féin TD for Waterford and member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane said that the level of debt and the management of conflicts of interests at Waterford Institute of Technology are issues that need to be addressed as a matter of priority.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“I have recently received a number of protected disclosures regarding WIT and, if valid, they raise significant concerns regarding the institute. Its accounts show that it is in debt to the tune of €15 million

“These figures, however, are almost three years old as the Institute has not filed its return for 2015. It is at present the only Institute of Technology that has not filed a return for that year.

“It is worrying given the level of debt within the Institute and the ongoing problems it has with funding from the HEA and from student fees.

“We

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

ONE of Waterford’s most renowned photographers, Leo Murphy, and his son David, who is a rising star of the industry, are now taking bookings for Happy Smiling Faces 2017. The brilliant charity initiative, which Leo and David have been involved with since it started in 2006, generates a considerable amount of money for each year’s chosen beneficiary. For a donation of €25, people can receive a desktop portrait of their happy smiling child and every penny will go to the chosen beneficiary, which this year is Down Syndrome (Waterford and South Kilkenny Branch).

All the expenses and costs are being covered by the studio and Leo and David are now taking bookings through their Facebook page “Leo Murphy Photography” and “David Murphy Studio” and through

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Amber Young was recently appointed KBC Waterford Hub Manager.

Amber is one of a number of recent appointments at KBC, which has committed its long term future to Ireland. It is growing its retail business in Ireland with market leading mortgage, personal loan and credit card rates. KBC’s mortgage offering includes rates as low as 2.9%. As well as being able to meet customers’ needs at its hub in Waterford city, KBC has also made a €100m investment to become a digital-first customer centric bank.

Prior to her appointment, Amber was Business Development Associate in KBC Waterford where she was responsible for managing the development of the KBC business for the greater Waterford area. Amber has almost ten years banking experience prior to KBC as a Mortgage Advisor, Sales Manager, and Business Advisor. A qualified financial advisor, Amber also holds a degree

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Mr. Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture presented the Augustine Henry Memorial Medal to Eoin Glavey, third year BSc in Forestry student for his achievement in gaining highest marks in his final year on the BSc in Forestry.

Eoin, a native of Bonmahon, Co. Waterford, manages a successful tree care business in parallel with his studies. His excellent academic results to date are particularly noteworthy as he has managed to successfully balance work, student and family. Eoin is also awarded a travel bursary to join the Society of Irish Foresters on their forestry study tour to Poland in September.

The Augustine Henry Memorial Medal is awarded annually by the Society of Irish Foresters to recognise academic achievement in

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

By Kieran Hartley, Fianna Fail candidate in the European Elections

There have been many calls for Northern Ireland to be assigned EU special status in order to avoid economic turmoil in Northern Ireland. MEP’s, including Ireland’s, have endorsed a resolution which states that Brexit negotiations must recognise the "unique and special circumstances confronting the island of Ireland".

Our geographic Island position off the North West of the EU mainland and westward of the UK has resulted in the UK being one of Ireland’s primary trading partners. We cannot alter our geography, historically our Agri and SME sectors have significant trade with the UK, relatively recently our FDI’s, Tech and Pharmaceutical industries are located within the EU primarily to take advantage of the EU trading block. Ireland, North or South, East or West, cannot afford to sacrifice either side of our vital economic

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

The South East Action Plan for Jobs (APJ) Implementation Committee meeting held on the 31st March, 2017 in the Haughton Building in IT Carlow, heard of some of the successes achieved since it began in January 2015. The headline figures include 13,000 net new jobs created in the region during that period, a good start on the 25,000 jobs targeted under the South East APJ by 2020. The unemployment rate for the region now stands at 9.4%, down from 12.8% in Quarter 1 of 2015. The South East APJ has a target to ensure the region is within 1% of the national average by 2020, a rate which currently stands at 6.6%.

The highlight for many at the committee meeting was the announcement of the setting up of the South East Greenway Project Office in New Ross. Headed up by Brian

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

John Rohan, of John Rohan Auctioneers has announced that the iconic Ard Ri Hotel has been purchased by Mr. Seamus Walsh, owner of the Waterford Castle Hotel. “We are delighted to confirm the completion of the successful sale of The Ard Ri Hotel in Waterford city. The iconic building which dominates the skyline immediately north of the River Suir had been closed for a number of years and fallen into significant disrepair. In its earlier days the hotel had operated as one of the most successful in the city offering a wedding venue, conference centre, holiday accommodation and a leisure centre”.

Mr Seamus Walsh a Mullinavat man has invested in the Iconic Hotel the Ard Rí. This iconic building has always dominated the skyline north

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys TD., has joined with Mr Michael Walsh, CEO of Waterford City and County Council to encourage everyone in Waterford to take part in the first Cruinniú na Cásca, a new national day of culture and creativity, which will take place nationwide on Easter Monday as part of the Creative Ireland programme.

Cruinniú na Cásca is a day-long national celebration of culture and creativity which will take place in Dublin city centre and around the country. From live music and dance, to coding, theatre, art and music workshops, talks and tastings, readings and screenings, for the first time this year, special Cruinniú na Cásca events will take place in each

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan T.D. has confirmed capital funding totalling over half a million euro for harbour projects in Waterford.

The €258,750 allocation will assist Waterford Council in development and repair projects at Tramore, Ardmore, Passage East and Boatstrand, Minister Halligan said.

Funding of €75,000 has been allocated for repairs to and widening of the slipway to improve access at Tramore Pier; €112,500 for repair works to the pier wall and provision of coastal defence at Ardmore Pier; €56,250 for the provision of railings and ladders to the pier at Passage East; and €15,000 for the provision of handrails and a concrete plinth at Boatstrand Pier.

“This much-needed funding is a great boost to our local fishery and aquaculture linked infrastructure in Waterford’s small harbours”, Minister Halligan added. “Aside from creating local employment over the time span

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Waterford Fianna Fáil TD, Mary Butler has said that Minister Varadkar must halt the restructuring process currently underway in the Money Advice and Budgeting Service and the Citizens Information Service and ensure that staff and volunteers have their voices heard properly.

Deputy Butler was commenting as her party’s private members motion was debated in the Dáil on Tuesday, 28th March.

“Both MABS offices in Co. Waterford, in West Waterford and in the City, provide significant and essential services by providing information, advice and advocacy and helping people to manage and overcome debt.

“The three Citizens Information Centres in the county play a major role in supporting people with advice on their statutory entitlements. At present there are 48 volunteers in the city, and a further 15 in the Dungarvan.

“There is of course scope to deliver greater efficiencies and effectiveness in both organisations. Fianna

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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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