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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

THE Road Safety Authority (RSA) has warned Waterford motorists to ‘expect the unexpected" as high winds and icy conditions make driving conditions treacherous in parts of the county over the busy Christmas period.

The RSA warning came as temperatures plummeted across the county and nationwide over the past week, heralding high winds and freezing sub-zero conditions.

Christmas is all too often a time of tragedy for families who have lost loves ones in road accidents, and motorists are being urged to doing everything they can to prevent further fatalities over the festive season.

In a statement issued in recent days, the RSA urged all road users to exercise caution over Christmas. It asked all drivers and cyclists to check local weather and traffic conditions and be aware of the conditions before setting out on a trip.

RSA has the following advice for road users

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

A National Patient Experience survey 2017 has found that overall patients’ ratings of their experience at UHW were slightly below the national average. 79% of patients at

University Hospital Waterford said they had a ‘very good’ or good’ experience compared with 84% nationally.

While the Hospital scored below the national average for each question, patients did report some positive experiences. The survey found that patients in the hospital generally had good experiences of privacy once they had reached a ward and the level of dignity and respect shown to them. They also reported positive experiences of pain management and the standard of cleanliness and hygiene on the wards. Most patients said they had trust and confidence in the hospital staff treating them.

They survey found that

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

The Connect Effect were delighted to have Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley visit as guest speaker last week. Gerald spoke about the role of Waterford Chamber in the City, and the on-going initiatives by the Chamber to make Waterford a better place to do business.

The Connect Effect is network of local businesses from Waterford City and its surrounding environs. It helps its members grow their businesses in a positive and supportive environment. The Connect Effect does this by providing a structured weekly meeting, to facilitate members to get to know other business people and to showcase their own business.

Mr. Hurley is pictured here with Anthony Phelan from Advance Physio and Connect Effect.

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

The election of Trump, the elevation of climate deniers to head major US agencies and the record - breaking Hurricane Harvey, as well as other extreme events, including in Ireland, have injected a sense of urgency into many activists on climate change.

Records in temperature rises, heat waves, storm intensities, droughts etc. are broken with alarming regularity. 16 of the 17 warmest years on record have been since 2000. This year alone we have witnessed massive flooding in Bangladesh, Donegal, four extreme hurricanes in the Caribbean and the US south, Hurricane Ophelia in Ireland, forest fires in California and Portugal and much else. All this co-in siding with the announcement that the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere has reached record levels.

The meeting which will be chaired by Una Dunphy, the local People Before Profit candidate in the next general election,

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

The LAN event was held in Carrickphierish Library on 5th December 2017 as part of the global 16 Days of Action opposing violence against women which runs annually from 25th November (International Day Opposing Violence Against Women) to the 10th December (International Human Rights Day).

The event was attended by approximately 60 people and aimed to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence with a particular focus on the impact on young people & ways of addressing it.

Local Area Network member Kay Scanlon, Department of Social Protection, introduced and chaired the event.

The following Organisations presented information on domestic violence, its impact and the supports & services available for young people in Waterford:

Heather Sinnott - Le Cheile

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Councillor Eddie Mulligan, Fianna Fail, is sickened that Waterford’s Government representatives, Minister Halligan and Deputy Deasy, have accepted Minister Simon Harris’s timelines in relation to last week’s announcement of the National review of Specialist Cardiac Services.

According to Cllr Mulligan, "Minister Harris appears to be speaking out of both sides of his mouth. He has stated in the same press release that "He is committed to ensuring that all Irish citizens have access to safe, high quality and evidence based care, which is in line with international norms”. To me he is achieving this by kicking OUR can down the road. He almost certainly hopes that the region’s 24/7 cardio care will become part of the next Programme for Government. He is quietly clearly prepared to make decisions at detriment to the lives of the people living here, in the South

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Over €1.7 million in funding has been approved for LEADER projects across Waterford to date in 2017, Minister of State John Halligan T.D. has confirmed.

Twenty-one local projects have benefited from the targeted rural development scheme, with the funding specifically prioritising Economic Development, Enterprise Development and Job Creation; Social Inclusion; and Rural Environment projects

Amongst the most recent Waterford initiatives to receive LEADER funding is €41,000 to Dungarvan Scouts, for an extension to their facilities.

Other key beneficiaries this year include Blackwater Distillery, Rathgormack North Waterford Community Development Ltd and Hugh Kavanagh Engineering Ltd, who each received €200,000. Ardmore Open Farm Ltd received €143,247 for Ardmore Glamping Pods; Tallow Community Centre Ltd received €130,619.94; and Kenneally Steel Fab. Ltd received €140,895.50 for an Automated Drilling Line.

Minister Halligan said there had been significant progress with the scheme since Minister for Rural and Community Development,

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Waterford traders are forecasting a bumper Christmas shopping bonanza as thousands of eager shoppers pour into the City on a spending spree.

Speaking on behalf of Waterford Chamber members, CEO Gerald Hurley said: "While it is a little early to comment on exact figures, the feedback in general has been good from our retail members. Spend is up, particularly on individual items and footfall is strong. However, there is still a lot being lost to the likes of Dublin and Cork due a lack of the bigger brands. It is estimated that there is a 60% retail leakage in the region, which equates to €350 million in retail spend. Having said that, with the future plans for the likes of the North Quays and Michael Street, that issue will be addressed by

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Waterford City’s Rapid Cabs and Winterval offer top five safety tips for going out this Christmas season

1. Plan your night out, tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.

2. You, your family or friends should never walk home alone. Remember, safety in numbers. If you have no other option, walk in well-lit areas.

3. Take care when carrying your handbag, smart-phone or tablet in crowded areas. Keep them in a safe location, within view.

4. Take care of your Christmas shopping and never leave it unattended, especially in your car.

5. Never ever drink and drive, and if you are celebrating over Christmas be careful as you might still be over the limit the next morning.

Christmas is a special time of year, especially for those in Waterford City. The City

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Ladies and gentlemen of Waterford gathered at TRM on Michael Street on Friday evening last (December 1st) for a showcase of seasonal style at the TRM event 'Festive LOVE’ all in aid of Waterford Hospice.

Owner of the fashion store Elaine Roche spoke of the need to raise vital funds for the cause so close to her heart, guests supported the event generously and enjoy foods and drinks sponsored by WorldWide Wines, Tia Maria Disaronno, Thin Gin, Heineken, Blackfriars, Ardkeen Stores and Goresbridge Trout Farm.

A fashion showcase from the styles available in store this season at TRM was modelled and Urban Hype Hair Salon and Raf’s Barbers provided key styling tips for the season and guests enjoyed goody bags sponsored by Urban Hype. Commenting

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Letters to the Editor


    HealthCatastropheMary Harney, when she was Minister for Health, many years ago, declared that 300 people on trolleys in hospital corridors was a 'health crisis'. Now here we are in 2018 and we have nearly twice that number of people on trolleys within a hospital system that barely seems able to cope. The sad and infuriating thing about this, is that this is a yearly occurence where every winter ,just as the New Year is coming in, we find ourselves in the same position - every year.The Gove …

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