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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Help float our boats on this rising tide!

Believe it or not, it has been over one year since we last went to the ballot box to vote in the 2016 general

election. 403 days have passed, when we all trouped in damp wet conditions, into our local polling station. We were filled with the promise of new politics and a new dawn for Waterford City and County.

There was much trumpeting across the local airwaves and all forms of social media. Alight with candidates promising to fix our woes. The theme running throughout most of the campaigning, was that “I” can get Waterford back into the premier league of Irish cities.

It was with excited hearts that we placed our mark onto the ballot papers. I know that many a first time youthful voter, countless having registered to vote in the same sex

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

There has never been a better time to visit the stunning Annestown Beach on the Copper Coast. The local Scout group have worked hard to renovate a small kiosk which was last open over 20 years ago. With the help of the local community, many individuals and companies including McCarthys, McCormacks, The Art Hand and Woodies, to name but a few, the kiosk has been transformed into a well-stocked shop selling Ponticelli coffees, ice cream, snacks and drinks. It is manned by the local Copper Coast scouts and will act as a fundraising venture for the Scout group.

As you're passing along the coast road past the beach at Annestown, if you spot our colourful flag flying above the kiosk, it means the shop is open. It will be open weekends and holidays from 11am, starting on Saturday 8th April.

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Pictured are parents of disabled children who mounted a protest in Waterford and nationwide over the lack of proper facilities and treatment for disabled children. They are pictured with the Metropolitan Mayor John Hearne.

HSE response

The HSE acknowledges the frustrations of those parents involved in today's demonstrations in Clonmel, Kilkenny and Waterford.

The HSE's Community Healthcare Organisation Area 5 (the South East) are committed to having the best possible services in place from within available resources. We want to assure the public that continued attempts are being made to provide a better and more timely service to those we serve in counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.

The HSE is rolling out the "Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People Programme (PDS)" programme. This involves a reconfiguration of all HSE and HSE funded children’s disability services into geographically-based Children’s Disability

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Gardai at Waterford wish to speak with the driver of a van who stopped and offered assistance to a female at the Old Kilmeaden Road Roundabout on the Outer Ring Road, Waterford on the 24/3/2017, between 6pm and 7pm following an incident involving a blue BMW. Contact Garda Station on 051 305300.

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Business in the Community Ireland Reveals Top Companies Contributed €348,340 and 2141 volunteer hours to Charities and Community Groups in Waterford in 2016

The companies who made an impact in Waterford: BAM Contractors Ltd, Bank of Ireland, BT Ireland, Dawn Meats Group, Deloitte, eir, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ESB, Gas Networks Ireland, Heineken Ireland, Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, KBC Bank Ireland, Marks & Spencer Ireland Ltd, Musgrave, RTÉ, SSE Ireland, State Street, Tesco Ireland, Ulster Bank Ireland, Veolia and Vodafone Ireland Foundation.

The Business Impact Map which can be viewed online at captures statistics from 56 of Ireland’s largest companies that are members of Business in the Community Ireland, Ireland’s leading organisation on corporate responsibility and sustainability. Statistics for Waterford show that over €215,937 was given in cash donations; €95,068 was contributed through in-kind donations and €37,335 was raised through employee

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Statement by simon coveney, minister for housing, planning, community & local government

“The report in relation to the Kilkenny/Waterford boundary is one of four such review processes initiated by former Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, T.D. The committees were asked to carry out a review of the boundary between the respective local authorities and to make recommendations with respect to those boundaries and any consequential matters that they consider necessary in the interests of effective local government. The reports are advisory - I am not bound by their recommendations.

The recommendation in the Waterford/Kilkenny report to move the existing county boundaries has caused a lot of unease and concern in the area. This has been articulated directly to me by elected representatives and citizens through the consultation process on the National Planning Framework. The issue of identity, linked to county boundaries

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

The Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR) charge, which was abolished in 2013, was a €200 annual charge on non-principle private residences and was payable by owners to the relevant local authority.

Revenue has appealed to the Court of Appeal a decision of the High Court in January 2017 on the deductibility of the NPPR charge against rental income for tax purposes. Until the Appeal is decided, Revenue cannot amend assessments or process repayment claims.

There is a statutory four-year limit on repayment claims and Revenue therefore advises any taxpayer who paid the NPPR charge for 2013, to notify Revenue in 2017 of their claim to deduct the payment from rental income. It is important to note that unless such a claim is made in 2017, it will fall outside of the four year statutory time limit for repayment. Revenue confirms that claims

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Sinn Fein TD for Waterford David Cullinane has hit out at Minister Simon Coveney and the Government on their decision to set aside the recommendations of an Independent Boundary Report.

He said the Minister was making a 'political' decision and was inconsistent in his approach. He said the 'Regional Cities' concept being proposed by the Minister rings hollow.

Speaking Deputy Cullinane said:

"This Government is cherry picking which Independent Reports it will implement when it comes to Waterford and the South East. It sets aside recommendations contained in an Independent Boundary Report and yet clings to dear life to recommendations in the Herity Report. It seems the value of Independent advice depends on what suits the Government politically.

"And what now of the big promise of the National Planning Framework? Minister Coveney talks up the concept of regional cities but falters at the first

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

- This event is taking place on Sunday 21st of May.

- Cycle distance is approximately 20km.

- Participant registration is at the event starting points from 10am – 11am.

- The event starting points are at the Greenway entrance at WIT Carriganore Campus for East Waterford participants, and the Greenway at Clonea Strand for West Waterford participants.

- Light refreshments are available for all participants at the Rainbow Community Hall in Kilmacthomas from 10.30am – 2pm.

- Anyone who wishes to register for a sponsorship card for the event can contact the Waterford Lions Club on (087)2540649 or (085)2865878 for further information.

- Sponsorship cards are available for collection from the following locations:

- John P. O’Donoghue Solicitors, Waterside, Waterford

- Catherine St. Medical Centre, 18 Catherine St., Waterford

- Ardkeen Surgery, Ardkeen Shopping Centre, Waterford

- Advance Physio, The Cove Centre, Dunmore Road, Waterford

- Participants can also register a personal fund raising page on

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Trade Unions in Waterford have given their full support to Bus Éireann workers, on strike to protect their jobs and working conditions.

Speaking during a visit to the picket line, Waterford Council of Trade Unions President, Una Dunphy said “This dispute is of historic importance for all Irish workers and for Irish society. If the management get away with destroying the security and value of jobs in Bus Éireann, it will be a signal to employers throughout the public and private sectors to go on the attack, and turn Ireland into a low wage, low service economy”.

It has long been Fine Gael policy to break up and dismantle CIE and its individual parts. The only thing that stopped previous attempts by the likes of Ministers Lowry and Brennan, was the threat of an all-out national transport strike across the company, including

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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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