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Thursday, 28th June 2018

New member Justin Caffrey presented to the Connect Effect group. Justin has a wealth of experience in the Financial Consulting sector spanning over 24 years.

Originally from Dublin, Justin, a FCCA qualified accountant, began his career with Smurfit's Printing Company. From there, he worked with Executive Travel where he was part a large Management Buy-Out. Justin also worked as Head of Finance Monaco Consultants where he was responsible for 100 employees and an annual turnover of €100m. Currently a shareholder of The Reg Bar and Nightclub, he oversees the business finances, strategy and HR.

Caffco Business Planning is based in Waterford City, although Justin works as a virtual CFO nationwide. Caffco provides consulting, accounting and business advice including financial control, business planning, cash management, MIS reporting, annual accounts and returns, securing bank, grant and investor funding, EII structures, IT systems and mobile

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Thursday, 28th June 2018

The Cardiac PPCI centre at UHW remains the only national centre of 6 designated restricted to a single Interventional Cath Lab and no 24/7 access - The Dublin Metropolitan Cath lab count is now 9 Public labs with an additional lab under construction and 11 Private Cath Labs, that will be 21 Cath Labs for a population of 1.2 million - The South East endures a single Cath Lab restricted to a 39 HR OPERATING WEEK!

Health Equality South East (HEFSE) has been advised that the Modular Interventional Lab solution that was available and proposed to the Minister on January 10th 2018 to include a full comprehensive business plan for a 5 day working week with full cardiac interventional capability including PCI and acute STEMI

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Thursday, 28th June 2018

Now in its 24th year, the Dunmore East International Bluegrass Festival, is still proving as alluring as ever for top music acts, as some of the industry's greatest bluegrass and country music acts line up for the free four-day festival in the Co. Waterford village from August 23rd to August 26th. Fans of bluegrass, honky-tonk, blues, country, Americana and rhythm 'n' roots are in for a real musical treat as the picturesque village's International Bluegrass Festival will feature 14 artists playing almost 40 free gigs throughout the village.

Headlining this year's festival is Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters, an old school country roots band that effortlessly blends rock, folk and country. Hailing from North Carolina, Amanda Anne Platt has earned a reputation as an assertive yet gentle and unassuming singer whose "voice and the interplay of the guitar and

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Thursday, 28th June 2018

Helvick Head RNLI Lifeboat will be hosting a multi-agency exercise on Saturday 30 June 2018 commencing at 4:00 pm. It will be the largest exercise ever organised by Helvick Head RNLI, involving the joint services of Helvick Head RNLI and Youghal RNLI, the Irish Coast Guard, Bunmahon Community Rescue Boat and the Civil Defence, all coming together to practise their skills in a complex combined exercise.

The exercise will take place in the environs of Helvick Head with part of the action taking place at sea and some on land. The emergency personnel participating will be briefed on multiple scenarios which will require the services to engage in joint rescue activities.

While the public are welcome to come and observe the exercise, there will be traffic and parking restrictions in place, and anyone attending is asked to obey all marshals and to

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

After five seasons in charge, Derek McGrath has resigned his position as Waterford Senior Hurling Manager.

Having led the Déise to five finals including last year's All-Ireland decider, in the wake of Sunday's Munster SHC defeat to Cork, a week after their exit from the Championship was confirmed, he confirmed his departure in a statement issued through Waterford GAA.

"After five thoroughly enjoyable years working with the most committed, dedicated, honest and genuine players to represent our county." McGrath had plenty of praise for the Waterford players, the backroom team and his work colleagues as well as his family and friends, which he expressed in a heartfelt letter of resignation as well as how it was a "hugely emotional" decision.

But he hasn't ruled out a return to

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Local Minister of State at the Department of Education John Halligan T.D. officially opened the new €9.5 million St Martin's Special School building at St John's Villas, Lower Grange, Waterford.

The 3,765 sq m building, which replaces St Martin's former school premises in Ballytruckle Road, caters for 66 learners aged from four to eighteen years of age with mild, moderate and severe/profound learning difficulties.

Speaking at the opening, Minister Halligan said the State's investment of €9.5 million into the construction and fitting out of the new school building was 'money well spent', to ensure the delivery of a' bright, purpose-built facility that offers St Martin's staff the space and flexibility they need to deliver high-quality education':

"This purpose-built school building was designed to align with the complexity of needs of all

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Calling all comedy fans! The greatest family comedian of our generation 'Brendan Grace' proudly presents 46 years in the Comedy business and most of this time at the very top of his profession.

Brendan's latest show features the best and most requested pieces from his vast repertoire over the last 46 years. His sense of timing and ability to read an audience is without equal. A brilliant character actor, his 'Bottler' character is legendary and his interpretation of the 'Irish Wedding' will forever remain a masterpiece.

Apart from his obvious 'star quality' in all aspects of his performance Brendan's drawing power is enormous and the 'House Full' sign is the norm rather than the exception at his concerts.

Brendan makes his return to Theatre Royal Waterford on Saturday July 7th,

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Capital funding of €825,000 has been announced by local Minister of Skills John Halligan TD for the purchase of equipment for new Electronic Security Systems and Plumbing apprenticeship syllabi at Waterford Institute of Technology.

The grant includes €575,000 for an Electronic Security Systems apprenticeship and €250,000 for a Plumbing apprenticeship and will enable WIT to purchase equipment and carry out enabling works required to support the rollout of the new syllabi.

Minister Halligan said the WIT allocation is part of an €8 million Capital Investment Programme for Apprenticeships in ten Institutes of Technology, announced by the Government:

"This funding will specifically benefit students already in the apprenticeship system, ensuring they have access to the most up-to-date and industry-relevant programmes and equipment, to prepare them for our modern workplace.

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

McHugh Glynn & Associates is a firm of Quantity Surveyors and Loss Assessors based in Waterford and Tipperary. It is co-owned by Garreth McHugh & Declan Glynn, mchughglynn.ie They specialise in the design of one off properties, extensions and specialist commercial buildings.

The Loss Assessing side of the business however is becoming increasingly larger. A Loss Assessor, is someone who deals with an insurance claim on behalf of the insured to ensure the sum payed out by the insurance company is the best deal for the client. The claim may be caused by fire, burst pipes, storm or burglary on a domestic or commercial building. This involves agreeing a scope of works and preparing detailed claim documents.

Unfortunately, many people who make an insurance claim on their property are unaware that they are entitled to use the services of a Loss Assessor,

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Garda social media has been very active promoting the success of Operation Enable in the greater Dublin area.

'Operation Enable' is a multi-agency initiative between An Garda Síochána, Dublin City Council, Dublin Street Parking Services, the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland and Irish Wheelchair Association.

This operation has been focused on catching and prosecuting drivers who are using fake disabled parking permits and illegally parking in marked disabled parking spaces. At the Joint Policing Committee Meeting in April, Cllr Eddie Mulligan, Fianna Fail, formally requested that Gardaiand Waterford Council extend Operation Enable, to include Waterford.

The Councillor also asked for an update on enforcement of the number of illegally parked cars and other vehicles, in disabled car parking bays. "The availability of wheelchair accessible parking spaces is an essential lifeline for motorists with disabilities. Far, far too often these spaces

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    As dry as the SaharaIt seems that whenever the weather in Ireland goes a little bit extreme, we are somehow incapable of dealing with it. It has already happened so far this year with the snow that totally disrupted the country for about a week and also later on when some areas in the country were flooded due to excess rain. Now it is happening again because we are having to deal with a level of sunshine that is virtually unheard of in the country. And a level of sunshine that is going on for a good numbe …

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