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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

PRSI to be refunded to former Waterford Crystal employees Ciara Conway

Labour T.D. for Waterford, Ciara Conway, says that the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D has agreed to have her Department automatically issue a PRSI refund to over 839 former Waterford Crystal workers.

"This is a refund that was deducted on a lump sum, known as the ’10 million fund’ that was paid to over 839 employees in 2009," said Ciara Conway T.D.

"I’ve been meeting with a number of former glass factory employees, and they explained that there was some difficulty and confusion around claiming back the PRSI on this sum."

"I brought these concerns to my colleague, Minister Burton and she was very helpful in addressing the issues raised, and I’m pleased that we have been able to deliver a positive result on this."

"To explain some of the background ;

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Locals urged to enter early to avoid disappointment

The 2013 Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford, part of the An Post Cycle Series supported by the Irish Sports Council will take place on Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th August.

For the first time ever the Sunday event is being limited to 5000 riders; the 50k Kelly Cruise is limited to 1500 riders, the 100k Kelly Heritage Route is limited to 1900 riders and the 160k Kelly Comeragh Challenge is limited to 1600 riders.

Entries are flying in for all the routes from all across Ireland and abroad. We would really urge locals who plan to take part in this year’s event not to leave it too late. Entries will close on Wednesday 14th of August but it looks like the entries will reach the limit well before that date.

Entry details and route information

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Waterford urged to nominate Carers of the Year and Young Carer of the Year 2013

The Carers Association is calling on locals to recognise the dedication and enormous contribution of the 4,823 family carers in Waterford. Recently launched by patron of The Carers Association and broadcaster Mary Kennedy, The Carers of the Year Awards and Young Carer of the Year Award 2013 celebrate the commitment of family carers.

All entrants will receive a commemorative certificate with the National Carer of the Year and Young Carer of the Year 2013 being announced at a special ceremony in November. Application forms are also available from The Carers Association’s Resource Centre’s nationwide or directly from our Free-phone Careline on 1800 240 724. Or nominations for The Carers of the Year and Young Carer of the Year Awards 2013 can be made online at

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Irish Rural Link has warned that the failure to deliver real broadband to rural areas will cost rural areas up to 10,000 jobs annually.

The announcement from the Department of communications is unacceptable and suggests that a lesser broadband will suffice.

Seamus Boland, CEO of Irish Rural Link said "that the day for limited broadband in rural areas is over. Rural business needs an infrastructure that is comparable with the service in all regions. It also needs an infrastructure that allows them to be competitive."

The announcement clearly reinforces the view that there is still a gap to be filled in providing high quality broadband for rural enterprises.

Irish Rural Link is calling for the development of a country wide broadband infrastructure to be the main priority for this government.

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Waterford pensions scandal: "Workers must not wait any longer"

Speaking at a rally last week outside the Dail in support of former Waterford Crystal workers, Unite Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly said it was scandalous that – over two-and-a-half months after the European Court of Justice ruled that the state had a duty to protect the workers’ pension entitlements – there has been no movement from the Government.

Citing the PTSB case, Mr Kelly also said that the Waterford case was just one instance of workers being denied the pension entitlements for which they had paid.

"Over two-and-a-half months have now elapsed since the European Court of Justice ruled that the State is in breach of its obligations under the terms of the EU Directive to protect the pension entitlements of former Waterford Crystal workers. Since then,

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Do you blog? Bloggers in Waterford with the digital gift of the gab are being encouraged to nominate their blog for a national award.

Blog Awards Ireland 2013 celebrates the best in Irish blogging recognising bloggers in 32 different categories. Nominations for the awards opened on 14th June, and there has already been 2,000 nominations with the most popular categories so far Best Newcomer, Personal Blog, Fashion & Beauty, Best Lifestyle Blog and Best Blog of the Diaspora sponsored by TG4.

With2013 being the year of The Gathering, Irish bloggers living abroad are invited to enter the awards. The Best Blog of the Diaspora is open to all bloggers with Irish roots with blogs of any theme. Bloggers can enter from wherever they are in the world and are invited to attend the awards ceremony in the Osprey Hotel, Naas, Ireland on October

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Hundreds of farmers from all over the country attended an IFA protest outside the Department of Agriculture offices in Portlaoise recently, IFA President John Bryan said that farmers are incensed that the Minister would allow his Department to increase penalties and hardship on farm families. Since 2009 the level of these unfair penalties has increased 5-fold from €780,000 to €4.7m in 2012. It is totally unacceptable for the Department to increase the level of inspection penalties and then attempt to hide the fact.

John Bryan has requested an urgent meeting with the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney demanding a full and transparent explanation on the massive increase in inspection penalties imposed on farmers across the direct payment schemes over the last 4 years and especially in 2012. This increase has occurred despite the fact that the Minister gave a commitment to

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

The Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, the Very Revd Maria Jansson and Waterford Institute of Technology Libraries wish to cordially invite the public to the launch of the online catalogue for the prestigious Christ Church Cathedral Collection. This event will take place in Christ Church Cathedral at 12 noon on Friday 26th July 2013.

The Christ Church Cathedral Collection, which WIT Libraries are proud to be custodians of since 2006, comprises over 3,300 ecclesiastical, legal and historical artefacts which bestow immense cultural and heritage value to the South East of Ireland. This recently completed project has taken over 5 years and resulted in the creation of an electronic catalogue which is searchable from anywhere in the world through the WITCat Library catalogue http://witcat.wit.ie/ftlist/

It is envisaged that the online catalogue will open up the collection to a wider audience and

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

Clonmel in August promises to be spectacular with the launch of the program for Festival Cluain Meala which is a trio of the Busking, Heritage and Cycling festivals from the 3rd to 11th of August. The town promises to be transformed over 9 summer days with parades, bike races, gigs, concerts, fairs and open air parties and most events free.

Festival Cluain Meala opens on the August Bank Holiday Weekend with the Suir Valley 3 Day International Cycle Race which promises to be their biggest and best race yet with 4 continental teams and the famous Sean Kelly’s RAS Team. There will be race starts and finishes in Clonmel each day throughout the weekend for the public to come along and cheer them on.

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Wednesday, 24th July 2013

One of Waterford’s top hotels, the Tower Hotel & Leisure Centre recently received the Mark of Best Practice award from Fáilte Ireland’s Continuing Professional

Development Manager, Liam Campbell.

Developed by Fáilte

Ireland to support tourism businesses in becoming more profitable, more efficient and more competitive, the ‘Mark of Best Practice’ is awarded to businesses that complete a business process improvement programme.

The Tower Hotel has pledged their on-going commitment to continuous improvement and to delivering a first class customer experience. Businesses accredited with the Fáilte Ireland award have shown a 27% higher gross operating profit than the Irish Hotel Benchmark.

Fáilte Ireland’s Continuing Professional Development Manager, Liam Campbell, commented: "I wish to congratulate General Manager Alicia Maguire and her team at The Tower Hotel & Leisure Centre, who are now reaping

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