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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

As predicted in last week's issue of Waterford Today, Cllr. John Cummins, Fine Gael, was on Monday night elected as Mayor of Waterford.

The youngest member on the city council and a teacher by profession, he was proposed and seconded by his Fine Gael colleagues, Tom Cunningham and Hilary Quinlan.

He received nine votes to five for Cllr. Davy Walsh, WP.

Cllr. Mary Roche, Ind. abstained on the vote for the Mayoralty.

Collr. Cummins follows in the footsteps of his father, Senator Maurice Cummins, who is leader of the Seanad, and was also a Mayor of the City.

For Cllr. Cummins:

J. Cummins, H. Quinlan,

T. Cunningham,

J. Darcy (Fine Gael);

Jack Walsh, Seamus Ryan, Dee Jacques (Labour);

Cha O'Neill, Ind. and Davy Daniels, Ind. (9).

For Cllr. Walsh:

D. Walsh, (WP);

Gary Wyse (FF);

John Hearne (SF);

D. Roche, (Ind.);

S. Rheinhardt (Ind.) (5).

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

This Thursday 27th June the charity vintage tea rooms in St. Mary's Church, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford host a coffee morning in aid of the South East Simon community. Ria Drohan from the tea rooms says ' This is a coffee morning with a diffference as you will experience old fashioned afternoon tea - listening to the 30's music in a quaint tea room while a maid in 40's costume brings you your sandwiches and cakes on a pretty cake stand. All the money goes to charity and you get a lovely experience as well'  SIMON are tireless workers for those in need of shelter and are working also with families in temporary accommodation. We would welcome your support.

The Coffee Morning runs from 10.30a.m until 2p.m so those working can come in for lunch as well!

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

The Robert Boyle Summer School brings science and history to Waterford Gathering

The Robert Boyle Summer School is a four day retreat in the tranquil environs of Lismore heritage town. It will take place between 4th-7th July 2013. A stimulating programme features speakers from around the world, panel discussions, a tour of Lismore Castle Gardens and also a BBQ in the Castle Courtyard and a guided coach tour of West Waterford. The school celebrates the life, work and legacy of Robert Boyle who has had more impact on civilization than any other Waterford-born person. Boyle was the most important scientist of his time but his importance goes well beyond his scientific discoveries: he helped found the modern age.

This event has been chosen as one of the Waterford flagship Gathering events for

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Campaign against Home and Water Tax will continue to resist unjust taxes and continuing austerity

The Campaign against Home and Water Tax acknowledge the figures released by the Revenue Commissioners indicating a registration rate of almost 90% that the Boycott of the Local Property Tax urged by the CAHWT clearly did not take off. With this rate of compliance, the taking of monies from wages those on welfare payments and pensioners, become an easier proposition for Government, its TDs and Cllrs to defend.

Having consistently overstated the rate of compliance and registration the Local Government Management Agency failed in 2012 to collect the Household Charge, over 600,000 households were still unregistered in May 2013, the Fine Gael/Labour partners appointed the Revenue Commissioners as the collection agency.

This was accompanied by a sustained campaign of threats and intimidation, repeating the thacherite mantra "there is

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

"Freeze commercial rates for 3 years" - Seán Kelly MEP tells Councillors 

Sean Kelly MEP has called on County and City Councillors in Ireland South to support his proposal for a three-year commercial rates freeze.

In a keynote speech to the "Europe Supporting Communities, Supporting Enterprise" event at LIT Thurles, Co Tipperary last Thursday, June 20th, Mr Kelly outlined his proposal for a rates freeze.

"Action is needed at local and national level to ensure the health and recovery of the small business sector in Ireland. I am writing to all the county councils and city councils urging them to freeze commercial rates for a three year period and cut them if possible, to give breathing space to local businesses," Mr Kelly said.

"This would also give certainty not only to existing enterprises but also to potential entrepreneurs enabling them to plan with confidence

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, announced that he has approved funding of just over €2.8m to allow Waterford County Council accept the Tender from Coffey Water Ltd. for the construction of the Cheekpoint Sewerage Scheme, Sewerage Network Upgrade and Wastewater Treatment Plant Design Build Contract. Cheekpoint Sewerage Scheme is included in his Department's Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2013 as a scheme to start construction during the life of the programme.

Under Cheekpoint Sewerage Scheme, Waterford County Council proposes to construct a new Wastewater Treatment Plant with a capacity to cater for a population of 750, as well as upgrading the existing sewerage collection systems by the provision of a sewerage collection network and a new wastewater pumping station. The works will also involve the decommissioning of seven existing septic tanks and the

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

West Waterford Festival of Food has been shortlisted for an award in the 'Best Live Event' category at the Events Industry Awards, with the winners across all categories being announced at a ceremony in The Burlington Hotel in Dublin. Previous winners of the Best Live Event award were Electric Picnic Music Festival in 2012 and the AIB Street Performance World Championships in 2011 – which gives a clear indication of the standard of contenders for this award. The Festival of Food event which was specifically shortlisted was the 'Lunch with the Chefs in Lismore Castle'. This event brought together a very impressive line-up of celebrated chefs from all over Ireland and the UK who chatted over lunch with respected food writers Catherine Cleary and John McKenna, while Eunice Power designed and prepared a wonderful four course lunch to showcase local

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

University College Cork has introduced a suite of its Adult Continuing Education (ACE) courses which will commence in Waterford in September.

ACE at University College Cork is the longest established dedicated centre for adult and lifelong learning in the Irish University system. Over the past several decades ACE has developed a strong tradition of delivering university accredited Continuing Professional Development and Executive Education courses to hundreds of professionals in a wide range of disciplines.

The suite of courses, which will commence at the NAS Training Centre in the Cleaboy Business Park in September, was officially launched by the Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. Jim D'Arcy this week.

Commenting on the launch of the portfolio of courses, Waterford native, Ms. Lyndsey El Amoud, ACE Business Development Officer, was delighted that the highly acclaimed

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring, TD, has officially opened a new €425,000 running track at the regional sports centre in Waterford.

The MONDO athletics track is part of a new development which includes a multi-sports area for other sports including cricket and archery. The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport allocated €425,000 for the new track and sports area under a 2012 Special Tracks Initiative.

MAGNIFICENT

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to attend the opening of this magnificent new facility. It's an impressive set-up and a good example of how funding under my Department's Sports Capital Programme has improved sporting facilities across the country," Minister Ring said:

This new track will allow Waterford to meet the growing demand for athletic facilities in

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Approximately 250 City businesses attended the Rates Revaluation meeting in Waterford City's council building, on Tuesday 18th June at 6pm.

The meeting format was agreed prior to the 6pm start through Michael Garland of the Waterford City Centre Business Group. It was agreed that the meeting would be chaired by Nick Donnelly of Waterford Chamber, with Patrick Conroy speaking on behalf of the Revaluation Office, Nick Donnelly speaking on behalf of Waterford Chamber and Eddie Mulligan speaking on behalf of the Waterford City Centre Business Group, all followed by a question and answer session.

After the Revaluation Office and Chamber presentations, Eddie Mulligan gave a comprehensive overview on behalf of the many WCCBG members who made up the vast majority of the evening's audience.

Mr Mulligan outlined the

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