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Tuesday, 28th May 2013

City Centre on Friday 31st May from 17.00

Waterford City Council and Waterford City Centre Business Group, supported by the city centre retailers and businesses, are delighted to announce that from Friday 31st May there will be a programme of City Centre events, entertainment, special offers, promotions and lots, lots more all supported by a mixture of FREE and reduced car parking rates.

The programme of family fun entertainment will include puppets shows, street entertainment, live bands, children’s entertainment and a whole lot more.

Jane Cantwell, from Waterford City Council, is co-ordinating the programme of events, "We at Waterford City Council are delighted to be working very closely with the Waterford City Centre Business Group in developing a "Fun Friday" theme to Waterford City Centre. All of our Waterford City Council sponsored events will take place on and around the stage in John

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Tuesday, 28th May 2013

Labour TD for Waterford, Ciara Conway, says Tramore would be a perfect ‘Smarter Travel Town’ and she’ll be urging Minister Alan Kelly to consider closely plans presented by the Council.

"I’ve been meeting with Ken Walsh, Tramore Area Engineer, and I’m very impressed by the plans being presented here by Tramore Town Council," said Ciara Conway.

"Smarter Travel is already proving hugely successful in Dungarvan, where the cycle lanes and walkways are proliferating and locals and tourists are making the most of them.

Tramore has population of more than 10,000 and its Blue Flag beach and other amenities mean that it’s well established on the Tourist map.

However, if it were to receive Smarter Travel Funding, it would be to the benefit of locals and tourists alike.

The purpose of Smarter Travel Areas is to encourage people to leave their cars at home and to

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Tuesday, 28th May 2013

The short list for the Bord Gáis Social Media Awards 2013 were announced this week and two Waterford Facebook pages have made it to the finals which will be announced in Dublin on 30th May. The awards are a celebration of Irish companies for their innovative and business-focused use of social media.

The Waterford Gathering Facebook page has been short listed in the Non-Profit Organisation category. The nomination is seen as recognition of the joint Waterford City and County Council’s initiative to position Waterford as a tourism destination during the year of the Gathering and beyond. The Waterford Gathering social media campaign included the running of a Facebook competition to bring two people from over-seas to Waterford for a week. This successful Facebook campaign brought over 8,000 new fans mainly from overseas to the page and expanded its exposure to the

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Tuesday, 28th May 2013

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline on Wednesday last, May 22 commenced their inaugural flight on the Manchester route from Waterford Airport. The route will operate four times weekly from the airport.

Graham Doyle, CEO, Waterford Airport, said: "We are delighted to have the Manchester route on offer from Waterford Airport. It is a great city and we know from our experience of the route in the past it is very popular with our passengers.

Together with the Birmingham route offered by Flybe we are thrilled that this route offers our passengers seamless onward connections available with a single transaction booking to Aberdeen, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow Intl, Nice, Norwich, Paris CDG and Southhampton.

On the inbound side we are looking forward to welcoming visitors from the northwest of England to the

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Tuesday, 28th May 2013

"The 2013 Kellogg's GAA Cul Camps are the place to be this year. With over 82000 attending the camps nationally they are the largest camps in the country. Here in Waterford we will have over 2400 boys & girls attending the 36 camps in the county in July & August.

The camps are open to all boys and girls aged 6-13 and take place Monday-Friday 10am-2.30pm. There will be Hurling/Camogie, Gaelic Football/Ladies Football & Rounders at all 36 camps and many camps will have Handball also. Skills coaching, fun games, competitions & county player visits are just some of the highlights of each week. We have a number of our current stars lined up for the camps again this year including some who will be coaching at the camps.

Booking is available online at http://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie or application forms can be got

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Tuesday, 28th May 2013

The Power Clan Gathering takes place from May 31st to June 4th. The opening ceremony will be held at Dunhill Castle on Friday May 31st. Visitors are asked to assemble in Dunhill village at 2:00pm and walk through the Anne Valley to the castle. This is free of charge and all are welcome.

At Tramore Races on Saturday June 1st the feature race (at 3:30pm) will be The Power Clan Gathering Handicap which is being sponsored by Paddy Power Bookmakers.

The closing farewell concert will be held in Christchurch Cathedral on Tuesday June 4th at 8:00pm.

Photo taken at the announcement of the Paddy Power Sponsored "Power Clan Gathering

Handicap" which will be the feature race at Tramore Racecourse on Saturday June 1st. Photo shows Geraldine Doyle from Paddy Powers, Sue Phelan, Manager Tramore Racecourse

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Tuesday, 28th May 2013

Dear Editor, 

Health minister James Reilly's plans to implement the Higgin's report advocating Thrust hospitals will result in loss of many vital services as well as hundreds of of jobs at WRH in the coming years. Despite assurances these plans can only be described as a disastrous downgrading of the Waterford Regional Hospital, which will have ongoing negative effects for all citizens of Waterford and across the South East.

Talk of world class health services and better outcomes etc at Thrust Hospitals are just pure PR spin to mask the Governments plans for a two tier American style service of for profit care, controlled by private health insurance companies and private hospitals. The consultant group at WRH knew this but their efforts to establish a broad based campaign of resistance which included the unions at WRH alongside the wider trade union movement and community organisations was sabotaged

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Tuesday, 28th May 2013

The following statement has been issued by Independent Councillor Dick Roche:

"Following a call recently made by a number of city Cllrs to their fellow Cllrs to elect Davy Walsh as the next mayor after spending 34 years on the council without ever holding the position(due to the undemocratic pact operating in city council) there has been support for their call expressed from people through out the whole city. Many very prominent and well known characters have been calling for the members of the city council to end the unfair situation and not to vote for a candidate who is for the abolition of the council or not to abstain from any vote but to vote for Davy in recognition of a lifetime of service to the city. Some of the more high profile people are John O'Shea Irish soccer international

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

"It is clear to me that agriculture and agri-business is and will be the principal driver of economic growth in the South East and indeed in much of the Country. The economic impact of Milk Expansion under Harvest 2020, and beyond 2020, is very significant. The 1,600 jobs for all the counties of the South East and further afield, which will be established and facilitated by this plant, will be matched pro-rata by other milk expansion plans in all the dairy counties across the country", so said Phil Hogan TD at a ground-breaking event for a new Glanbia plant at Belview today.

The Minister was speaking after he officially broke the ground at the site where a new milk processing plant will be built. Plans to build the €150m plant at

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Independent TD for Waterford, Deputy John Halligan in a hard-hitting and fortright statement has said attempts by local Pro Life acitivists to intimidate and coerce him last weekend have only strengthened his resolve to push for abortion legislation in cases of rape or severe foetal abnormalities.

Deputy Halligan was referring to an altercation on the Prom in Tramore on Sunday in which a group of Pro-life activists approached him and in his own words "subjected me to abuse over my recent call for a constitutional referendum to legislate for abortion in rape cases and situations where a foetus is unviable."

Deputy Halligan made a strong statement on the issue in Dail Eireann recently which received national and international publicity and has put him at odds with the Pro-Life organisation in Waterford and elsewhere throughout the country.

Commenting on the exchange on Sunday he

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