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Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Workers Rights David Cullinane TD has said figures published by the CSO on the minimum wage show that the economy is being built on low pay and precarious employment.

Deputy Cullinane was responding to new figures from the Central Statistics Office which show that 10.1% of employees surveyed earned the National Minimum Wage or less last year.

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said:

"It is obvious that this Government is content to build an economy on low pay, if and when contracts and precarious work. This is unacceptable and unsustainable. Low pay is often subsidised by the state and is part of the race to the bottom.

"The Low Pay Commission is too narrow in its focus. It does not address low pay in all its facets and is fixated on the minimum wage. It is worrying that one in ten

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Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

Young Social Innovators (YSI), supported by Ulster Bank, has announced the winners of its Social Challenges as part of the Young Social Innovators of the Year 2017 Awards. 11 teams from around the country have been awarded for their innovative ideas to address societal issues such as human trafficking, farm safety, sexual consent, mental health, animal cruelty, eating disorders, and the protection of the environment.

Following a 2,000 mile Speak Out Tour where 7,000 young social innovators and 456 teams were invited to present their social innovations at 16 Speak Out events in March, just 11 teams have been selected to compete for the 2017 title of Young Social Innovators of the Year.

Spotlight Funraising Award: Newtown School, Co. Waterford: Youth Action for Life

The students will be invited to present their projects to a panel of judges at the YSI Awards taking

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Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

Enterprise Ireland announces €750,000 in start-up funding for Female Entrepreneurs

Enterprise Ireland’s €750,000 Competitive Start Fund (CSF) for Female Entrepreneurs will open for applications on Wednesday 3 May. Up to €50,000 in equity funding is available to a maximum of 15 successful female applicants with early stage start-up companies. Last year, one in three companies who received CSF investment from Enterprise Ireland were female-led.

As well as securing up to €50k in funding, 10 of the successful applicants will also have the opportunity to participate in Dublin BIC’s INNOVATE accelerator programme. Delivered over a 12-week period in the Guinness Enterprise Centre, the interactive INNOVATE programme will increase the capabilities of the participants and move them to investor-ready within a short period.

The purpose of this CSF is to accelerate the growth of female-led

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Wednesday, 3rd May 2017

Eddie Mulligan sits on the Purple Flag Waterford Steering

Committee and is a “Local Business Champion” for this project, through his role as a founding member of Waterford Business Group. In fact, he has been instrumental in the delivery of the Purple Flag accreditation and is now a Purple Flag

Adjudicator, for other urban towns and city applications.

As a member of both of these Committees, he was nominated to the launch of the “Framework for Town Centre Renewal”, by Minister Mary Mitchell O' Connor TD. The launch event took place, in Sligo, on Tuesday 25th April. Eddie Mulligan was one of only two Waterford City representatives to make the long journey to Sligo, to represent Purple Flag Waterford.

Waterford City’s Purple Flag accreditation has been used as a case study in the launch document and can be seen on page 47 of the

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Wednesday, 26th April 2017

Mount Congreve is to be taken over by Waterford City & County Council, on behalf of the State, in a deal that will see the local authority receive an annual grant for the next seven years towards management and maintenance, Minister John Halligan has announced.

The proposal, set to be approved by Cabinet in two weeks, will facilitate the Commissioners of Public Works entering into an agreement with the Estate of Ambrose Congreve for a final settlement of outstanding Trust matters.

Minister Halligan said the deal – confirmed to him by his Independent Alliance colleague, Minister of State at the Office of Public Works Sean Canney and fully supported by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross- represents a great opportunity to bring in commercial interests to augment the

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Wednesday, 26th April 2017

BA (Hons) in Exercise & Health Studies graduate at WIT and captain of the Irish Women’s Rugby team Niamh Brigg’s, was today announced as the WIT Arena’s first Sporting Ambassador.

Waterford native Niamh was invited to the WIT Arena where she was officially announced as the WIT Arena’s first Sporting Ambassador.

Brigg’s presented President of WIT Professor Willie Donnelly and WIT Arena Manager John Windle with one of her international jerseys to mark the occasion.

Since graduating from WIT, Niamh found a career with An Garda Siochana and is currently rehabbing from an injury that kept her out of the recent Six Nations as she aims to get herself ready for the Women’s Rugby World Cup which will be held in Ireland this

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Wednesday, 26th April 2017

The team from Waterford Walls is delighted to announce it will return in August 2017. The project, now in its third year, is widely recognised as one of the leading visual street art events in the country, attracting top national and international street artists along with plenty of visitors who help to boost footfall and trade for city retailers. The unique visual street art event sees artists transform spaces around the city with the creation of outdoor murals.

To mark the launch of this year’s project, the Waterford Walls team is delighted to host an event with a difference. Designed to highlight the importance of ‘re-imagining spaces’, Dermot Bannon, celebrity architect from RTE’s Room to Improve, will speak about the value of projects like Waterford Walls which has seen buildings such as the Ardree and entire local districts transformed with unique

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Wednesday, 19th April 2017

Renegade’s Waterford Distillery Ltd has raised a €14.4m facility from the Ulster Bank with a £5m investment from the Business Growth Fund (BGF)

Ulster Bank has provided a €14.4m facility for Renegade, a London headquartered business which is developing a major whiskey project on Ireland’s south-eastern coast. The funding will be used for continued development and production of single malt whiskey at Renegade’s Waterford Distillery in Ireland.

Renegade’s founders – Mark Reynier, Sir John Mactaggart and John Adams – are drinks industry veterans having previously acquired the disused Bruichladdich Distillery on Islay off the West Coast of Scotland in 2000. They rebuilt the distillery and brand, before selling the business to Remy Cointreau in 2012 for £58m.

The team are developing something similar in the Irish whiskey market with a core

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Wednesday, 19th April 2017

Haven, a prominent Irish NGO working on the ground in Haiti, is undertaking its eleventh annual volunteer trip to Haiti from 21-29 April 2017. Paudie Halpin, from Ballymacarbry, Waterford, joins 39 other volunteers from Ireland and abroad in setting off on this life-changing trip with Haven.

This year’s Volunteer Programme sees the group travel to the small town of Carrefour Dufont, located two hours south-west of Haiti’s capital, Port au Prince. There, they will focus on the refurbishment and upgrade of the local school, which serves 220 children and nine teachers, and which suffered significant damage in last October’s Hurricane Matthew.

Over the course of eight days, Haven’s volunteers will repair the roofs and replaster the walls of the school’s buildings, which were badly impacted by the most

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Wednesday, 19th April 2017

Green Party Senator Grace O’Sullivan has warned that the report of the Committee on the Future Funding of Domestic Water Services will need to be strengthened in the Dáil by the government and Fianna Fáil if we are to secure the long term viability of a more efficient and safe water system.

Senator O’Sullivan voted against the report of the committee, due to Fianna Fáil’s insertion of the Water Services Act 2007 to penalise those who use water excessively.

Speaking after the final meeting of the committee, she said “I welcome Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael’s conversion to the Green Party’s consistent line on water – that it is a public good that requires long term funding certainty and dedicated attention, if we are to conserve and preserve it into the future.”

“However, I was unable to support today’s report – the use

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