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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health company, have announced that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, officially opened a €85 million extension at the company’s Waterford, Ireland facility to help meet the consumer demand of its contact lens portfolio, specifically Biotrue® ONEday daily disposable contact lenses.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, the parent company of Bausch + Lomb, has invested more than €200 million in the Waterford facility’s operations, infrastructure and manufacturing line growth. Today’s investment, supported by the Department of Business, Enterprise and

Innovation through IDA Ireland, has created 125 additional jobs, bringing the total to 300 since the Waterford facility expansion first began in 2015.

As a result of the expansion, approximately 112,000 sq.

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

To make sure to get the best from your Spraoi weekend, be sure to pick up your Festival Guide!

The 2017 Spraoi International Street Arts Festival will run from the 4th to 6th of August 2017. The 2017

Festival Guide is your one stop shop for programme updates, programme downloads, accommodation and

travel! Check it out at spraoi.com

Parking

Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre has offered Spraoi festival goers free parking in their car park on Barracks Street for the three days of the

festival. Barrack Street is only a 2 min walk to the centre of the City where all the Spraoi madness will take place! The car park will be open on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of August until 11.00pm.

Special Needs

For the Spraoi Parade and Fireworks there will be a specially cordoned

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Cllr Joe Kelly commenting about the launch of the first ever Public Consultation on Public Sector Reform said “over the years many people and groups have complained about the standard of public service, about how the agencies of the state work or often times how they do not work. Most people agree with the idea of public service reform, but the question is what kind of reform, what do people really want. There is now an opportunity for everyone to feed into this consultation process and air their views.”

Public Service reform will be based upon a new Development and Innovation Framework designed around three pillars:

1. Delivering for the Public

2. Innovating for the Future

3. Developing People and Organisations

The Framework will set out 20 Actions which will build on any achievements of the last six years, will respond to new challenges and

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

An Post, has issued a stamp commemorating the centenary of the death of soldier, poet Francis Ledwidge, often referred to as ‘The Poet of the Blackbird’.

Designed by Detail, a Dublin design firm, the stamp features a portrait of the Irish poet and incorporates a photograph of a blackbird by nature photographer Lewis Bates. The stamp along with a special First Day Cover (FDC) is available at leading post offices, the stamp counters at Dublin’s GPO or may be viewed and purchased online at http://www.irishstamps.ie.

Ledwidge was born in Slane, County Meath in 1887. He began his working life as a young road labourer and in 1912 won the patronage of Lord Dunsany after sending him copybooks filled with his poetry. Dunsany championed his cause in Irish literary society even introducing him to WB Yeats.

At the outbreak of World War

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

The Barony of Gaultier Historical Society hosts a varied, entertaining and informative commemorative weekend in Dunmore East August 4 and 5. The events remember the rescue of a German U-Boat Commander by three Dunmore men who on the night of August 4, 1917 braved the mine-strewn waters of Dunmore East on hearing an explosion at sea. Also commemorated are the 17 crew members of two British minesweeper/trawlers and the 29 German men and boys of UC44 all lost in war action in Waterford Harbour. The weekend programme includes a memorial walk on Friday August 4 at 4 pm, and on the same day a gala memorial concert in St Andrew’s Church, Dunmore East starting at 8.15 pm, a seminar on Saturday 5 starting at 9.30 am, again in St Andrew’s, the unveiling of the memorial monument, the laying of wreaths

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Ten Waterford businesses have been named among the Top100 Stores in Ireland by Retail Excellence, the largest retail industry representative organization in Ireland.

Applegreen, Tramore, and Waterford based retailers, Ardkeen Quality Foood Store, Eyeworks Opticians, Fieldmaster, House of Waterford Crystal, Medieval Museum, Mulligan’s Pharmacy, Petmania, Sienna Home Furnishings, and Tony Roche Menswear have made Retail Excellence Ireland’s list of the Top100 best stores in the country.

The 10 businesses are the only stores in Waterford to make the prestigious list.

The Top100 stores are part of the Retail Excellence (RE) Awards, which were established in 1997 to promote best practice and encourage high standards in the Irish retail industry and are now the largest and most prestigious of its kind in Ireland. The Awards, will take place on Saturday, November 11 in the Malton Hotel in Killarney.

David Fitzsimons, Chief Executive of Retail Excellence

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Farmers, fishermen, food producers and exporters generally should pressure Government to open direct negotiations with Britain to agree post-Brexit arrangements that would be exclusively in the interests of our two countries and not leave matters to EU negotiators whose awareness of our special needs may not be as good as it should be.

The suggestion is made by Don Hall (pictured), a member of the team originally appointed by then Taoiseach Jack Lynch to campaign in support of Ireland’s entry into what began as the European Economic Community and whose Dublin-based corporate affairs consultancy, The Hall Company, represents clients working in the agricultural sector.

Believing that our interests are ‘at risk’ if left solely in the hands of EU negotiators, Hall foresees the likelihood that a post-Brexit Britain will enter into closer trading relationships with countries like New Zealand, Australia and North

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Local Area Representatives from the Green Party have called for more facilities for Electric Vehicle charging following the opening of the new Waterside carpark in Waterford City Centre. The carpark, which cost in the region of €1.1 million to develop, will provide 300 new parking spaces in the city, but only two electric vehicle charging bays.

Chairperson of the Green Party in Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh, has welcomed the opening of the facility, but has called on the Waterford Council to be more proactive in providing for EV owners.

“We’ve seen from moves in France, Britain and Germany that even the major car manufacturers are moving towards electric vehicles, and we need to be more future-ready in our planning. Academics in Stanford University have predicted that

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Waterford FC is delighted to announce the signing of defender Paddy Barrett on loan from Dundalk, until the end of the 2017 season. A native of Waterford, Barrett makes a return to the RSC after two previous spells at the club.

Paddy signed for the Blues having playing locally with both St. Paul's and Southend United. The versatile defender then made a move to play in Scotland with Aberdeen and Dundee United before making a return to his home town club.

In 2014 he then moved to Galway United where he won promotion with the Tribesmen after a playoff success against UCD. He scored in the first leg of that playoff. At the end of that season, he made the move to Dundalk under Stephen Kenny, where he won two Premier League titles and made seven appearances for the Lilywhites in their

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Continued from page 1.

Tánaiste and Minster for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald TD said: “I warmly welcome the additional investment and job creation by Bausch + Lomb, which moves the company's operations in Waterford into an exciting new phase. This company has been a huge employer in the city for several decades and their latest investment highlights their ongoing commitment. Being in a regional location gives this project added significance and dovetails with the Government's work in strengthening the industrial base and job creation in regional centres, in order to achieve balanced economic growth.

Having a project of this magnitude, in a high tech and high skilled sector, is a terrific boost for the southeast.

”Joseph C. Papa , chairman and chief executive officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc, said: “Bausch + Lomb is one of the world’s most respected eye

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