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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research & Development, John Halligan TD, has announced the establishment of the NDRC@ArcLabs Start-up Accelerator programme, supported by Enterprise Ireland, to further enhance the start-up ecosystem within Ireland.

The accelerator, which is based in ArcLabs at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), is open to applications from potential teams or individuals both in Ireland or overseas, in all technology sectors.

The investors and supporters of NDRC@ArcLabs, in addition to Enterprise Ireland, include Suir Valley Ventures, Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund, South East BIC, and Local Authorities of Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford, Local Enterprise Offices and Enterprise Centres.

There are 10 slots available within the 'NDRC@ArcLabs’ Accelerator Programme with the first cohort to commence in early 2018. Successful applicants of the Enterprise Ireland supported accelerator programme will receive membership and a place within

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

The HSE’s community healthcare services in the South East – as part of working with people who use mental health services and with their family members, carers and supporters – are establishing a new, local forum in Waterford.

The local forum serving Waterford City and County will exist, as a resource for service users and family members, carers and supporters to voice their experiences, raise issues and be consulted and involved in mental health services developments in their area.

The establishment of the forums are a development following on from recommendations in the national mental health strategy "A Vision for Change” and the HSE’s own national strategy for service user involvement. The HSE’s 2015 mental health division operational plan included the strategic priority "that Service users, families and carers are central to the design, planning, delivery and evaluation of services."

With an increased

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

Purple Flag Waterford, partnering with WIT Students Union and working with local venues, have launched ‘Ask For Angela’ - a simple code-word campaign for people feeling unsafe while on a night out. The campaign, welcomed by local venue owners and managers as a positive step in raising the perception of safety in Waterford, will be fully in place for the busy Christmas party season.

Eric O’Brien, Chair of the Purple Flag Working Group, outlined that the 'Ask for Angela' campaign gives assurance that where required, assistance is available. He commended the support shown by venues who will display campaign posters encouraging those in a situation where they feel vulnerable to approach staff and ask for 'Angela'.

"This code word will alert staff that help is needed to get out

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

Waterford’s stunning Greenway will be a sea of red of Sunday, December 3, as families from all over the region and visitors to the area get on their bikes for the free Dungarvan Aglow 2017 Cycle with Santa.

The Waterford Greenway has been a major boost to the region with hotels and other accommodation providers, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, cycle hire outlets and other touristrelated services all reporting a boom in business and jobs since it opened earlier this year.

The free Cycle with Santa event is perfect for anyone planning a cycle on the Greenway and starts out from the Scartore Car Park on Ballinroad on the Waterford side of Dungarvan at 2.30pm.

Cycle with Santa organiser and chairperson of Dungarvan Aglow, Colette

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

Someone in Waterford woke up a millionaire over the weekend after winning a cool one million euros on last night’s ‘Ireland Only Raffle’ EuroMillions draw. The National Lottery is now urging all Waterford EuroMillions players to check their tickets to see if they join the exclusive EuroMillions millionaire club.

The golden ticket for the EuroMillions guaranteed €1 million euro prize in Ireland was sold at the SuperValu store in the Kilbarry Centre, Tramore Road. The ‘Ireland Only Raffle’ winning code, found on your EuroMillions ticket, is I-CWQ-43032.

A delighted SuperValu store manager, Karl Carter, said today: "We’re absolutely delighted. It’s been great craic spreading the word to our customers this morning. I haven’t a clue who the winner is but the €7 Quick Pick ticket was bought in the store yesterday (Friday 24th November). Whoever it is is about to have a

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

The shortlisted candidates in the 2017 Ireland Best Young Entrepreneur competition gathered for the much-anticipated County final on Friday night (November 24th) at Dooley's Hotel. Founder of the waste collection service ‘Kollect’, Mr Robbie Skuse was announced as Waterford’s overall winner in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition 2017. (See also Page 48).

17 of Waterford's young entrepreneurs were shortlisted for the Waterford final and three winners and runners-up were announced on the evening in each of the categories ‘Best New Idea', ‘Best Start-up' and ‘Best Established Business'. Head of Enterprise at Waterford's Local Enterprise Office Richie Walsh announced each winner and runner-up and the presentation of awards was made by the Mayor of Waterford Councillor Pat Nugent. Each category winner was awarded with a financial investment fund from Waterford's Local Enterprise Office.

Robbie's business Kollect was launched in 2015; its business model

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

Speaking at the Annual St. Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal on Thursday last, the Area President,

Mr. Michael Curran said that 24% of Waterford households were in need.

He said that the Society received 4,395 calls in 2016 and they expected up to 850 families to ask for their assistance this Christmas and a total of 1,500 families will seek their help over the winter in total.

He illustrated in moving terms the hardship caused to just one family last year due to unemployment and the loss of the family home.

He noted that the Society's average income has decreased again this year reflecting the 9% decline recorded between 2015 and 2016.

Mr. Curran said that the St. Vincent De Paul was the means by which the

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

His Excellency José María Rodríguez-Coso, Spanish Ambassador to Ireland, paid an official visit to WIT on November 9th. Ambassador Rodríguez-Coso was

accompanied by the Head of Studies at the Instituto Cervantes, Dublin, Carlos García de la Santa Delgado, the Director of the

Spanish Tourist Office in Dublin, Teresa Gancedo Nieto and by Honorary Vice-Consul, Penelope Eades.

The Ambassador, who paid a return visit to WIT following a highly successful visit in March, commented that he is 'very glad to have this opportunity to visit Waterford Institute of Technology to strengthen the crystal clear relations between Waterford and Spain and make them even better'.

Welcoming Ambassador Rodriguez-Coso to the Institute, WIT President, Professor Willie Donnelly declared that 'we are delighted to welcome the Spanish Ambassador back to WIT. Our links with Spain

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

The National Transport Authority has announced Bus Éireann as the preferred bidder for the contract relating to the operation of five city bus routes in Waterford City. This followed a competitive process involving five bids from Irish and international companies.

NTA will be formally sending the company a detailed Letter of Intent in the coming weeks.

Anne Graham Chief Executive Officer of the National Transport Authority said: "This is ultimately about improving bus services for people in Waterford City, and making public transport a more attractive option for members of the travelling public in the city.

"A significant benefit is the new fleet of 17 vehicles that we are purchasing for these services. The buses are powered by the latest Euro VI diesel engine, which are much cleaner in use than older diesel engines.

"They are all certified as 'low emission vehicles', which means

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Working together and building a brighter future for Waterford and the South East Region was the key message at the Waterford Chamber Annual Dinner in the Tower Hotel on Friday night last.

Sponsored by Liberty Blue Estate Agents, the annual black tie event played host to over 250 business people from across the city and county.

Opening proceedings, following a drinks reception hosted by McDonald Dwyer Reddy & Byrne Insurances Ltd., Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr Pat Nugent said we are living in exciting times and are on the cusp of many exciting developments for the city.

"In the early years of the recession, Waterford Council would have indentified key economic drivers which were necessary to position Waterford to be ready for a future economic upturn.

"The SDZ

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Letters to the Editor


    HealthCatastropheMary Harney, when she was Minister for Health, many years ago, declared that 300 people on trolleys in hospital corridors was a 'health crisis'. Now here we are in 2018 and we have nearly twice that number of people on trolleys within a hospital system that barely seems able to cope. The sad and infuriating thing about this, is that this is a yearly occurence where every winter ,just as the New Year is coming in, we find ourselves in the same position - every year.The Gove …

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