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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, is calling for a number of amendments to the Draft National Planning Framework (NPF) 'Ireland 2040' for it to be sufficiently robust to deliver the ambition of the plan.

Addressing businesses in the region, Ibec South East Regional Director John Farrell stated: "The region has experienced slower economic recovery than the national average in recent years, lower third level education attainment rates, lower value job opportunities and less job creation. An effective NPF will be vital to securing the future development of the South East.

"The draft NPF reflects a major effort across Government departments. The new focus on improving the quality of life in our region will allow us to become more competitive, resilient and inclusive.

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

The Tramore based Team would like to thank all that fundraised and donated to the recently held "Lip Sync Blaa-tle" charity fundraiser night in the Dome in WIT. This was the second year of the fundraiser and was held in memory of Trevor Sinnott who passed away a few years ago. The night consisted of 12 acts getting on stage, miming a song of their choice and putting on a performance with it. The audience then voted who they wanted to win. Money was raised from ticket sales, sponsorship cards, raffle and votes. From the whole night, €6057 was raised for different charities / organisations like Dunmore East RNLI, Pieta House, Waterford Musical Society, Johnville FC, Bring Ava Home, Gealscoil na nDeise,

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Tesco Ireland stores across the country raised a fangtastic €102,000 as part of Trick or Treat for Temple Street over the bank holiday weekend.

In all 149 stores, Tesco colleagues dressed up in a variety of costumes while they hosted Halloween parties at the front of each store with cake sales, face-painting, balloons and much more. Tesco stores in Waterford raised over €2,460 to support the little heroes of Temple Street.

All funds raised by Tesco stores will go towards purchasing eight new Patient Monitors located in several critical care units across the hospital. These new monitors will support the amazing staff of Temple Street to deliver the best possible care to little patients and allow patient data to move with them if they need to be transferred.

Denise Fitzgerald, CEO of Temple Street Fundraising said: "Once again our friends in Tesco all

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Focus Ireland is calling on the people of Waterford to give one night to change a life and take part in the Big Deise Sleep Out which will take place on Friday December 1 st at the Edmund Rice Centre.

This is the 2 nd year the event has been organised by Focus Ireland in Waterford, to highlight the issue of homelessness, and to raise vital funds in support of the ever increasing number families, children and young people who will be homeless this winter.

Speaking about the event, Rebecca Reynolds, National Fundraising Initiatives Manager at Focus Ireland said: "The homeless crisis gets worse and worse every year and for the first time this Christmas we will have over 3000 children who are homeless in Ireland and well over 8000 people who are homeless nationwide. The two groups most impacted by homelessness

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

South East’s stubbornly high unemployment rate must be addressed Fianna Fáil TD, and Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Butler has said that the planned meeting of her committee in Waterford City will help shine a spotlight on the stubborn levels of unemployment in South East region.

Deputy Butler was commenting after she announced that the committee will sit in plenary session in the chamber of Waterford City and County Council on Tuesday, 14th November to discuss the South East Action Plan on Jobs.

"The South East, according to the 2017 Quarter 2, Quarterly National Household Survey, has an unemployment rate of 8.1% compared to the national average of 6.4%, and I am bringing the committee down to Waterford

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

"Where are your teenagers? Do they know the dangers of fireworks and firecrackers?" asks Cllr Eddie Mulligan, after reporting two extremely dangerous incidents. One in a packed John Robert’s Square, on the evening of Saturday 28th October and another on Tuesday 31st October, in the Ballinakill/Dunmore Road area of the City.

Cllr Mulligan has reported that whilst walking, with his eight year old daughter, through John Roberts Square, towards The Book Centre and passing the coffee Kiosk. A significant number of loitering teenagers, in a large group, deliberately set off a firecracker or firework very close to him. He also witnessed, at a similar time on Friday evening (27th October), that Gardaí had to be called to disperse large numbers of teenagers also engaging in anti-social behaviour.

According to Cllr Mulligan the lit firework, this was set off behind him, shot across

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

Waterford Local Enterprise Office to showcase success of South Eastern Creative Corridor at The Big Picture conference

Waterford Local Enterprises Office will join the regions five other LEO’s to host a premier industry conference for independent businesses in the AV industry to celebrate the success of the South Eastern Creative Corridor initiative.

The South Eastern Creative Corridor (SECC), an initiative of six Local Enterprise Offices (LEO), headed by LEO Wicklow and funded under the Regional Action Plan for Jobs targeting entrepreneurs and businesses in the audio-visual industry, will showcase and celebrate its success at a closing conference - The Big Picture - in Druids Glen Hotel, Co Wicklow on the 17th November 2017.

The conference is the culmination of the SECC Initiative and is for audio-visual professionals who are keen to be at the leading edge of this sector. The SECC Initiative involved

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

Kollect, the Waterford based waste collection company, have an outstanding new offer, perfect for saving money in the New Year. Since their launch in 2015 Kollect have developed a variety of creative ways of managing waste and have done so in their own way.

At Kollect they focus upon delivering simple packages at a fair price. While they already offer excellent value and services, their new package comes with an entire two months of free collections.

The way it works is simple. Switch to Kollect and you will get two months of collections absolutely free when you sign up for the two year plan which average at €25 per month. There are no hidden charges and no surprises—although, they do try and pleasantly surprise customers with their commitment to delivering an excellent service. For this you’ll get one month free per year

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

Sinn Fein TD David Cullinane has welcomed comments from a leading Cardiologist Mr Paddy Owens at University Hospital Waterford that wait times for planned work has reduced as a consequence of the deployment of a mobile Cath Lab.

However he said we need to be cautious and vigilant when it comes to a planned national review and examine the terms of reference thoroughly.

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said:

"It is good news that wait times for planned cardiac procedures at University Hospital Waterford have reduced. It is my understanding that this is down to both the deployment of a mobile Cath Lab and ongoing outsourcing of patients to Cork.

"While this is good news we need to be vigilant and not conflate issues. The Herity Report recognised the long wait times for planned work at University Hospital Waterford and recommended as a solution greater

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Thursday, 9th November 2017

Labour Party Housing spokesperson Jan O'Sullivan will attend a public meeting on the housing crisis in Waterford in the Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms, Georges Street on Thursday 16th November at 7.30pm.This event is being organised by Labour Party Local Area Rep Seamus Ryan and the Waterford South Branch of the Labour Party and is open to all.

Jan O'Sullivan is a former Minister for Education and the current Labour Party spokesperson on Housing and Local Government.

Labour Party Area Rep for Waterford South Seamus Ryan said that they are delighted that Jan O'Sullivan has been able to accept our invitation to come to Waterford. Jan has been to the forefront of campaigning for additional public and affordable housing in Ireland.

Speaking prior to the meeting Jan O'Sullivan said, "Waterford has been excluded for the Rent Pressure Zones which means that people who have

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    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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