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Wednesday, 19th April 2017

The Port of Waterford Company has today (Thurs, April 13, 2017) announced details of its trading results for 2016 together with an update on current activity.

Results 2016 1.4m tonnes of goods were handled through the Port in 2016, very much in line with 2013 and 2014 but somewhat back on the 2015 numbers. Bulk tonnages handled were down, driven by agri market and weather conditions while on the container side activity grew by 7% year-on-year.

The Company reported profits for the financial year of €886,000, up from €569,000 in 2015. Turnover was €6.3m and shareholder’s funds ended the year at €31m.

Frank Ronan, Chief Executive, commented: “This has been another solid year of progress for Port of Waterford. The business is profitable, we are debt-free, we have made some good investments and we have a clear strategy to expand and build on

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Wednesday, 19th April 2017

The sixth annual WLR Blaas for Kids took place on Friday 7th April, raising money for a local children's charity through the sale of the Déise's favourite foodstuff, the Blaa.

This year, WLR teamed up with Touching Hearts , the charity behind the building of a new facility to replace the Sacred Heart Centre on Lady Lane, which looks after children from 0-18 years of age with additional needs. This new centre will be built on the grounds of St. Otterans in Waterford City. Although the project is backed by the HSE, the facility cannot be built without financial support and donations from the public, and the sooner we can raise the funds needed, the sooner these children will be able to get the care they deserve in an environment suitable for their needs.

To help us raise funds to put towards

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

David Cullinane, T.D., Sinn Féin spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform launched a major submission to the National Review of Primary PCI on Friday last in the Tower Hotel. Deputy Cullinane said that there was a fairly good level of co-operation between politicians, local and regional, to work together on the issue. “We are all putting on the South East jersey and working together on this issue.”

He refused to be drawn into a controversy about public promises and statements made by other politicians and said he hoped political considerations would be left aside to concentrate on sound clinical need and said it was a clear injustice that patients had to travel outside of the region for treatment.

The document points out that in May 2016

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Waterford Chamber is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Gerald Hurley as Chief Executive Officer.

Gerald has a long and successful track record in business, both in Ireland and abroad, and is a past President of Rotary International – Waterford.

Speaking on his appointment, Waterford Chamber President Laurent Borla said: “We are delighted to welcome Gerald to the team and looking forward to further growing Waterford Chamber under his leadership. Gerald brings a wealth of experience to the role and has an undeniable passion for the progression of Waterford. There are hugely exciting times ahead for Waterford and Gerald will no doubt be a significant voice for business as we work together into the future.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Nick Donnelly for his commitment to Waterford Chamber over the past four years. His dedication and contribution

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Fianna Fáil TD, Mary Butler has criticised the Minister for Justice for allowing the numbers of Gardaí in the Waterford Drugs Squad to fall by 64% since 2010.

Deputy Butler was commenting after she received a response from the Tánaiste which showed that from a high of 14 officers in 2010, the number of Gardaí serving in the squad has fallen to 5 as of 31st Jan 2017.

“This is wholly unacceptable. Communities in both the city and county are afraid of rising levels of drug crime. Yet, we have fewer Gardaí directly working on detecting illegal drug-related activities than five years ago.

“The Tánaiste is attempting to lay the blame at the door of Garda management; however, the Minister sets overall direction and policy.

“She must understand that drug-related activities are on the rise in rural towns. Communities need a strong response from

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Are you caring for a spouse, parent or relative who has Dementia or Alzheimer’s? The Carer’s Club will have the next meeting on Wednesday April 26th from 7.30-9.00 pm. Cathal Ryan & Colleagues from the WIT Health Science Department will be speaking on Stress Reduction Techniques. All are welcome to come along to this informative work-shop.

Please come along to have a chat and a cuppa in an informal setting at: Pine Grove Day Care Centre, Passage Road, Waterford. Enquiries and more information: 087-2209026

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

The following statement has been issed by Collr. Matt Doran, Chairman of Kilkenny County Council on the recent controversy regarding the boundary and the decision by Minister Simon Coveney not to grant the extension despite the boundary commission recommending that it be granted:

“Kilkenny has always supported the growth of Waterford City. This is best seen in Kilkenny’s adoption of the Planning, Land and Urban Transport Study (PLUTS) 2004-2020. It provided for the growth of Waterford City towards a population of 80,000, over 40 per cent accommodated on the Kilkenny side of the river Suir.

“Thus Kilkenny’s vision for Waterford city is very much in keeping with Minister Coveney’s – a Waterford city that will double in size by 2040.“In our most recent submission to the National Planning Framework 2020-2040 we have again supported the growth and development of Waterford City at

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Sinn Féin TD for Waterford and member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane said that the level of debt and the management of conflicts of interests at Waterford Institute of Technology are issues that need to be addressed as a matter of priority.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“I have recently received a number of protected disclosures regarding WIT and, if valid, they raise significant concerns regarding the institute. Its accounts show that it is in debt to the tune of €15 million

“These figures, however, are almost three years old as the Institute has not filed its return for 2015. It is at present the only Institute of Technology that has not filed a return for that year.

“It is worrying given the level of debt within the Institute and the ongoing problems it has with funding from the HEA and from student fees.

“We

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

ONE of Waterford’s most renowned photographers, Leo Murphy, and his son David, who is a rising star of the industry, are now taking bookings for Happy Smiling Faces 2017. The brilliant charity initiative, which Leo and David have been involved with since it started in 2006, generates a considerable amount of money for each year’s chosen beneficiary. For a donation of €25, people can receive a desktop portrait of their happy smiling child and every penny will go to the chosen beneficiary, which this year is Down Syndrome (Waterford and South Kilkenny Branch).

All the expenses and costs are being covered by the studio and Leo and David are now taking bookings through their Facebook page “Leo Murphy Photography” and “David Murphy Studio” and through

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Amber Young was recently appointed KBC Waterford Hub Manager.

Amber is one of a number of recent appointments at KBC, which has committed its long term future to Ireland. It is growing its retail business in Ireland with market leading mortgage, personal loan and credit card rates. KBC’s mortgage offering includes rates as low as 2.9%. As well as being able to meet customers’ needs at its hub in Waterford city, KBC has also made a €100m investment to become a digital-first customer centric bank.

Prior to her appointment, Amber was Business Development Associate in KBC Waterford where she was responsible for managing the development of the KBC business for the greater Waterford area. Amber has almost ten years banking experience prior to KBC as a Mortgage Advisor, Sales Manager, and Business Advisor. A qualified financial advisor, Amber also holds a degree

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