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Wednesday, 20th September 2017

Unique new app opens bank account in 5 steps, 5 minutes with €5 credit

KBC Bank Ireland, Ireland’s digital-first bank, has launched a ground-breaking new mobile app for new customers. KBC’s app is the first of its kind, and works by allowing customers to open, activate and use their bank account at any time, within just five minutes.

Completely unique to the Irish market, the app’s official launch follows months of development and testing with consumers here. The result is the fastest, easiest way to open a new bank account, paper-free.

The app is the latest in a series of product developments from KBC’s Innovation Hub in Dublin, where digital solutions are being created and tested for customers in Ireland and for rollout across other KBC markets in Central Europe. The Innovation Hub is part of KBC Group’s €1.5 billion investment in digital

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Wednesday, 13th September 2017

The mobile cath lab secured by Independent Minister of State John Halligan T.D. as part of his ongoing fight to improve cardiology services for the region is scheduled to arrive at University Hospital Waterford on Sunday, 24th September, it’s been confirmed.

The staffed unit will cater for approximately 30 - 45 patients requiring Diagnostic Coronary Angiography per week from the current outpatient list and is expected to completely clear the currently stagnant waiting lists during its five months on site, Minister Halligan said:

“I understand around 30% of people who were offered an appointment in Cork for their Diagnostic Angiogram turned it down, for various personal reasons, so I want to reassure them that the mobile lab is expected to completely clear the backlog at UHW whilst it is

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Wednesday, 13th September 2017

Sinn Fein TD for Waterford Deputy David Cullinane has welcomed news that the long awaited mobile Cath Lab will arrive in Waterford shortly and be operational by early October. He said it represents a step forward but falls far short of what is required.

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said: "The presence of a mobile Cath Lab at University Hospital Waterford will help in reducing waiting times for planned cardiac work at UHW. This is to be welcomed and represents a step forward.

"However it is not the solution to the overall need to enhance cardiac services in the region. The mobile Lab will provide diagnostic assessments but will not provide a PPCI or emergency cardiac service. In other words the current limited 9-5 Monday to Friday emergency service will remain even with the presence of a mobile Lab.

"It is important that we

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Wednesday, 13th September 2017

All of the crew at Waterford City River Rescue CRBI would like to thank the Waterford Credit Union and St Dominic Credit Union for sponsoring a month in our Annual WCRR Lifeboat Calendar 2018. Our Annual Calendar is one of our main fundraising events each year and we have been producing our calendar since 2014.

This calendar would not be possible with the generosity of our amazingly generous sponsors and the wonderful photographers that kindly donate their beautiful photographs to us annually. We would like to thank everyone from our community in Waterford and beyond who give us so much support and encouragement in the work we do.

All money raised from our calendar sales goes directly towards the updating our equipment and advanced crew training. This year we will be increasing

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

Gardai estimates put the number of people who came out to support the returning Waterford All-Ireland Finalists at somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand. It was an incredible return for the manager Derek McGrath and his charges. Although delayed en route from Dublin, the supporters who turned out on the Quay were treated to some brilliant entertainment from Davy Flynn whom performed his new “Waterford” song and then followed Richie Hayes with backing band Brass and Co. This set from Richie was a stunning forty minutes of song as the crowd joined in with vocals and dance. The whole event on the Quay was co-ordinated by Waterford City and County Council with Richie Walsh as compere.

The dignatories all dressed in their respective gowns arrived half an hour before the team, led

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

The Ombudsman Peter Tyndall wants to see more Waterford people make complaints about public services such as those provided by government, the HSE, local authorities and public hospitals.

Staff from his office will be in the Tower Hotel, Waterford on Thursday 14 September to take complaints, and provide advice and assistance to those who have had difficulties with public services (10 am to 7pm).

The Ombudsman says that complaints can be used to improve the delivery of public services.

“In most cases the delivery of public services goes well. However, if people don’t complain when things go wrong then people will experience the same problems over and over again. When people complain it gives service providers an opportunity to put things right and to stop the same mistakes happening

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

The Viking Hotel (Formally Ramada Hotel) on the Cork Rd; Waterford with Free parking and wi-fi it is fast becoming a favourite of locals. Located just off the M9 motorway it is easily accessible and gives way to a bustling lobby! Now Irish owned privately and run by the Prem Group all the bedrooms have been refurbished with new carpets, beds and all freshly painted. The hotel has had a busy summer of tourists particularly due to Waterford’s newest tourist attraction; ‘The Greenway’, as the start of which is only a stone’s throw away at WIT Arena. The Viking Hotel even offers guests secure storage of bikes should guests decide to bring their own, for their visit to The Greenway.

The Viking hotel has 5 meeting rooms which cater for 2-150 people; it offers private dining options for large or small

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

The country’s largest community-based older people’s organisation, Active Retirement Ireland (ARI), has today (25.08.2017) reacted to Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty’s comments on the Public Services Card, calling them “egregious and unnecessary”.

ARI Head of Communications and Public Affairs said his organisation had been taken unawares by the Minister’s revelation on Newstalk that the Public Services Card was now mandatory. “These comments are egregious and unnecessary,” Kavanagh said, “And they show a clear lack of joined-up thinking on the part of the Government. Minister Doherty and her cabinet colleagues have been singing off a variety of hymn sheets on this issue for a week now, and despite the minister’s insistence, the situation is still unclear.”

There has been some confusion over whether citizens need the card after a woman in her 70s was refused her pension because she did not want

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

Now in its 13th year the awards was set up to recognise and celebrate the commitment and vibrancy of the community and voluntary sector in Waterford City & County and to recognise the value of the voluntary contribution made by community and voluntary groups in their localities.

The Categories for 2017 awards are:

Arts & Culture – Sponsored by BHP Insurances

Community & Civic Pride – Sponsored by Local Link Waterford

Community/Social Enterprise – Sponsored by Waterford Local Enterprise Office

Environment– Sponsored by Waterford City & County Council

Healthy, Active & Youth – Sponsored by Glanbia

Social Inclusion – Sponsored by Bus Éireann

Mayor of Waterford City & County Council Award – Sponsored by Waterford City & County Council

**NEW INDIVIDUAL AWARD**

Billy Mc Carthy Award for Outstanding Work by an Individual in the Community – Sponsored by WLRfm

The 2017 Brochure is once again sponsored by Dungarvan Credit Union

Each category

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

Ireland’s first Head of Lobbying Regulation has urged those communicating with local authorities and public officials to consider whether they need to register lobbying activities and if so to do so before September 21st.

A county-by-county analysis of registrations on the lobbying register shows that while Co Waterford has 2.4% of the national population, just 1.5% of those on the lobbying register are from the county. In numerical terms, there are 25 Co Waterford lobbyists registered out of a population of 116,401.

According to the Head of Ethics and Lobbying Regulation Sherry Perreault: “More than 60% of registrants are based in Dublin which is not surprising. Dublin is where many public officials are based, and is the headquarters of many organisations who are lobbying them.

“Yet bearing in mind that the Act covers lobbying about local authority matters including planning as well as

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