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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Waterford is set to have a fantastic day of celebrations for the annual Waterford City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Vikings will once again walk the streets of Ireland’s Oldest City as the parade theme for this year is "Our Viking Heritage". Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Pat Nugent is delighted to announce Her Excellency Else Berit Eikeland, Ambassador of Norway to Ireland as this year’s Grand Marshal.

This year’s Viking theme also ties in with Ireland’s very first International Viking Festival which will take place here in Waterford over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

The St. Patrick’s Day festivities will begin with a performance from Higgins Academy of Irish Dance at the viewing stand on The Mall at 12.30pm. The parade will then officially begin at 1pm with over 60 colourful entries taking part. The lead band this year

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Despite initial confusion that full planning had been granted to the multi million Euro North Quays development is has emerged that there are now two valid objectors to the project.

The objectors are Pat Moran from Cheekpooint and Eddie Lynch from Passage East.

Mr. Moran said that his objection was based on his belief that Waterford City and County Council have not given enough assurances that cruise ships, and the Tall Ships, will be able to come into the city.

The second objector, Mr. Eddie Lynch, Passage East is based on his objection that the Council is trying to compulsorily acquire his property which is outside the North Quays Strategic Development Zone.

Deputy Mayor comments Collr. John Cummins, Deputy Mayor has issued the following statement on the latest development:

"Obviously this is extremely disappointing news. I think An Bord Pleanala have very serious questions to

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

The announcement from PTSB and Ulster Bank that they intend to sell thousands of mortgages to vulture funds is a real cause for concern according to

Cllr Joe Kelly. Recent figures from PTSB included 4,000 buy-to-lets as part of the sell off. This could affect up to 10,000 people across the country according to

Threshold CEO John-Mark McCafferty.

Cllr Kelly said that its only right that a lot of the recent focus is on home owners who face eviction when vulture funds take over the loan books of banks but we must also recognise the threat to people who rent their home. These people face being put out on the road too when the houses and apartments they rent are sold to vulture funds.

Cllr Kelly continued ‘in many cases the vulture funds appoint receivers to often get tenants out of the houses so

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Lets give them a Waterford Welcome

On Easter weekend, Saturday March 31st to Monday April 2nd, Waterford hosts its first international Viking Festival. Over the weekend Waterford will welcome visitors from across Europe as well as around Ireland, for a weekend of great family fun and excitement.

There will be fierce Viking battles, a Viking Village in Cathedral Square, workshops, Viking memorabilia and ornaments. There will also be Viking tales, songs, music from Iceland, Viking Drummers from Spain, Dragon boats on the River Suir and all culminating in a spectacular Viking Roadshow in the Apple Market.

To welcome the Vikings back to Waterford, Waterford Viking Triangle are asking Waterford businesses to come on board and give them a big ‘Vadrarfjordr’ welcome. The best business initiative campaign invites businesses to implement a Viking theme, to

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development, on Friday last officially opened a new state-of-the-art library and Community Campus in Carrickphierish, Waterford City.

Recognising the importance of the Campus for Waterford City and its significance for the surrounding areas, the Minister said: "This magnificent state-of-the-art new Community Campus facility isunique in that it is an innovative partnership approach to the provision of a multi-use community facility and is the first of its kind in Ireland."

The Campus, which includes a 1,247sqm modern Library, a Community Sports Hall, and two schools - GaelscoilnanDeise and Waterford Educate Together National School - was developed as a result of a significant investment by the State of almost €15 million.

As well as being developed as the main community facility in the Carrickphierish area of the city, the Library, which was funded by Waterford County

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

On Friday last during National Enterprise Week, Blackwater Distillery has been announced as the winner of the Waterford final of the National Enterprise Awards 2018.

Over the last number of weeks, the five Waterford finalists have undergone a testing process of presentations, interviews and discussions on their businesses with a panel of expert business persons acting as the Waterford awards judges.

Founder of Blackwater Distillery Peter Mulryan was today presented with a specially commissioned award, monetary prizes by the Mayor of Waterford Councillor Pat Nugent, Peter will now go forward to represent Waterford in the National Finals and compete against 31 winning firms from around the country.

Blackwater Distillery is a micro-distillery situated on the banks of the Blackwater River, just outside Cappoquin in beautiful West Waterford. The distillery offers three Blackwater products currently on the Irish market, the flagship brand Blackwater No.5

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Wednesday, 14th March 2018

The WCTU is urging everyone who can to support the national demonstration in Dublin on Saturday, April 7th, 2018, being organised by the National Homeless and Housing Coalition. WCTU will be running transport to this important event. Buses will leave from outside the Forum, the Glen at 9.30am. Those wishing to travel on the bus can book seats at €8 each, by contacting Unite the Union Centre on 051 875438. The Demonstration will assemble in Parnell Square, Dublin at 1pm.

We are in the middle of a dire crisis of family homelessness nationwide. As of January 2018, there are 9,104 people homeless, more than one third of whom are children. This is a net increase of 517 on the December 2017 figures. There are 72,500 people in mortgage arrears, and 900,000 renting, with many paying unaffordable rents and being evicted daily

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Wednesday, 7th March 2018

Following on the worst snowstorm in decades Waterford City and County Council are now dealing with the thaw aftermath.

The general consensus of opinion is that the Local Authority and Emergency Services played a blinder in ensuring that the main roads were kept clear and that gritting took place on a regular basis.

Great praise was also given to neighbours and farmers who showed real community spirit.

Pictured putting the finishing touches to their snowman were Mila and Laura Kujundzic.

Photo: John Power

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Wednesday, 7th March 2018

The support for the national demonstration against homelessness in Dublin on 7 April is growing every day, according to Una Dunphy of People Before Profit. Insisting that housing is a human right, the National Homeless and Housing Coalition, made up of political parties, trade unions and campaigning groups is calling on the public to recognise the need for action to address the homelessness and housing crisis.

"This is a national emergency", says Una Dunphy. "There are 8,600 homeless people in emergency accommodation, 120,600 households on public housing lists, 72,500 in mortgage arrears, 900,000 renting with many paying unaffordable rents and being evicted daily by landlords. Successive governments created the crisis by not building local authority housing and by selling many billions worth of property through NAMA to vulture funds and private developers.

To force the Government into action we need everybody on

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Wednesday, 7th March 2018

Journalism and Photography, QQI Level 5 at Waterford College of Further Education

Why Journalism and Photography?

The world is changing fast. Never before in history have so many people the power to make an impact on world affairs. The internet has allowed us all to become citizen journalists, observers of our society. It has given us the power to demand change, to fight for justice, to entertain, to spread ideas.

Employers from all sectors are looking for a modern graduate, a multi- skilled individual, someone who can immediately go out there and do the job. Our graduates fit that profile. Our students can immediately apply for National Union of Journalists membership once the course starts. We believe in doing journalism and well as learning about it.

We combine journalism with the visual subjects like photography and image processing, because we listened to graduates from

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Letters to the Editor


    Cultural AttitudesThe recent survey by Price Waterhouse Cooper into cultural attitude that exist in the police force made for some interesting reading. One of the main findings in the report was that respondents felt that it was best to keep your head down and if you did think that something was wrong that it was better for yourself if you kept quiet about it.Another finding was that a significant amount of Gardai felt that it was who you knew and not what you knew that determined how far you advan …

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