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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

Mr. Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture presented the Augustine Henry Memorial Medal to Eoin Glavey, third year BSc in Forestry student for his achievement in gaining highest marks in his final year on the BSc in Forestry.

Eoin, a native of Bonmahon, Co. Waterford, manages a successful tree care business in parallel with his studies. His excellent academic results to date are particularly noteworthy as he has managed to successfully balance work, student and family. Eoin is also awarded a travel bursary to join the Society of Irish Foresters on their forestry study tour to Poland in September.

The Augustine Henry Memorial Medal is awarded annually by the Society of Irish Foresters to recognise academic achievement in

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

By Kieran Hartley, Fianna Fail candidate in the European Elections

There have been many calls for Northern Ireland to be assigned EU special status in order to avoid economic turmoil in Northern Ireland. MEP’s, including Ireland’s, have endorsed a resolution which states that Brexit negotiations must recognise the "unique and special circumstances confronting the island of Ireland".

Our geographic Island position off the North West of the EU mainland and westward of the UK has resulted in the UK being one of Ireland’s primary trading partners. We cannot alter our geography, historically our Agri and SME sectors have significant trade with the UK, relatively recently our FDI’s, Tech and Pharmaceutical industries are located within the EU primarily to take advantage of the EU trading block. Ireland, North or South, East or West, cannot afford to sacrifice either side of our vital economic

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Wednesday, 12th April 2017

The South East Action Plan for Jobs (APJ) Implementation Committee meeting held on the 31st March, 2017 in the Haughton Building in IT Carlow, heard of some of the successes achieved since it began in January 2015. The headline figures include 13,000 net new jobs created in the region during that period, a good start on the 25,000 jobs targeted under the South East APJ by 2020. The unemployment rate for the region now stands at 9.4%, down from 12.8% in Quarter 1 of 2015. The South East APJ has a target to ensure the region is within 1% of the national average by 2020, a rate which currently stands at 6.6%.

The highlight for many at the committee meeting was the announcement of the setting up of the South East Greenway Project Office in New Ross. Headed up by Brian

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

John Rohan, of John Rohan Auctioneers has announced that the iconic Ard Ri Hotel has been purchased by Mr. Seamus Walsh, owner of the Waterford Castle Hotel. “We are delighted to confirm the completion of the successful sale of The Ard Ri Hotel in Waterford city. The iconic building which dominates the skyline immediately north of the River Suir had been closed for a number of years and fallen into significant disrepair. In its earlier days the hotel had operated as one of the most successful in the city offering a wedding venue, conference centre, holiday accommodation and a leisure centre”.

Mr Seamus Walsh a Mullinavat man has invested in the Iconic Hotel the Ard Rí. This iconic building has always dominated the skyline north

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys TD., has joined with Mr Michael Walsh, CEO of Waterford City and County Council to encourage everyone in Waterford to take part in the first Cruinniú na Cásca, a new national day of culture and creativity, which will take place nationwide on Easter Monday as part of the Creative Ireland programme.

Cruinniú na Cásca is a day-long national celebration of culture and creativity which will take place in Dublin city centre and around the country. From live music and dance, to coding, theatre, art and music workshops, talks and tastings, readings and screenings, for the first time this year, special Cruinniú na Cásca events will take place in each

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan T.D. has confirmed capital funding totalling over half a million euro for harbour projects in Waterford.

The €258,750 allocation will assist Waterford Council in development and repair projects at Tramore, Ardmore, Passage East and Boatstrand, Minister Halligan said.

Funding of €75,000 has been allocated for repairs to and widening of the slipway to improve access at Tramore Pier; €112,500 for repair works to the pier wall and provision of coastal defence at Ardmore Pier; €56,250 for the provision of railings and ladders to the pier at Passage East; and €15,000 for the provision of handrails and a concrete plinth at Boatstrand Pier.

“This much-needed funding is a great boost to our local fishery and aquaculture linked infrastructure in Waterford’s small harbours”, Minister Halligan added. “Aside from creating local employment over the time span

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Waterford Fianna Fáil TD, Mary Butler has said that Minister Varadkar must halt the restructuring process currently underway in the Money Advice and Budgeting Service and the Citizens Information Service and ensure that staff and volunteers have their voices heard properly.

Deputy Butler was commenting as her party’s private members motion was debated in the Dáil on Tuesday, 28th March.

“Both MABS offices in Co. Waterford, in West Waterford and in the City, provide significant and essential services by providing information, advice and advocacy and helping people to manage and overcome debt.

“The three Citizens Information Centres in the county play a major role in supporting people with advice on their statutory entitlements. At present there are 48 volunteers in the city, and a further 15 in the Dungarvan.

“There is of course scope to deliver greater efficiencies and effectiveness in both organisations. Fianna

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Help float our boats on this rising tide!

Believe it or not, it has been over one year since we last went to the ballot box to vote in the 2016 general

election. 403 days have passed, when we all trouped in damp wet conditions, into our local polling station. We were filled with the promise of new politics and a new dawn for Waterford City and County.

There was much trumpeting across the local airwaves and all forms of social media. Alight with candidates promising to fix our woes. The theme running throughout most of the campaigning, was that “I” can get Waterford back into the premier league of Irish cities.

It was with excited hearts that we placed our mark onto the ballot papers. I know that many a first time youthful voter, countless having registered to vote in the same sex

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

There has never been a better time to visit the stunning Annestown Beach on the Copper Coast. The local Scout group have worked hard to renovate a small kiosk which was last open over 20 years ago. With the help of the local community, many individuals and companies including McCarthys, McCormacks, The Art Hand and Woodies, to name but a few, the kiosk has been transformed into a well-stocked shop selling Ponticelli coffees, ice cream, snacks and drinks. It is manned by the local Copper Coast scouts and will act as a fundraising venture for the Scout group.

As you're passing along the coast road past the beach at Annestown, if you spot our colourful flag flying above the kiosk, it means the shop is open. It will be open weekends and holidays from 11am, starting on Saturday 8th April.

Check our

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Pictured are parents of disabled children who mounted a protest in Waterford and nationwide over the lack of proper facilities and treatment for disabled children. They are pictured with the Metropolitan Mayor John Hearne.

HSE response

The HSE acknowledges the frustrations of those parents involved in today's demonstrations in Clonmel, Kilkenny and Waterford.

The HSE's Community Healthcare Organisation Area 5 (the South East) are committed to having the best possible services in place from within available resources. We want to assure the public that continued attempts are being made to provide a better and more timely service to those we serve in counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.

The HSE is rolling out the "Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People Programme (PDS)" programme. This involves a reconfiguration of all HSE and HSE funded children’s disability services into geographically-based Children’s Disability

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