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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

This week Councillor Eamon Quinlan condemned the planned closure of the Carrickpherish Community office by Waterford City and County Council. This office has been in operation for a number of years by the Council and was a frontline service provider for the wider community for not only Carrickpherish but Gracedieu, Bilberry and estates like Bowefield, Sherlock Walk, Mount Suir, Ard Clauin, Blackberry Fields etc. This is seen as part of an overall trend that has been gaining traction in the last number of years where direct Council services are being rationalised and centralised to a small number of location such as City Hall in the Mall and the Civic Office buildings in Dungarvan.

Speaking on this, Cllr Quinlan said ‘,Following several inquiries it was confirmed to me that this office is facing closure. The Carrickpherish area would have a high number

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

Incident 1.

South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) were called by An Garda Síochána to an incident above Kilclooney Woods on Saturday the 15th of July at 11.40. The team initiated a full team call out to assist an injured male walker who was with a group making their way to Coumshingaun Lake. The walker had sustained a lower leg injury. Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue 117 were also tasked to the scene. The walker had sustained a lower leg injury. A number of scouts in the area helped to identify the location of the incident to Rescue 117 when they arrived at the scene. Three SEMRA team members then arrived and managed the Hi Line for Rescue 117 as the injured walker was winched into the helicopter. He was transported to University Hospital Waterford.

Incident 2.

Just after the helicopter had departed for

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

A cross party meeting with the Minister for Health on the future of cardiac care in the South East was described as constructive by Waterford Oireachtas members who attended.

The meeting was attended by the Minister for Health Simon Harris, Minister of State for Training and Skills John Halligan, Deputy David Cullinane, Deputy Mary Butler, Senator Paudie Coffey and a representative for Senator Grace O Sullivan.

The Oireacthas members agreed to the following joint statement:

“The need for 24/7 Emergency PPCI for the South East is an absolute priority. We impressed upon the Minister the need for urgent and speedy action. We detected a step change in his approach and a greater understanding of the issues.

“The Minister has agreed to expedite a National Review and consult with all parties and groups on its terms of reference. He also agreed that the review needs

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Wednesday, 19th July 2017

One in 6 adults living in the country – contacted one of the country’s 42 Citizens Information Services (CIS) last year, including Waterford, according to a new report launched last week.

Waterford CIS served 13,699 of the 607,913 people who contacted CISs nationwide in 2016. These people had 21,038 queries dealt with in Waterford, of the 1.01 million queries nationally.

Remarkably, the vast majority of callers to the services were supported by CIS staff face to face. Four out of five pepole (80%) contacted their local CIS in person, nearly 20% by telephone with just 1% contacting the service by email.

This in contrast to the move by many other services to use internet and automated responses to answer people’s queries, Waterford CIS said.

Over 46% of all queries (462,738) were in relation to social welfare. Over one in six of these related to

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Tramore was en fete to welcome the official representative of the Japanese Imperial Family, Her Imperial Highness, the Princess Takamado, on the only stop of her Irish visit outside Dublin - the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens.

Built only three years ago, the Tramore Gardens commemorate the life and literary genius of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn, who later in Japan was to change his name to Koizumi Yakumo upon his marriage to a Japanese woman whom he met in Matsue, where he began his work chronicling the rich folklore tradition of his adopted country.

Hearn published 13 books during the 14 years he spent in Japan before his untimely death in 1904 at the age of 54. Initially Hearn’s writing about Japanese society and folklore had a

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

A MARRIAGE of distant cousins that changed Irish history will be commemorated and celebrated next weekend as one of the country’s most majestic country estates opens its gates and doors to the public for a very special event.

Curraghmore House and Gardens in Portlaw, to the west of Waterford City, has remained in the same family for at least six centuries. For the last three hundred years it has been the seat of the Beresfords, Marquesses of Waterford.

On Sunday July 16, the tercentenary of the union of these two families and the marriage of two distant cousins from opposite ends of the country, Catherine Power and Marcus Beresford, will be celebrated as part of the annual Comeraghs Wild Festival.

To commemorate the landmark anniversary, Lord and Lady

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

IT President of WIT Prof Willie Donnelly welcomed the appointment of a new Governing Body Chairperson. “Mr Moore is a member of the WIT governing body and chair of the institute’s audit committee. He has a deep commitment to the Institute and a track record in providing leadership in education both nationally and regionally. This leadership will be particularly important in helping the institute respond to the educational needs of the region and in particular to the development of our Technological University bid with IT Carlow.”

Institutes of Technology have a key role in driving regional development and jobs growth. Mr Jim Moore’s vast experience and knowledge, in the public, private and voluntary sectors, will ensure that WIT can be a strong driver of economic development and jobs growth in the South East region.

Mr Moore said he was pleased with the

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Wednesday, 12th July 2017

Minister of State John Halligan T.D. has announced the provision of an additional 11 Special Needs Assistants which will be available for allocation in Waterford schools over the period September to December 2017, in order to meet the level of assessed demand.

This increased allocation will bring the total number of Special Needs Assistants in Waterford to 325 and will result in additional special needs resources at schools across Waterford from September, according to Minister Halligan, as well as new special needs classes for pupils with Autism at Mount Sion and St Paul’s primary schools in the city and also Scoil Naomh Gobnait in Coolnasmear.

Annually, the number of Special Needs Assistants has increased by 32% across the country, from 10,575 to 13,990 since 2011, Minister Halligan noted:

“This increase reflects the growing participation of children with special educational needs and will support

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

As Waterford Today was going to print, people from Waterford and the South East area, responding to a call from the South East Patient Advocacy Group were converging on Dáil

Eireann to demand 24/7 Cardiac Care for the South East region. Many people carried “I am Tom” posters, in memory of the late Thomas Power who died on Father’s Day on his way to CUH because the Cath Lab at UHW was closed for the weekend.

The Health Equality for the South East group have released the statement below.

Health Equality For the South East (HEFSE.com) instigators of ‘Hand On Heart’ is one of the groups invited to take part in an Oireachtas members briefing Tuesday 4th July on South East cardiac services. Although we

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Wednesday, 5th July 2017

Colr. Pat Nugent, F.G. has been elected as Mayor of Waterford City and County. Pat has been an elected representative to Waterford County Council since 2004. He represents the West Waterford-Dungarvan area, is married to Eileen and they have eight children. He works as a farm advisor with Glan Bia. Pat is a lifelong member of Clashmore, Kinsalebeg GAA club and a member of the Ireland Newfoundland Connections Committee. Keenly active in the community Pat seeks to assist as many community groups as possible. He is a member o f the Dungarvan Pigeon Club and is particularly committed to assisting older people to reduce the burden on them caused by rural isolation. Pat has secured substantial funding over the years for use by many local deserving groups such as the Scouts and

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