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Tuesday, 6th June 2017

Sinn Féin TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane said today that allegations raised today with regard to Templemore Garda College were very serious, very alarming, and of profound concern with regard to An Garda Síochána.

The Waterford TD said that nothing before the Committee today assuaged his fears of, at worst, a cover up, or, at best, delaying tactics.

Deputy Cullinane said: “The author of the internal audit report into Templemore Garda College, Niall Kelly, has told the Public Accounts Committee that in his opinion there was interference, non-co-operation and the withholding of information with regard to the issues surrounding Templemore Garda College.

“He also alleged that there were attempts by Executive Director of Finance and Services Mr Culhane to undermine the Report and to attempt to try and get Mr Kelly to change his audit opinion, findings and

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Tuesday, 6th June 2017

Anti-social behaviour and aggressive professional begging continue to be an issue in and around Waterford City Centre, according to Cllr Eddie Mulligan. He reports that on an almost daily basis, he would receive a number of representations from businesses and members of the public, specifically in relation to both of these topics.

In fact, he states that due to his constant presence in the city centre, he has regularly borne witness to the problems first hand.

Due to his proactive work with the Gardaí, on the issues surrounding aggressive professional and fraudulent begging, Cllr Mulligan has also caught the eye of the very people that he is trying to move on from the city centre. He has been approached on a number of occasions by “Professional beggars” intent on tackling him on the subject.

Cllr Mulligan stated, “Only two Sundays past, whilst in

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Tuesday, 6th June 2017

The Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan T.D, recently (Friday, June 2) presented awards to students of the Focus Ireland education

services in Waterford. The education service is called PETE, which stands for Preparation for Education, Training and Employment, and the students taking part have been either homeless or at risk.

The Focus Ireland PETE service is based at Bath Street in Waterford and the charity also runs the service in Limerick and Dublin. A total of 35 people received awards at the ceremony at the Edmund Rice Centre, Mount Sion as they had completed a number of accredited courses at QQI level 3 including Computer Literacy, Cookery Skills and

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, and Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, were joined by members of the Waterford County Council Culture Team to launch the Waterford Culture and Creativity Plan, as part of the Creative Ireland

Programme, at a special event in Dublin Castle.

The development of Culture Plans for every county is a cornerstone of Pillar 2 of the

Creative Ireland Programme – Enabling

Creativity in Every County. Since the launch of Creative Ireland in December 2016, every Local Authority has established a Culture Team which includes arts officers, heritage officers, librarians, museum and gallery curators, led by a local Creative Ireland coordinator. Each Team has now put together a plan for their county to encourage communities and citizens to

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Green Party Senator Grace O’Sullivan has called on Minister of State John Halligan to do everything he can to ensure workers on the verge of losing their jobs at Waterford Stanley are supported will have future employment prospects in the area.

Speaking today, Senator O’Sullivan said: “As a Waterford man and as Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, it’s Deputy Halligan’s job and duty to ensure that everything is put in place in terms of re-training, re-skilling or coming up with ways to support the workers in perhaps setting up alternative opportunities where the skills they have can be put to good use.

“Like Waterford Crystal, Waterford Stanley is a name synonymous with quality, but also synonymous with the region and the name of Waterford. Yet again we see this “remote” management scenario, where decisions are made that are all

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

“A flower blossoms for its own joy” Oscar Wilde.

Waterford City is once again set to bloom with an explosion of riotous colour, this June bank holiday weekend. As the annual “City in Bloom” comes around once again.

“City in Bloom” is a collaborative project between Waterford Business Group and Waterford Council. The programme is now in its fourth year and since those early seeds were sown, we will see, in 2017, over 300 baskets of colour light up the City this summer.

The “City in Bloom” project coordinator is George Kehoe, from Occasions on the Quay and committee member of Waterford

Business Group, “We are absolutely delighted with the response this year. There is a long term goal to make Waterford City the very best visual spectacle, in terms of summer colour. With over

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Loacl chidren from Waterford Montessori School enjoyed a big day out to Copper Coast Mini Farm with their teacher Dawn Martin recently where they got to pet and feed many of the animals including goats and rabbits. A great day was had by all and there were smiles all round at the end of the outing.

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Bausch + Lomb Waterford is seeking applicants from among the children of its 1,500 employees for the third year of its scholarship programme, which provides

financial support and mentoring for the son or daughter of an employee who wishes to take up one of a range of courses in Waterford Institute of Technology.

At a review of the successful first two years of the scholarship, Bausch + Lomb training manager, Jackie Roche, said the programme was now well established and this year, the scholarship scope is to be widened to include other third level colleges as well as WIT.

Dylan McGuire, eldest son of Mary McGuire, who works in FILM Area 6 on the weekend shift and who has been an employee for the past 13 years, has completed two years of a degree course in business studies at the Institute.

“It has worked

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

The Active Retirement Ireland Marigold Festival Series is back for its fourth year, bringing health and wellbeing to every corner of the nation this summer – and Waterford City will host an Active Ageing

Exhibition, celebrating all aspects of ageing in Ireland, on Wednesday May 31st in the Tower Hotel.

In partnership with Home Instead Senior Care, the exhibition will be one of nine fun, interactive, and informative events around the country, covering everything from sports to music, and from flowers to ballroom dancing.

Elizabeth Dermody, Chairperson of Active Retirement Ireland’s South East Region, said, “Active retirement is all about keeping healthy and active in retirement, and enjoying direct exchanges with others in your community. It’s an old-fashioned social network, like Snapchat or Facebook in real life.”

“As the summer

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Further to Ministers Halligans interview on local radio in Waterford last week, HEFSE would like to offer some clarification points on the issue of the proposal to place a Mobile Cath Lab in the grounds of University Hospital Waterford to address diagnostic waiting lists.

1.HEFSE believes the reason HSE (directed by Dept of Health) is obstructing the process of making a lab available as promised is that the additional throughput made possible by introduction of a second diagnostic Cath Lab has the potential to overturn the findings of the Herity report. This as a result of clearly demonstrating patient numbers that need and want the regional service (which the report did not recognise) and by demonstrating the increased efficiency possible by use of a 2nd on-site lab at UHW using existing staff

2.The emergency cardiac waiting list at UHW is again close

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Letters to the Editor


    If you build it, they will comeAnytime there is a radical reimagining of a part of Waterford's city streetscape there seems to be a lot of people who will come out against it just for the sake of it without really giving it a chance. It has happened with nearly all of the city centre areas that have undergone pedestrianisation and now it looks like it is going to happen to the new Apple Market area that has just undergone a huge transformation.Taking a walk around the new Apple Market is a complete …

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