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Wednesday, 4th January 2017

In a bid to boost its search for a new carrier, Waterford Airport is to receive its full Regional Airports Programme funding for 2016.

The €1.02 million allocation comes on foot of an intervention by Waterford Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan T.D., who sought the assistance of his Independent Alliance colleague, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D., to ensure airport management received ‘every positive support’.

There has been no scheduled service into or out of Waterford Airport since 16th June, when

VLM Airlines ceased its London Luton route. As a result, there were concerns that the airport’s subvention under the Regional Airports Programme for 2016 would only apply to the period to June.

However, Minister Halligan has confirmed that € 1,020,215 is being made available to Waterford Airport this week, which includes funding to cover wages and salaries,

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Wednesday, 4th January 2017

The GIY ethos of supporting and encouraging the pro

duction of some food in back yards and gardens generally focuses in on growing fruit and vegetables, but how about a nice fresh egg to go with those home-grown tomatoes or spinach? Keeping hens for eggs is remarkably simple, even in a small suburban garden – and no, it’s not necessary to have a rooster who will serenade your neighbours at dawn!

The next GIY Tramore meeting will present an introduction to the basics of keeping hens. It takes place on Wednesday, 11th January, at 7.30pm in Ocean View House, Tramore, at the end of the Prom. New attenders will be very welcome, there is no fee or commitment, just an interest in cutting down food miles by producing even a small amount of food at home or on an allotment. For more

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Wednesday, 4th January 2017

On the 1st January 2017 Gardai in the communications room at Waterford Garda Station received a 999 call of an incident at Reddy’s Off Licence, Ballybricken, Waterford. On arrival at scene they were informed that a lone male entered the Off Licence and produced some kind of weapon. He demanded cash and cigarettes from a female staff member. He took some cigarettes and cash from the till. Suspect was wearing gloves and had a scarf around his face.. He was tall, wearing a white hoody and grey tracksuit. Local accent. Nobody injured in the incident.

Gardai are seeking information or witnesses from anyone who may have noticed anything around this time in the Ballybricken area.

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Wednesday, 4th January 2017

Unite in the Community will be supporting the Demonstration and Protest on January 14th to demand 24/7 Cardiac Care at UHW for the South East. Only People Power can force the Government to do the right thing.

The Herrity report based on faulty data, ruled out 24/7 cardiac services at UHW. The Cardiac unit is closed from 5pm each day and closed for the week end. This, despite an 18 month waiting list of 650 patients for cardiac procedures. Crucially, important procedures such as the insertion of "stents" that help preclude bypass surgery is to be transferred to Cork and Dublin. Patients from the South East will be given clot busting drugs and transferred to Cork or Dublin by ambulance.

For most of the population of the S/east, once weather and traffic are accounted for Dublin and Cork are outside the 90

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Wednesday, 21st December 2016

Construction Industry Federation’s Jobs website aimed at getting people to stay home this Christmas as salaries in industry increasing

The Construction Industry Federation has launched a website featuring career opportunities in the construction industry. Demand for skills is outstripping supply and Hays Recruitment’s recent salary guide reporting that those with experience in the sector seeing salary increases of 10%.

Another report commissioned by the CIF, (Demand for Skills in Construction to 2020) and carried out by DKM economic consultants, states that construction activity can sustain an additional 112,000 jobs up to 2020 with an estimated €19 billion worth of projects in the pipeline in 2017.

The website features jobs with leading construction companies and is aimed to show those returning home for Christmas that their skills are in demand. DKM estimated that

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Wednesday, 21st December 2016

Independent Alliance Minister John Halligan unveils his new Christmas card

Independent Alliance Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan has unveiled his much anticipated new Christmas card – reminding constituents that they ‘are not alone’.

Minister Halligan, who has responsibility for Ireland’s role in Europe’s space mission, is a space enthusiast and believes that there is life on other planets. And he has used his Christmas card to remind people that ‘we may not be alone in the universe’.

The self-funded card, the front of which features the silhouette of a man standing alone on a shoreline staring into the horizon, is intended to send a ‘double message’ to recipients.

“The line inside reads ‘Remember, you are not alone, We are not alone’ and it’s a reminder that nobody is alone in

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Wednesday, 21st December 2016

The best gift I received turned out to be the worst if that's interesting. I was about 8/9 years old. I received a very expensive remote control rally car which was about half a metre long. Serious bit of equipment. It could go up to 25 mph and had a remote distance of about 200 yards. I was using it on Christmas morning in my estate. I was flying it up and down the path but at one stage it skidded off the end of the path and onto the road. Just at that moment my uncle with his family in his car came around the corner and drove straight over it. He couldn't possibly have seen it but at 8/9 years you can imagine how I reacted. I must have made him feel pretty bad about it cause he

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Wednesday, 21st December 2016

Amidst all the Christmas cheer and excitement it’s easy to forget that not everyone is in the same set of circumstances. Six years of

recession in Ireland has seen the income of many families fall sharply due to job losses, pay cuts and/or reduced working hours. Last year we were all too aware that homelessness in Waterford had reached crisis point with a whopping 75% increase in the first nine months of the year.

The government’s report on homelessness for October 2016 shows there were 282 adults homeless in the South East. These figures do not include the “hidden homeless” who are sofa surfing or living in squats nor does it include those who are sleeping rough. Most alarming in the report was the 40% increase in the number

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Wednesday, 14th December 2016

A young man has died in a workplace incident in Waterford City. The 20 year old, an Estonian national, identified as Alois Makarov was killed on Monday evening in the former Bank of Ireland Building on Parnell Street when a large piece of concrete fell from an interior wall and caused significant head injuries.

The incident occurred at around 4pm. The emergency services were alerted but the young man, who was later taken to UHW was pronounced dead on the scene. A postmortem was carriedout yesterday.

Co-workers were in a state of shock but no one else is believed to have been injured. The scene was sealed off while Gardai and the Health and Safety Authority both carried out investigations. Local Gardai have contact Interpol so that the Estonian authorities can be contacted for the purpose of notifying the family of Alois

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Wednesday, 14th December 2016

Industrial action scheduled for December 21st 54 employees could be laid off and protective notice issued to 115 others at the Bausch + Lomb plant in Waterford, unless agreement regarding pay and conditions is reached by next week, the company has said.

With a strike looming at the Bausch+Lomb facility in the IDA Industrial Park, Waterford involving the 1,250 strong workforce it is expected that the

Workplace Relations Commission will become involved in an attempt to head off any serious action that might jeopardise jobs in the company, which is one of Waterford's largest employers.

The dispute centres around a pay cut of 7.5% that was made in 2014 by the company but which it said would be restored when it was in better financial waters.

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