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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the entire Technological College System of Georgia which represents 22 higher education institutions

Representatives from WIT met with Technical Colleges System of Georgia in the US recently to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Thanks to the relationship built up between the two organisations, the south east region, which has many historical links with Georgia, will continue to see a flow of US students who travel to WIT to study, engage in research, in addition to engaging in a range of cultural activities.

WIT President, Prof Willie Donnelly, welcomed the signing of the of the MOU. “The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the entire Technical College System of Georgia is

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

GIY and innocent drinks team up to launch the sixth annual Sow & Grow initiative, a project that will enable 45,000 primary school children across the country to learn how to grow their own food this spring.

Primary schools across Ireland can now apply for a free Sow & Grow pack to be delivered to their school via https://innocentsowandgrow.com/ This year the pupils will learn how to grow cress, baby carrots and runner beans. Each Sow & Grow pack includes a detailed ‘how to grow’ guide focusing on learning in the classroom, soil, growing pots, seeds and expert food growing kits devised by GIY and innocent drinks along with details on how to cook and eat the food grown.

Along with

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD for Waterford, has slammed the latest figures from the HSE on staff recruitment and impatient beds in University Hospital Waterford.

Deputy Cullinane said: "The HSE has confirmed to me that 10 Inpatient beds were closed in January this year at University Hospital, Waterford’s due to management's inability to recruit sufficient Nursing staff. These bed closures commenced at the end of October,2016.

"To date only four beds have reopened, with the remaining six subject to staff recruitment.The HSE have also confirmed to me in writing that the numbers of patients on trolleys at UHW has increased from 441 for that month of January in 2016 to 530 in 2017.

"Once again we see problems with capacity at University Hospital Waterford linked to either a failure or refusal to hire staff. It is hard not to surmise at this stage

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

The Irish Georgian Society is inviting applications to its Conservation Grants Programme 2017. Now in its fourth year, the grants programme provides financial support for works to structures of significant architectural merit. A total of €50,000 is available and grants will be awarded with priority given to protected structures and recorded monuments of significant architectural merit. Structures of all periods are eligible but priority will be given to older buildings on the basis of rarity and potential fragility relating to age. Further details and application forms are available on the Irish Georgian Society’s

website: http://www..igs.ie

Contact: Roisin Lambe, 01 679 8675, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak9a00819a77201e8092ae17854b890909').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy9a00819a77201e8092ae17854b890909 =

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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

There was big disappointment in Waterford city and county council circles at the decision by An Bord Pleanala to defer a decision on the granting of planning permission to a major commercial development in the Michael Street area of Waterford. The multi-million pound development was set to rejuvenate this part of the city which has a large derelict appearance in the middle of its location. The decision was appealed to An Board Pleanala when Waterford City and County Council granted planning permission subject to conditions.

Former Mayor of Waterford Cllr. John Cummins has said he is very disappointed that An Bord Pleanala have deferred a decision on a major retail development in the heart of Waterford City until 28th February.

Cllr. Cummins who has championed the development of

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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, met with Waterford Chief Executive Michael Walsh last week to discuss the roll out of Creative Ireland Programme / Clár Éire Ildánach in Waterford.

Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016 Centenary. It is a five-year all-of-government initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which at its core is a wellbeing strategy which aims to improve access to cultural and creative activity in every county across the country. In preparation, Minister Humphreys met with all local authority CEOs last week.

Creative Ireland will prioritise children’s access to art, music, drama and coding; enhance the provision of culture and creativity in every community; further develop Ireland as a global hub for film

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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Waterford student, Niamh Casey of Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School, Ozanam Street, Waterford City has been awarded a gold medal for achieving first place in the country in the 2016 Leaving Certificate Business exam.

Niamh received her medal at the Business Studies Teachers’ Association of Ireland (BSTAI) Business Studies Achievement Awards ceremony, hosted by Banking & Payment Federation Ireland (BPFI) at their offices in Nassau Street, Dublin. The awards recognise the achievements of students in Accounting, Economics and Business at Leaving Certificate Level and Business Studies at Junior Certificate Level.

The winners, including Niamh, were presented with their medals by Liam McLoughlin, Vice-President, BPFI and Chief Executive - Retail Ireland, Bank of Ireland, Fintan Slye, Chief Executive, EirGrid Group and Mary O’Sullivan, BSTA I.

Niamh’s teacher, Mr Seamus

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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

“Today I have resigned my position as chairperson of the Board of Management of Holy Cross National School, Tramore, Co Waterford. I have been involved in the running and welfare of the school for over thirty years.

I have made my decision bearing in mind the wishes, and indeed the distress, of the victims of my nephew Bill Kenneally.

Due to a serious illness, I have been housebound for the last three months and I was in hospital in December to undergo an operation. However, when I am in a position to do so, I would very much wish to meet with the victims to hear their views, and to share with them all that I know of events of the past. It is my deep hope that I may be reconciled with them in their immense suffering.

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, Bishop of

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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan T.D. has asked Housing Minister Simon Coveney to re-examine why the new rent pressure zones, limiting annual rent increases to 4%, have not been extended to Waterford.

“I am disappointed – and somewhat surprised – that the Housing Agency, based on data from the Residential Tenancies Board, did not recommend parts of Waterford to be designated as a rent pressure zone”, the Independent Alliance TD commented. “Whilst the scheme is in no way the answer to our rental crisis, it would have at least restricted landlords from making more of the massive rent hikes we have seen in previous years.”

Acknowledging that not all areas in Waterford would have met the criteria of rents being above the national average and annual rent inflation of at least 7per cent for four of the last six

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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

With the Six Nations Tournament kicking off this weekend, The Reg has launched its brand new SPORTS CLUB! We love Sports at The Reg and we know you do too, so to enhance your Live Sports

experience we are introducing our NEW Sports Club Loyalty Card. It’s very simple, pick up a card at one of our bars, get 4 Balls stamped during a live sporting event and get your 5th PINT FREE! We are also offering FREE FINGER FOOD at half time for all Major Sporting Events! Our Sports Club Loyalty Card can be stamped during any live sports event and your

completed card can be redeemed at any time! And you can use as many cards as you want. Happy Days!

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    Waterford Institute of TechnologyWaterford Institute of Technology is once again making national headlines for all the wrong reasons. At the recent Public Accounts Committee meeting representatives of WIT were questioned and in turn left more questionsunanswered. The Chairman of the P.A.C. Sean Fleming, T.D.,Fianna Fail, called the failure to have up to date accounts for W.I.T. as “disgraceful”.Faced with a deficit of €15m. the financial problems facing the Institute are very …

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