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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

Regarding the statement that the Deptartment of Health have agreed to the future deployment of a modular interventional Cath lab at University Hospital Waterford, Matt Shanahan, PRO for the Health Equality for the South East Group has described the announcement as "more spin over substance".

Specifically HEFSE notes the following inconsistencies in terms of the implementation of the modular lab:

1. The original proposal was for a temporary modular lab to be sited where the existing mobile diagnostic lab is – as a temporary structure why is planning permission required? 2. The Department of Health advises that new funding has to be ring-fenced in October 2018 budget – The present diagnostic lab has a 2 million euro annual budget approved, the proposal offered to DOH to replace the mobile diagnostic lab with a modular lab required increased funding of 2500 euro

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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

Tour de Munster, the popular four day charity cycle, was officially launched by cycling legend Sean Kelly at DSI Cork's Field of Dreams on June 26th. The cycle, which takes place from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th of August will see over 100 amateur cyclists cycle over 600km around the six counties of Munster, raising funds for the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) and a number of other individual beneficiaries.

The launch event was attended by over 200 invited guests, including members from the various Munster branches of DSI and families supported by the charity, tour sponsors, celebrity guests, and many of the cyclists taking part this year.

The 2017 cycle raised a staggering €294,637.65, resulting in over €2.1 million raised for DSI alone. Since its inception in

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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

Sinn Fein TD for Waterford David Cullinane has welcomed an announcement of funding for the deployment of a modular cardiac Lab at NUniversity Hospital Waterford.

Deputy Cullinane said: "I welcome the announcement of funding for a modular Lab for UHW. A modular Lab is a game changer and will significantly increase capacity at the hospital and allow for both diagnostic angiogram and intervention work to be done. This will significantly reduce wait times.

"Today's announcement demonstrates the value of regional politicians working as one. I want to commend all local Oireachtas members and City and County Councillors who came together to get this over the line. This announcement is great news for cardiac patients and they must come first."

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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

Senator Paudie Coffey has welcomed the Government's backing for a new modular cath lab at University Hospital Waterford and said his focus over the coming weeks and months will be to ensure the facility will be delivered "as soon as possible".

The hugely positive move comes after Senator Coffey held several face-to-face talks with Health Minister Simon Harris in recent weeks during which he stressed the need for a modular lab to ease pressure on cardiac waiting times at the hospital.

"All of my focus is now on ensuring the lab is delivered as soon as possible and to keep the pressure on the Health Services Executive (HSE) to make sure it is put in place as soon as possible."

Senator Coffey also acknowledged the efforts made by his constituency colleagues on the cross-party South East Oireachtas Group .

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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

This week local Fianna Fail Councillor Eamon Quinlan called on the Council to amend its infrastructural plans for the as of now, incomplete section of Greenway entering into Waterford City to divert into Mary street and O'Connell street to revitalise quieter sections of the City and produce a constant stream of tourists into the Cultural Quarter.

Speaking on this Councillor Quinlan said "It's no secret that Waterford City has yet to see the full benefits of the Greenway as most users start in either in Bilberry or at the WIT sports campus.

"Placing this location on the 'trail' will help bring new faces regularly to the cultural, food, leisure on offer to avoid stagnation. The plan would involve the option of cyclists dismounting to cross Rice bridge and continue on the Waterfront if they so choose but also be offered through signage

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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

In glorious sunshine, the business community of Waterford welcomed Robin Barnett, British Ambassador to Ireland to Faithlegg for the annual Waterford Chamber President's Lunch. On the very day that crucial negotiations were ongoing at EU Council level in Brussels on the future of the UK's participation in the European Union, Ambassador Barnett offered his thoughts on Brexit.

"I am delighted to be here in Waterford attending the Chamber President's lunch. On Brexit, the Prime Minister has been clear that we are fully committed to avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, while maintaining the economic and constitutional integrity of the UK. We want to see a strong future partnership with the EU in both the economic and security spheres that works for the UK, Ireland and the rest of the EU 27.

"Meanwhile, I am keen that we make the

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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

Work is near completion on the second of four phases of Waterford's Urban Renewal Scheme which sees significant improvements in both the functionality and appearance of large areas of Waterford's City Centre and public realm.

The project has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Southern and Eastern Regional Operational Programme and Waterford City and County Council's own resources.

The current phase of completed work includes over 10,000m2 of high quality redesigned streetscape in Waterford City Centre together with associated upgrades to paving, drainage, ducting, public lighting, site features and traffic management.

The works have focused around Arundel Square, Lady Lane, Michael Street, John Street; including a new award winning canopy structure in the Apple Market providing a multi-functional community space that has already hosted a wide range of events and festivals.

A new traffic management scheme has been put in

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Thursday, 28th June 2018

Ground-breaking new research by a Waterford team has identified a unique combination of nutrients to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD).

The 18-month study, published in the June edition of the respected Journal of Alzheimer's Disease* (JAD), examined the effect of nutritional compounds - found in common foods such as trout, broccoli and peppers - on people with the condition and reached a 'statistically significant' finding. Pioneered by respected Cambridge University academic Dr Alan Howard, who invented the innovative Cambridge Diet, the trial studied people diagnosed with AD from a mild to advanced stage. Conducted by experts at the Nutrition Research Centre Ireland based in the School of Health Science in Waterford Institute of Technology in collaboration with University Hospital Waterford (UHW), it initially set out to examine the

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Thursday, 28th June 2018

Coastal locations around Waterford are experiencing an influx of people from near and far as the South East basks in sizzling sunshine. It's a huge boost to these coastal towns' economies as the Summer sun has rarely shone so brilliantly in the last few years.

With Summer festivals of all descriptions co-inciding with the excellent weather people are taking full advantage to get out and about and enjoy what Waterford has to offer.

Waterford's Greenway is continuing to attract large numbers, Dunmore East's recent Festival fo Food, Fish and Fun drew large crowds to the seaside village, and Tramore, many people's first port of call when the sun shines, is positively buzzing ahead of the Promenade Festival this weekend, June 30th to July 1st.

With the temperatures set to continue for perhaps the

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Thursday, 28th June 2018

Hidden in the tranquil countryside just 20 minutes outside Waterford City, the four-star Faithlegg Hotel, part of FBD Hotels and Resorts (FBD H&R), entered a new phase of its history recently.

David Kelly, Chief Executive of FBD Hotels & Resorts, and Liam Moran, General Manager of Faithlegg Hotel officially launched the rebrand and the refurbishment at Faithlegg Hotel which sees the completion of a €1.5m investment in the hotel over the past three years.

A glittering gathering of guests from the world of entertainment, media, sport, business and the local community gathered at Faithlegg Hotel to celebrate the launch.

Joining General Manager Liam Moran and his team to mark the occasion were special guests including Irish model Teodora Sutra, 2FM's Stephen Byrne, Little Green Car's singer Faye O'Rourke, Waterford hurler Noel Conners

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    When the latest statistic that waiting times for patients had risen to their highest level yet, there can't have been too many people that were surprised.There are now over 700.000 people on waiting lists with over 50.000 of them children. That so many people are waiting for treatment in one of the most developed economies in the world is truly frightening. Of course you can take into account the underfunding of the health sector during the economic downturn but it still wouldn't fully explain why so ma …

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