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Wednesday, 15th March 2017

Bank of Ireland Startup Awards 2017 were officially launched at an event in the Enterprise Ireland

Headquarters in Dublin. The competition, now in its sixth year, recognises and rewards Irish startups for their success in business across 13 categories including digital, food and drink, retail and fintech, health & healthcare and technology.

Open to companies and organisations across all sectors, awareness for the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards continues to grow annually, with almost 680 entries received in 2016. With categories such as the ‘Food & Drink Entrepreneurial Startup’, claimed in 2016 by Waterford-based manufacturer Pip & Pear Babyfood, now sold in multiples throughout the country and Cyc-Lok who were the winner of the Sustainable Startup category went on to secure a contract with Dublin City Council after their win. The category winners of the Bank of Ireland Startup Awards will go

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Wednesday, 15th March 2017

Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan T.D. has said old age should not diminish accountability in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home scandal and called on gardai to question any surviving Bon Secours nuns who ever worked at the home, to establish whether a criminal investigation is warranted.

Describing the discovery at Tuam as ‘potentially the tip of iceberg’, Minister Halligan further stated that all nine of the country’s mother and baby homes should be investigated and called for State intervention to ensure the Catholic Church takes responsibility for ‘casting children into the dirt’:

“As was the case with the Nazi war crimes trials, if an individual has been an accessory to a crime then they should be held accountable, regardless of how many years have passed or their advancing age. Bearing in mind that the child mortality rate at

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Wednesday, 15th March 2017

Sinn Féin TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane has called on the religious orders to act honestly, show genuine remorse and pay the monies it owes as part of the redress scheme.

Teachta Cullinane was speaking after a report from the Comptroller and Auditor General showed that the religious orders have only paid a fraction of the monies it owes under the scheme.

He said “The Redress Scheme was established as part of the ‘Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse’ which uncovered systematic and cruel abuse of young children over decade in Irish Industrial Schools. These religious congregations had agreed to pay €352.6 million towards the cost but they then had that reduced to €192.8 million and have to date only paid €96.1 million. They have shirked and ignored their responsibilities yet again.

“This was another flimsy back door

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Wednesday, 15th March 2017

IRELAND is home to the top, international players in the agriculture and ICT industries and has the potential to become a global leader in smart agriculture, the President of a leading Institute of Technology says.

The alignment of the ICT and agriculture industries has the potential to totally re-energise the Irish economy outside of Dublin and totally transform our regional economies, according to Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) President, Prof. Willie Donnelly.

Prof. Donnelly is already globally renowned as the co-founder of the Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Techonology, a major incubation hub for ICT innovation. He now wants technology innovators to partner with leaders in Irish agriculture within the region and across Ireland to drive sustainable regional growth and put Ireland on the global map as leaders in the agri-tech industry.

Speaking at the second day of

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Wednesday, 15th March 2017

For several years now the De La Salle Past Pupils Fraternity (DLSPPF), replacing the very successful Past Pupils Union and incorporation the “49’s” has been keeping the flag flying on behalf of the De La Salle past pupils.

We in Waterford very well remember the activities of the very progressive Past Pupils Union based in Stephen Street, under the kind patronage of the DLS Order, and the many successful organisations, squash, snooker, soccer, GAA and many other pastimes, which were spawned under that committee comprising Ronnie Falconer, Oliver Dempsey, Nicholas Knox, Martin Power, John Walsh and many others who effortlessly gave of their time to ensure the success of that organisation. Nor should the “49’s” committee be forgotten, a body that kept alive the memory of the first day pupils to attend at De La Salle College. Needless to say, these

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Wednesday, 15th March 2017

Ferrybank en fete as Park Life consultation proves a resounding success\ OVER 250 residents of Ferrybank and their neighbours from surrounding communities turned up at their new park site at the weekend to have their say on the layout and design of a new 2.5 acre neighbourhood park which is to be developed close to their homes.

The organisers, Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership, were thrilled with the turnout and with the content and design ideas mooted by the enthusiastic group of children, parents, grandparents and residents of the area who gathered at the site from 2pm onwards on Saturday.

Local councillor, Fidelis Doherty, was one of many who walked the site, mapped out what she’d like to see there and presented a sketch of her ideal layout and design to the organisers. “I’d love to see a play area for adults.

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Wednesday, 15th March 2017

An ICSA survey, undertaken in conjunction with Waterford Institute of Technology, indicates that two thirds of Irish farming families have been affected by crime relating to their farming enterprise. Speaking as results emerged from ICSA’s National Agriculture Crime Survey, ICSA president Patrick Kent described the figures as startling and commented “The results of the survey reveal that the issue of agricultural crime is a far bigger issue than official Garda statistics would suggest. They would also suggest that the courts have adopted a far too lenient approach to offenders, particularly to repeat offenders. The rural community believes that the judicial system provides virtually no deterrent to this type of crime.”

The survey was devised by Dr Kathleen Moore Walsh, a lecturer in Law and Criminology and Louise Walsh, a lecturer in Accounting and Finance, both from the Waterford Institute of Technology.

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Wednesday, 15th March 2017

ENTERPRISE Ireland’s Innovation Voucher Scheme and the Technology Gateway Programme have been exceptionally effective in stimulating business growth through embedding innovation into enterprises. They have been equally valuable in forging close, sustainable links between industry and academics, Vice President for Research, Innovation and Graduate Studies at WIT, Dr Peter McLoughlin said.

Industry and academia are working closer than ever and that relationship is starting at an earlier and earlier age and stage, Dr McLoughlin told the 4th eDigiregion International Conference at Waterford Institute of Technology. The two day conference saw delegates from Ireland, Spain, Hungary and Romania working together to promote sustainable regional development and growth under the EU-funded programme.

He said WIT was instrumental in helping upskill for available posts in the medical devices and pharma sectors local people who lost their jobs with the closure of a call centre in

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Wednesday, 15th March 2017

The very popular Camino De Santiago is the destination for one of the most exciting fundraisers run by ISPCC Childline this year. Why not tick another trip off the bucket list and raise awareness and vital funds for Childline this September?

The Camino walk itself is perhaps the most famous walk in the world. Although the Camino is a large network of pilgrim routes, many undertake the walk for a number of other reasons including a chance to view the local scenery and an opportunity for peace and solace. The French Way, which the ISPCC will be walking, is the most popular of the routes of the Way of St James and features in many documentaries, books and movies, including Martin Sheen’s The Way.

And walking the Camino is for a very good cause! The ISPCC is Ireland’s national child protection charity.

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Wednesday, 8th March 2017

Three historical exhibitions uniquely linked from Waterford to Tasmania. “Roses from the Heart” Bonnet exhibition; Waterford Women’s history exhibition; Thomas Francis Meagher exhibition at Waterford City Library opening 4th March at 11.30am and runs until the 25th March and is well worth visiting.

Three strands of Waterford history come together in one venue to present an incredible story of endurance, resilience and courage From Tasmania to Waterford we meet Dr Christina Henri presenting her dedicated lifelong work, 'Roses from the Heart', a Memorial to the 25,566 women sentenced to transportation as convicts from the then British Isles to Australia and Tasmania (formerly named van Diemen’s Land) between 1788 & 1853. Some of those women and children were from Waterford. Christina, an artist, has chosen

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