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Wednesday, 17th May 2017

This year’s Dunmore East RNLI Open Water Swim will take place on Saturday 20 May. The swim will be located at the slip behind the Waterford Harbour Sailing Club in Dunmore East, with the first swim starting at 12.30 noon. The three swims will be over distances of 1600m, 800m and a junior swim of 500m. As the demand for and interest in different sporting events increases, the fundraising branch of Dunmore East RNLI is keen once again to host a major event that would see people take part in a rewarding and challenging open water swim.

Speaking at the launch, Dunmore East RNLI crewmember Neville Murphy said, ‘We had such a successful event last we are really looking forward to this year’s event. We live in one

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Wednesday, 17th May 2017

Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee David Cullinane TD has welcomed the acceptance of his recommendation that the PAC examine process and procedure regarding internal and external controls surrounding Templemore Garda Station.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“The Public Accounts Committee has agreed to my proposal that we investigate systems, practices, and procedures with regard to financial irregularities at the Garda Training College.

“The Committee will carry out a time-limited examination of process failures both within An Garda Síochána and also with regard to the relationship between An Garda Síochána and the C&AG.

“There is a serious public need for such an investigation, one that will not stray into the audit issues themselves but into the handling of those issues once it came to light.

“In my opinion, the report needs to answer, as best it can, the following questions:

“How were the issues regarding the

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Wednesday, 17th May 2017

Bealtaine Festival takes place between 1st-31st May 2017 with plenty of events happening in all Waterford Libraries. Bealtaine Festival celebrate arts and creativity as we age. Ardkeen Library events include Meditation and Stress

Management with Eileen Devereux on Saturday May 20th at 10.30am and a Nutrition Talk with Barbara Boland on Wednesday 24th May at 10.30. Booking is essential for both events, contact Ardkeen Library 0761 10 2755.

Bealtaine Festival events are free and all welcome. For more information on all Bealtaine Festival events in Waterford Libraries

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Wednesday, 17th May 2017

Competition is expected to be intense again this year at the Waterford Country Fair IPS Show which runs at stunning Curraghmore Estate in Portlaw from early morning on Sunday, June 11.

The charity fundraiser, which is this year in aid of Make-A-Wish Ireland, features a wealth of competitions with all classes affiliated to the IPS and run under their rules. The entry fee on the day is just €15 with entries all being taken on the day.

First prize in each class is €15, the same for second-placed competitors – except in classes here there are less than five entries. The IPS classes begin from 11am. The two side saddle competitions run from midday and the two Irish Draft classes begin from approximately 3pm.

The judges in

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Wednesday, 17th May 2017

The countdown for more affordable childcare for families in Waterford has begun, according to Independent Alliance Minister, John Halligan.

Minister Halligan has confirmed that local childcare services are now receiving information in the post about new arrangements, which will see families benefit by an extra €19m nationwide.

The mail-shot to providers is going to be followed by a major awareness campaign aimed at parents and families – which will be launched by the end of the month.

"Under the new scheme, which will kick in this September, the child can be in full or part-time registered childcare and there will be no minimum number of hours and no maximum number of weeks for eligibility", Minister Halligan noted. "I would encourage every family in Waterford to spend time in the coming weeks examining their entitlements and make sure they get the full benefit of

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Wednesday, 17th May 2017

Carrickphierish Library, Waterford City, opened its doors for the first time on Wednesday 10th May and the excitement was palpable, with the public anxious to see the new state of the art library and what it had to offer.

First through the door and eager to get his hands on the wide selection of books and other items was bookworm, Ross Whelan, age 5, from Waterford City.

When asked what he thought of the new library, Ross said “WOW!!” Ross left Carrickphierish Library a very happy boy with several books and a few DVDs for good measure.

Executive Librarian and Branch Manager Melanie Cunningham said “We will be dedicated to providing excellent and wide ranging services to the whole community. Here at Carrickphierish Library we have a library service and a

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Wednesday, 17th May 2017

At the May meeting of Waterford City and County Council, Independent Councillor Seán Reinhardt called on the Council to provide training to local volunteers to remove drug litter found dumped outside of council working hours.

“Drug litter is becoming a bigger problem.” said Cllr. Reinhardt. “Of the six most recent cases of discarded syringes and needles reported to me, five of the incidents were in areas where children played.”

Cllr. Reinhardt said “Although the council response to incidents was very efficient during normal working hours, there is a need to provide an out of hour’s service to remove drug litter or else to provide training to local volunteers who could safely remove drug litter after normal council working hours.”

Cllr. Reinhardt added that there was no excuse for drug users to recklessly dump syringes and needles and demanded that offenders should consider innocent

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Wednesday, 10th May 2017

Health Equality for the South East health equality for south east has warned of serious dangers to cardiac services in Waterford. A lengthy statement has been issued through its pro,

Matt Shanahan as follows:

“The situation remains that the Department of Health continues to move against the retention of Southeast Emergency Cardiac Services at UHW and a pending review (July/August) this year is poised to formally mandate the cessation of emergency interventional cardiology in the South East.

The Dept of Health is reported to have directed senior civil servants to look at ‘all means’ to cater to the 170,000 patients which the Herity report identified as being outside of 90 minute cardiac transfer time.

This will most likely be addressed by announcement of some new amalgam of helicopter cover and and/or prioritisation

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Wednesday, 10th May 2017

Tuesday 2nd April saw a joint performance of both Choirs of the Solas Cancer Support Centre- representing the two services in Waterford and West Waterford.

Both choirs were established in January 2017 as a new service for clients and friends of the charity and in celebrating the success of the last four months came together to perform the works that they have enjoyed over these weekly sessions.

Julie Quinlan is Choral Director of the Waterford Choir and Cordelia Burke is Choral Director with the Dungarvan based Choir with wonderful support from Michael Casey as accompanist. Julie spoke of the enjoyment that the weekly sessions have brought- ‘The therapeutic benefits of singing are well researched and we have seen proof of these benefits every week when we met in

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Wednesday, 10th May 2017

Dungarvan Community Hospital (DCH) has issued an appeal for any registered nurses available to work full/part time to make contact with them. Making the appeal, the HSE’s General Manager for Waterford/Wexford Community Services Mr. TJ Dunford said: “We have a deficit in nursing resources in Dungarvan Community Hospital. In accordance with clinical safety, we need nurses to ensure the hospital can operate at full capacity.”

“In order to deliver a safe, quality service to all residents and patients, a temporary measure is in place at Dungarvan Community Hospital (DCH), where beds have been reconfigured and residents who had been accommodated at the Sacred Heart ward in DCH have been moved internally within the hospital. 107 beds continue to be operational at Dungarvan Community Hospital (DCH), providing long-stay, rehabillitation, respite, palliative care and dementia care from this remaining overall complement of beds.”


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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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