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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

To say that the Brexit negotiations are looking like one of the biggest examples of political ineptitude would be putting things mildly. If they didn't impact Ireland so much you would be forgiven for thinking that they didn't really matter that much. But the sad fact is that they do impact on Ireland and to a very large degree indeed. The border question is one of the key components of how Brexit is supposed to be implemented but even now at this stage there is very little agreement as to how things will go. Will there be a hard border or a soft border nobody knows, although everyone says that they want a soft border or at least as little disruption to the status quo as it stands. But the fact remains that there is still little headway to be

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Tens of thousands of Bus Éireann customers are set to benefit from lower fares with the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) expansion of fare zones in regional cities and other fare changes.

These initiatives to incentivise increased usage of public transport means that passengers on around five million Bus Éireann journeys will be paying lower fares in 2018, compared to 2017. This includes three million customer journeys in regional cities, and about two million on longer commuter/rural journeys.

While there are small increases in city cash fares, significant savings are available to customers who use Leap. Following an NTA analysis of the current red zones in the regional cities of Cork, Limerick, Galway - based on the population density and job density - an extended city fare zone to many major suburbs, comes into place today.

Main highlights of the Bus Éireann fare changes

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Deise roads set for further deterioration as road

maintenance grant slashed

Dear Editor

I am shocked to learn of extensive funding cutbacks for roads maintenance Waterford in 2018.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) took the extraordinary step of writing to all Local Authorities, including Waterford City and County Council to warn them that the Ordinary Maintenance Allocation for roads will plummet by 30% in 2018.

The overall national road current expenditure budget for 2018 is set to fall by 15% when compared to 2017.

This revelation is truly shocking. A cut of this nature will only exacerbate the already poor roads network in the county.

The Minister and the Government can trumpet the national increase in funding for the department, but it’s clear from this letter than local authorities will see their allocations drop next year.

Waterford roads are already in a severe state of disrepair. It’s beyond belief

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

General Election averted by Tánaiste’s resignation

The resignation of Frances Fitzgerald as Tánaiste has brought an end to a very unsavoury period of Irish politics and averted a General Election. The drip feed of information on emails concerning the Department of Justice and the Tánaiste about the McCabe saga is not acceptable by any standards of natural justice to Mr. McCabe.

In Waterford the general mood of the electorate is one of anger and frustration which is similar to the national opinion. A five minute poll conducted by the Joe Duffy Live Line programme on Monday evening found that of the 5,000 people who responded ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to a general election, 71% answered that they did not want a General Election just prior to the Christmas festive season.

In Waterford there is speculation that there will also be changes in the make-up

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

Now that the Winter is beginning to make itself known it is up to everyone who uses the roads to ensure that they do so with the upmost safety in mind. With darker mornings and evenings people should be more aware of their surroundings when driving and of course never ever drink and drive which although not so socially acceptable as it once was still unfortunately happens. Also it should be as socially unacceptable to use a phone while you are driving. Anything that takes your attention as a driver off the roads is not going to make you a safe driver and at the end of the day that is all that is being asked of people. To drive in a responsible manner should be like second nature, as easy as putting on a safety belt while driving. With

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

Supervalu helping to make this Christmas super for local Irish communities

Dear Editor

SuperValu, Ireland’s leading grocery retailer for quality food and great value, is calling on the nation to do something ‘Super’ this Christmas to spark the festive spirit in local communities across the country.

With the festive season getting underway, SuperValu is launching their annual nationwide Christmas Charity Food Appeal in all five of their Waterford stores. The ‘Super’ initiative is held in association with St Vincent De Paul, The Simon Community and The Lions Club. In a true celebration of this special time of year, SuperValu stores confirmed that they have donated more than €643,000 to local causes in their own communities. This is more than double the incredible €300,000 raised by the network of retailers in last year’s charity fundraising drive.

The Christmas Charity Appeal will roll out across 217

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

Christmas Lights

Dear Editor,

I am happy to advise that I have arranged for Waterford Council to erect Christmas lights along Mayor’s Walk for the first time.

I have received the approval and consent from several premises for us to use to stream lights along the street in a line and not cris-crossed which could be dangerous due to large vehicles.

Waterford Council has helped me on this by purchasing, erecting and powering these lights.

It is all part of a concerted effort by me to see the fruits of Winterval during the Christmas season expand up through the town to assist our local business’s and include homes from the top of the town.

These lights should be installed by the Council’s team over the coming days and I want to thank everyone who have assisted in accomplishing this fine addition to the street.

Kind regards,

Councillor Eamon

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

The 22nd Annual South East Bikers Toy Run takes place this year on Saturday 9th December 2017 leaving from Lyons Bar, Slieverue Village at 1pm, travelling to Inistioge for pit-stop and returning to Waterford University Hospital, collecting new toys for Santa to deliver t Waterford University Hospital Paedatric Ward.

Excess toys and cash donations will be donated to Touching Hearts, Sacred Heart Centre, Waterford.

A session on the night will take place at The Hub, The Applemarket, followed by Shortt’s Late Bar, The Applemarket.

We couldn’t make this happen without the generosity of the public and the support of our sponsors. A massive thank you to all.

For further information contact Paddy 087 2213541 or Dave 089 4934757. email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloakab9f15d49c5e1ffc6c2cfdcf721ae8ae').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' +

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

Supporting Tourism Category,Waterford Greenway Waterford City and County Council has deservedly won first prize at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government awards in the Supporting Tourism Category for the Waterford Greenway project. The award was presented to Cllr Joe Conway, deputising for the Mayor of the City and County of Waterford at an event held in Dublin on Thursday 23rd November 2017.

The award was presented in recognition of the development of the 46km off-road shared use Greenway along an old railway line between Waterford City and Dungarvan, which was developed by Waterford City and County Council with the assistance of state funding. Waterford Greenway is an important national tourism asset with the potential to be one of the key signature experiences in Ireland’s Ancient East encouraging visitors to engage with the wider tourism experience in Waterford in a meaningful

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

Christmas time

Being part of the huge crowd that was in Waterford city centre for the annual turning on of the Christmas lights was without a question one of the highlights of the year. Seeing so many people, and particularly young people, infants and children, being part of the whole event made the turning on of the lights an even better occasion than you could possibly imagine.

Each year the Winterval festival just gets better and better and you really have to hand it to the people behind it whose organisational efforts are just second to none.

There in John Robert's Square is the large Carousel and the small carousel for children as well as various cabins for people to shop in as well as the traditional large Christmas tree which makes the square so festive looking. Then down on the quay for

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  • A Wonderful Harvest

    Even though the weather Gods didn’t exactly play ball over the weekend it doesn’t take away from the fact that this years Waterford Harvest Festival was yet again another wonderful success. It was great to see the streets of the centre of the city so beautifully and thoughtfully decked out. The various food stalls offering tastes from all over were great to wander around. The information and background that each of the stall holders were able to give on the provenance of their food was really interesting an …

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