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Wednesday, 13th September 2017

Focus Ireland is calling on the people of Waterford to sign up for its annual “Shine A Light Night” to raise 500,000 euro in vital funds for its life-line services to tackle homelessness. This is the sixth year of the event that also sees the business community swap their boardrooms for a night sleeping out in Dublin or Cork on Friday, October 13. Each business leader must raise at least 3,000 euro to help the charity raise its target of 500,000 euro.

Meanwhile, the same night, Focus Ireland is also calling on staff across Waterford to play their part by holding sleep-ins to raise vital funds. These are the two ways for people to get involved in Shine a Light Night on Friday, October 13.

If you are a business leader, sign up for the ‘Business Leaders Sleep-Out’ at Christ Church Cathedral

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

Rise and rise again, like the Phoenix from the ashes!

Well it was not to be. Derek’s young charges did the County proud and Galway were a team inspired, just that wee bit stronger on the day.

It was a pulsating match with so many highs and lows. A rip roaring final, that saw two teams give no quarter. We witnessed colossal hits, a frenetic pace and talented hurlers covering every single blade of grass on Croke Park’s field of green. A better advert for hurling there could not have been.

I watched the match, along with thousands of others, in Waterford City’s newest outdoor venue, The Apple Market. This re-engineered corner of the City was built with many, many detractors. If the truth be told, a venue, which during the construction phase, received endless amounts of unfair criticism

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Pension Poverty

For 25 years, the pensions industry has been talking about the ‘pension’s time bomb’.

The Irish population is ageing and from 2016, we will see a large annual increase in the over 65 population, which is expected to treble in size to 1.4 million by 2040.

There has been much talk about the issue and the Government introduced new pension products such as Personal Retirement Savings Accounts [PRSAs] in an effort to increase pension coverage and reduce the exposure of the State to the cost of providing pensions benefits.

The most significant action from Government to date has been the Social Welfare and Pensions Act, 2011 in which the Government raised the qualification age for the State Old Age Pension to 66; from January 2021 it will rise to 67 and from January 2028 it increases to 68.

None of

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

Waterford is set to welcome more than 1,500 cruise ship passengers during the month of September, completing the summer cruise ship call programme, which saw over 8,000 international visitors arrive to our shores.

The September programme begins with Wind Surf docking in Dunmore East, carrying 386 passengers, on September 11th and concludes with Nautica arriving to Belview Port on September 19th with 824 on board.

According to David McCoy, Chair of Visit Waterford Marketing Group, it is great to see Waterford is a key destination for international visitors travelling on leisure cruises.

The city has always provided a warm welcome to visitors from all around the world. Visit Waterford Marketing Group, through Waterford Chamber, will be issuing posters to retailers and businesses throughout the city to welcome passengers.

Cruise travel provides the city with a

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Tuesday, 5th September 2017

Enjoy an evening of delicious food, cooked on site, as Evoke showcase their impressive range of kitchens, created by their team of in-house designers, while Blackwater Distillery will welcome you with a tasty cocktail on arrival.

On the night we will also be launching the Waterford Business Awards, with partners WLR FM and Waterford City & County Council.

About Evoke German Kitchens

Evoke German Kitchens is a family business run by father and son duo, Colm and Declan Furlong. At Evoke, we design, supply and install exceptional quality German kitchens.

From the traditional to modern contemporary, their kitchens are fully fitted by the Evoke team, who can also look after all plumbing and electrical work, tiling, plastering, painting and other renovation works including the demolition of structural and dividing walls.

Evoke will also be launching their range of traditional Irish handcrafted kitchens at the Waterford

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Wednesday, 30th August 2017

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

Cycle Waterford, in Ireland’s Ancient East

Could leisure and road cycling become one of the biggest jewels in Waterford’s tourism crown? There can be absolutely no doubt, that Waterford and the wider South East region, has an abundance of road and leisure cycling opportunities just waiting to be discovered. Many new businesses have opened up to encourage this emerging market, as well as various Waterford Greenway hire companies. Waterford Camino promises to help you explore and uncover some of Ireland’s hidden gems.

Waterford, Ireland's oldest City, boasts a very proud heritage when it comes to cycling. There's something about the air in this place, not to mention the arduous mountain climbs and undulating roads, that produces great champions. Home to former World Number One cyclist and current Eurosport commentator Sean Kelly. Also up and coming future champion Sam

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Wednesday, 30th August 2017

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Some tips for renting student property

The start of the academic year is approaching and students with successful CAO offers are now searching for accommodation. Here are some tips on what to look out for.

- Before searching for a property, speak to other students or check college advice websites for first-hand experiences of renting in the area. The amount of accommodation available and the average rents charged can have a big effect on your budget.

- Your student union may offer a free housing or legal advice and contract checking service.

- Unfortunately, some unscrupulous landlords may not have a tenant‘s best interest at heart, it is therefore advisable to seek advice from professional letting agents who must adhere to a strict code of conduct.

- Find out what kind of tenancy agreement you are signing, as this can make a difference

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Wednesday, 30th August 2017

Up to €14,000 can be earned tax free by renting out a room in a home

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is encouraging home owners in Waterford City to avail of the country’s rent a room scheme which allows people to rent a room in their home and earn €14,000 a year tax free.

“Waterford remains one of the most affordable places in the country for student accommodation, but we still have demand for digs, and also accommodation for one academic semester,” says Michael Murphy, President of WIT Students’ Union.

He says there is demand from different types of students seeking to rent a room: first year students, international students studying for a semester in Ireland and apprentices on block study at WIT.

“If you let a room

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Wednesday, 9th August 2017

Michael Garland,

bizBoost Chair,

Waterford Business Group

Our Showcase Weekend!

It has to be one of the most eagerly anticipated weekends of the year. The annual “Spraoi Bank Holiday in August”, as we all now call it.

The 2017 three-day event was even more special this year, as we were celebrating the 25th Birthday, of this festival of street music and entertainment. An event that, in all honesty has probably grown to such an extent, that those originators who came up with the idea, are pinching themselves very hard.

Who could have imagined that from such a small acorn, a whole forest would grow?

Spraoi 25, has brought to Waterford City, brand new international acts and a plethora of exciting, innovative and extraordinary home-grown talent. Year on year we see this festival “Reinvent” the concept of street entertainment. This production seems as fresh as ever. It is

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Wednesday, 9th August 2017

A 2014 Garda Inspectorate Report entitled “Crime Investigations” revealed many worrying statistics. The Inspectorate reported many concerns in how crimes were recorded or in some instance crimes were not recorded at all. The report highlighted that 45% of Domestic Violence crimes reported to Gardaí failed to be recorded on the Garda PULSE system.

A subsequent report conducted by the CSO entitled “Review of the quality of crime statistics 2016” uncovered that in respect of Burglary and Robbery that 45% and 41% respectively were reclassified and downgraded to a less serious crime without justification. In 2015 alone 33% of recorded crimes were reclassified without justification. 18% of crimes where recorded as detected or concluded when in fact they had not.

Brendan Byrne Waterford City West & Tramore Labour Representative who compiled an article in response to the growing number of people who fell

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    Religious ToleranceAt a public meeting last week to discuss the plans for a new mosque in Kilkenny, it seemed that out of the crowd of approximately 200 that attended, the overwhelming majority were against the idea. While it was reported that most people were against the addition of the mosque to Kilkenny life due to logistical reasons, it was also reported, and quite prominently, that there were more than a few people who were vocally opposed to the whole idea of a any sort of mosque being built on rel …

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