Tuesday, 18th September 2018
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Waterford's status as a destination for lucrative conference business has been boosted by the success of a major local government conference held in the city last weekend (7/8 March).

Waterford Cllr Hilary Quinlan who was chief organiser of the event said the city had "put its best foot forward."

Cllr Quinlan (pictured) who is President of the Association of County & City Councils added: "We had almost 200 representatives from councils all over Ireland and the feedback was unanimous in its praise for Waterford and its attractions."

Cllr Quinlan said that conferences could bring good business to Waterford in the tourist off-season: "Waterford has so much to offer with quality hotels and good accessibility by road and rail. Based on the weekend's success the city can sell itself to conference organisers as a destination capable of handling large numbers of delegates."

Eamonn McEneaney of the Museum of Treasures and Gary Breen of Failte Ireland South-East presented Waterford's many attractions to delegates at the start of the conference.

The role of public and corporate enterprise in Waterford and environs was outlined to delegates by City Manager Michael Walsh and Paul Nolan, Group Development Manager of Dawn Meats. A visit by Environment Minister Phil Hogan to the Conference in the Tower Hotel ensured a full house as the Minister brought members up to date on progress with local government reform.

The final event of the Conference saw Cllr Quinlan making presentations to Waterford councillors current and retired who had held prominent positions in the national association including Pat Hayes, recently retired from Waterford City Council; Stephen Rogers, retired some years from the City Council; current Waterford County councillor Nora Flynn from Cappoquin and retired Kilkenny County councillor Dick Dowling from Newrath.

A special presentation was made to Mrs. Mary Browne in memory of her husband, the late city councillor Tom Browne, who had been President of the Association for an unsurpassed three consecutive terms.

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