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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Ten Waterford businesses have been named among the Top100 Stores in Ireland by Retail Excellence, the largest retail industry representative organization in Ireland.

Applegreen, Tramore, and Waterford based retailers, Ardkeen Quality Foood Store, Eyeworks Opticians, Fieldmaster, House of Waterford Crystal, Medieval Museum, Mulligan’s Pharmacy, Petmania, Sienna Home Furnishings, and Tony Roche Menswear have made Retail Excellence Ireland’s list of the Top100 best stores in the country.

The 10 businesses are the only stores in Waterford to make the prestigious list.

The Top100 stores are part of the Retail Excellence (RE) Awards, which were established in 1997 to promote best practice and encourage high standards in the Irish retail industry and are now the largest and most prestigious of its kind in Ireland. The Awards, will take place on Saturday, November 11 in the Malton Hotel in Killarney.

David Fitzsimons, Chief Executive of Retail Excellence

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Farmers, fishermen, food producers and exporters generally should pressure Government to open direct negotiations with Britain to agree post-Brexit arrangements that would be exclusively in the interests of our two countries and not leave matters to EU negotiators whose awareness of our special needs may not be as good as it should be.

The suggestion is made by Don Hall (pictured), a member of the team originally appointed by then Taoiseach Jack Lynch to campaign in support of Ireland’s entry into what began as the European Economic Community and whose Dublin-based corporate affairs consultancy, The Hall Company, represents clients working in the agricultural sector.

Believing that our interests are ‘at risk’ if left solely in the hands of EU negotiators, Hall foresees the likelihood that a post-Brexit Britain will enter into closer trading relationships with countries like New Zealand, Australia and North

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Local Area Representatives from the Green Party have called for more facilities for Electric Vehicle charging following the opening of the new Waterside carpark in Waterford City Centre. The carpark, which cost in the region of €1.1 million to develop, will provide 300 new parking spaces in the city, but only two electric vehicle charging bays.

Chairperson of the Green Party in Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh, has welcomed the opening of the facility, but has called on the Waterford Council to be more proactive in providing for EV owners.

“We’ve seen from moves in France, Britain and Germany that even the major car manufacturers are moving towards electric vehicles, and we need to be more future-ready in our planning. Academics in Stanford University have predicted that

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Waterford FC is delighted to announce the signing of defender Paddy Barrett on loan from Dundalk, until the end of the 2017 season. A native of Waterford, Barrett makes a return to the RSC after two previous spells at the club.

Paddy signed for the Blues having playing locally with both St. Paul's and Southend United. The versatile defender then made a move to play in Scotland with Aberdeen and Dundee United before making a return to his home town club.

In 2014 he then moved to Galway United where he won promotion with the Tribesmen after a playoff success against UCD. He scored in the first leg of that playoff. At the end of that season, he made the move to Dundalk under Stephen Kenny, where he won two Premier League titles and made seven appearances for the Lilywhites in their

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

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Tánaiste and Minster for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald TD said: “I warmly welcome the additional investment and job creation by Bausch + Lomb, which moves the company's operations in Waterford into an exciting new phase. This company has been a huge employer in the city for several decades and their latest investment highlights their ongoing commitment. Being in a regional location gives this project added significance and dovetails with the Government's work in strengthening the industrial base and job creation in regional centres, in order to achieve balanced economic growth.

Having a project of this magnitude, in a high tech and high skilled sector, is a terrific boost for the southeast.

”Joseph C. Papa , chairman and chief executive officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc, said: “Bausch + Lomb is one of the world’s most respected eye

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

The second annual U Magazine 30 Under 30 awards in association with Boots were held at Dublin’s prestigious Number Twenty Two on South Anne Street on Tuesday, 25th July.

The annual awards honouring Ireland’s brightest young female talent, celebrated remarkable women in fields as diverse as STEM, Politics, Fashion, Arts and Entertainment, judged by a panel of experts including Enterprise Ireland’s Sarita Johnston, journalist and activist Sinead Burke, RTE’s Kathryn Thomas, businesswoman Norah Casey and many more.

WLR’s Teresanne O’Reilly won the award for Radio in the Arts and Entertainment category. The judges described Teresanne as a ‘true all-rounder who quickly rose through the ranks in radio’.

Teresanne started working in radio part-time during university in 2009 before taking on a full-time on-air slot on WLR’s sister station Beat 102 103 after graduation. She was then head-hunted by Commincorp (Today FM, Newstalk, Spin)

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

The aim of the Iverk Show when first started in 1826 by the 4th Earl of Bessborough was to encourage everyone involved in food production to up their game and produce better quality products.

That aim was achieved quickly as it is reported that few people in the Barony of Iverk lost their lives to the famine.

Now in 2017 the committee have the same aims – to encourage everyone involved from ‘Field to Fork’ produce the best they can. When you visit this year’s show you can experience the whole food production chain.

When you enter the show grounds you will see the fruit and vegetable classes. Some of the exhibits are amazing – the length of the carrots and parsnips, the long straight runner beans, the beautiful potatoes and fruit and the perfectly presented peas and marrows. These have been lovingly

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Waterford Chamber welcomed the opportunity to meet with An Tanaiste, Minister Frances Fitzgerald on Monday to lobby on behalf of members on a number of issues. Chamber President Paul Nolan, CEO Gerald Hurley and Deputy President Kathryn Kiely brought a number of matters to the table discussion, including the necessity for Government to invest in the North Quays and the urgent need for cardiac care at University Hospital Waterford.

Speaking after the meeting, Chamber President Paul Nolan said: “Waterford Chamber is all about job is one of our main focuses for the year ahead and that was very much to the fore with our meeting with An Tanaiste. We must congratulate Bausch + Lomb on their new development and job creation and now we need to see more of the same. It is tremendous that an outside organisation such as

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford, Mary Butler has said that the people of Waterford have been let down by Minister Simon Harris’ failure to address the chronic waiting times for basic ENT and orthopaedic appointments and procedures.

Deputy Butler was commenting after receiving new information from the HSE that shows that 680 patients are on UHW’s inpatient and day case waiting list for ear, nose or throat procedures.

"This is, in and of itself, a terrible example of Fine Gael’s failure in health, but the fact that nearly one in four. 150 people, of these patients are waiting over 12 months should shock Minister Harris into action now.

“I am very concerned that the HSE believes that hitting a 15 month maximum waiting time for inpatient day case patients is an acceptable timeframe.

“Many of those who are waiting inordinate amounts of times for

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Dear Deputy Butler,

PQ27648/17 *To ask the Minister for Health if he will address the ENT Waiting List in University Hospital

Waterford which is one of the highest in the country under the National Treatment Purchase Fund as a priority, and if he will make a statement on the matter. [Mary Butler].

The Health Service Executive has been requested to reply directly to you in the context of the above

Parliamentary Question, which you submitted to the Minister for Health for response. I have examined the matter and the following outlines the position.

Further to my Interim Response dated 18/07/2017, I am pleased to provide the following information as a final response.

There are currently 680 patients on the University Hospital Waterford inpatient and day case waiting list for ENT procedures; 150 of these patients are waiting longer than 12 months.

There are 7,614 patients waiting on

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