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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Sinn Fein TD for Waterford Deputy David Cullinane has written to An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outlining the importance of the North Quays development for Waterford and the South East. Deputy Cullinane welcomed the Taoiseach's comments yesterday that Waterford will not be left behind and said Government support for this development will be a clear test of this commitment.

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said:

"Today I have written to An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar commending him for an important speech on the future of Waterford and the South East he delivered yesterday. The Taoiseach hit all the right notes and highlighted the important issues facing our city and county.

"I pointed out to Mr Varadkar that Waterford received similar assurances before but was not given the tools and the resources to reach its potential. Government support for infrastructure projects such as the North Quays development

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Inland Fisheries Ireland has issued an appeal to farmers in Waterford to remain vigilant during the summer months when harvesting silage and spreading slurry to avoid water pollution and the loss of nutrients to water. There were 31 separate fish kills across the country last year, with eight of those directly attributable to agricultural activities.

The eight fish kills caused by agricultural practises in 2016 occurred in Meath (x 1), Kilkenny (x 1), Cork (x 3), Kerry (x 1), Sligo (x 1) and Galway (x 1). Fish killed in these incidents included brown trout, atlantic salmon, eel, stone loach and stickleback. In addition to the agricultural related kills, two fish kills were as a result of municipal works and one by industrial works. In four instances, the exact cause of the fish kill was difficult to ascertain while 16 incidents of

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

The number of Irish drivers who admit sending texts while driving is double that of the UK

Irish driving habits are compared to 13 countries globally in the latest Consumer Attitudes Survey commissioned by Aviva-

Four out of five (84%) Irish drivers admit to using electronic devices or consulting maps while driving compared to two thirds (66%) of drivers in the UK. When it comes to sending text messages while at the wheel, a quarter (26%) of Irish drivers admit to this offence, exactly double the number in the UK (13%). That’s according to recent research commissioned by Aviva which looked at driving habits across 13 countries around the world.

The research, which was carried out by IPSOS Mori on behalf of Aviva, found that drivers in Ireland compare badly with our neighbours in the UK with almost half (45%) of Irish drivers

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Cllr Pat Nugent, Mayor of Waterford City & County, officially opened the new-look Apple Market in the city on Friday, July 21, 2017 following a multi-million euro investment that has seen the historic trading area transformed to a contemporary urban quarter.

A €1.2m steel and glass canopy now covers the one-time market and opens the area which has a high concentration of bars, restaurants and nightlife for multiple uses such as concerts, festivals, street theatre, markets and outdoor screenings.

Located in one of the oldest areas of Ireland's oldest city, Waterford's AppleMarket is situated between the city's Viking and Norman walls.

The recently-completed public realm project has been spearheaded by Waterford City & County Council with support from the European Union's Regional Development Fund through the Southern Regional Assembly. The wider programme

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Una Dunphy of People Before Profit has condemned the 'corporate trick' to hike up bin charges.

From September, the Government plans to allow waste disposal companies to charge by weight. They claim this will increase the use of recycling facilities but the real reason is to increase private profits. The new charges have not been announced yet but they are only going one way, and that is up. The government compromise with Fianna Fáil will not stop the price hikes.

In a statement Ms Dunphy said:

Waste disposal is best achieved through local councils. We favour public collections paid for out of progressive taxation. This would be less costly, more efficient and better for the environment.

Privatisation has been a disaster. It has meant ever-increasing costs, with some companies increasing their charges on an annual basis. Last year the government lifted a ban on

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

On Tuesday 18th July Waterford Micro Business Network and Waterford Walls came together for a wonderful blend of business and art. The exciting event, The Art of Business, started in the Parlour Vintage Tearoom, with Sarah Jane Hatton, Visual Media & Event Management at Waterford Walls speaking about their success and how they are bringing vibrancy, colour, and beauty to the city. Walking shoes were required as Sarah Jane took MBN members on a guided art trail which was not only a source of inspiration but an opportunity for networking.

Waterford Walls has brought some much needed colour to Waterford and since its launch in 2015 it has rejuvenated the city. “The majority of funding we raise is due to the hard work of our team as well as the support of

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

An airport runway is not the typical place to find runners but for a brief time on Saturday September 16th, the runway at Waterford Airport will be teeming with precisely such people for The Dara Fitzpatrick Memorial Run. The run is a 5k run for charity on the runway used by Dara for ten years while based with Rescue 117 at Waterford Airport.

Many people in Waterford and the Southeast Region fondly remember Dara, so we couldn't think of a better way to honour her memory as well as doing something very positive for charity. Dara made a big impact on this community and we want to make sure her memory lives on. The two charities are Touching Hearts and South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association.

Speaking at the launch and opening of registration for the run, one of the event's organisers Ray

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Pieta Challenge Team conquer Kilimanjaro (with a washing machine on their back)WEEE Ireland and KMK Metals Recycling Ltd. have welcomed home Enda O'Doherty and The Pieta Challenge team following their successful climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro in aid of Pieta House. The group not only scaled the 5896-metre summit of Africa's highest peak, but did so carrying a washing machine on their back to stress the important message of sharing the load.

Ireland's largest electrical and battery recycling scheme along with close partner KMK Metals Recycling Ltd. supported Enda and the team in their challenge donating €2,000 in sponsorship, and will today take the well-travelled washing machine on its ‘final spin' to be recycled responsibly.

“WEEE Ireland and our partners KMK Metals Recycling Ltd. are proud to join forces again and support Enda and the team raise much needed funds and awareness for

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD for Waterford, said today that there has been a 57% rise in emergency ambulance calls since 2014, yet health services in the south east continue to be understaffed.

Deputy Cullinane said:

"Figures released to me by the HSE show that the number of serious ambulance responses in the south east has gone from 15,494 in 2014 to 24,290 in 2016.

"This is an increase of 8,796, or 24 a day in two years."

"The lack of funding to match the increased demand is reflected in the drop in response times.

"In 2014 around 61% of life-threatening calls had an ambulance at the scene within 19 minutes. In 2016 that figure was 56%.

"For serious, non-life threatening calls, the figure dropped from 62% to 54%.

"This is at a time when the HSE is pursuing a policy for University Hospital Waterford that does

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

The Waterford based Coast Guard Helicopter R117 has located and recovered two casualties from an overturned recreational vessel approximately 165 miles West SouthWest of Mizen Head, County Cork. The incident was co-ordinated by the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Centre in Valentia. The alarm was raised by the activation of an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon). The two casualties were successfully airlifted on board Rescue 117 earlier this afternoon and are being transferred to Tralee Hospital.

Speaking about the rescue Coast Guard's SAR Manager Gerard O'Flynn: “It highlights that if you can raise the alarm and stay afloat then you stand a very good chance of being rescued. I also want to compliment the Helicopter crew and Valentia on a very successful operation and thank the Air Corps for their support.”

It is believed the casualties had been trying to row across

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