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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

On Thursday, 25th April, independent garden centres across Ireland left their businesses & headed out to surprise locations in their communities to give away over 12,000 Irish grown plants. The aim? To Spread a Little Happiness across the nation. Twenty four garden centres took part in this initiative to cheer up the nation & rekindle a love of gardening. To ensure the greatest chances of success, recipients were invited to join a community Facebook page, giving weekly care tips to get the most from their free gift

"The weather this Spring was atrocious" says John McGuire of McGuire's Plantsplus Garden Centre, Woodstown. "For experienced & beginner gardeners alike, the last three years have been extremely challenging. People couldn't be blamed for giving up on veg patches & hanging baskets as they simply haven't performed". McGuires Plantsplus & Independent garden centres across

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

The Government must wake up to the threat to Post Offices in Waterford City and County, the Annual Conference of the Irish Postmasters' Union was told by Waterford Postmaster Sean Martin at the weekend.

Mr. Martin, who is a Postmaster in Tramore and is Treasurer of the IPU, told the delegates to the conference in Fitzpatrick's Hotel, Killiney, Co. Dublin, that the future of hundreds of Post Offices nationally, and a number in Waterford, were in the balance due to the fact that the social welfare payments contract is being internationally tendered.

"We understand that there is a very good chance that in the short term An Post will retain the contract but a second tender is to be issued in June that could result in a major transfer of the social welfare payment system to an electronic form," he said.

"We are

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

What do LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Amazon and Waterford's Casey Games have in common? They will all be speaking at the world's largest conference for entrepreneurs in the U.S. on May 17th and18th.

Jordan Casey is the 13 year old Waterford student who rose to fame last year as the youngest person in Europe to develop an app for sale on the Apple App Store.

Following a year of worldwide seminars, conferences, innovation awards and four further successful game launches Jordan has been invited to speak at the prestigious 20th Annual TiEcon conference, to be held in Santa Clara, California. Jordan is the youngest entrepreneur ever to speak at the Conference and will address the 4,000 delegates on the topic, "Things I learned the hard way as

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

May will be a busy month if you're over 50 in Waterford City as the city launches its consultation on The Age Friendly City Programme .The programme will start with its first consultation with older people in the Ballybeg area on 8th May and then cover all areas of the city in the proceeding 3 weeks. The first consultation in the Ballybeg area on 8th May will kick-start a city wide consultation and establish “How friendly is Waterford City? and explore “How can we make Waterford City more age friendly?.

The findings of the consultation will form the basis for the Waterford Age Friendly City Strategy due to be launched in the Autumn. The programme is being led by Waterford's Age Friendly City Alliance which includes HSE, the Garda Siochana, Local Authority, Sports Partnership, and Waterford Area Partnership, Community and Voluntary

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Innovative Irish Company develops profitable niche within the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences sector

A Waterford-based Pharmaceutical Stability Storage business has recently been launched, leading to 10 new jobs for the region.

Q1 Scientific, led by CEO Louise Grubb, is the first company in Ireland to specialise in the provision of a Stability Storage and Sample Management service that meets the highest-international standards, as required by the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Life Sciences industries.

Stability storage is an essential regulatory requirement for both R&D and finished products within the sector and the new Waterford-based enterprise has identified a profitable niche that allows companies, which traditionally carried out such functions in-house, to outsource services in a secure, regulated and cost-effective manner.

Speaking at the company's launch where Minister for State John Perry T.D. was in

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Waterford City Centre Business Group opens for membership and launches its City Centre Development Brief

Waterford City Centre Business Group (WCCBG) will open for membership and launch its City Centre Development Briefing Document, for all City Centre businesses on Wednesday 1st May, at 18:00 to 19:00, in the Granville Hotel.

All City Centre businesses are invited to attend, join and be briefed by the working group on their thoughts and ideas on how to revitalise the City Centre's retail and entertainment quarters.

In addition attendees will hear first hand the results of the recent City Centre business survey which will highlight business concerns and issues, as well as suggesting positive and creative ideas on how to drive footfall back into the heart of Waterford City.

Eddie Mulligan spokesperson for WCCBG commented, "The WCCBG have made huge strides in the last few weeks and all

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Welfare payments for part-time fire-fighters to be put on statutory footing

Sinn Féin Councillor Pat Fitzgerald has welcomed a guarantee from Minister Burton this week that welfare payments for retained (part-time) fire-fighters will be put on a statutory footing in the forthcoming social protection legislation rather than the ad hoc way in which it is currently managed.

Sinn Féin had raised the concerns of the fire fighters both nationally and locally, pointing out the fact that more and more retained fire-fighters were being denied welfare payments for days not on duty, making it impossible for these emergency workers to remain in the service.

The bigger cities of Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Galway have full time firemen, but the majority of fire-fighters in the state are part time and operate from rural fire stations. The salary they receive from the fire service tends to

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Labour TD for Carlow Kilkenny, Deputy Ann Phelan has welcomed the clarification by the HSE of the eligibility for Medical and GP Cards, and the criteria needed to maintain them.

Such cards are issued to people based on their financial circumstances. This entitlement is reviewed after a number of years. Three months before that renew date comes up, the HSE ask the holders to verify that they are still eligible to hold such a card and that they are still entitled to it. To do this, they must produce evidence of their up-to-date financial circumstances. This three month period allows card holders time to produce the necessary documents to show their continued entitlement. If these forms are not received by the HSE, then they say that the eligibility cannot be assessed and therefore the card cannot be re-issued.

Those who do have

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Waterford Philosophical Society present a Stand Alone Lecture - To the Lighthouse: Virginia Woolf and the Poetic Novel as part of their One Topic, One Night series, first Monday of the month, May 6th at 7.30pm at Waterford Cheshire, John's Hill, Waterford.

This lecture will examine Woolf's place within modernist literature by analysing central thematic issues in To the Lighthouse. Using Woolf's diaries and essays as contextual material, we will evaluate her contribution t our contemporary ideas about time, consciousness and the role of poetry within fictional narrative.

No prior knowledge of philosophy is required. For further information, please visit our Facebook page (Philosophia Waterford), email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak6b6041128d8098a2aad1a6dc1ed6c53a').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '=';

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Statement by Bishop William Lee on "Review of Safeguarding Practice in the diocese of Waterford and Lismore"

"On behalf of the diocese of Waterford and Lismore I welcome this thorough review on safeguarding practice which was conducted by Mr Ian Elliott and the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.

In the wake of this review I again offer my sincere apologies to all who have suffered as a result of abuse by Church personnel.  To the survivors of child abuse, I wish to say that our thoughts and prayers are with you today.  No words of apology or any gesture of repentance or sorrow can ever make up for the enormous damage you have suffered. I am truly sorry for what happened to you and I pray that the

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