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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Find Your Family History And Have Afternoon Tea!

As part of the Gathering, St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford are delighted to have Genealogist Ann Marie Coghlan who will be resident in the church during the afternoon teas over the summer months. Ann Marie will help people who are interested in finding out their family history in the area. This is a free service and is available to both locals and visitors. We will be serving our old fashioned afternoon teas for charity as well, so this will be a lovely opportunity for those searching out their roots. Ann Marie will be available from Sat 25th May and every Saturday in June. If you wish to contact Ann Marie she can be found on family&This email address is being protected from spambots.

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Fine Gael TD John Deasy says senior consultants at Ardkeen have questions to answer as to why, having spearheaded a public campaign for the retention of the South East Hospital Group, they dramatically changed tack mid-campaign and entered into negotiations that ultimately led to Waterford being linked to Cork University Hospital.

Last November, a week before they met with organisers of what became the ‘Save Waterford’ campaign, Waterford Today published a front-page story in which Deputy Deasy warned it was "time people began questioning the individuals who are responsible for representing WRH."

He did so having arranged meetings between specialists at Ardkeen, senior HSE officials, and government TDs from the region – only to find "the performance of these senior consultants was underwhelming to say the least.

"They are the ones who needed to make the argument based on medical best practice and

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

"I am deeply saddened by the announcement by Citi Bank that it is to close its Waterford office with the loss of 50 direct jobs. This is a very damaging blow to the employees and their families, and also to the wider local and regional economy" stated Cllr. Larry O’Brien, Cathaoirleach of the South-East Regional Authority, reacting to the announcement.

The Regional Authority Cathaoirleach said that these job losses will have a deep impact in Waterford and the South-East which has not yet come to terms with the many other redundancies in the last 2/3 years. In acknowledging recent job announcements such as at Nypro, Glanbia and FeedHenry, Cllr. O’Brien stated, "The closure of this office must be viewed in the context of the South-East Region’s loss of a significant number of jobs in recent times and the ongoing very poor

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Following news that the number of measures against dangerous products rose to 2,278 in 2012, Phil Prendergast MEP has welcomed the growing enforcement and commitment to consumer safety in the EU.

"The 26% rise in consumer alerts demonstrates a growing commitment to consumer safety right across the EU member states. This should be very reassuring to consumers of textile items and toys in particular.

"The EU is now working bilaterally with China to improve manufacturing quality and provide further safety for consumer goods.

"It is good to know that the EU is tackling consumer issues head on, and cementing protection procedures, demonstrating stronger results with each passing year."

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Waterford City Enterprise Board’s 'Fresh Start' seminar at the Tower Hotel last Thursday attracted a large and enthusiastic audience of budding entrepreneurs. Over 90 attendees listened to start up advice from Mary Doherty of Granny Maddox and Sean Egan of Sean Egan Artglass, and information on how to best develop an ideain to a business from Liam Murphy of the Department of Social Protect and Ciaran Cullen CEO of Waterford City Enterprise Board.

An inspiring, enlightening and uplifting hour was provided by entrepreneur Sean Gallagher. Anecdotes, advice and encouragement was the theme of his talk, explaining that positivity and hard work is essential to success. "surround yourself with like-minded positive people, and avoid those who will bring negative elements into your life", said the former Dragon.

Following a morning of

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

Gala night with the Greeley Chorale from Colorado for the benefit of patients in Waterford Regional Hospital

The Waterford Healing Arts Trust is delighted to announce details of a once-off gala night featuring the Greeley Chorale from Colorado in aid of the work of the Trust on Tuesday 4th June at 8pm in the Theatre Royal, Waterford.

Founded in 1964, the Chorale's repertoire ranges from the traditional major choral works of the great composers to the spirituals, folk songs and Broadway music of America. The mission of the Chorale is to provide quality choral music for the enjoyment, cultural enrichment and education of the community and to further the talents and musical growth of its individual members.

The Chorale's director, Dr. Galen Darrough is Director of Choral Activities at the University

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

May 16th - Cloud Computing

Following on from a wildly successful event last April, Sun Life Financial is delighted to announce that it is once again teaming up with the Technology Cluster South East (TCSE) to sponsor its second South East Tech Brew.

The South East Tech Brew is an exciting opportunity to hear from experts and practitioners about topics important to the technology community. The next event focuses on Cloud Computing. It is a free event and will be held in the Kazbar on May 16 at 7 pm.

John McAuliffe, co-founder of South East Tech Brew is particularly enthused about the May event. "We are delighted to be able give people the opportunity to hear from a diverse range of companies who are getting the most out of Cloud Computing. Our speakers will offer an insight into how companies of all

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

Challenge set at ‘Building a Tourism Economy’ Conference for Waterford City

Waterford Chamber recently hosted a brand new conference entitled ‘Building a Tourism Economy’ at Dooley’s Hotel in the city. The conference hosted eight speakers with the conference opening from Redmond O’Donoghue Chairman of Failte Ireland.

Commenting on the conference turn out at the conference President of Waterford Chamber, Orm Kenny said, "We are delighted with the number of interested parties attending the conference today and inparticular the number of people very engaged in the questions and answer sessions. A vibrant tourism economy in Waterford means more opportunities for awide range of businesses through increased demand in retail, services and other sectors."

Speaking at the conference Richard Guiney CEO of Dublin City BID, the organisation charged with the promotion of Dublin city

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

Residents in Waterford will be annoyed to hear that they could be hit with a 15% increase in the property tax as early as next year, after the local elections, according Waterford Fianna Fáil Cllr Gary Wyse.

Cllr Wyse has said it was widely understood in the minds of the public that both the house valuation and the rate of tax to be paid would be fixed for three years. However, the Revenue Commissioners have confirmed that Fine Gael and Labour have put in a provision for local authorities to raise the tax by between €60 and €75 on an average home in Waterford.

A property valued between €200,000 - €250,000 will pay €405 in tax in 2014 which could increase to €466 in 2015 while the tax on a property valued between €250,000 - €300,000 could increase from €495 to almost

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

At Kilcash Wood, Clonmel, Tipperary.

Meet Sunday 26th May at 1.30pm in Kilcash Village Family day with Poetry, Music and readings by local artists, musician’s activists & others.

The Irish government is giving away our natural resources. Oil and Gas exploration licences have been handed out to big multi nationals under terms that mean the Irish people do not gain jobs, a revenue stream or security of supply. Practices with serious environmental consequences, such as fracking, are not ruled out under law.

The harvesting rights to our forests are under threat of being sold off to the highest bidder.

This threatens access rights of the Irish people to walk in our forests and endangers the sustainability of our woodlands as they will be exploited for quick sale of timber.

Our water is about to be privatised. The first move has been to transfer the administration

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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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