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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock has paid tribute to WIT’s role in the promotion of Maths across Ireland. , Minister Sherlock said "Maths Week Ireland has now grown to be the biggest festival of its kind in the world, and this is in no small part to the tremendous work of Eoin Gill and Sheila Donegan of Calmast at Waterford Institute of Technology. Maths Week is very important to Ireland, and developing mathematical literacy is crucial in the everyday life of our citizens". Maths Week Ireland is the biggest event of its kind in the world and was founded by and is run from Waterford Institute of Technology. Maths Week Ireland is a partnership of over 50 IoTs universities and other groups around the island of Ireland.

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Independent TD for Waterford Deputy John Halligan has proposed a scheme to allow start-up companies take over vacant IDA-leased properties that are currently costing the taxpayer over €2.5 million per year with no return whatsoever.

Speaking in the Dail during Leaders' Questions last (Wednesday) morning, Deputy Halligan noted that an IDA cluster unit in Waterford lying idle for the past 15 years still had another €1 million payable in rent before the lease expires.

"At present the IDA has six unoccupied leased properties in Waterford city, at the Johnstown Industrial Estate; one has been vacant since 1998, two since 1999, two since 2000 and one since 2001. The total outstanding balance payable on these leases to the end of their terms is approximately €1 million and that's not including the local authority rates due on the buildings.

"Over half of the commercial leases

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Waterford senior citizens in receipt of a British state pension are being urged by Deputy John Deasy to "act immediately" to claim a winter fuel allowance worth up to €350 a year from the UK government.

It follows a landmark European Court of Justice ruling that pensioners who lived or worked in the UK, but are now permanently resident in Ireland (or other EU countries), are entitled to an annual fuel payment if they didn't claim it while based in Britain.

The Irish Department of Social and Family Affairs estimates that 131,000 people resident in the Republic get some level of state pension from the British Government. Among them are UK expats who have moved here, but a large number are Irish natives who lived or worked across the water for many years.

Deputy Deasy raised the matter with the Secretary General of

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Bluebird Care Carlow/Kilkenny & Waterford Awarded EIQA Standard

"Operating in an unregulated marketplace, it is important that homecare providers implement quality assurance systems of the highest standard. Bluebird Care has set an example to other homecare providers on how best practice can prevail in an unregulated marketplace. In fact, they could be the first franchised homecare provider in Ireland to have full Q Mark accreditation across all offices."

Irene Collins, Managing Director of Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA), Ireland's quality assurance certification body, was speaking at the presentation of the Q Mark to five Bluebird Care Ireland franchises.

Among them was local Bluebird Care office and Director Brian Egan says, "We are committed to the highest standards in the homecare industry in the absence of regulation." Eddie O'Toole, Operations Director with Bluebird

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Aidan Cross from Tipperary was one of the eight athletes who represented Ireland in Floorball at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea from 26th January to 6th February 2013. These were the 10th Special Olympics World Winter Games but the first at which Ireland was represented by a team of athletes in Floorball, which is similar to indoor hockey.

Aidan has been involved with Special Olympics for the past 14 years. In 2006 Aidan competed at the Special Olympics Ireland Games in Belfast where he won a gold medal in basketball. 

This isn't the first time that Aidan has represented Ireland on the international sporting stage. He was a member of Team Ireland at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in North Carolina in 1999.

Aidan has been part of the kitchen team in Dooley's Hotel for over

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Tuesday, 12th March 2013

The finishing touches are being put to the 2013 Parade in Waterford City. With over 50 entries it is definitely one to come out and see. The parade officially starts at 1.00p.m. and the City of Waterford Brass Band will lead the Colour Party who will be carrying the tricolour on the day. The city’s other bands including the Barrack Street Concert Band, the De La Salle Scout Pipe Band and TF Meagher Fife and Drum Band will also be adding to the festivities with their performances along the parade route.

With this year’s theme of ‘Waterford Roots & Spirit reach far and wide’ expect to see many entries celebrating where Waterford people have travelled to all over the world. This year Fadó will participate by walking the

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Tuesday, 12th March 2013

Genzyme, a Sanofi company who employ 550 people at their biotechnology campus in Waterford, have been named as one of Ireland’s 10 best large workplaces.

The company received the recognition from Great Place to Work Ireland at the 11th annual Best Workplace Awards attended by Lucinda Creighton, TD, Minister for European Affairs, in Dublin last night (Thurs, March 7).

The Great Place to Work Team at Genzyme Waterford also won a specific award as the best such workplace team in the country. In addition, Pat O’Sullivan, General Manager, Genzyme Waterford, was named at the awards among the top four most trusted business leaders in Ireland, as judged by the workplace teams they lead.

The awards are designed to recognise employers that enjoy a high level of workplace trust. Published in The Irish

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Tuesday, 12th March 2013

Eishtec, the Waterford City based customer contact solutions provider held a Jobs Fair in the Theatre Royal in Waterford on Monday March 11th and Tuesday 12th.

Heather Reynolds, co-founder, explained the reason for the event: “Increased levels of business mean we will be increasing our staff by approximately 100 permanent customer contact providers this year and instead of the traditional methods of recruitment we decided that a Jobs Fair would be an innovative way to expand our talent pool and facilitate this growth.

"Being a Waterford company we are delighted to give some good news to our home city in these difficult times. As with our recent expansion in Wexford, we will commence the recruitment immediately and wish to thank Waterford Chamber Skillnet, Outsourcing Skillnet and CCMA Skillnet for all their assistance supporting our recruitment process", Ms. Reynolds said.

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Tuesday, 12th March 2013

Have you heard about the NEW fat-freezing treatment available at Therapie Clinic, Barronstrand Street, Waterford? TV3's Xpose seems to have heard all about it, trying the treatment and featuring it on their show this evening, Wednesday, 13th March, so make sure you tune in!

The treatment in question is the fat-freezing, Cooltec treatment. It's non-invasive and works by freezing and breaking down fat cells which are then naturally eliminated by the body. This has been deemed the non-surgical tummy tuck.

Belly fat, back fat, abdominal fat, and/or stubborn fat on the thighs, hips or buttocks can be reduced by up to 40% after just 1 treatment. Cooltec is particularly effective at shaping and contouring the waist, giving a lean, toned, sexy curve to the body. Results can be seen in as little as 15 days after treatment and the fat cell reduction

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Tuesday, 12th March 2013

Number of cancelled day-case and in-patient operations falls at WRH by 83% - Coffey

Fine Gael Waterford Deputy, Paudie Coffey, has welcomed news that the number of cancelled day-case and in-patient operations have fallen at Waterford Regional Hospital (WRH) by 83%. This is the highest fall of any hospital in the State and is a clear indication of the structural changes that are taking place in the reform of the health system.

"The number of cancelled day-case and in-patient operations has fallen at WRH by a staggering 83% in just 2 years; from 520 in 2010, to 91 for 2012. There has been a substantial reduction in the number of cancelled operations since the establishment of the Special Delivery Unit by this Government just over 20 months ago.

"The health service at its peak cost just under e15 billion to run annually, by

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    Celtic BounceThat our economy has steadily been getting better in the last number of years is something that won't be lost on most people. In fact things were so bad for so long at one period that there was no other way but up. Things are getting better but the questions have to be how much better and for whom? That there has been a bounce in our economy was witnessed by the better than average trading figures for the Christmas and New Year period. People did have more money to spend and they went ahe …

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