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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government announced that he has given sanction for Waterford Leader Partnership Ltd. to approve funding of €200,000 to SMF Engineering Ltd. for the purchase of new machinery at Portlaw, Waterford under the business creation & development measure of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.

Announcing the funding Minister Hogan said:

"The capital investment with a total project cost of €420,000 will give SMF Engineering the capacity to improve productivity, increase turnover and profitability, protect existing jobs and create potential for increased employment.

The LEADER elements of the Programme offer many challenges and opportunities in terms of addressing the needs of improving the quality of life in rural areas and providing greater opportunities for farm diversification. It is focused on the development of micro-enterprises, rural services, rural recreation and rural tourism. It is

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

Blue plaque erected at Waterford Health Park to mark tie to Palace of Westminster architect

The Waterford Civic Trust has erected a new blue plaque at Waterford Health Park, the multi-disciplinary healthcare campus on Slievekeale Rd, Waterford.

For the last 23 years, Waterford Civic Trust has worked on the renewal and enhancement of Waterford's architectural heritage and seeks to promote civic pride. The Trust has installed numerous blue plaques in the city to commemorate ties between specific sites and historic events or famous people.

Unveiled by Cllr Jim D'Arcy, Mayor of Waterford at a ceremony also addressed by Gary Breen, Fáilte Ireland; Máire Henry, Waterford Civic Trust and Dr Mark Rowe, Waterford Health Park, the plaque celebrates the building's history and marks the fact the former Presentation Convent was designed by Augustus Welby Pugin, master of the Gothic revival and best known for

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

1600 jobs and 450 construction jobs to be created by Glanbia Ingredients Ireland in Government-supported investment at Belview

Taoiseach Enda Kenny unveiled details of Government support for Glanbia Ingredients Ireland Limited (GIIL) which the company announced will create over 1600 direct and indirect jobs and contribute an estimated €400 million pa to the economy - with particular benefit to farm families and rural communities. Through Enterprise Ireland, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation will part-fund the development of a world-class dairy facility in Belview, on the Kilkenny/Waterford border.

GIIL is Ireland's leading dairy ingredients company – processing 1.6 billion litres of milk or 30% of Ireland's milk pool into a range of dairy ingredients for export to more than 50 countries.  All produce from the

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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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    When the latest statistic that waiting times for patients had risen to their highest level yet, there can't have been too many people that were surprised.There are now over 700.000 people on waiting lists with over 50.000 of them children. That so many people are waiting for treatment in one of the most developed economies in the world is truly frightening. Of course you can take into account the underfunding of the health sector during the economic downturn but it still wouldn't fully explain why so ma …

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