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Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

Labour TD Ciara Conway is hitting back at comments from Minister Varadker regarding insolvency rules suggesting that women would have to give up their jobs if they earned less than their child care expenses.

"The Minister has since clarified his poorly chosen comments, but the damage is done, as it has sparked concern.

"The new personal insolvency guidelines have yet to be published, and we have a commitment from the Taoiseach saying that they will not contain a provision that would see mothers having to give up their jobs if the cost of childcare means that work is unprofitable.

"It’s already very difficult for women in the workplace, and any moves to penalise working parents have to be rejected outright.

"Childcare is usually a temporary cost – often needed most when children are very young, in the pre-school stage.

"It might have been more helpful

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Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

It may not feel like it, but summer is just around the corner so it’s time to take a closer look at the spring summer collections to ensure you get that wow look for every occasion. Free help and advice is on hand in City Square Shopping Centre with three style workshops with Katherine Cahill from Prima Models on Saturday April 6th. The workshops start at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm and will each last approximately 25 minutes. They will take place in the unit beside the lift at the bottom of the stairs. Limited seating will be available and petit fours from Amandine Bakery to appease those guilty pleasures! Plus a great competition on the mall and everyone who attends the workshops will be entered into a raffle.

What to expect?

Katherine will take a closer look at the outfits and offer

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Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

The Estate' – Tv3'S Powerful Fly On The Wall Documentary On Ballybeg Housing Esate, Waterford

The Estate airs from Monday 8th April 2013 at 9pm on TV3

Join us as real life unfolds across this brand new three-part rollercoaster series on TV3. Produced for TV3 by Motive Television, this ambitious, observational documentary is located in Ballybeg, a sprawling housing estate on the outskirts of Waterford City with a tough reputation.

Filmed over a year, cameras go behind closed doors and watch as residents live out their everyday lives, coping with the gritty reality of life's twists and turns, the moments of triumph and despair, yet still looking beyond the boundaries of the estate and seeking out opportunities that might bring a brighter future.

We meet Shauna (21), a young single Mum of one, who is struggling to pay the bills. Having missed out on

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Tuesday, 2nd April 2013

Waterford based company "Training For Success" at the forefront of delivering effective Train the Trainer Awards

Frances Roche, Managing Director, Training for Success

As one of the first companies in Ireland to be validated by QQI (FETAC) through their new Common Award System, Training For Success (TFS) is once again at the forefront delivering effective training to those who would like to become an Outstanding Trainer with the highly sought after FETAC Level 6 Training & Development Special Purpose Award which attracts 30 Credits.

To be approved by FETAC at this early stage is a testament to TFS's successful training programmes which are written by experienced, energetic trainers who wish to pass on their years of skill and expertise to those who wish to pursue or further a career in

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Wednesday, 27th March 2013

Members or the Waterford CAHWT (Campaign Against Household Water Tax) staged a sit in at the Revenue offices in the Glen on Friday 22nd of March in protest at the introduction of the new property tax, which is being passed to the revenue for implementation from July under the legislation published in last year’s budget.

The CAHWT protesters are appealing to workers within Revenue to support their families, friends, neighbours, and fellow citizens by refusing to do the job of tax collector by collecting the regressive tax in July. Revenue workers should ask for support from their unions in downing tools when they are asked to process the taxing of the poor and struggling middle class, many of whom are not even working at the moment.

"Our protest

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Wednesday, 27th March 2013

Cllr. Jim Darcy Mayor of Waterford honored the young boys and girls from the local schools at a reception in the Mayoral Office on Daffodil Day 2013. The young people had planned to set up as Garden of Hope in the City Park to remember all those who had passed away from Cancer in the last year.

Regretfully the weather prevented this and as the Mayor had planned to participate in this event he did not wish to leave the day pass without bringing the message of hope to all sufferers.

He was sincerely thanked for this and those who attended were more than thrilled to meet our Mayor. It also brings home the message that each & every family is affected and helps them to understand the importance

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Wednesday, 27th March 2013

The Theatre Royal plans to develop programmes and initiatives tailored to the tourist market in the summer months in conjunction with its partners in the newly regenerated Viking Triangle, and thus be in a position to become an all year round operation. In the meantime the Theatre Royal will continue with its long held practice of not programming the stage for the months of July and August.

The venue, however, will be open to the public for theatre tours, the Café Royal and the display of the Municipal Art Collection.

The theatre has a full programme of events as advertised between now and the middle of June and a full Autumn/Winter season is being scheduled.

In response to stories in the local media the theatre wants to make clear that the decision not to programme the stage for an eight week period regretfully

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Wednesday, 27th March 2013

The National Museum of Ireland is pleased to announce the acquisition of an important mid-15th century copper alloy altar cross from Co Waterford.

The National Museum of Ireland is very grateful to the Madden family for their generous donation of the cross on behalf of their late mother, Mrs. Bridget Madden (née Kelly) of Ferrybank, Waterford.

The cross had been in the possession of Mrs Madden’s family for several generations, probably at Carbally, near Dunmore East, Co Waterford.

The exact provenance of the cross is unknown. It may have been used in a local parish church or monastery. It is one of about a dozen later medieval period altar crosses known from Ireland. Such crosses were made in England in the 15th and 16th centuries and are found throughout western

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Wednesday, 27th March 2013

Tramore Scouts 8th are organising a family Easter Egg Hunt at Newtown Cove Woods, Tramore on Saturday 30th March from 11.00am until 3.00pm.

Egg Hunting will start every half hour from 11.00am and there will be an egg for each child taking part. All children under ten are invited to take part but must be supervised by an adult on the day. The hunt costs €4 per child or €10 for 3 children.

There will also be a colouring competition, face painting, tea and coffee available on the day.

The eggs are sponsored by Quish’s, Tramore and Cadburys and the hunt is a fundraiser for Tramore Scout 8th who are celebrating 80 years in Tramore.

For more information about Tramore Scouts 8th and for updates on the Egg Hunt look for Tramore Scouts 8th on Facebook.

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Wednesday, 27th March 2013

Waterford Fianna Fáil Cllr Gary Wyse has revealed that over 100 people with severe disabilities in Co Waterford will see a 20% cut in State supports from July.

According to new figures obtained by Fianna Fáil, 128 people with disabilities in Co Waterford will see a dramatic reduction in their income from July, following the Government’s decision last month to axe the Mobility Allowance.

Cllr Wyse described it as a 'savage cut’ that will have an enormous impact on people with disabilities and their families.

"From July, 128 people in Co Waterford who have severe disabilities will suddenly see a 20% drop in their income. The Government has ripped the scheme from them without warning, without consultation and without any consideration of the enormous impact it will have on their lives," said Cllr Wyse.

"Fine Gael’s justification for axing the mobility allowance is that

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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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