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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Access I.T. Ltd is once more running their very popular Easter kids Club, Tuesday 2nd April to Friday 5th April 2013 •37.50. Ages 7 years to 14 years. Course content includes Internet use, Microsoft Home Publishing, Microsoft Paint, Make & Do, Fun Time & Movie Maker. Some spaces are also still available in our Evening ECDL starting after Easter. For further information on these course or any other computer training course that may be of interest to you please contact us at : 051-590873, email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak303aa56919b66b3888b38f916a0743c7').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy303aa56919b66b3888b38f916a0743c7 = 'maeve' + '@'; addy303aa56919b66b3888b38f916a0743c7 = addy303aa56919b66b3888b38f916a0743c7 + 'accessitltd' + '.' + 'ie'; var addy_text303aa56919b66b3888b38f916a0743c7 = 'maeve'

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Sinn Féin Cllr John Hearne has welcomed clarification Minister Joan Burton that retained fire-fighters are entitled to social welfare payments when they are not working in other employment.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh raised the issue in the Dáil today. Speaking afterwards he said;

"I welcome the clarification from the minister today of the entitlement of retained fire-fighters to social welfare payments where they are not working in another employment.

"I submitted this topical issue because it has been brought to my attention that there are a number of retained fire-fighters in the state who, although seeking other employment, are being refused social welfare payments.

"These men and women want to play their role in protecting and helping their communities but are struggling financially as a result of this refusal.

"We look forward to payment being granted to those who are struggling against the system and who

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

The I.S.P.C.C. in Waterford are now recruiting for volunteers for the Childine Listening Phone service. Interested members of the public are invited to attend one of the upcoming ISPCC Volunteer Group Information & Interview Meetings . These take place on Tuesday the 2nd of April or on Monday the 8th April at 6.30 pm at our ISPCC Office,Unit 4F, Cleaboy Business Park, Old Kilmeaden Road. To confirm your attendance at one of these meeting and to request application form please contact Sinead on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak85a6827f3d82d0e669b2b39ed8152a0c').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy85a6827f3d82d0e669b2b39ed8152a0c = 'smckee' + '@'; addy85a6827f3d82d0e669b2b39ed8152a0c = addy85a6827f3d82d0e669b2b39ed8152a0c + 'ispcc' + '.' + 'ie'; var addy_text85a6827f3d82d0e669b2b39ed8152a0c = 'smckee' + '@'

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

To launch the new BA (Hons) Social Science, the School of Humanities at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is hosting an information evening on Thursday, 21 March at 7.00pm in the Auditorium on WIT’s Main Campus.

The information evening is ideally suited to all sixth year students, parents, teachers and adult learners who are interested in careers in the social sciences.

This exciting new honours degree programme provides students with the opportunity to analyse critically contemporary Irish society, engage in debate about important social issues and prepare them for a range of careers opportunities. The programme draws on core social science disciplines such as; Social Policy, Sociology, Psychology, Economic, Politics and Social Research.

The course begins in September 2013 and applications are made in the usual way through the CAO at http://www.cao.ie .

Dr. Michael Howlett, Head of the Department of Applied

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

DFDS Logistics are delighted to announce the launch of a twice weekly container rail service from Waterford Port to Ballina which commenced on the 4th March 2013. As the pioneers of containerised rail freight in Ireland, DFDS now feel that the time is right to re-introduce this intermodal service to its customers.

The new service will benefit customers in the west and north west of Ireland in particular, providing them with a cost effective alternative when compared with a road based shipping option. Coupled with this, the customer also reduces their carbon footprint.

The train timetable is optimised to meet the DFDS sailing schedules from Waterford Port to Rotterdam, which allows for onward delivery into Europe. Customers can now load in the west of Ireland on Tuesday morning and deliver in Holland on Thursday pm/Friday am. Rotterdam also provides access to DFDS

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Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Tramore Area Meeting

The Tramore Area Community Forum will hold an informational community meeting for all Community & Voluntary Groups in the Tramore Electoral Area on

Wednesday 27th March 2013 @ 8 pm in Majestic Hotel Tramore.

All registered and non-registered community and voluntary groups are invited to attend this important meeting.

The County Waterford Community Forum Area Meetings offer local community groups an opportunity to communicate issues, concerns, and share innovative ideas about the development of their community. The information gathered at Area Meetings is important as it is directly communicated back to Waterford County Council. The input you provide on the night is integral to local policy and strategic development of Co. Waterford.

We ask you and your group to attend to provide feedback on issues you may have in the following areas:

- Environment & Planning

- Housing Corporate & Emergency Services

- Transport &

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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.

The

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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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