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Wednesday, 18th July 2018

Eighteen young people from ChillOUT, Waterford recently travelled with four volunteers and two youth workers to attend the launch of the LGBTI+ youth strategy in meeting house square Dublin on Friday the 29th of June, they heard from Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Catherine Zappone and independent chair of the development committee Una Mullally.

This three year strategy sets out to change what it means to grow up LGBTI+ in Ireland. The development of this strategy included online consultations and regional events to hear young people's voices about what they need, the South East regional consultation was held in the Manor Youth Cafe in May 2017. Debbie the youth worker with the Waterford group also attended the stakeholders consultation event.

ChillOUT is Waterford's LGBTI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and

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Wednesday, 18th July 2018

The death of a 27 year old musician following an assault in Waterford City Centre has resulted in the Garda upgrading their investigation to murder.

Damien O'Brien, a member of the local indie/rock band Chimpanbee received a number of serious head injuries at the junction of the Manor/John Street around 3 a.m. on Saturday, July 7.

He was moved to University Hospital Waterford and then transferred to Cork University Hospital where he died on Friday last.

A native of Kilmacow, he leaves behind his mother Kathleen; sisters Claire and Sandra; brothers Derek and Chris and girlfriend Catherine. He was predeceased by his father Chris.

Tributes poured in on social media to Damien who was described as "gentleman", as well as a "musical genius, with a pitch perfect ear."

Paddy Casey, who played a gig last Saturday night at the Churchyard Sessions in Bailey's New Street,

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Wednesday, 18th July 2018

Following the misfortunate incident in June where over €6000 worth of equipment and paint was stolen from their premises, the Waterford Walls team continue with their efforts to replace this equipment to get ready for their festival coming in August (17th-26th).

On Thursday, July 19th, they are holding their next fundraiser event. This is a quirky and interesting guided cycle art trail of the Waterford Walls artwork on the Waterford Greenway.

The journey starts at Kilmacthomas at 5pm where you bring your own bike or you can hire a bike at the Greenway bike hire shop.

A Waterford Walls guide will bring you to see 4 pieces of artwork done by our artists and give you some interesting information on both the artists and the motivation behind the pieces.

A bus then collects the

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Wednesday, 18th July 2018

Labour Local area rep Brendan Byrne has welcomed the publication by the Labour Party of radical new proposals for Ireland that would deliver affordable housing for all, including a commitment to build 80,000 homes over 5 years and bring in a new deal for renters.

Speaking about the plan Labour Area Rep said: "The policies driven by FG and FF have not worked, and the private housing market has failed to deliver enough homes. The only way to build enough affordable housing for the people of Waterford City snd County is through State-led action.

"Our proposal for a National Housing Development Bank, with Housing Executives based in local government, shows how this can be delivered. Labour would commit €16 billion for the development of 80,000 units over five years, estimating an average cost of €200,000 per home, built on the hundreds of

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Wednesday, 18th July 2018

Waterford GAA County Board strongly refutes comments made by former Minister Martin Cullen in an interview broadcast on WLRfm on Tuesday July 3rd.

Mr. Cullen claimed in the interview that he never met the Waterford County Board. However, the fact is that in January 2006 representatives of the Waterford County Board including the Chairman Pat Flynn met with Martin Cullen regarding the Board's application for Sports Capital Funding for Walsh Park.

Matching funding was also sought from the GAA centrally and the Munster Council and the Board never looked for or would expect 100% funding for a project as claimed by Martin Cullen.

At a meeting in June 2006 Martin Cullen informed the County Board Chairman that there were two major applications for Sports Capital Funding from Waterford in the Department and the Government would only fund one project namely WIT and not

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is to play a central role in the digital transformation of the agri-food sector in Europe.

EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan launched (subject to grant agreement) the first of nine regional clusters which will act as a one-stop-shop for two million farmers across the EU and the agri-food industry to access agri tech research and supports.

The €20m SmartAgriHubs project aims to build a pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and Centres of Competence in all 28 European Member States co-ordinated through nine regional clusters. The SmartAgriHubs project is a new way for farmers, advisors and agtech SMES to engage with research centres and research-active higher education institutions. As part of the project 80 new solutions will be introduced into the market. €6m has been set aside for open calls during the

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

A new learning centre which provides education and training facilities for Bausch & Lomb's 1,300 employees in Waterford has been officially opened by Professor John Nolan of Waterford Institute of Technology. The centre was provided as part of a major extension to the facility which was last year.

Professor Nolan and his colleague, Dr Marina Green, are currently completing an exciting new study investigating possible links between nutrition, eye health and cognitive functions with 70 volunteers who are employees of Bausch & Lomb.

Declaring the centre officially open, Professor Nolan said the co-operation between WIT and Bausch & Lomb goes back many years:

"The collaboration has been mutually beneficial and it is my hope that it will deepen and grow as there is considerable potential to be explored," said Professor Nolan,

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

After five short years in business, Waterford based event management company EveryEvent have been nominated for not one, but two national Event Industry Awards! While you may not be familiar with the company, you have certainly experienced their work, if you've attended any large scale events in Waterford City or beyond over the past five years. EveryEvent have been the team behind the Waterford Harvest Festival for the past three years, as well as the Waterford City St. Patrick's Day Parade and have been the production company and light-show producers for the Winterval Festival for the past four years.

EveryEvent have worked all around Ireland for various clients including Google, Facebook, Dropbox, Sanofi, Waterford & Dungarvan Chambers of Commerce, The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens, Beat, WlrFM, Dublin Pride, The

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Last week saw the Garda community engagement forum take place in the Ferrybank Parish Hall. The Chief Superintendent, Superintendent, detectives and local Gardai were all in attendance. Various local residents along with representatives of the Ferrybank Tidy Towns, Traders Association, Residents Association and local Councillors all attended and contributed.

Speaking after the event local Councillor Eamon Quinlan said "A strong contribution I wanted to make at the meeting was the level of vandalism caused by anti-social behaviour in the area. I know firsthand of families under constant intimidation along with local community facilities being constantly damaged. The silver bullet here for me was the increase in the Garda Station in Rockenham's resources to produce a 24 hour service. Such a presence in the heart of Ferrybank would increase response times, allow anonymous reporting to community based Gardai and negate several crimes

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Award winning chef Dermot Gannon is behind new cooking course, 'Modern Skills for Modern Chefs' at the School of Food (SOF), Kilkenny. SOF, in the heart of Thomastown offers Professional Chef Training, Community Food Training, Incubation Kitchen Facility, Community Garden where locals can volunteer Horticulture and Garden Training, and Lifestyle Classes. SOF first started in 2015 with a primary vison in the community, food and education of Kilkenny.

Industry experts Dermot Gannon, along with Janine Kennedy are course tutors for the new Introductory Commis Chef Programme entitled 'Modern Skills for Modern Chefs' this coming September at the School of Food.

This hands-on,11-week course will take place at the School of Food, Thomastown from Monday to Friday. Students will gain valuable industry experience through their selective work placement program, which will be ongoing throughout the course. This experience will include special dining events,

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    Rush to CriticismThere are not many people who at this stage have not heard about the Cash family and what happened to them. The mother and six of her children had to seek accommodation in the Tallaght Garda Station last week as they had absolutely nowhere to turn to. It led to an outcry as pictures of the young children sleeping on seats were posted to social media by the mother.Understandably there were a lot of people who were saddened to see that in this day and age that a family had to resor …

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