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Wednesday, 10th January 2018

"May we take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very happy new year and express our gratitude to all our volunteers, the media and to the public for your outstanding help, enthusiasm and support in 2017" said Hon Fundraising Chairman Kevin O’Morchoe. "As we leave the old year behind us, we spare a thought for those who have lost loved ones either at sea, or in their endeavours to rescue others" he added.

The fundraising committee work hard to supplement the often heroic and dangerous work carried out by the volunteer crews from all walks of life who give up their time and comfort to carry out rescues and train for them, in difficult and often dangerous conditions in all kinds of weather to save life at sea 24-7-365.

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Wednesday, 10th January 2018

Enterprise Ireland, the Government agency responsible for developing Irish business globally, has reported strong job creation by its client companies in Waterford, with a 4% increase in the number of jobs created. 6,359 people are now employed by companies supported by the agency in Waterford.

A total of 19,332 new jobs were created by companies supported by Enterprise Ireland in 2017. 209,388 people are now employed in companies supported by the agency. This is the highest total employment achieved in the history of the agency.

This represents a net increase of 10,309 jobs for 2017, taking account of job losses. In line with total employment levels, the net increase in jobs, is the highest on record with Enterprise Ireland. The job creation figures are up on 2016, showing strong consistent year on year growth, despite the uncertainty that Irish businesses faced in

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Wednesday, 10th January 2018

A new survey has found almost three out of ten parents (28%) could not attend work or have missed out on new job opportunities because they could not access childcare. Of those impacted, women were twice as likely men to be impacted by a lack of childcare.

The survey questioned a representative sample of 1,000 respondents and was undertaken on behalf of Seas Suas, the representative body for independent providers in the early education and childcare sector.

Respondents were queried on a wide range of childcare related issues including their views on preferred State supports, difficulties in accessing childcare, priorities when choosing childcare and solutions to address staffing shortages in the sector.

Key findings include:

Impact of lack of access to childcare:

Almost three in ten parents (28%) surveyed confirmed they either missed work, could not return to work after maternity leave or could not

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Wednesday, 10th January 2018

Following requests by local Minister of State John Halligan, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan has agreed to meet with victims of Bill Kenneally to discuss the need for a Commission of Investigation into how their case was handled by State agencies and the Catholic Church.

Minister Halligan said he believes an inquiry into the case should take place as soon as possible:

"I have been in contact with Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan on several occasions in recent days to express my concern regarding any potential delays to an inquiry commencing. On my request, Minister Flanagan has committed to meeting the victims in the coming weeks to discuss the issue.

"It is my view that a Commission of Investigation needs to begin as soon as possible, it’s the least these brave men deserve."

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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

The magnificent new courthouse in Catherine Street, Waterford is expected to be fully operational by Easter.

Waterford is just one of seven Court building projects in Cork, Letterkenny, Wexford, Limerick, Mullingar, Drogheda and Waterford, being delivered by way of a Public Private Partnership with BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Cooperatie U.A. (BAM) (Drogheda is already completed).

This consortium is constructing and delivering the projects and will provide ongoing facilities management of the venues. This will see the courts service involved in a 27 year relationship with them.

The construction costs of the projects will be €135 million for all seven.

Facilities in the new Waterford Courthouse include:

The new courthouse will accommodate 6 courtrooms and associated public and office facilities, as a result of the refurbishment and extension of the existing courthouse.

Selected Courtrooms are enabled for

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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

On Thursday December 14th last the Transition Year Young Social Innovation class of Newtown School launched their project Going Mental on Wheels. They have come up with a unique way to promote good mental health while connecting with older adults in their community. The students’ big dream is to ensure that all older adults in Waterford city and county can enjoy spending time outdoors. Their concept, the introduction of bicycles called trishaws accommodating two passengers and "piloted” by a volunteer cyclist at the rear. The Cycling Without Age movements, as it has become known as, was initially introduced in Denmark. There are now 33 countries, and trishaws have recently been introduced in Cork and Dublin. The team of creative teenagers working on this project are inviting the whole community to get

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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

HSE Service Plan Cold Comfort to Nurses, Midwives and Patients in an Overworked, Overcrowded Health Service

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) expressed disappointment that the HSE Service Plan falls short of meeting the growing demands of the public health services. The HSE have confirmed that they will need to make significant savings during 2018 in order to deliver services. The INMO is disappointed that the HSE placed little emphasis on protecting the front-line workforce of nursing and midwifery.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) expressed disappointment that the HSE Service Plan falls short of meeting the growing demands of the public health services. The HSE have confirmed that they will need to make significant savings during 2018 in order to deliver services. The INMO is disappointed that the HSE placed little emphasis on protecting the front-line workforce of nursing

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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

Come Along To Our Open Coffee Morning in the Ardkeen Library on 17th of January 2018; 14th of February 2018; 14th of March 2018; 11th April 2018; 9th of May 2018; 13th of June

For Information, Advice & Support check out the Waterford Dyslexia group.

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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people, has welcomed the increased investment in homecare services announced in today’s HSE Service Plan while warning more funding is needed to enable older people to stay at home.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications, said: "Homecare in Ireland is in crisis. Waiting lists are growing and older people are forced into nursing homes because they are not being supported to live at home.

"The increased investment in home care supports outlined in today’s HSE Service Plan is undoubtedly welcome, as are plans to simplify the application process.

"But while the additional funding will help some families who are struggling to cope the scale of the crisis means we need far more resources to help older people stay at home, with their families, as long as possible.”

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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

Waterford U3A welcomes Professor Tom Hayden, Emeritus Professor of Zoology at UCD for its January talk. Professor Hayden is also the country’s leading expert on Irish deer. Tom’s talk is entitled Bees and People and promises to be very relevant and informative and entertaining. The world of bees is fascinating and the connection between ourselves and bees cannot be overstated. The talk takes place at the Edmund Rice Heritage Centre (Mt Sion), Barrack St, Waterford on Monday January 8 at 2 pm. Everyone is welcome. Admission €5 for non- members. Membership available on the day.

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    No Gun ControlAs much as you might sympathize with the students and families of those who were at the center of one of the worst high school shootings in Florida last week, you easily get the impression that their deaths were all for naught. There is absolutely no way, following the 17 deaths at this shooting, that the law makers in America will bring in legislation that will see the curbing of gun use and gun ownership in that country. It is just not the American way.In actual fact if past histor …

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