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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Regarding the recent announcement by Minister of State John Halligan that Government has sanctioned the deployment of an interventional Modular Cath lab to University Hospital Waterford - this to counter the ever increasing delays to interventional cardiac access in the South East:

Health Equality for the South East (HEFSE) is very concerned with the detail given in Minister Halligan's statement appears to be premature, unknown at Senior Department and HSE Cabinet level and appears to have restrictions to delivery imposed not applicable to other cardiac service delivery sanctioned at other national PCI centres in past 18 months! At a public accounts committee last week post the announcement, questions raised by Deputy David Cullinane to both HSE and Dept of Health confirmed that: - Department of Health has not yet officially informed the HSE of a decision to instigate a modular lab

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

KBC Bank Ireland and WellFest today announced the WellFest Summer tour which will bring Ireland's largest health, fitness and wellness festival to towns and cities around the country.

Over the next two months, the WellFest Summer tour in association with KBC Bank Ireland will bring five exclusive pop up events around the country. The pop up events are completely free and will take place in Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway on the following dates:

  • July 21st — Kilkenny
  • July 28th — Waterford
  • August 11th — Cork
  • August 25th — Limerick
  • September 8th — Galway

On Saturday the 21st of July, the first event will take place in Kilkenny city. This will be a free wellness pop-up event designed to give people a real taste of what WellFest is all about and is sure to leave those attending feeling

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Wednesday, 11th July 2018

Urgent Appeal

The good folks at Birdwatch Ireland (our largest conservation NGO) have issued an urgent appeal stressing the importance of Keeping Dogs on Leads when visiting beaches this summer especially near colonies of nesting shorebirds particularly after an incident this week

The Little Tern chicks down at the Kilcoole have been developing very nicely during this glorious patch of weather we've been having. Some of these have reached fledging age and have taken to wandering around the beach. The wanderings of these larger chicks have taken them outside of the protection of the fenced-off area of the beach and into areas where they are vulnerable to attack by predators and dogs and being trampled by humans.

Despite the best efforts of the brilliant wardens (part of the annual protection scheme at Kilcoole) to shepherd these youngsters with a wanderlust back into the

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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

A modular cardio-catheterisation laboratory which can provide both diagnostic and follow-up interventional cardiac procedures is to be provided at University Hospital Waterford, local Minister of State John Halligan TD has announced.

Minister Halligan said the modular lab, when operating alongside the existing cath lab, will significantly improve cardiac waiting lists in the south east and is a welcome step forward for regional cardiac care:

"I have been informed by Minister Harris that he agrees with the argument put forward by south east Oireachtas members

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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

Regarding the statement that the Deptartment of Health have agreed to the future deployment of a modular interventional Cath lab at University Hospital Waterford, Matt Shanahan, PRO for the Health Equality for the South East Group has described the announcement as "more spin over substance".

Specifically HEFSE notes the following inconsistencies in terms of the implementation of the modular lab:

1. The original proposal was for a temporary modular lab to be sited where the existing mobile diagnostic lab is – as a temporary structure why is planning permission required? 2. The Department of Health advises that new funding has to be ring-fenced in October 2018 budget – The present diagnostic lab has a 2 million euro annual budget approved, the proposal offered to DOH to replace the mobile diagnostic lab with a modular lab required increased funding of 2500 euro

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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

Tour de Munster, the popular four day charity cycle, was officially launched by cycling legend Sean Kelly at DSI Cork's Field of Dreams on June 26th. The cycle, which takes place from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th of August will see over 100 amateur cyclists cycle over 600km around the six counties of Munster, raising funds for the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) and a number of other individual beneficiaries.

The launch event was attended by over 200 invited guests, including members from the various Munster branches of DSI and families supported by the charity, tour sponsors, celebrity guests, and many of the cyclists taking part this year.

The 2017 cycle raised a staggering €294,637.65, resulting in over €2.1 million raised for DSI alone. Since its inception in

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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

Sinn Fein TD for Waterford David Cullinane has welcomed an announcement of funding for the deployment of a modular cardiac Lab at NUniversity Hospital Waterford.

Deputy Cullinane said: "I welcome the announcement of funding for a modular Lab for UHW. A modular Lab is a game changer and will significantly increase capacity at the hospital and allow for both diagnostic angiogram and intervention work to be done. This will significantly reduce wait times.

"Today's announcement demonstrates the value of regional politicians working as one. I want to commend all local Oireachtas members and City and County Councillors who came together to get this over the line. This announcement is great news for cardiac patients and they must come first."

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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

Senator Paudie Coffey has welcomed the Government's backing for a new modular cath lab at University Hospital Waterford and said his focus over the coming weeks and months will be to ensure the facility will be delivered "as soon as possible".

The hugely positive move comes after Senator Coffey held several face-to-face talks with Health Minister Simon Harris in recent weeks during which he stressed the need for a modular lab to ease pressure on cardiac waiting times at the hospital.

"All of my focus is now on ensuring the lab is delivered as soon as possible and to keep the pressure on the Health Services Executive (HSE) to make sure it is put in place as soon as possible."

Senator Coffey also acknowledged the efforts made by his constituency colleagues on the cross-party South East Oireachtas Group .

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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

This week local Fianna Fail Councillor Eamon Quinlan called on the Council to amend its infrastructural plans for the as of now, incomplete section of Greenway entering into Waterford City to divert into Mary street and O'Connell street to revitalise quieter sections of the City and produce a constant stream of tourists into the Cultural Quarter.

Speaking on this Councillor Quinlan said "It's no secret that Waterford City has yet to see the full benefits of the Greenway as most users start in either in Bilberry or at the WIT sports campus.

"Placing this location on the 'trail' will help bring new faces regularly to the cultural, food, leisure on offer to avoid stagnation. The plan would involve the option of cyclists dismounting to cross Rice bridge and continue on the Waterfront if they so choose but also be offered through signage

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Wednesday, 4th July 2018

In glorious sunshine, the business community of Waterford welcomed Robin Barnett, British Ambassador to Ireland to Faithlegg for the annual Waterford Chamber President's Lunch. On the very day that crucial negotiations were ongoing at EU Council level in Brussels on the future of the UK's participation in the European Union, Ambassador Barnett offered his thoughts on Brexit.

"I am delighted to be here in Waterford attending the Chamber President's lunch. On Brexit, the Prime Minister has been clear that we are fully committed to avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, while maintaining the economic and constitutional integrity of the UK. We want to see a strong future partnership with the EU in both the economic and security spheres that works for the UK, Ireland and the rest of the EU 27.

"Meanwhile, I am keen that we make the

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