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Wednesday, 4th April 2018

Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford, Mary Butler has said that the regulation of car parking charges at public hospitals, with a view to reducing them, must be a priority for the Government.

"For the last number of years, there has been a public outcry about the costs of parking at hospitals. In all too many locations, the costs are rising, and they are placing a major financial burden on families visiting their loved ones in hospital or on those receiving regular treatment such as cancer patients.

"At present, the cost of parking at University Hospital Waterford is €4 for up to three hours with a maximum daily charge of €8. In 2016, UHW earned €1.5 million from parking fees alone.

"Recently the Minister for Health, Simon Harris announced a review of parking charges at public hospitals. This is a welcome development, and one

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Wednesday, 4th April 2018

ONE of Waterford’s most renowned photographers, Leo Murphy, and his son David, who is a rising star of the industry, are now taking bookings for Happy Faces 2016. The brilliant charity initiative, which Leo and David have been involved with since it started in 2006, generates a considerable amount of money for each year’s chosen beneficiary. For a donation of €25, people can receive a desktop portrait of their happy smiling child and every penny will go to the chosen beneficiary, which this year is Down Syndrome (Waterford and South Kilkenny Branch).

All the expenses and costs are being covered by the studio and Leo and David are now taking bookings through their Facebook page "Leo Murphy Photography” and "David Murphy Studio” and through the studio at 051-872539. The event will take place from Tuesday April 17th up until Saturday the

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Wednesday, 4th April 2018

"It’s a sad indictment of the Government that 1498 of some of our society’s most vulnerable people, the elderly, spent longer than 24 hours lying on trolleys in our Emergency Departments last month,” said the Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Older People, Mary Butler.

Deputy Butler was commenting after new figures were released to her party from the HSE showing the number of people, aged 75 or more, who spent longer than 24 hours on a trolley in the State’s public Emergency Departments in February 2018.

"My own local hospital, University Hospital Waterford, had 101 such patients, averaging between three and four extremely vulnerable citizens every night on trolleys.

"Other hospitals such as the Mater in Dublin, Cork University Hospital, University Hospital Galway and University Hospital Limerick also saw more than 100 of these patients spend longer than 24 hours on trolleys in February.

"This

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Minister of State, Mr. John Halligan has issued the following statement regarding the future of Waterford Airport. Minister Halligan was responding to queries from journalists at the Airport on foot of an article published in yesterday's Irish Times.

Waterford Airport has been without commercial flights since June 2016. In a bid to boost its search for a new carrier, the airport received its full Regional Airports Programme funding for 2016, totalling €1.02 million. However this came with a warning from the Department that grant support would not continue unless a scheduled carrier was in place.

Since no carrier has been secured, Waterford Airport was not eligible for its operational funding for 2017 as it does not have scheduled flights operating on a year-round basis. However without some financial support the

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Futurists predict that drone technology will soon significantly transform our daily lives, changing how we deliver and collect goods, giving us new ways to monitor and understand the world around us, and even revolutionising emergency services. However, the roll out of drone applications is currently hampered by a lack of innovative technologies that can guarantee the safe and regulated operation of drones around our town, cities and rural environments.

In response to this challenge, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD today announced funding from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) of €1.8m - with a further €4.5m investment from industry (cash and in-kind) to Dr Tim McCarthy, Maynooth University Department of Computer Science and National Centre for Geocomputation, for a new drone technology initiative known as U-Flyte. Waterford Airport is to be used as the main

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Minister Heather Humphreys welcome 2017 employment and performance figures from Local Enterprise Offices. 2017 highlights from all 31 Local Enterprise Offices show that collectively - 7,135 new jobs (gross) and 3,760 jobs (net) created by LEO-backed client companies, with jobs growth across every county.

- 30,373 people participated in LEO business training programmes.

- 8,393 mentoring assignments were provided to small business owners to give guidance and advice around key business issues.

- 1,179 business projects received direct financial assistance from LEOs.

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Join Karla Kelly for this special Good Friday Workshop, to make space for you as you head into the long weekend.

Combining both Restorative Yoga & Meditation, the 2 1/2 hour session will incorporate a long guided meditation practice, followed by a full body restorative yoga class. The guided meditation will allow our mind to settle, and our awareness to be gradually and gently guided from the 'outer' world to our 'inner' world so that we are more available for ourselves and our bodies.

Restorative Yoga is very tranquil, using blankets, bolsters blocks and cushions to encourage your body to let go and relax deeply. As there is no muscular activity, the body is supported & held into position.

It helps soothe your nervous system, calm your mind, release body

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Waterford In addition, 973 people took part in 105 LEO-run training programmes last year and 230 entrepreneurs and business owners availed of mentoring support locally.

A further 31 business projects received direct financial assistance from LEO Waterford, such as business priming, micro exporters’ grants and expansion grants.

Nationally, the results from the Annual Employment Survey, compiled by Enterprise Ireland, show that there are now 37,485 people employed by 7,182 small businesses and start-ups that have received support from the Local Enterprise Offices.

The 31 LEOs nationwide, run in partnership by Enterprise Ireland and the Local Authorities, provide a ‘first stop shop’ for the supports available to entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses.

Minister Humphreys said: "Local Enterprise Offices helped many thousands of people last year to start-up or grow their own businesses by delivering a suite of financial, training and information supports across every county

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

On Tuesday 20th March, members of Waterford Business Group and business owners, met with Waterford Garda. The annual meeting took place in Boxworks co-working space, in Patrick Street.

The meeting was attended by around 40 business owners, as well as Superintendent Chris Delaney, Sgt Brendan Roche, Sgt Finbar O’Sullivan and Peter Clifford, from Waterford City and County Garda Station, in Ballybricken.

The evening was hosted by WBG Chair Michael Garland. During his introduction Michael gave an overview of some of the tireless work carried out to date, by the voluntary members of the Business Group. In particular he focused on this year’s City in Bloom, the Retail Watch Scheme, City Safe, #AskForAngela, Purple Flag and the need for people and businesses to work together, for the betterment of Waterford.

The 2018 City in Bloom is expanding for the fourth year in a row.

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Wednesday, 28th March 2018

Who stole the Easter Bunny’s eggs? That’s the mystery your children will be solving at a three-day Easter creative writing camp being run by writer Derbhile Graham. The camp runs from 3-5 April at the Edmund Rice Heritage Centre in Waterford City.

The camp will last from 9.30am to 1pm each day and during the sessions, children will create wacky characters and create wonderful worlds. The camp will culminate in a storytelling session, where the children will write a story step by step, which they can share with their parents.

This writing camp is aimed at children aged eight to twelve and costs €60 per child, with concessions for two children or more. To book, contact Derbhile on 087 695 9799 or 051 386 250.

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