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Wednesday, 1st August 2018

Waterford Regional Airport plc has applied to Waterford City and County Council for planning permission to extend the runway.

This is a major development and augers well for the future development of the airport over the coming years.

One of the major criticisms of the airport over recent years was the length of the runway which did not allow for jet passenger aircraft to land at Waterford Airport.

The development will consist of widening the existing 1433m long runway from 30 metres in width 45m in width and to provide an additional 470m. long by 45m wide extension to this runway at its northern end.

These works are in addition to the existing permission for a 45 metres wide x 350 metres long extension to the south of the existing runway

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Wednesday, 1st August 2018

Last week a series of meetings with local residents in and around the Barrack Street area took place in relation to a severe infestation of vermin operating from the abandoned 5 houses on the junction of Doyle Street and Barrack Street in Waterford City.

These houses were taken in charge by the local authority almost two years ago and while a barrier was erected to obstruct entry, the site has lead to numerous incidents of illegal dumping as bags of rubbish are thrown over the barrier into the houses. This has unfortunately lead to ample food for a growing tide of vermin, predominantly rats to operate not just in the vacant homes but have been increasingly willing to invade other gardens, homes and the general neighbourhood.

Speaking following the meetings

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Wednesday, 1st August 2018

While the surrounding area of Dunmore East is still coming to terms with the tragic death of fisherman Jack Power hundreds of mourners attended his funeral in Our Lady’s Church, Carbally, Co. Waterford on Sunday last. A 17 year old youth was arrested following the incident on the Shanakiel estate on Thursday in Dunmore East but was released without charge early on Friday morning. A file is being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A fisherman like his father and grandfather Thomas lived life to the full and enjoyed the craic, according to his mother, and was a loyal son, brother and friend. She said that she had heard many stories about her son for the first time in recent days from his friends all of which emphasised his loyalty, sense of fun and love for them, as well

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Wednesday, 1st August 2018

The former Besco's shop on Ballybricken which has been lying idle and unused since 2007 is to be re-opened.

Centz an Irish owned discount store who have ten other stores throughout Ireland are set to re-open the store in October.

This is a major boost to the historic hill of Ballybricken which should see a huge upsurge in shoppers to this area of Waterford city.

Local business owners in the area have welcomed the decision to re-open the store who retail the majority of their stock at €1.50.

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Wednesday, 1st August 2018

Waterford Local Enterprise Office has opened a new round of applications for its 'Business Growth Fund' which aims to boost small and medium business growth and further job creation in the IT sector including, Internet, Games, Apps, Mobile, SaaS, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Fintech, Clean Tech and Agri Tech.

This particular call for the Business Growth Fund is a grant fund specifically for growing Waterford based businesses in the IT sector with less than 10 employees, who may require a grant to scale up further and create new jobs, says Richie Walsh of Waterford LEO.

Now in its first round for 2018, the Business Growth Fund over the next 12 months aims to support businesses in Waterford up to the tune of €15,000 per job created within the county with the overall goal being to create new jobs, support growing enterprises and

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Wednesday, 1st August 2018

It is with great sorrow that the team at the Theatre Royal has heard of the passing of Jo Moylan.

Jo's commitment to the Theatre Royal over many years as committee member and patron was closely linked to its success. Her time serving on the Friendly Society committee contributed greatly to ensuring the future vibrancy of the theatre.

Jo will also be remembered for her great love of theatre and music as exemplified by her commitment to the Theatre Royal and Waterford's Musical Societies.

The generous support she gave to companies through her positive critiques on WLRfm with her friend Billy McCarthy encouraged Directors, Actors and Musicians alike to continue in their pursuits. She will also be remembered by many for her performances on the Theatre Royal stage, with the particular fond memory of her performance as Azuri in The Desert Song.

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Wednesday, 1st August 2018

Three Presidential hopefuls addressed Waterford City and County Council yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon to seek their support in their presidential election bid.

The three candidates were Gavin Duffy, Businessman and Dragon's Den personality; Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House charity; and Accountant Patrick Feeney.

The three would-be contenders spoke to the members but the decision to support all, some or none of the candidates will not be taken until a later date as the Presidential Order for the holding of the Presidential Election has not yet been made.

The outgoing President Michael D. Higgins has nominated himself. Sinn Fein under a subcommittee of Waterford T.D. David Cullinane has formally put in place a process for a candidate from their party to be nominated up to 20th August.

A special Ard Fheis will be convened in September where a candidate will be ratified. Under the Presidential

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Wednesday, 1st August 2018

Shortly after 20.00pm on Sunday July 29th, a fire broke out in the wood drying section of Smartply's manufacturing facility at Belview Port, Waterford. However, it was quickly and safely extinguished with the assistance of local fire services.

Due to the localised nature of the fire, which occurred in the plant's wood drying area, only a small section of the building's wall cladding and roof suffered damage.Electrical components and cabling were affected by water ingress, but this was due to the effective deployment of fire suppression systems.

The fire did not spread to any other part of the plant.

A clean-up operation of the impacted area is currently in progress and it is expected that full production will resume later this evening.

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Wednesday, 1st August 2018

94% RSVP readers believe sanitary products should be free for women across Ireland

Periods are an inconvenient reality for women, between the hassle, the mess, the cramps, the hormones; it's safe to say we approach them each month with a bit of a groan.

However, for some of us periods represent a much bigger problem and are an ongoing cause of stress, with half of young Irish women admitting they struggle to afford adequate sanitary protection every month.

Figures from Plan International Ireland show that nearly 50% of young women in Ireland, between, 12-19 years struggle to afford sanitary products every month, with more than 1 in 10 admitting they often have to improvise with toilet roll or something else when they cannot afford to buy pads or tampons.

In Ireland, brand name sanitary products are priced between €2-€6 a pack while a pack

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Wednesday, 1st August 2018

We are delighted to announce a series of weekly PARKINSON'S TAlK'S starting Tuesday 7th August in Carraighpherish Library, Grace Dieu, Waterford.   These talks will be every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm from 7th August to 11th September and will range in a selection of speakers that have a particular interest or relevance to Parkinson's.  The talks start at 2pm sharp with introduction by Irene Treacy, course creator of Helping People with Parkinson's and the speaker talks for one hour with 15 minutes for questions and answers.  Afterwards we have a smovey session which is specific exercises for people with Parkinson's and is having fantastic positive effect on clients using smovey.  

The class will finish at 4pm with optional extra time for people to stay on and have a cup of tea or coffee until 4.45pm.   We find that most people will stay

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